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Week 4 Updates

Updated: Feb 19


Senate Minority Leader Karen Mayne​​

Senate Minority Leader Karen Mayne presented SB175 Thursday to the Senate Judiciary, Law Enforcement, and Criminal Justice Committee to create a Gang Prevention Awareness Week the third week of September to honor those officers whom she calls “soldiers of the streets,” dedicated to seeking out gang members in an effort to rescue them from gang life. Several gang units from area law enforcement agencies attended the presentation to support the bill.

Senator Mayne will hold a Town Hall on Wednesday, Feb. 27, 7:00pm, Kearns Senior Center, 4851 W. 4700 S.

BILL REQUESTS: 16

BILLS IN SENATE:

  • SJR10 Joint Resolution Encouraging More Training and Resources for Municipal Code Enforcement Officers

  • SB155 Animal Shelter Transparency Amendments

  • SB156 Construction Trades Licensing Amendments

  • SB167 Public Safety and Firefighter Planned Retirement Program

  • SB169 Political Action Committee Amendments

  • SB175 Gang Awareness Week

  • SB176 Railroad Safety Amendments

BILLS PASSED OUT OF SENATE:

  • SB43 Criminal Provisions Modifications

  • SB124 Local Government Administration Amendments

BILLS PASSING THE LEGISLATURE:

  • SB10S01 Identification Request Amendments

  • SB76 Driver License and Implied Consent Modifications

  • SB68S01 Workers' Compensation Adjudication Amendments

IN THE NEWS:

Deseret News Utah Senate Democrats miss update from Romney, Curtis, Stewart

The Salt Lake Tribune Tribune Editorial: Utah Legislature should leave the locals alone. Mostly.

Deseret News Utah panel recommends no money for study to determine prevalence of maternal cannabis use

The Salt Lake Tribune Legislation would require public disclosure of animal shelter information, including numbers of animals accepted and those euthanized

Life Insurance News Autism insurance coverage likely to be supported in Utah bill

ABC4 KTVX Legislature would require more disclosure from animal shelters

NonProfitQuarterly.org Utah Legislation Calls for Monthly Reporting of Animal Shelter Kills

Senate Minority Whip Luz Escamilla

Senator Luz Escamilla recognized West High junior Felix Ortiz with a citation on the Senate floor Thursday. The student was first on the scene of a crash Tuesday on the 600 N. on-ramp to I-15. A car had flipped and Felix pulled a man out and administered CPR. It was a honor to celebrate him in the Senate, with his mother and sister in attendance.

Senator Escamilla participated in the Clean Air Caucus press conference Friday and discussed her inland port environmental study bill; and she has also spent a lot of time this week prioritizing appropriations for the minority caucus.

BILL REQUESTS: 10

BILLS IN SENATE:

  • SB144 Environmental Quality Monitoring Amendments

  • SB143 Public Education Vision Screening

  • SB161S02 Medical Cannabis Act Amendments

BILLS PASSED OUT OF SENATE:

  • SB87 Procurement of Design Professionals Amendments

BILLS PASSING THE LEGISLATURE:

  • SB55S01 Charter Trust Land Council Amendments

IN THE NEWS:

ABC4.com Clean Air Caucus rolls out this year's legislative plan

Univision 32 Reconocen a Héroe Hispano en el Senado

Deseret News Utah Senate lauds West High student who saved driver involved in Salt Lake City crash

The Salt Lake Tribune West High student honored for quick action that saved the life of an injured motorist

ABC4.com Teen who helped save man's life honored at Capitol

The Salt Lake Tribune Senate committee OKs bill that would monitor environmental impacts of the inland port development planned for Salt Lake City

Deseret News 'Good faith' bill making fixes to Utah medical marijuana law advanced by committee

Senate Minority Assistant Whip Jani Iwamoto

Senator Iwamoto met with four talented high school students in her district who were some of this year’s Senate art contest winners! Trisha Chandramouli from Olympus High School, Audrey Glende from East High School, Emma Cooley from Skyline High School, and Martha Moffat from Olympus High School were all recipients of scholarships for their great work!

Today, two bills passed in both chambers. Senator Iwamoto's bill addressing membership on noxious weed control boards passed unanimously in the House. A House bill she sponsored, which creates a special group license plate to support veterans traveling to Washington, DC to visit veterans memorials (Honor Flight), passed unanimously in the Senate. Four more bills passed unanimously through committee.

BILL REQUESTS: 14

BILLS IN SENATE:

  • SB126 Motor Vehicle Insurance Minimums Amendments

  • SB61 Poll Hours for Early Voting

  • SB134 Campus Safety Amendments

  • SB162 Corrections Officer Certification Amendments

BILLS PASSED OUT OF SENATE:
BILLS PASSING THE LEGISLATURE:
  • SJR1 Joint Resolution Supporting the Study of Water Banking in Utah

  • SCR2 Concurrent Resolution Recognizing Navajo Code Talkers

  • SB65 Utah Noxious Weed Act Amendments

IN THE NEWS:

The Salt Lake Tribune Utah Senate advances bill to accept depleted uranium in Utah

Fox13Now.com A lawmaker seeks to block Utah cities from banning plastic bags, straws and containers

Senate Minority Caucus Manager Derek Kitchen

This week, Senator Kitchen voted yes for SB103 in his Senate Judiciary, Law Enforcement, and Criminal Justice committee in supporting Sen. Thatcher’s hate crime legislation. This was the first time that a hate crime bill had received a committee hearing in years, and more importantly, it passed unanimously in committee. Also this week, Equality Utah unveiled a bill sponsored by Sen. McCay that would prohibit conversion therapy in Utah, which would make Utah the 16th state to ban conversion therapy if it passes. Conversion therapy has been linked to high rates of suicide in LGBTQ youths, and is one step that could help Utah’s high rate of suicide.

In photo, Sen. Kitchen met with some members of the Planned Parenthood Teen Council, which teaches leadership skills and spreads accurate and positive info about reproductive health. Applications are now open for the next school year. If you know anyone interested in joining, they can apply online at ppau.org or email education@ppau.org.

BILL REQUESTS: 3

BILLS IN SENATE:

SB146 Sales Tax Exemption Modifications

BILLS PASSING THE LEGISLATURE:

SJR5 Joint Rules Resolution -- Ethics Commission Amendments

IN THE NEWS:

NBCNews.com Republican lawmakers push to ban 'gay conversion therapy' in Utah

KSL Radio Dave and Dujanovic Show Utah's hate crime laws are ineffective, Sen. Thatcher says. He wants to completely rehaul them.

Sen. Todd Weiler's ToddCast Sen. Derek Kitchen on Same Sex Marriage and Nuclear Waste

The Washington Post ‘Are you gay, though?’ Man records alleged assault, prompting police investigation

Huffpost Video Shows Alleged Attack On Utah Man Who Is Asked If He’s Gay

Fox13 KSTU A lawmaker seeks to block Utah cities from banning plastic bags, straws and containers

Senator Gene Davis

Senator Davis had a successful town hall last Saturday with about 50 of his constituents in attendance. He discussed a wide variety of topics ranging from Medicaid, affordable housing, and education. SB142 Animal Welfare Amendments was heard in committee and held back in Senate Rules committee. Additionally, SB148 Child Welfare in Custody Proceedings was held in committee. SB49 Homeless Shelter Funding Amendments passed through the House Revenue and Taxation Committee and is being prepared to be read on the House floor. On Tuesday, Senator Davis, along with the members of the Business, Economic Development, and Labor Appropriations Subcommittee, approved budget priorities. On Friday, Senator Davis spoke to the members of the Utah Nurses Association on Medicaid and the important role nurses play in our healthcare system.

Photo above: Senator Davis with his intern this session, Kathleen Thompson

BILL REQUESTS: 10

BILLS IN SENATE:

  • SB142 Animal Welfare Amendments

  • SB148 Child Welfare in Custody Proceedings

BILLS PASSING THE SENATE:

  • SB49 Homeless Shelter Funding Amendments

IN THE NEWS:

The Salt Lake Tribune Utah senator says state tax reforms should demand contributions from all industries

The Salt Lake Tribune Utah Senate advances bill to accept depleted uranium in Utah

Senator Kathleen Riebe

Senator Riebe successfully passed her first bill, SB113 Possessory Lien Amendments, allowing people to retrieve items from their car after it's been towed, but not before a little hazing from her colleagues, many of whom voted "no" before switching to "aye." The bill will now go to the Governor's desk.

Senator Riebe is hosting an interactive Teen Town Hall today, Feb. 22, at 6:00 pm at the Cottonwood Heights City Hall, and would love to see you there!

BILL REQUESTS: 3

BILLS PASSING THE SENATE:

  • SB113 Possessory Lien Amendments

  • SB115S01 High-need School Amendments

Photos:

Left: Senator Riebe announces the names of the students who won the statewide Senate Art Contest.

Below: Senator Riebe speaking with elementary school students in the Rotunda.

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