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The 2018 Utah Legislative Session will take place from January 22 to March 8, with 45 days chock full of long committee meetings, urgent Action Alerts, conversations between community members and legislators, demonstrations on the steps of the State Capitol Building and much more! 

We'll be following a lot of different bills during the 2018 session, not all of which will be made public before the session officially begins. Some bills are introduced with language that we support, and then that language changes over the course of the legislative process. Occasionally, the changes are subtantial enough to warrant a change in our position. We will do our best to keep this list of bills - as well as our positions - updated for your information, but it can be tricky when things are so busy for our staff during this crazy time of year. 

We are working on several bills that will be priorities for us in 2018. You can learn more about these priority legislative proposals by clicking on the topic links below. 

Children dont make the lawsTax and Budget Issues

Creating a State Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC)

Restoring Investment in Children

Health Issues

12-Month Continuous Eligibility for Utah Kids with Medicaid

Maternal Health

Oral Health

Health Coverage

Early Childhood Care & Education Issues

High Quality Child Care

Governance and Coordination of Early Childcare Services

Juvenile Justice Issues

Implementing Juvenile Justice Reform

Bills

Bill & Sponsor  Voices for Utah Children Position
HB 12 "Family Planning Services Amendments," Rep. Ray Ward  Support
HB 24 "Autism Insurance Coverage Sunset Amendments," Rep. Paul Ray  Support
HB 41 "Mental Health Crisis Line Amendment," Rep. Steve Eliason Support
HB 57 "Intergenerational Poverty Work and Self-Sufficiency Tax Credit," Rep. John Westwood - IGP EITC Support
HB 64 "Distracted Driver Amendments," Rep. Carol Spackman-Moss Support
HB 123 "Child Care Licensing Amendments," Rep. Karen Kwan Following
HB 132 "Juvenile Justice Modifications," Rep. Lowry Snow Following
HB 148 "Tax Revisions," Rep. Tim Quinn - removes the remaining 1.75% state sales tax on grocery food items Support
HB 156 "Family Leave Amendments," Rep. Elizabeth Weight Support
HB 164 "Early Learning Task Force," Rep. Bruce Culter  Following
HJR 6 "Joint Resolution Commemorating the 50th Anniversary of the Fair Housing Act," Rep. Gage Froer  Support
SB 31 "Utah Mobile Crisis Outreach Team," Sen. Daniel Thatcher Following
SB 48 "Medicaid Waiting Period Amendments," Sen. Allen Christensen Oppose
SB 65 "Child Neglect Amendments," Sen. Lincoln Fillmore  "Child Neglect Amendments," Sen. Lincoln Fillmore  Following

 

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For 30 years now, Voices for Utah Children has called on our state, federal and local leaders to put children’s needs first. But the work is not done. The children of 30 years ago now have children of their own. Too many of these children are growing up in poverty, without access to healthcare or quality educational opportunities.

How can you be involved?

Make a tax-deductible donation to Voices for Utah Children—or join our Network with a monthly donation of $20 or more.  Network membership includes complimentary admission to Network events with food, socializing, and opportunity to meet child advocacy experts. And don't forget to join our listserv to stay informed!

We look forward to the future of Voices for Utah Children and we hope you will be a part of our next 30 years.

 

Published in Legislative Center
January 12, 2017

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