Week 1 Updates

As the new Senate Minority Leader, Sen. Mayne was busy in the days leading up to the session with a fair number of media interviews and panel discussions, including the United Way Legislative Preview Breakfast and the Utah Economic Outlook and Policy Summit.

In addition to the business of fighting changes to the Prop 3 Medicaid expansion, three of her bills passed out of committee this week, another was introduced, and she has a number of other bills in the works.

Bills passed out of committees:

SB10 Identification Request Amendments

SB68 Driver License and Implied Consent Modifications substitute

SB76 Workers' Compensation Adjudication Amendments

Bill introduced:

SB43 Criminal Provisions Modifications substitute

In the news:

The Salt Lake Tribune ‘Trib Talk’: Utah Republican and Democratic leaders discuss their priorities for the 2019 session

The Salt Lake Tribune New Utah House speaker kicks off legislative session...

"In the Senate, Minority Leader Karen Mayne, R-West Valley City, said there is a 'new energy' in her caucus, and expressed optimism that Democratic lawmakers’ good ideas will be heard by their Republican colleagues.'The more we work together,' Mayne said, 'the more we understand each other."

Deseret News Proposed Utah laws take on fake urine, kratom and overdose deaths

The Salt Lake Tribune Who funds Utah legislators’ campaigns?

KSLTV.com Doug Wright Show Jan. 27

Utah Public Radio Session Opening Day

Senate Minority Whip Luz Escamilla

Sen. Escamilla worked this week on maintaining Prop 3, proposing an amendment to 1SB96 Medicaid Expansion Amendments to go ahead with the expansion as outlined in Prop 3 as outlined if the federal waivers do not come in by April 1.

Bills passed out of committee:

SB55 Charter Trust Land Council Amendments

SB87 Procurement of Design Professionals Amendments

Bill introduced: SB48 Camping Fees Amendments

In the news:

KUER Radio West Place and The Politics of Pollution

Deseret News Utah Democrat to file bill to track environmental impact of Utah inland port

KSL.com Women discuss advocacy strategies for the upcoming legislative session

Deseret News Bill replacing Prop. 3 Medicaid expansion passes committee

The Daily Universe SB96: Bill replacing Prop. 3 Medicaid expansion draws ire

The Salt Lake Tribune Republican Utah senators move quickly to advance Medicaid plan that would cover fewer people and initially cost more money

Senate Minority Assistant Whip Jani Iwamoto

Senator Jani Iwamoto had an extraordinarily busy week with nine of her bills passing out of committees—eight of them unanimously.

In the photo are Sen. David Hinkins, left, with Sen. Iwamoto and supporters of the Navajo American repatriation of remains and Navajo code talkers recognition bills.

Bills passed out of committee:

SB88 Crime Victims Restitution Amendments SB65 Utah Noxious Weed Act Amendments

SB61 Poll Hours for Early Voting

SB62 Campaign Finance Revisions

SB89 Conflict Disclosure Amendments

SB81 Native American Remains Amendments

SCR2 Concurrent Resolution Recognizing Navajo Code Talkers

SB101 Navajo Code Talker Recognition

SJR1 Joint Resolution Supporting the Study of Water Banking in Utah

In the news:

KSL.com Utah Lawmaker may introduce bill that requires shoppers to pay 10 cents for grocery bags

KUTV.com Paper, plastic or pony up? Utah bill would charge 10 cents per bag at the store

Salt Lake Tribune As Utah dries up, lawmakers look for smarter ways to transfer, use — and not use — water

KSL.com Senate committee takes up watershed management bill, study of water banking

Senate Minority Caucus Manager Derek Kitchen

Newly elected Sen. Derek Kitchen was sworn into office the first day of the general session, with his husband Moudi Sbeity by his side.

“At the end of the first week of my first Legislative Session, I am feeling energized, exhausted, and welcomed. I have already learned so much. As I've been meeting my new colleagues in the Senate, I have high hopes that I will be able to build relationships and work to get good policy passed," said Sen. Kitchen.

Sen. Kitchen introduced his first bill this week, ​SJR005 Joint Rules Resolution - Ethics Commission Amendments, a simple code cleanup.

Senator Gene Davis

On Wednesday, Senator Davis voted against the passage of SB96. He has been an advocate for Medicaid expansion for many years and he believes Proposition 3 meets all federal and financial requirements. People needs to have access to quality healthcare and the decision of the voters must stand. On Thursday, Senator Davis’ SB49 Homeless Shelter Amendments were given a favorable recommendation from the Revenue and Taxation Committee. The amendments were supported by the Utah State Tax Commission. Senator Davis enjoyed getting to meet students from various Youth Councils across Utah at the Utah League of Cities and Towns.

In the news:

The Salt Lake Tribune Republican Utah senators move quickly to advance Medicaid plan that would cover fewer people and initially cost more money

KPCW radio Limited Medicaid expansion bill meets approval in first Senate vote

Senator Kathleen Riebe

Newly elected Sen. Riebe was sworn in to office the first day of the session with her family in attendance. A teacher, Sen. Riebe comes to the Senate from the Utah State School Board. Education is her top priority this session.

Bill introduced:

SB113 Possessory Lien Amendments

In the news:

Sandy Journal State representatives from Sandy area share 2019 goals

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