Week 3 Updates


Senate Minority Leader Karen Mayne​​

Senator Mayne's SB10 and SB76 have passed the House and Senate and are waiting to be signed by the governor. She has a few bills waiting to be heard in House committees. Her town hall on Monday with Representatives Kwan and Weight was very informative and she discussed the beer law (SB132), health care (SB96), a few of her bills, and how the community could get more involved in local and state government with the constituents in attendance.

In photo to the right, Sen. Mayne presents the Legislator of the Year Award to Sen. Don Ipson at the Fire Caucus' annual luncheon.

BILL REQUESTS: 16

BILLS IN SENATE:

SB43 Criminal Provisions Modifications

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 Day
SB176 Railroad Safety Amendments

BILLS PASSED OUT OF SENATE:​​

SB68 Substitute Driver License and Implied Consent Modifications

SB124 Local Government Administration Amendments

BILLS PASSING THE LEGISLATURE:

SB10 Substitute Identification Request Amendments SB76 Workers' Compensation Adjudication Amendments

IN THE NEWS:

KSL.com First look at Utah tax reform plan coming; expect no sales taxes on medical, real estate services and tuition

WorkCompCentral.com Proposal to Award Fees for Reversed Denials Heading to Governor

Senate Minority Whip Luz Escamilla

This week Senator Escamilla's SB143, Public Education Vision Screening, successfully passed with a favorable recommendation in the Senate Health and Human Services Committee Wednesday afternoon. On Valentine's Day, she and other female Utah legislators celebrated the 149th anniversary of First to Vote. The first vote by a woman took place in Utah, Feb. 14, 1870. Sen. Escamilla also joined the 24 other Utah women legislators in celebrating Martha Hughes Cannon, the first woman elected to a state senate in the entire U.S.

In the photo above, the 25 women serving in the 63rd legislature gather to celebrate the 149th anniversary of the first woman to vote.

BILL REQUESTS: 13

BILLS IN SENATE:

SB143 Public Education Vision Screening
SB144 Environmental Quality Monitoring Amendments SB87 Procurement of Design Professionals Amendments SB161 Medical Cannabis Act Amendments

BILLS PASSED OUT OF SENATE:

SB55 Charter Trust Land Council Amendments

IN THE NEWS:

The Salt Lake Tribune ‘We are part of her legacy’: Utah chooses sculptor to create a Martha Hughes Cannon statue for the U.S. Capitol

Telemundo Utah Interviene en compromiso de cannabis medicinal

Senate Minority Assistant Whip Jani Iwamoto

Senator Iwamoto this week visited with students from Oakwood Elementary, Guadalupe Elementary, and St. Vincent de Paul School; recognized Utah Nonprofits on the floor; visited with Utah PTA; and passed seven bills on the senate floor this week. As a member of the Senate Natural Resources, Agriculture, and Environment Standing Committee she voted 'no' on HB220, Radioactive Waste Amendments.

Senators Iwamoto and Davis hold a town hall Saturday, Feb. 16th from 1:00-3:00pm at Legacy Village of Sugar House.

BILL REQUESTS: 14

BILLS IN SENATE:

SB126 Motor Vehicle Insurance Minimums Amendments

SB61 Poll Hours for Early Voting SB89 Substitute Conflict Disclosure Amendments
SB134 Campus Safety Amendments
SB162 Corrections Officer Certification Amendments
BILLS PASSED OUT OF SENATE:
SB62 Substitute Campaign Finance Revisions
SB65 Utah Noxious Weed Act Amendments
SB81 Substitute Native American Remains Amendments
SB88 Crime Victims Restitution Amendments
SB101 Navajo Code Talker Recognition
BILLS PASSING THE LEGISLATURE: SJR1 Joint Resolution Supporting the Study of Water Banking in Utah SCR2 Concurrent Resolution Recognizing Navajo Code Talkers

IN THE NEWS:

The Salt Lake Tribune Bill that could pave the way for EnergySolutions to accept depleted uranium advances

Deseret News Utah Senate panel advances radioactive waste bill, despite Gov. Gary Herbert's 'discomfort'

KSL.com Utah Senate panel advances radioactive waste bill, despite Gov. Gary Herbert's 'discomfort'

Senate Minority Caucus Manager Derek Kitchen

This week, Senator Kitchen focused on a substitute for Senator Anderegg’s affordable housing bill, SB34. The substitute would require that cities with transit infrastructure had to meet at least four items from a list of requirements to allow moderate income housing within the communities of these cities. Another priority this week was opposing HB220, a bill that would allow radioactive waste of B & C classes to be stored in Utah. Although the bill did pass out favorably in committee, he will be watching it for debate on the Senate floor.

In the photo, freshman Sen. Kitchen receives bit of hazing from GOP Sen. Todd Weiler, who told him it was Senate Pirate Day.

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:

The Salt Lake Tribune ‘It’s about 50-50’: Proposed hate-crimes legislation hits a snag among Utah Senate Republicans

Associated Press With GOP divided, future of Utah hate-crime law in doubt

The Salt Lake Tribune Bill that could pave the way for EnergySolutions to accept depleted uranium advances

The Salt Lake Tribune Utah Senate passes affordable-housing bill by 20-9 despite concerns it costs too much and isn’t tough enough on cities

Deseret News In attempt to avoid 'crazy changes' in House, Utah Senate passes stricter affordable housing bill

Senator Gene Davis

Senator Davis’ Homeless Shelter Funding Amendments passed through the Senate and is now headed to the House for consideration. He enjoyed meeting with various nonprofits from across Utah at the Nonprofit Day on the Hill this week. Senator Davis will be holding a town hall this Saturday at 1:00pm at the Legacy Village of Sugar House.

BILL REQUESTS: 10

BILLS IN SENATE:

SB148 Child Welfare in Custody Proceedings

BILLS PASSING THE SENATE:

SB49 Homeless Shelter Funding Amendments

IN THE NEWS:

ABC4.com Governor says bill balances 'compassion' and 'frugality'

Senator Kathleen Riebe

"The legislative session is moving fast! An important bill that came into committee this week is SB149, the Transportation and Student Success Act.I worked alongside numerous stakeholders in our education community to understand the ramifications of SB149. I strongly encouraged the maker of the bill to seek stakeholder input. SB149 gives local funding to education, and was passed out of committee with a unanimous favorable recommendation. In the Senate Education Appropriations Committee, I urged my colleagues to realize the impact that nurses in our schools have on student health and safety. In the Transportation Committee, we successfully passed out HB96 with a favorable recommendation, keeping nighttime construction safe for workers and convenient for citizens."

In photo above, Senators show their "love" for each other on Valentine's Day.

BILL REQUESTS: 3

BILLS IN SENATE:

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

IN THE NEWS:

ToddCastUtah Sen. Kathleen Riebe on Education, School Boards Elections and Caucuses

KSL.com Citing 'transparency' need, Utah Senate panel OKs initiative process changes


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