SALT LAKE CITY — As lawmakers wind up the fourth week of the 2019 legislative session, many eyes will be focused on the money — specifically, how much of a surplus will they have to work with in formulating tax reform?
Legislators are expected to see the revised revenue figures on Friday.
Other issues expected discussed at the Statehouse during the day include:
- Once again, a Utah lawmaker is pushing to require school districts to phase in school buses with seat belts in an effort to end what he calls the "silly" absence of common-sense safety for school children.
- A nuclear waste watchdog group is calling on Utah Gov. Gary Herbert to veto a bill dealing with depleted uranium, a form of radioactive waste. The measure passed the House on a vote of 50-20 Friday morning and awaits his signature.
- A proposal seeking to provide an attorney for each child and teen facing criminal charges in Utah's juvenile court system has cleared another hurdle at the Utah Capitol.
- The House Transportation Committee will look at HB339, which extends the ban on heavy trucks from Legacy Parkway by five more years, until 2025.
- The House Natural Resources, Agriculture and Environment Committee has two water bills. HB31 regulates municipalities that provide water to customers outside their political boundaries. SB17 modifies provisions regarding the extraterritorial jurisdiction of a municipality to enact protections for its water sources.
- Senate Business and Labor Committee is considering the House-approved ban on abortions done solely because a fetus has Down's syndrome, HB166.
- Utah would be the first state in the country to establish the position of commissioner of apprenticeship programs, under legislation passed Friday by the Utah House of Representatives.
Here's what happened on Feb. 21, the 24th day of the 2019 session:1 comment on this story
- Despite languishing for years, a bill that would add teeth to Utah's hate crime laws cleared — for the first time — a legislative hurdle that will allow it to be heard by the full Senate.
- A bill that would prohibit the practice of conversion therapy on minors in Utah was unveiled. HB399 would make it illegal for licensed therapists and health professionals to attempt to change or "fix" a child or teen's sexual orientation or gender identity.
- The Utah House of Representatives voted 45-27 to pass school safety legislation created in the aftermath of the deadly school shooting in Parkland, Florida, on Feb. 14, 2018.