State Legislature Regular Session 2017

Bill Support/Oppose Legislature Ruling
HB 439 Electronic Cigarette – Support
E-cigarettes should be regulated like regular cigarettes. The nicotine can be higher in e-cigs and recently has been found to have more carcinogens than regular cigs. It is on the rise quickly with the kids, which is a troubling stat. The Health Departments and CTCs support this bill.
HB 407 Utah Public Land Management -Monitor
If this is to work that this bill be enacted upon the fed giving the state the right to manage its own land, I support. I believe in locally managed lands. This bill should include all Federally “owned” lands e.g. BLM and FS.
HB 408 State Property and SITLA
My concern with this bill is that the state is wanting to override local ordinance authority over state land within the bounds of the county or municipality. We don’t like when the feds do it. Please don’t do that to the counties or the cities.
HB 442 Alcohol Amendments – Support
I support the loosening of Utah alcohol sales regulations. Namely, removing the Zion Curtain; If operating under a restaurant license, minors may not be seated/served within 10 feet of the bar.
HB 239 Juvenile JRI – Oppose (for now)
My sheriff and attorney do not like this. Their associations don’t like this. Does reform need to happen? Yes. But let’s make sure we have a handle on JRI before we start in on the juveniles.
SB 264 Outdoor Recreation Grant Program – General Support
While I would prefer the .3% tax to be on outdoor gear vs Transient Room Tax. It would be good to help with the outdoor rec program and trails matching program.
HB 253 Short-term Rental (AirBNB Bill) – Oppose
I am an hotelier, and I have used AirBNB. I really like and have enjoyed AirBNB several times. I believe in capitalism and believe that we should not, as a government, get in the way of it. This bill says that political subdivisions cannot prohibit but can regulate short-term rentals, this should be left to the local level of government to decide.  I believe that TRT tax should still be collected on these short-term rentals.
HB 175 Opioid Abuse Prevention – Support
This is another one of the three that I sent to you that I support.
HB 50 Opioid Prescribing Regulations – 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 Insurance Opioid Regulation – 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 Partial Filling – 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.
HB 207 Federalism Amendments – 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.
HB 265 Safety Amendments – Support
If I understand this bill correctly, it takes away the need to have vehicles inspected annually or when it is mandated by the state. From what I have read, inspecting vehicles has not increased vehicle safety on the roads. I am a fan of evidence-based programs. If there is little to no corresponding evidence of a program it should be removed.
HB 147 Living Wage – Oppose
The minimum wage is not supposed to be a living wage. It is low for those entering the marketplace, learning skills and getting experience. And for those who want to make more ask for it and move up the ladder, find another job where they can more up the ladder, or gain a greater education on a skill set for greater opportunity for a better job. I do believe that minimum wage should go up based on inflation but not arbitrarily for the good feelings for the minimum wage earner.

These bills are from the Farm Bureau that would affect Emery County. If they support or oppose these bills I will do the same in support of our growers and grazers.

Bill Support/Oppose Legislature Ruling
SB 63 Nonprofit Corporation Amendments – This bill seeks to clarify the relationship between water companies and shareholders. We believe this will help protect the integrity of the water companies and protect the shareholders. We support this bill in its current form. There is an attempt to amend it that would make it easier to transfer water out of the system, we are watching that closely.  Passed
HB 385 State Monument Act – this bill requires State Parks to evaluate state property for possible state monument designation. We are not convinced that the state should be declaring “monuments”  Failed
HB 217 Livestock Harassment – this bill makes it a misdemeanor to intentionally Harass livestock with a motorized vehicle, a dog or a drone. We support  Passed
HB 280 Agriculture Regulation Preemption Amendments. Prohibits cities and counties from regulating seed, fertilizer, and pesticides. This needs to be a state responsibility for purposes of uniformity. We support  Passed
HB 225 Water Commissioner Amendments deals with compensation to water commissioners when they use their personal vehicle to perform their duties. We support.  Failed
SB 111 Unmanned Aircraft Amendments. This bill protects agricultural use if drones as well as protects Ag producers from the misuse of drone. We support  Passed

This is a bill that I supported that has direct affect on our school district and kids in the robotic clubs.

Bill Support/Oppose Legislature Ruling
SB 190 Educating Computing Partnerships
It has been a huge success so far with our Lego League and Jr High/ High School teams placing in regional tourneys and advancing to State in Emery County. It is a program for the kids who haven’t found other niches they belong in and it is the future! Without this money, we wouldn’t have this program for the kids.

Let me know your thoughts on these bills and others that you have seen move in and through our Utah State Legislature. Thank you.

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