SALT LAKE CITY — As lawmakers finish their second week of the 2019 legislative session, Medicaid expansion remains front and center today with the House voting on SB96 that would replace the voter-approved Proposition 3.
Other issues discussed at the Statehouse during the day include:
- A bill to allow candidates to pay for child care during campaign events passed unanimously in the Senate Friday, with a substitution allowing use during legislative duties as well.
- The House Transportation Committee looked at autonomous vehicle regulations. Among other things, HB101 would provide protocols in case of an accident involving an autonomous vehicle. The bill earned the unanimous approvalof a legislative committee Friday, a first step toward becoming law.
- The House Natural Resources, Agriculture and Environment Committee is set to consider SB24, which amends state energy policy to add the promotion of nuclear power generation technologies as well as support for energy education programs in grades K-12.
- The House Judiciary Committee is scheduled to consider HB100, which would establish the Sexual Violence Protection Act. The bill creates a sexual violence protective order and requires they be placed on the statewide warrant system.
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- House Speaker Brad Wilson, R-Kaysville, said work is underway on adding a "fallback plan" to SB96, the GOP leadership-backed replacement for the full Medicaid expansion approved by voters.
- The Utah Senate approved HB19 unanimously Thursday with two senators not voting. The measure from Rep. Angela Romero, D-Salt Lake City, provides guidance for judges, police and attorneys on possible no-contact protective orders ahead of a trial.
- A state lawmaker's measure seeking to strengthen campus safety when it comes to stalking, sexual assault and relationship violence advanced in a unanimous vote Thursday from the Senate Judiciary, Law Enforcement, and Criminal Justice Committee.