SALT LAKE CITY — A Utah Senate committee will take its first look at a so-called hate crimes bill today.
SB103, titled "Victim Targeting Penalty Enhancements," goes before the Senate Judiciary, Law Enforcement and Criminal Justice Committee at 8 a.m. The bill provides for an enhanced penalty for a criminal offense if the offender acted against an individual because of the offender's perception of the individual's ancestry, disability, ethnicity, gender, gender identity, national origin, race, religion, or sexual orientation.
Other issues expected to be discussed at the Statehouse during the day include:
- A bill aimed at forcing the BYU Police Department to follow the same open records rules that all other law enforcement agencies are subject to or risk decertification has been introduced in the Utah Legislature.
- The House Business and Labor Committee is scheduled to hear HB267, which would require the Utah Department of Health to design a prescription drug importation program that would allow medication to be sent in from other nations.
- The Utah House of Representatives on Thursday voted 45-27 to pass school safety legislation created in the aftermath of the deadly school shooting in Parkland, Florida, on Feb. 14, 2018. The latest version of HB120, sponsored by Rep. Ray Ward, R-Bountiful, is intended to enhance students' physical and emotional safety through initiatives to hire more support personnel and add safety improvement to schools.
Lawmakers have also scheduled two sessions of floor time to debate and vote on bills in each chamber.
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- Two gun bills survived and received an endorsement from a House committee, while two others sponsored by Democrats stalled, including "Lauren's Law," a bill inspired by the murder of University of Utah student Lauren McCluskey, and HB87, a bill that would have criminalized unsafe storage of firearms that result in injury or death.
- After hearing personal testimony on both sides of the issue, the House Judiciary Committee voted 7-5 to recommend a bill that would prohibit abortions after 18 weeks.
- The House Revenue and Taxation Standing Committee voted 6-4 to hold a bill that would remove the sales tax on adult and baby diapers, as well as feminine hygiene products.