Legislation

 

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Below are the bills that your elected state representatives are considering in the 2021 Utah Legislative Session. The bill summaries below are linked to the bill pages on le.utah.org, where you can further explore information about the bills including the bill text and contact info of the bill sponsors. We are updating their status on a daily basis and are adding new bills all the time that are of interest to our priorities. You can keep track of them here, and we encourage you to tell us what you think of these bills and how they may impact you. To reach out to us, click on the “Contact” button on the menu at the top of this page.

All Current Campaigns

Health Care

 

HB 34: Medical Respite Care Pilot Program ℹ

Sponsor: Dunnigan, James A.
Summary: This bill requires the Department of Health to apply for a Medicaid waiver or state plan amendment for medical respite care for homeless individuals.
Status:

Senate/ to standing committee (1/28/2021)

Stance: IN FAVOR


HB 92: Medical Practice Amendments ℹ

Sponsor: Shipp, Rex P.
Summary:

Makes it unprofessional conduct to perform a medically unnecessary puberty inhibition procedure o a sex characteristic-altering procedure on a minor.

Status:

House/ 1st reading (Introduced) (1/19/2021)

Stance: OPPOSE


HB 110: Health Care Payment Amendments ℹ

Sponsor: Winder, Mike
Summary: Health care provider cannot collect on an overdue payment from the debtor’s income tax refund if patient has made payment arrangements and is current on those payments.
Status:

House 3rd Reading Calendar for House Bills (25)

Stance: IN FAVOR


HB 149: Health Care Amendments ℹ

Sponsor: Ward, Raymond P.
Summary: Use public funding to provide contraceptives and family planning services to low-income, rural and under-served patients in the state.
Status:

House/ to standing committee (1/22/2021)

Stance:

IN FAVOR

HB 164: Abortion Requirements Amendments ℹ

Sponsor: Ward, Raymond P.
Summary: Would provide information module about abortion on Department of Health’s website and also provide it in printed form to women prior to seeking an abortion to encourage informed consent. Presently, info is only available at a clinic upon request.
Status: House/ 1st reading (Introduced) (1/19/2021)
Stance: NEUTRAL


HB 194: Diabetes Prevention Program ℹ

Sponsor: Harrison, Suzanne
Summary:

Allows for Medicaid reimbursement for enrolling and participating in National Diabetes Prevention Program.

Status:

House/ to standing committee (1/29/2021)

Stance:

IN FAVOR


HB 231: Fetus Transport Restrictions ℹ

Sponsor: Acton, Cheryl K.
Summary: Makes it a class B misdemeanor to transport outside the state, or arrange for transport outside the state, fetal remains aborted or miscarried in the state, for any purpose other than burial.
Status:

House/ received fiscal note from Fiscal Analyst (1/28/2021)

Stance:

OPPOSE


HB 253: Abortion Amendments ℹ

Sponsor: Christiansen, Steve R.
Summary: Modifies informed consent provisions relating to an abortion; modifies the abortion information module; amends and adds reporting requirements for physicians and facilities; and provides a civil penalty for a physician who fails to comply with informed consent provisions relating to an abortion.
Status:

LFA/ fiscal note sent to sponsor (1/29/2021)

Stance:

OPPOSE


SB 41 Sub 1: Mental Health Access Amendments ℹ

Sponsor: Escamilla, Luz
Summary: Allows a diagnosis or treatment of a mental health condition to be done via telehealth services.
Status:

House/ to standing committee (1/28/2021)

Stance:

IN FAVOR


SB 83 Sub 3: POLST Order Amendments ℹ

Sponsor: Iwamoto, Jani
Summary: Renames “life with dignity” order with POLST order that gives direction to health care providers, health care facilities, and emergency medical services providers regarding the specific health care decisions of a individual and their family regarding their medical treatment when they become medically incapacitated.
Status:

Senate 2nd Reading Calendar (38)

Stance:

FOLLOWING


SB 128: Family Planning Services Amendments ℹ

Sponsor: Kitchen, Derek L.
Summary: Requires Medicaid program to apply for a waiver or a state plan amendment to extend family planning services to certain low-income individuals.
Status:

Senate/ received fiscal note from Fiscal Analyst (1/29/2021)

Stance:

IN FAVOR


Public Lands

 

HB 23: Voter Referendum Amendments ℹ

Sponsor: Nelson, Merrill F.
Summary: Defines a “land use law” as a law enacted based on the weighing of broad, competing policy considerations, that relates to the use of land, including land use regulation, an annexation ordinance, and the rezoning of a single property, multiple properties, or a comprehensive zoning ordinance resolution. Also permits a referendum relating to a legislative action taken after April 15 to appear on the ballot in a general election held in the same year.
Status:

Senate Comm – Not Considered (1/29/2021)

Stance: FOLLOWING

HB 28: Land Use and Eminent Domain Advisory Board Amendments ℹ

Sponsor: Handy, Stephen G.
Summary: Repeals the 2021 sunset date of the Land Use and Eminent Domain Advisory Board.
Status:

Senate/ 1st reading (Introduced) (1/20/2021)

Stance: FOLLOWING

HB 29 Sub 1: Statewide Aquatic Invasive Species Emergency Response Plan ℹ

Sponsor: Stratton, Keven J.
Summary: Would develop a statewide aquatic invasive species emergency response plan to remediate the present aquatic invasive species problem.
Status:

Senate Comm – Favorable Recommendation (1/29/2021)

Stance: IN FAVOR

HB 45 Sub 2: Radon Task Force ℹ

Sponsor: Stratton, Keven J.
Summary: Task force to recommend how to educate the public and mitigate Utah residents’ exposure to dangerous levels of naturally occurring radon in the land, which can cause lung cancer.
Status:

Senate/ 1st reading (Introduced) (1/25/2021)

Stance: IN FAVOR

HB 65: Wildland Fire Amendments ℹ

Sponsor: Snider, Casey
Summary: Requires the development and maintenance of a wildfire risk assessment mapping tool and authorizes salary increases for fire wardens and other wildland fire employees.
Status:

House/ to standing committee (1/20/2021)

Stance: FOLLOWING

HB 83: Migratory Bird Production Area Amendments ℹ

Sponsor: Ferry, Joel
Summary: Extends the time for creating a migratory bird production area; provides a process to add property to a migratory bird production area; provides for inclusion of easements; and prohibits exercising eminent domain under certain circumstances.
Status:

House/ to standing committee (1/19/2021)

Stance: FOLLOWING

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Sponsor: Lyman, Phil
Summary: <Modifies the manner in which a county treasurer applies a partial payment on a delinquent account for the redemption of property.
Status:

House/ 1st reading (Introduced) (1/19/2021)

Stance: IN FAVOR

 

HB 198: License Plates Amendments ℹ

Sponsor: Handy, Stephen G.
Summary:

Creates a new standard issue “Utah Dark Sky” license plate to celebrate Utah’s designation as having the most“dark sky” areas where viewing the stars is ideal; the designation also encourages us to preserve the natural habitat for animal species on our public lands.

Status:

House 3rd Reading Calendar for House Bills (42)

Stance: IN FAVOR

HB 241: Utah Seeds Amendments ℹ

Sponsor: Lund, Steven J.
Summary: Prohibits the inclusion of noxious weed seeds from being included in seed mixtures for agricultural, vegetable, flower, tree or shrub seed, including for replanting areas after a forest fire. Noxious weeds are highly destructive and difficult to control by good cultural practices, such as Russian olive, tamarisk trees and other plants that steal water, sun or soil from surrounding native species. The bill also makes other technical changes.
Status:

House/ received fiscal note from Fiscal Analyst (1/28/2021)

Stance: IN FAVOR

HB 256: County Land Use and Development Amendments ℹ

Sponsor: Teuscher, Jordan D.
Summary: Prohibits a county of the first class from entering into a development agreement that requires the incorporation or annexation of an unincorporated area of the county; and modifies the requirements for a county to approve expansion area urban development.
Status:

House/ to standing committee (1/29/2021)

Stance: NEUTRAL

HB 257: Utahraptor State Park ℹ

Sponsor: Eliason, Steve
Summary: Authorizes the Division of Parks and Recreation to use portions of the Dalton Wells area as a state park.
Status:

House/ 1st reading (Introduced) (1/28/2021)

Stance: NEUTRAL

HCR 2: Concurrent Resolution on Effect of Federal Land Valuation Model ℹ

Sponsor: Stratton, Keven J.
Summary: Affirms that what the federal government pays us for federal land in lieu of taxes does not represent fair market value or the value of greenbelt land (land around the city where building is restricted).
Status: House/ 1st reading (Introduced) (1/19/2021)
Stance: IN FAVOR

SB 21: Federal Land Application Advisory Committee Sunset Extension ℹ

Sponsor: Hinkins, David P.
Summary: Extends the sunset date of the Federal Land Application Advisory Committee to July 1, 2022.
Status: House 3rd Reading for Senate Bills (1)
Stance: IN FAVOR

 

SB 44: Payment in Lieu of Taxes Funds for Counties ℹ

Sponsor: Fillmore, Lincoln
Summary: Creates a base distribution level of payments in lieu of tax on federal entitlement lands and creates distribution requirements for funds that exceed the base distribution level that matches the existing local law regarding property tax distribution. Counties will see a decrease in funds, but cities and towns, school districts and special districts will see an increase in revenue.
Status:

Senate/ to standing committee (1/19/2021)

Stance: FOLLOWING

SB 71: Property Acquisition Amendments ℹ

Sponsor: Fillmore, Lincoln
Summary: Provides a property owner the opportunity to petition the Department of Transportation to acquire the entire fee interest of a property affected by transportation corridor acquisition or preservation; if DOT does not pay the fee interest, it may not limit or restrict the development of the affected property.
Status:

Senate/ to Standing committee (1/19/2021)

Stance: FOLLOWING

Water Rights

 

HB 13: School and Child Care Center Water Testing Requirements

HB 24: State Engineer Electronic Communications

Sponsor: Ferry, Joel
Summary: Permits the State Engineer to send electronic communications under certain circumstances and if receipt is verifiable.
Status:

Senate 2nd Reading Calendar (21)

Stance: NEUTRAL

HB 144: Water Pricing Structure

Sponsor: Moss, Carol Spackman
Summary: Retail water providers shall consider the lot size of the customer to establish a block unit if the provider permits water for outdoor use.
Status:

House/ received fiscal note from Fiscal Analyst (1/27/2021)

Stance: NEUTRAL

HB 208: Water Quality Act Amendments

HCR 1: Resolution Encouraging a Balanced Approach to the Release of Water from Flaming Gorge

Police Reform

 

HB 22: Medical Examiner Amendments

HB 59: Law Enforcement Investigation Amendments

HB 74: Municipal Police Oversight Amendments

Sponsor: Wheatley, Mark A.
Summary: Allows municipalities to create police oversight boards under certain conditions.
Status:

House/ to standing committee (1/27/2021)

Stance: IN FAVOR

HB 84: Use of Force Reporting Requirements

Sponsor: Romero, Angela
Summary: Requires that local law enforcement report the use of force by an officer to the Federal Bureau of Criminal Identification.
Status:

House/ to standing committee (1/27/2021)

Stance: IN FAVOR

HB 101: Protected Persons Amendments

Sponsor: Stoddard, Andrew
Summary: Provides a process for surrendering a firearm after an individual becomes a restricted person.
Status: House/ to standing committee (1/19/2021)
Stance: NEUTRAL

HB 154: Use of Force Provisions

Sponsor: Birkeland, Kera
Summary:

Requires that officers who observe other officers violating certain procedure and conduct rules file a report outlining the violations.

Status:

House/ 1st reading (Introduced) (1/19/2021)

Stance: FOLLOWING

HB 162: Peace Officer Training Amendments

HB 237: Lethal Force Amendments

Sponsor: Dailey-Provost, Jennifer
Summary: Requires a peace officer in certain situations to have a reasonable belief that the use of lethal force is both reasonable and necessary.
Status:

House/ to standing committee (1/29/2021)

Stance: IN FAVOR

 

HB 248: Mental Health Support Program for First Responders

Sponsor: Kwan, Karen
Summary: Requires the Division of Substance Abuse and Mental Health to administer a grant program to provide mental health resources for first responders.
Status:

LFA/ fiscal note publicly available (1/28/2021)

Stance: IN FAVOR

SB 38: K-9 Policy Requirements

SB 68: Law Enforcement Weapons Amendments

SB 102: Peace Officer Training Qualifications

Sponsor: Mayne, Karen
Summary: Permits lawful permanent residents who meet certain requirements to apply to become peace officers.
Status:

Senate 2nd Reading Calendar (28)
Stance: FOLLOWING

SB 106: Use of Force Amendments

Sponsor: Thatcher, Daniel W.
Summary: Establish minimum use of force standards for all peace officers in the state and annually review and update the standards based on the most current information and best practices.
Status: Senate/ received fiscal note from Fiscal Analyst (1/21/21)
Stance: IN FAVOR

 

Medical Marijuana

 

HB 171: Agricultural Land Use Regulation

SB 81: Medical Cannabis Electronic Verification System Deadline Amendments

Voting and Elections

 

HB 12 Sub 1: Deceased Voter Amendments

Sponsor: Winder, Mike
Summary: Requires a local registrar who receives a certificate of death for a Utah resident to notify the county clerk, who must remove the voter’s name from the official register of voters.
Status:

Senate Comm – Favorable Recommendation (1/29/2021)

Stance: IN FAVOR, although we would like State to provide funding to county for carrying out

 

HB 75: Municipal Alternative Voting Methods Pilot Project Amendments

HB 173 Sub 1: Voting Reporting Requirements

HB 180 Sub 1: Lieutenant Governor Conflict of Interest Amendments

HB 203: Mail-in Ballot Amendments

Sponsor: King, Brian S.
Summary: Extends the deadline for mailing a ballot to the day of the election; extends the earliest date on which an election officer may mail a manual ballot to 28 days.
Status:

House/ received fiscal note from Fiscal Analyst (1/22/2021)

Stance: IN FAVOR

HB 211: Initiatives and Referenda Amendments

HB 230: Legislative Representation Amendments

Sponsor: Lyman, Phil
Summary: Requires that each county have at least one Utah House of Representatives district entirely within the county’s boundaries.
Status:

House/ 1st reading (Introduced) (1/25/2021)

Stance: NEUTRAL

 

SB 49: Mobile Voting Pilot Project

SB 121: National Popular Vote Compact

Sponsor: Kitchen, Derek L.
Summary: Enacts an agreement among the states to elect the president and vice president of the United States by national popular vote.
Status:

Senate/ received fiscal note from Fiscal Analyst (1/25/2021)

Stance: IN FAVOR

 

Native American Matters

 

Taxes

 

HB 86: Social Security Tax Amendments

HB 97: Property Tax Penalties Amendments

Sponsor: Gwynn, Matthew
Summary: Reduces the penalty for failure to file a timely signed or completed statement or failure to appear and testify as requested regarding personal property; implements a lower penalty if the failure is remedied with a specified time period.
Status: House/ 1st reading (Introduced) (1/19/2021)
Stance: IN FAVOR, but we would prefer, instead, that the state progressively reduce the income tax they charge of Social Security benefits over time.

SB 26: Property Tax Relief Amendments

Other

 

ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGES

SB 12: Re-authorization of Administrative Rules

Sponsor: Anderegg, Jacob L.
Summary: Would retract the requirement that store employees must check the identification of every customer purchasing alcoholic beverages.
Status:

Senate 2nd Reading Calendar (9)

Stance: IN FAVOR

SB 119: To-go Beverage Service Amendments

HOUSING

HB 214: Disclosure of Unreinforced Masonry Buildings Act

DRIVERS LICENSE

HB 18 Sub 1: Driver Education Amendments

SB 14: Driver License and State Identification Card Amendments

AIR QUALITY

HB 17: Utility Permitting Amendments

Sponsor: Handy, Stephen G.
Summary: Prohibits municipalities and counties from restricting the connection of utility services to customers on the basis of the type of energy the utility service provides.
Status:

House 3rd Reading Calendar for House Bills (6) Circled

Stance: IN FAVOR

HB 123: Feasibility Study for Air Quality Laboratory

Sponsor: Handy, Stephen G.
Summary: Requires the Division of Air Quality to study the feasibility of creating a premier state-level air quality and climate change solutions laboratory.
Status:

House/ 1st reading (Introduced) (1/19/2021)

Stance: IN FAVOR

HB: 145: Clean and Renewable Energy Requirement Amendments

SB 20 Sub 2: Air Quality Policy Advisory Board Sunset Extension

Sponsor: Iwamoto, Jani
Summary: Extends the sunset date of the Air Quality Advisory Board to July 1, 2026.
Status:

House/ return to Rules due to fiscal impact (1/28/2021)

Stance: IN FAVOR

 

PRIVACY

HB 239: Online Impersonation Prohibition

HB 251: Electronic Keyword and Location Amendments

Sponsor: Wilcox, Ryan D.
Summary: Prohibits the seeking or granting of a reverse-keyword or reverse-location court order.
Status:

LFA/ fiscal note publicly available (1/29/2021)

Stance: OPPOSE

 

SEXUAL ABUSE

HB 78: Consent Amendments

SB 117: Human Smuggling Amendments

Sponsor: Escamilla, Luz
Summary: Increases penalties for human smuggling, aggravated human smuggling and aggravated human trafficking.
Status:

Senate Comm – Favorable Recommendation (1/29/2021)

Stance: IN FAVOR

 

FIREARM SAFETY

HB 60 Sub 2: Conceal Carry Firearms Amendments

Sponsor: Brooks, Walt
Summary: Provides that an individual who is 21 years or older, and may lawfully possess a firearm, may carry a concealed firearm in a public area without a permit.
Status:

Senate Comm – Favorable Recommendation (1/29/2021)

Stance: OPPOSE

 

HB 258: Firearm Safety in Schools

Sponsor: Shipp, Rex P.
Summary: Creates a three-year pilot program to provide a one-semester course in the safe handling of firearms for grades 9 through 12.
Status:

LFA/ fiscal note sent to sponsor (1/31/21)

Stance: OPPOSE

 

POVERTY

HB 56: Intergenerational Poverty Mitigation Act Amendments

HB 284: Minimum Wage Amendments

Sponsor: Collard, Clare
Summary: Modifies the minimum wage; modifies the cash wage obligation for a tipped employee; and provides for future increases of the minimum wage.
Status:

House/ 1st reading (Introduced) (2/2/2021)

Stance: IN FAVOR

 

OTHER

HB 184: Protection of Personal and Religious Liberty

Sponsor: Maloy, A. Cory
Summary: Prohibits a health care facility from prohibiting a patient from receiving a visit from at least one family member or religious or spiritual minister or advisor at a time; and during a state of emergency, prohibits any government entity from prohibiting certain religious exercises or entry into a church.
Status:

House/ received fiscal note from Fiscal Analyst (1/21/21)

Stance: OPPOSE

HB 217 Sub 1: Regulatory Sandbox Program Amendments

Sponsor: Maloy, A. Cory
Summary: Requires the regulatory relief office to create a web page where residents and businesses in the state may provide suggestions regarding modifying or eliminating laws and regulations to reduce the regulatory burden on residents and businesses in the state.
Status:

House Comm – Favorable Recommendation (1/29/2021)

Stance: FOLLOWING

 

HB 232: Attorney General Authority Amendments

Sponsor: King, Brian S.
Summary: Requires the attorney general to consult with, and obtain the consent of, the governor before taking action, or participating as amicus curiae (friend of the court), in relation to certain civil actions.
Status:

LFA/ fiscal note sent to sponsor (1/26/2021)

Stance: IN FAVOR

 

HCR 7: Concurrent Resolution Recognizing the Public Service of Representative Lawanna Lou Shurtliff

Sponsor: Moss, Carol Spackman
Summary: Recognizes the public service of Representative LaWanna “Lou” Shurtlff, expresses appreciation for her many contributions and offers deep sympathy at her passing.
Status:

House/ to Governor (1/19/2021)

Stance: IN FAVOR

 

SB 80: Utah Antidiscrimination Act Amendments

Sponsor: Kitchen, Derek L.
Summary: Amends the Utah Antidiscrimination Act to provide protection for immutable traits and hairstyles historically associated with race.
Status:

Senate/ 1st reading (Introduced) (1/19/2021)

Stance: IN FAVOR

 

SJR 8: Joint Resolution Ratifying an Amendment to the United States Constitution

Sponsor: Riebe, Kathleen
Summary: Ratifies the Equal Rights Amendment to the Constitution of the United States.
Status:

Senate/ 1st reading (Introduced) (1/22/2021)

Stance: IN FAVOR

 

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