Silas Walker, Deseret News
The Capitol in Salt Lake City is pictured on Friday, Jan. 25, 2019.

SALT LAKE CITY — As lawmakers begin their third week of the 2019 legislative session, Medicaid expansion is expected to dominate discussion again today with the Senate set to hear the House-approved version of SB96, which alters the voter-approved Proposition 3 for full expansion of the federal program under Affordable Care Act guidelines.

The House approved an amended SB96 on Friday amid vocal protests. The Senate opens its floor session at 11 a.m. with the bill on its concurrence calendar.

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Other issues expected to be discussed at the Statehouse during the day include:

• The House Education Committee is considering HB242 and HJR13, which alter the way the State Board of Education is chosen, by appointment instead of election, as well as reduce the size of the school board. HJR13 would put the changes on the ballot to amend the state constitution to allow for members to be appointed by the governor.

• The Senate Natural Resources, Agriculture and Environment Committee will look at SB52, which requires the metering of pressurized secondary water.

• The House Public Utilities, Energy and Technology Committee has HB107 on its agenda, which would amend the Sustainable Transportation and Energy Plan Act to expand the program to include a large-scale natural gas utility in its goals for energy production in the state.

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Here's what happened on Feb. 8, the 12th day of the 2019 session:

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  • The House voted 56 to 19 in favor of SB96 Friday, the GOP legislative leadership's alternative to the full Medicaid expansion approved by voters that now includes the possibility of reverting back to much of Proposition 3.
  • A bill that's been years in the making, aiming to allow driverless vehicles to ply Utah's highways and byways, earned the unanimous approval of a legislative committee Friday, a first step toward becoming law.
  • A bill to allow candidates to pay for child care during campaign events passed unanimously in the Senate Friday, with a substitution allowing use during legislative duties as well.