SALT LAKE CITY — With less than 10 working days left, the 2019 Legislature has a full day of committee hearings Monday as numerous bills snake their ways through both chambers.
The House Economic Development and Workforce Services Committee will consider HB386, which creates the Affordable Housing Preservation Fund and describes the allowable uses of money from the fund. The bill proposes a $20 million budget for the program.
Other issues at the Statehouse include:
- After nearly an hour of sometimes emotional debate, the Senate voted 19-9 to advance a hate crimes bill to a final vote in the chamber. The sponsor of SB103, Sen. Daniel Thatcher, R-West Valley City, said he had never felt more pressure than as the sponsor of legislation that has repeatedly failed over the years in the Utah Legislature.
- The Senate Natural Resources, Agriculture and Environment Committee will debate SB181, which would create the Parimutuel Horse Racing Commission and allow for parimutuel horse racing and wagering in Utah.
- The House Education Committee is taking up SB134, campus safety amendments that require colleges to develop a safety plan and training curriculum.
- The House Government Operations Committee has two bills making changes to the voter initiative and referendum processes. SB15 requires an application for a statewide initiative petition to contain information relating to funding sources for the proposed law. HB119 modifies requirements relating to local initiatives and referenda, including petition creation, circulation and signature requirements; timelines; and appeals and other challenges.
- A clean air measure designed to change people's behavior received approval by the Utah House of Representatives on Monday, with lawmakers giving a nod to a pilot program to offer fare free transit on bad air days.
- A bill banning doctors from performing pelvic examinations on anesthetized patients without their consent passed the Senate unanimously Monday and now goes the House.
- The Utah House approved a bill Monday allowing victims of domestic and sexual violence who have an approved protective order to carry a concealed weapon without a permit. Rep. Christine Watkins, R-Price, the sponsor for HB243, said the bill doesn't change when or where a victim can carry a gun, but just that it can be concealed.
- A bill banning doctors from performing pelvic examinations on anesthetized patients without their consent passed the Senate unanimously and now goes the House.
Here's what happened on March 1, the 32nd day of the 2019 session:1 comment on this story
- Members of the House Revenue and Taxation Committee voted 12-2 to advance HB441, a tax reform bill backed by Gov. Gary Herbert and GOP legislative leaders.
- Sen. Scott Sandall's SB212, aimed at "dismantling" the Utah Science, Technology and Research initiative launched over a decade ago, found unanimous support from the Senate Economic Development and Workforce Services Committee.
- Gov. Gary Herbert endorsed HB399, a bill that would ban the practice of conversion therapy on minors in the state of Utah, the bill's chief sponsor, Rep. Craig Hall, R-West Valley City, announced.