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Week 2 Updates

February 8, 2019

 Senate Minority Leader Karen Mayne

Senator Mayne had two bills move out of the Senate this week to the House and has three that are waiting to be heard on the Senate floor. She also met with students from Connections High School in Granite School District and talked about how they could get more civically engaged.


Bill requests: 16


Bills in Senate:

SB68 Substitute Driver License and Implied Consent Modifications

SB124 Local Government Administration Amendments

SB43 Criminal Provisions Modifications


Bill passed out of Senate:

SB10 Substitute Identification Request Amendments
SB76 Workers' Compensation Adjudication


Upcoming events:

Town Hall Meeting
Monday, Feb. 11 | 6:30pm
West Valley City Hall


In the news:

WorkCompCentral.com Senate OKs Amended Bill Allowing Fees on Reversed Denials

DailyHeralds.org Utah moves closer to dumping 3.2 beer for heavier brews

The Salt Lake Tribune Gehrke: Utah’s cities should abide by the same gift rules as legislators and that means no more Jazz tickets or expensive meals

Deseret News Utah bill would shield sex workers from prosecution when they report crimes

Senate Minority Whip Luz Escamilla

This week Senator Escamilla made public two of her bills: SB143, Public Education Vision Screening and SB144, Environmental Quality Monitoring Amendments. SB143 will require nurses to be trained to provide vision screening for students. SB144 will involve having the Department of Environmental Quality implement environmental monitoring regulations to help assess and manage risks to human health. Senator Escamilla spoke on the 2019 Winter Innovation Summit's panel to discuss the importance of investing in infants and toddlers. She was also a part of a film regarding the subject that's being produced by the Pritzker Children's Initiative.


Bill requests: 13


Bills introduced:

SB143 Public Education Vision Screening
SB144 Environmental Quality Monitoring Amendments


Bills passed out of committee:

SB55 Charter Trust Land Council Amendments

SB87 Procurement of Design Professionals Amendments


In the news:

KSL.com Utah panel puts brakes on discounts for senior campers at state parks

KSTU Fox 13 Utah Senate passes replacement for Prop. 3, the Medicaid expansion ballot initiative

Deseret News Jay Evensen: Resolution on separating families at border ties committee in knots

Utah Public Radio Utah Senator Wants To Send Message ToWashington About Family Separations At The Border

ThinkProgress.org Utah Senate passes bill limiting Medicaid expansion in favor of costly alternative

Senate Minority Assistant Whip Jani Iwamoto 

Monday Senator Jani Iwamoto presented, SCR 2, Concurrent Resolution Recognizing Navajo Code Talkers, to recognize and honor the Navajo Code Talkers’ legacy for their extraordinary contribution to the nation. The resolution, presented during general session floor time, designates August 14, 2019 as Navajo Code Talkers Day in the state of Utah. Read more here.

On Thursday, her SB134 Campus Safety Amendments bill passed unanimously out of the Senate Judiciary, Law & Criminal Justice Committee.


Bill requests: 14


Bills introduced:

SB126 Motor Vehicle Insurance Minimums Amendments

Bills in the Senate:

SB61 Poll Hours for Early Voting
SB62 Substitute Campaign Finance Revisions
SB65 Utah Noxious Weed Act Amendments
SB81 Substitute Native American Remains Amendments
SB88 Crime Victims Restitution Amendments
SB89 Substitute Conflict Disclosure Amendments
SB101 Navajo Code Talker Recognition
SB134 Campus Safety Amendments
Bill passed out of Senate: SJR1 Joint Resolution Supporting the Study of Water Banking in Utah
Bills passed: 
SCR2 Concurrent Resolution Recognizing Navajo Code Talkers


In the news:

Deseret News Utah Legislature recognizes Navajo Code Talkers

The Salt Lake Tribune State leaders dedicate a day in August to the Navajo Code Talkers, whose top-secret transmissions “saved thousands of lives” in World War II

KSL.com Utah Legislature recognizes Navajo Code Talkers

Indian Country Today Navajo Nation advocates for Navajo priorities at Utah American Indian Caucus Day

Weber Sentinel News Utah State Senate Recognizes Navajo Code Talkers

KSL.com Utah bill seeks to strengthen campus safety following U. student Lauren McCluskey's death

The Salt Lake Tribune Utah lawmaker, spurred by the death of Lauren McCluskey, wants colleges to create safety plans and train officers about signs of domestic and dating violence

KSTU Fox 13 Senate bill for campus safety inspired by Lauren McCluskey

Deseret News Utah bill seeks to strengthen campus safety following University of Utah student Lauren McCluskey's death

Utah Public Radio Utah Senator Wants To Send Message To Washington About Family Separations At The Border

Senate Minority Caucus Manager Derek Kitchen 


“We are making great progress on the enormous $16.8 billion dollar budget. My assigned appropriations subcommittee is Executive Offices & Criminal Justice. This is a huge opportunity for me because I care a lot about the prison system, criminal justice reform, and fair treatment for people in our legal system. We have received updates from the Attorney General's Office, Adult Probation & Parole, and Utah Highway Patrol, among others. You can learn more about the budget here.


Here is Sen. Kitchen's floor speech voting 'no' on SB96.


Bill requests: 3


Bill introduced:

SB146 Sales Tax Exemption Modifications


Bills passed out of Senate:

SJR5 Joint Rules Resolution -- Ethics Commission Amendments


In the news:

KSTU Fox 13 Utah Senate passes replacement for Prop. 3, the Medicaid expansion ballot initiative 

Senator Gene Davis


This week, Senator Davis voted against the passage of SB96 on the Senate floor. In the Senate and Business Labor Committee, he voted 'yes' for a favorable recommendation of SB132 - Beer Amendments. On Thursday morning, Senator Davis presented one of his constituents, Jaime Duenas, who won the Utah Youth of the Year Award through the Boys & Girls Club.


Bill requests: 10


Bill introduced:

SB142 Animal Welfare Amendments
Bills in the Senate:
SB49 Homeless Shelter Funding Amendments


In the news:

Deseret News Jay Evensen: Resolution on separating families at border ties committee in knots

Utah Public Radio Utah Senator Wants To Send Message To Washington About Family Separations At The Border

KSTU Fox 13 Utah Senate passes replacement for Prop. 3, the Medicaid expansion ballot initiative

DailyKos.com Utah legislators advance Medicaid bill that repeals voter-approved expansion

ABC4.com Bill to replace Proposition 3 advances at State Capitol


Senator Kathleen Riebe

Senator Riebe spent the week working in committees, caucus meetings, and on the Senate floor. In the Senate Education Committee, Riebe voted to pass fifteen bills out of committee favorably. She was the only Senator on the Transportation, Public Utilities, Energy, and Technology Committee to stand up for the environment and vote in favor of S.B. 119, the Legacy Parkway Truck Ban that aimed to keep pollution and traffic down in a scenic area known for its numerous bike trails.


Bill requests: 3


Bills in the Senate:

SB113 Amended, Possessory Lien Amendments
SB115 High-need School Amendments


In the news:

The Salt Lake Tribune ‘I had no idea it was such a small group.’ Historical list of women in the Utah Senate fits on one page

The Salt Lake Tribune Longtime truck ban on Legacy Parkway likely to disappear Jan. 1 as lawmakers reject bill

to extend it





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