SALT LAKE CITY — Lawmakers have finished up with most committee meetings as the 2019 legislative session nears an end, but that doesn't mean there isn't a lot of work yet to be done.
There are plenty of bills awaiting debate on both the House and Senate floors, including:
HB320, which restricts cities from banning plastic grocery bags;
HB324, which raises the legal age to use tobacco products;
HB136, which bans abortions after 18 weeks of gestation
Here's what's happened on March 12 at the Legislature:
- The House of Representatives joined the Senate on Tuesday by passing unanimously a bill that requires campus police organizations — including the department at BYU — to follow the same public records rules as all other public police agencies.
- Introducing a proposed constitutional amendment in the final days of the legislative session to also use state income tax to fund some social services programs is "absurd," Utah Education Association President Heidi Matthews said Tuesday.
- The House passed a medical cannabis cleanup bill.
- House members gave final passage to the state's public education budget Tuesday with their unanimous approval of SB4, which fully funds enrollment growth in Utah public schools and will increase the value of the weighted pupil unit by 4 percent.
- The budget impasse between the House and the Senate is resolved, with Republican legislative leaders agreeing to provide only temporary funding for more than $200 million in government services.
- After years of struggle, a bill that would give teeth to Utah's hate crime law blasted through a major legislative hurdle Tuesday — almost clearing its way to Gov. Gary Herbert's desk for final approval.
- A proposal aiming to eliminate a long-running state program launched over a decade ago to support innovation and so-called "deep tech" companies earned final legislative approval on Tuesday.
- A proposal looking to establish some basic rules for e-scooters and open up previously forbidden roadways to the two-wheeled vehicles earned final legislative approval from the Utah House on Tuesday.
- A bill passed through the Utah Legislature which will ban marriage for 15-year-olds and require permission from parents and a court for anyone under 18.
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- With just three days left in the legislative session, House and Senate Republican leaders remained divided over a House plan to withhold $400 million in spending until tax reform is approved in a special session.
- Salt Lake City Mayor Jackie Biskupski announced she directed city attorneys to file a lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of the creation of the Utah Inland Port Authority.
- The Utah House Judiciary Committee unanimously voted to hold HB190, named for a University of Utah student who was gunned down last fall, after a motion to move it forward failed with a 3-9 vote.