SALT LAKE CITY — With the session deadline now one week away, Gov. Gary Herbert and Republican legislative leaders scrapped a tax reform plan extending sales taxes to services, at least for now.
Other issues discussed at the Statehouse during the day include:
- A bill that strengthens Utah's current code for self-defense passed the Senate today with a 18-8 vote.
- HB120, the fifth version of a school safety bill, moved out of the Senate Education Committee on unanimous vote Thursday morning after the bill's sponsor, Rep. Ray Ward, R-Bountiful, removed language calling for school-level threat assessments.
- The Senate Business and Labor Committee has two tobacco bills scheduled for hearing. HB274 would move e-cigarettes out of convenience stores and into tobacco shops. HB324 would raise the age to use tobacco to 21.
- The Senate Health and Human Services Committee has HB317, which would increase penalties for prohibited acts related to a controlled substance when committed in or on the grounds of a homeless shelter.
- The Senate Judiciary, Law Enforcement and Criminal Justice Committee is reviewing HB136, which would prohibit an abortion from being performed after the unborn child reaches 18 weeks gestational age.
- The day after a House committee gutted a bill that would raise alcohol content by weight from 3.2 percent to 4.8 percent for beer sold in Utah stores, House Republicans chortled during their caucus meeting over a power point presentation that began with other states with "weird" alcohol laws.
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- A House committee rejected legislation to raise the alcohol content by weight from 3.2 percent to 4.8 percent for beer sold in Utah stores, something the bill's sponsor expected.
- Members of the House Judiciary Committee voted to recommend a bill that would ban the practice of conversion therapy for gay teens in Utah. Two gay rights advocates will resign from Gov. Gary Herbert's suicide prevention task force due to Herbert's decision to support the bill, which advocates said was too weak.
- The House passed SB151, which requires statewide voter initiatives to state clearly how much they would cost and where the funding will come from.