SALT LAKE CITY — On Friday, the 32nd day of the 2019 legislative session, Utah lawmakers will dive into a wide-ranging bill that alters the state's sales and income tax structure.
At noon, the House Revenue and Taxation Committee will take up the long-awaited HB441, titled the Tax Equalization and Reduction Act, that would decrease the general state sales and use tax rate while expanding it to be applied to various services.
Other issues discussed at the Statehouse during the day include:
- The Senate Economic Development and Workforce Services Committee considers HB114, which clarifies that an individual is not required to retreat from an aggressor.
- The House Judiciary Committee will consider HB399, placing a prohibition on health care professionals providing conversion therapy to a minor.
- The Senate approved HB101 on Friday with a unanimous vote giving autonomous cars the green light to come onto the roads in Utah.
- A bill that would criminalize selling or possessing fake urine to cheat a drug test has cleared its final legislative hurdle and is now on its way to Gov. Gary Herbert's desk.
- A proposal aimed at dissolving a long-running state program created to bolster economic growth through support of research-intensive startups flew through a Senate committee Friday while the sponsor of a competing bill conceded defeat.
- The House Natural Resources, Agriculture and Environment Committee will address SB93, which addresses nuisance ordinances against agricultural operations.
- A bill that would raise the minimum age cut off for legal marriage in Utah won approval from the Utah House of Representatives.
- The Utah House of Representatives on Friday voted 47-19 to approve HB324, which would increase the legal age to buy tobacco products to 20 in 2020 and to 21 in 2021.
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- The Utah House of Representatives on Thursday approved a bill that would put popular flavors of electronic cigarette cartridges further out of the reach of teens.
- A bill banning abortions solely based on a Down syndrome diagnosis passed the Senate without debate Thursday and now goes to Gov. Gary Herbert for his action.
- Concerns about creating unnecessary legislation and the removal of educational language stalled the idling revisions bill Thursday after a 3-2 decision to move the meeting forward without a vote.