2020 Utah Legislative Bill Tracker

Bill
 Sponsor
Description
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House  Bills

Juvenile Justice Bills

HB14 - School Absenteeism and Truancy Amendments

Rep. Snow

Creates a standard definition for “truancy” and chronic truancy” and seeks to improve data reporting by schools to the state board of education

Following

HB78 - Juvenile Incarceration Services Amendments

Rep. Dailey-Provost

Prevents the state from sending fees related to juvenile incarceration to debt collection

Support

HB111 - Notification to School of Criminal Proceedings

Rep. Hall

Requires law enforcement to notify a school when a student is under investigation for a violent felony or weapons offense,

Following

HB171 - School Threat Amendments

Rep. Stoddard

Defines the crime of threatening a school (or committing an intentional hoax threat), creates certain criminal penalties (including restitution for the costs of a school response to a threat), and requires a mental health assessment.

Following

HB229 - Extreme Risk Protection Order

Rep. Handy

Enables a family member or law enforcement to ask a court to restrain a person from possessing any firearms or ammunition for a specified length of time;

Support
       

Child Care and Early Education

HB89 - Workforce Development Incentives Amendments

Rep. Harrison

Allows GOED to consider the “working parent benefits” that a company offers, when calculating potential incentives packages

Support

HB97 - Newborn Safe Haven Amendments

Rep. Arent

Updates Utah’s “Safe Haven Law” to allow parents to leave newborn children, up to 30 days old, at a hospital, safely and without fear of criminal prosecution. Also includes provisions to ensure notification of fathers when possible, and to prevent birth record duplications

Support

HB99 - Enhanced Kindergarten Amendments

Rep. Snow

Expands state-funded Optional-Extended Day Kindergarten administered by Utah State Board of Education. Boosts current spending about 2.5 times

Support

HB114 - Early Learning Training and Assessment Amendments

Rep. Waldrip

Expands teacher professional development program focused on early literacy to include numeracy skills and to boost embedded coaching/technical assistance support to educators.

Support

HB153 - Parental Leave Amendments

Rep. Weight

Directs state agencies (except for universities) to offer up to sic weeks of paid parental leave for the birth or adoption of a child

Support

HB187 - Employer Tax Credit for Child Care

Rep. Harrison

Creates a non-refundable tax credit for employers who offer financial support for their employee’s child care expenses

Support

HB264 - Infant at Work Pilot Program  Rep. Pitcher

This bill establishes the Infant at Work Pilot Program for eligible employees of the Department of Health.

 Support
Health

HB16 – School Meals Program Amendments

Rep. Johnson

Broadens the use of school lunch revenues to include school meals and will strengthen evaluation among schools participating in meal programs.

Support

HB34 – Tanning for Minors

Rep. Daw

This bill prohibits minors from tanning without parental consent. Youth tanning increases health risks for youth, including cancer

Support

HB58 - Electronic Cigarettes in Schools Amendments

Rep. Pulsipher

Allows school administrators and educators to take certain steps to combat vaping misconduct at public schools, including a comprehensive health curriculum section and promoting positive alternatives.

Following

HB69 - Sick Leave Amendments

Rep. Arent

Directs employers that offer their employees paid sick leave, to allow those employees to use at least five paid sick days to care for an immediate family member who is ailing

Support

HB88 - School and Child Care Center Water Testing Requirements

Rep. Handy

Direct schools and child care centers to test water for lead and connects centers and schools with remediation support resources. Let’s keep our kids hydrated and healthy!

Support

HB108 - Medical Specialists in Public Schools Rep. Spackman Moss We support efforts that may lead to greater access to school-based health services. This bill seeks to clarify and offer greater guidance for schools regarding the pay schedule they can use for school-based health staff. Support
HB118 – Retail Tobacco Amendments Rep. Daily-Provost

This bill will limit which types of stores can sell flavored tobacco or vaping products. These products are often used to target and appeal to youth. In addition, this bill will give cities greater authority to curb underage vaping.

Support
HB204 – Insurance Coverage for in Vitro Fertilization Rep. Stoddard Will require a health benefit plan to cover in vitro fertilization if it provides a maternity benefit Support

HB210 - Insurance Coverage for Children Amendments- Support

Rep. Ward 

The number of uninsured kids in Utah has increased over the last two years. This bill would address this problem, by implementing 12-month continuous coverage for children on Medicaid and make it easier for eligible kids to get covered and stay covered.

Support 

HB222 - Start Smart Utah Breakfast Program Rep. Johnson

Will help more kids get breakfast at school. When kids aren't hungry, they are better learners!

Support
B313 -  Telehealth Parity Amendments  Rep. Ballard

This bill will allow for coverage parity between telehealth and in-person visits. It will help more individuals in rural and underserved areas to receive care.

 Support
HB323 - School Mental Health Amendments Rep. Eliason

Will establish a grant program for schools to conduct age-appropriate mental health screenings for students and then connect high-risk students with care. Optional grant program for schools, specifically aimed to help identify children before they are in a life-threatening crisis.

 Support

 

HB372 - Digital Wellness, Citizenship, and Safe Technology Commission

 Rep. Keven Stratton  This bill would create the Digital Wellness, Citizenship, and Safe Technology Commission and requires the commission to: identify best practices and compile resources for training students in healthy behavior related to technology use; and report to the Education Interim Committee and the State Board of Education on efforts related to delivering training in healthy behavior related to technology use  Support
       
Tax and Budget Bills
 

Senate Bills

Health

SJR 2 – Joint Resolution Encouraging Action to Reduce the Number of Utah Children with Elevated Blood Lead Levels

Sen. Iwamoto

Encourages more children to get lead screening so we can make sure kids are getting connected with the care and follow-up treatment they need.

Support

SB74 - Family Planning Services Amendments Sen. Kitchen

This bill will help more low-income individuals access family planning health care services.

Support
SB135 - Dental Practice Act Amendments Sen. Christensen

We support this bill because it advances teledentistry efforts and rules in Utah. Teledentistry is a promising practice that has the potential to help more people access dental care in rural and underserved areas.

Support
SB155 - Medical Billing Amendments Sen. Mayne

Directs the Department of Insurance and insurers to report on the practice of balance billing or so-called “surprise” medical billing.

Support
 
 
 
 
Tax and Budget

SB53 - Global Intangible Low Taxed Income Amendments

Sen Fillmore

This bill modifies provisions related to payment of income tax on global intangible low-taxed income.

Oppose

 SB39 -Affordable Housing Amendments
Sen Anderegg
This bill modifies the allowable uses for a community reinvestment agency's housing allocation and modifies the requirements for distributing money from the Olene Walker Housing
 Loan Fund;
 Support