SALT LAKE CITY — The Utah Legislature begins its second week in the 45-day session on Monday.
Here's what's happened so far and what's on the schedule:
- A House panel pushed forward a bill Monday that would remove a four-year cap on employment contracts within a law passed last year restricting noncompete contracts in Utah's broadcast media.
- A bill lawmakers hope will help reduce drug overdose deaths cleared another legislative hurdle Monday.
- The Senate gave final approval today to a replacement plan for the voter-approved full Medicaid expansion after more than an hour of debate — and a last-minute update to the price tag.
The bill now goes to the House.
- The Senate Natural Resources, Agriculture and Environment Committee is considering SB48, which would require the Division of Parks and Recreation to provide a 50 percent discount to the holder of a valid senior annual day use pass on any camping fee at a state park.
- The Senate Judiciary, Law Enforcement and Criminal Justice Committee is looking at HB20, which clarifies and amends language regarding human trafficking and creates an offense for trafficking a vulnerable adult.
- The House Education Committee is weighing in on HB158, which enacts provisions related to discriminatory harassment and expression at colleges that among other things, prohibit an institution from punishing acts of speech that do not constitute discriminatory harassment.
- A bill that would require the State School Board to develop a statewide survey to ask teachers why they're leaving the profession advanced out of the House on Monday.
- The House Education Committee gave a favorable recommendation Monday to legislation that would eliminate letter grades on the state school report card.
- The Senate Natural Resources Agriculture and Environment Committee will discuss SB93, which would create the Agricultural Operations Nuisances Act to limit when cities can take actions against a farm or ranch operating near residences.
Here's what happened on Feb. 1, the fifth day of the 2019 session:1 comment on this story
- The House voted Friday to advance a bill that would prohibit so-called "fringe gambling" in Utah.
- Sen. Jerry Stevenson, R-Layton, said Friday he will introduce legislation to raise the alcohol content by weight from 3.2 percent to 4.8 percent for beer in stores.
- Rep. Norm Thurston, R-Provo, is sponsoring HB150, which would require trampoline park operators to receive a specific business license and follow safety standards including rules, trainings and annual inspections. The bill passed through committee with one nay vote, and will move to the House.