Commissioners Report 2-7-17

February 7, 2017

The State legislature is in full swing. Senator Hinkins sent out a letter that you can read here on some of the bills that he is watching. Some that I am watching are:

  • SB 139 – Oppose: Limits school district participation to a maximum of 50% in a CRA (Community Reinvestment Area)
  • SB 142 – Oppose: Eliminates school district participation in tax increment financing by removing tax revenue collected under the basic local levy
  • HB 207 – Watching: While I support the idea of federalism and following the 10th Amendment that powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people. I am not sure what the $350,000 is going to do to help this. Yes on federalism, no to the fiscal note.

The next three are on opiate regulations. I am in favor of all three. There are many in the medical industry opposing this, but the Legislators writing these bills are physicians. Part of the problem with opioid abuse and overdose starts with the doctors prescribing the drugs. These bills are a good start to help reduce addiction.

  • HB 50 – Support: Sets a 7-day opiate prescription limit for someone who hasn’t had an opiate prescription in the last 90 days and requires them to check the Utah controlled substance database. This keeps the supply of potentially abusable opiates in home medicine cabinets to a bare minimum and prevents multiple prescriptions for opiates.
  • HB 90 – Support: Requires Medicaid and commercial health insurance companies to establish policies to minimize the risks of opiate addiction and overdose from prescribing high doses of opiates and co-prescribing opiates and benzodiazepines. It also requires insurers to enact a policy to provide for medication-assisted treatment for patients with opiate dependence.
  • HB 146 – Support: Allows a patient or a physician to request that an opiate prescription be only partially filled. This would also minimize the supply of leftover opiates in household medicine chests.

What are the bills you are interested in? Let me know.

Also, I am continuing to work with our EMS director and QI (Quality Improvement) Representatives to make sure that our EMTs will continue to have the best training and group of people for everyone in our county. For more click here.

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