Silas Walker, Deseret News
FILE - The Capitol in Salt Lake City is pictured on Friday, Jan. 25, 2019.

SALT LAKE CITY — As lawmakers arrive for the second-to-last day of the 2019 legislative session Wednesday, it will be with a lighter load than the day before after a deal was reached Tuesday on budgeting for the fiscal year and pushing tax reform down the road.

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While Utah's first hate crimes bill passed the House Tuesday, there still remain plenty of bills awaiting debate on some hot-button issues, including:

  • HB433, which authorizes the Utah Inland Port Authority to adopt a project area plan for an area outside its current jurisdiction.

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  • SB134, which requires campus safety plans and training at institutions of higher education.

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The sixth version of a bill intended to improve school safety in Utah won final passage in the Utah House of Representatives on Wednesday.

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  • HB393, which requires the Division of Occupational and Professional Licensing, in conjunction with the Division of Substance Abuse and Mental Health, to create a suicide prevention web-accessible video.
  • HB320, which restricts cities from banning plastic grocery bags.
  • HB324, which raises the legal age to use tobacco products.

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  • HB136, which bans abortions after 18 weeks of gestation.

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College students of limited means would pay no tuition or fees for four semesters to attend state colleges, universities and technical colleges under HB260, which reached final passage Wednesday.

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A final vote in the Utah Senate on Wednesday officially approved a bill that gives teeth to Utah's hate crimes law, sending the bill to Gov. Gary Herbert, who is expected to sign it into law.

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A $5 million gauntlet dropped by Utah tech leaders earlier this year on Utah lawmakers to boost computer science offerings in Utah schools — or leave the money on the table — earned at least a partial riposte on Wednesday.

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Here's what happened on March 12, the 43rd day of the 2019 session:

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  • The House of Representatives joined the Senate 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.
  • A bill to modify the Utah Medical Cannabis Act passed through the Utah Legislature Tuesday with a unanimous vote in the House, and later in the Senate to approve changes.

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  • Legislators passed a bill Tuesday banning pelvic examinations on patients under anesthesia who have not knowingly given consent to the procedure.

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