SALT LAKE CITY — Utah lawmakers begin their fourth week of the 2019 legislative session on Tuesday with a full slate of committee meetings in both chambers, including discussion on some amendments to the state's new medical marijuana law.
SB161 is on this morning's agenda for the Senate Health and Human Services Committee. The proposed changes amend a provision regarding the transportation of cannabis and cannabis products to certain facilities; provide for testing of cannabis at additional stages of production; and delays a provision during the decriminalization period that requires labeling with a bar code on a blister pack containing unprocessed cannabis flower, among other changes.
Other issues expected to be discussed at the Statehouse during the day include:
- The House Economic Development and Workforce Services Committee is considering HB296 to create a Rural Coworking and Innovation Center Grant Program within the Governor's Office of Economic Development.
- The House approved unanimously HB191, which would require physicians or nurse practitioners to discuss the risks of addiction, dangers of mixing opioid medication with other substances, reasons why the prescription may be necessary and other options for treatment with their patients when prescribing opioids.
- The House Education Committee is looking at HB287, which would expand the definition of "position of special trust" in sexual assault crimes to include a teacher, instructor or teaching assistant at an institution of higher education and provide that sexual contact is without consent if the victim is over the age of 18 and the actor holds a position of special trust.
- Sen. David Hinkins, R-Orangeville — a horse racer himself — is sponsoring SB181, which would allow voters to decide on whether their counties should allow wagers on horse racing or "parimutuel betting."
- The House Business and Labor Committee is expected to pick up on SB34, which authorizes incentives for cities to develop affordable housing.
- A majority of Sen. Daniel Thatcher's fellow Senate Republicans agreed his hate crimes bill should get a committee hearing.
- After a previous version of the bill failed in front of a committee, the Utah House of Representatives voted Tuesday to approve a watered-down bill to allow cities slightly more power to enforce anti-idling ordinances.
Here's what happened last week: