My Bills…where did they end up?

My Bills….Where are They Now? 

HB 102, Blasting Regulation, failed to make it out of the Natural Resources Committee a second time, even after amending the bill to remove any duplication with federal regulations.  This is a significant issue for the residents of our area and one I will continue to pursue during the interim.
HB 197, Grants for Math Teacher Training, passed out of both the House and Senate with a $500,000 ongoing appropriation.  This was one of the top legislative priorities for Prosperity 2020 and it will be a real boon to education in our state.  Sen. Howard Stephenson was a great help in getting the funding for this in Public Ed Approps and also in his work as the Senate sponsor.

 

HB 304, Access to Voter Date of Birth Records, passed out of the House with a great show of support and then ran into a major road block in the Senate.  It was never heard for a vote, even after an attempt to lift it from Rules for a floor vote was suggested by our Sen. Todd Weiler.  This bill allows a voter to “opt out” to keep their birthdate private, along with their social security number and driver license number, on the official public voter files.  Although this bill has been given a bad mark by the Utah Media Coalition, it actually is a great bill that does nothing but give voters the control of their own private information on their voter registration  files.  Currently that information, including date of birth, is available for sale from the County Clerk’s offices and can be used for political or commercial uses.  This bill was supported by the County Clerk’s association and the Lieutenant Governor’s office.  It was opposed by the political parties and others with an interest in commercial uses for this private information.

 

HB 303, “Insurance Coverage for Children with Hearing Impairments”  turned into HJR 20 and was passed out of the House and sat on the Senate board until the end of the last evening and was not voted on.  We will continue to work on this issue during the interim to find ways to support children with this significant need.
HB 93, “Health Insurance for Children with Disabilities”, never received a committee hearing.   If you look past the title and actually read the language of the bill you see that this requires parents to cover their children with disabilities past the age of majority if they have the ability to provide that medical insurance coverage.  Right now, the first line of defense for many is Medicaid.  This is a bill that would remove in some cases, individuals from the Medicaid rolls and place responsibility for their coverage with parents.  This is not for everyone, only those who already have insurance and could add that child.
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