SALT LAKE CITY — On Tuesday, the Senate Government Operations and Political Subdivisions Committee is scheduled to discuss SB151, which would amend the initiative procedure in the state.
Among other things, SB151 requires an application for a statewide initiative petition to contain information relating to funding sources for the proposed law. The bill also proposes modifying public hearing and ballot requirements.
Other issues expected to be discussed at the Statehouse during the day include:
- SB92, sponsored by Sen. Todd Weiler, R-Woods Cross, was approved 27-1 and now goes to the House. Yet to be decided is whether the $1.81 million cost of adding the new judges will be included in the final budget.
- HB129, a bill allowing candidates for public office to use campaign funds to pay for child care, passed its final hurdle in the Utah Legislature Tuesday. The House voted, 64-4, to approve an amendment made in the Senate to allow use of funds during legislative duties as well as campaign duties.
- SCR06,a resolution encouraging development of advanced nuclear reactor technology for Utah's future energy needs is on the docket, prompting a local watchdog organization to hold a press conference at the state Capitol to detail why small modular reactor technology is not financially viable. The event was held the same day as the Millennial Nuclear Caucus was hosted at the Capitol by the U.S. Department of Energy and the Utah Associated Municipal Power Systems, both of which are pursuing a small modular reactor project at the Idaho National Laboratory.
- The Utah House voted 54-19 to add standards for trampoline parks across the state. HB150 would require the parks to follow safety standards, get an inspection before acquiring a business license and have liability insurance.
- The House Natural Resources, Agriculture and Environment Committee will look at HB78 to address a political subdivision's official support of land use designations and propose a process for review, approval and disapproval by the Legislature.
- The House Transportation Committee is scheduled to hear HB15, which allows a driver at a red light on a highway with a speed limit of 55 mph or lower to go through the light when there is extremely low traffic and the intersection is clear of other vehicles and pedestrians.
- The Senate Economic Development and Workforce Services Committee will be discussing HCR7, a concurrent resolution recognizing the economic importance of outdoor recreation for Utah. The resolution expresses the intention to continue the legacy of supporting and growing the broad economic value of Utah's natural assets to benefit the people of Utah.
Here's what happened on Feb. 11, the 15th day of the 2019 session:1 comment on this story
- The GOP leadership-backed replacement for the voter-approved full Medicaid expansion ballot initiative easily cleared its final legislative hurdle Monday and was signed into law by Gov. Gary Herbert a few hours later.
- A bill that seeks to make sure that investigations centered on murders, missing persons and violent felonies do not languish moved forward at the Utah Legislature.
- A bill that would loosen requirements that legal notices be published in local newspapers has risen from the grave. The bill, which failed in the House last week as HB69, reincarnated as SB145, sponsored by Sen. Dan McCay, R-Riverton, in a Senate committee Monday.