The third week of the 2017 General Session featured a lot of work in committees along with continued progress on hearing and prioritizing appropriations requests.
Three bills that Senator Karen Mayne previously passed in the Senate have now cleared the House and are off to the Governor for signature. SB18 brings the standard for determining a disability for the Firefighters’ Disability Retirement benefit in line with the state’s other long-term disability programs. SB57 and SB62 address Workers’ Compensation benefits and premiums. Senator Mayne also had several bill pass committees. These bills will proceed to the Senate Floor for debate in coming days and weeks.
Senator Mayne also took a moment to recognize the Workplace Safety Week Committee, which includes: Associated Builders and Contractors, Associated General Contractors, Industrial Supply, Utah Department of Transportation, Utah Transit Authority, Utah Labor Commission, Utah Manufacturers Association, Utah Restaurant Association, Utah Safety Council, the Rocky Mountain Center for Occupational and Environmental Health, and Workers Compensation Fund. These organizations have teamed up to ensure that Utah’s annual Workplace Safety Week (the 3rd full week of June) is successful in keeping Utah’s workers safe in the workplace.
Senator Luz Escamilla of Utah had two significant bills receive unanimous approval in committee this week: SB74, which expands the tests and languages that may be accepted by the Division of Occupational and Professional Licensing for licensing a certified medical language interpreter and SB161, which addresses the bullying crisis in our schools and helps ensure that parents are both aware of bullying incidents before problems get out of hand.
The resolution passed unanimously in both chambers and will be sent to the Governor for his signature.
During her presentation, Senator Iwamoto introduced and recognized family members of these Nisei veterans as well as two of the surviving Nisei veterans: Masami Hayashi and retired 3rd District Judge Raymond Uno. These Congressional Gold Medal recipients were escorted onto the Senate Floor by Utah Attorney General Sean Reyes.
Week three is complete and we are nearly halfway through the session. Things will only get busier from here. We hope you’ll check back to see what is happening.
Also, if you can’t visit the Capitol during the Session, you can access every committee and every floor debate on the Legislature’s website: le.utah.gov.
See you next week!
-Utah Senate Democrats