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Bill Status Better Utah Position Bill
Passed

H.R. 2 - House Rules Resolution - Amendments to House Rules

Among other changes to House Rules, restricts the ability of the press to access certain non-public areas they were able to access previously, including the hallways around the House Chamber and areas behind the dais in committee rooms.

Notes: As a resolution to change House Rules, no Senate vote was required.

Topic(s): Transparency
Category: Good Government
Passed

H.B. 11 - Student Eligibility in Interscholastic Activities

Prohibits transgender girls from participating in school sports activities, but if that ban is overturned by a court, then it creates a commission that would set baseline physical characteristics for participating in such sports and determine whether transgender students are eligible to play based on those standards.

Notes: Vote to override Governor Spencer Cox’s veto used for scoring of H.B. 11. Sen. Dan McCay was scored as if he was a sponsor of the bill because he introduced the substitute version that was passed by the Legislature. Rep. Angela Romero was absent for the veto override vote, but had previously voted against H.B. 11.

Topic(s): LGBTQ+ Rights
Category: Equal Rights
Passed

H.B. 21 - School and Child Care Center Water Testing Requirements

Provides funding to test for lead in water sources at all public schools and child care centers, and then requires that all sources of lead be replaced.

Topic(s): Health Care
Category: Strong Communities
Passed

H.B. 30 - Student Tribal Regalia Use Amendments

Allows students who are members of a tribe to wear tribal regalia during high school graduation ceremonies.

Topic(s): Indigenous Rights
Category: Equal Rights
Didn't Pass

H.B. 60 - Vaccine Passport Amendments

Prohibits government entities, employers, and places of public accomodation from discriminating on the basis of a person’s “immunity status,” except for in number of specific cases such public school vaccination requirements.

Topic(s): Public Safety
Category: Strong Communities
Passed

H.B. 91 - Financial Disclosures Amendments

Adds an exemption to the definition of campaign “in-kind contributions” for survey results, voters lists, voter contact information, voting trend data, or other information that is not commissioned for the benefit of a candidate and is offered at not cost to candidates.

Topic(s): Campaign Finance
Category: Good Government
Passed

H.B. 96 - Government Records Fee Amendments

Except for the media, allows government entities to charge for the first fifteen minutes of fulfilling government records requests for individuals that have submitted a separate request within the preceding ten days.

Topic(s): Transparency
Category: Good Government
Didn't Pass

H.B. 115 - Water Distribution Efficiency

Requires water providers and water conservancy districts to establish standards of acceptable levels of water loss and deal with excessive levels of water loss.

Passed

H.B. 121 - Water Conservation Modifications

Requires existing state buildings to reduce outdoor water use and prohibits new state buildings from having more than 20% of landscaping be lawn or turf.

Didn't Pass

H.B. 133 - Expanded Background Checks for Firearm Transfers

Requires individuals who are not federal firearms licensees to perform background checks when they sell or transfer firearms.

Passed

H.B. 150 - Disabiliity Ombudsman Program

Creates the position of a disability ombudsman to promote, advocate, ensure, and uphold the rights and privileges of individuals with disabilities.

Topic(s): Disability Rights
Category: Equal Rights
Passed

H.B. 157 - Sovereign Lands Revenue Amendments

Requires that money derived from uses on sovereign lands be used for the direct benefit of those sovereign lands, including the Great Salt Lake.

Passed

H.B. 162 - Period Products in Schools

Requires public and charter schools to provide period products in female and unisex restrooms.

Topic(s): Women's Rights
Category: Equal Rights
Passed

H.B. 182 - Local Health Department Order Amendments

Prohibits city mayors from exercising emergency powers in response to a pandemic or an epidemic.

Topic(s): Public Safety
Category: Strong Communities
Passed

H.B. 193 - Full-Day Kindergarten

Provides for a limited expansion of optional full-day kindergarten.

Topic(s): Education
Category: Strong Communities
Passed

H.B. 218 - Ballot Measure Amendments

Allows for the electronic collection of signatures for statewide referendums, candidate petitions, local initiatives, and local referendums.

Topic(s): Elections
Category: Good Government
Passed

H.B. 238 - State Holiday Modifications

Designates Juneteenth National Freedom Day as a legal state holiday.

Category: Equal Rights
Passed

H.B. 240 - Utah Lake Amendments

Regarding the transferring of title of Utah Lake lands after a environmental restoration project, changes final approval from an administrative division to the Legislature, requiring a vote by lawmakers before approved, and allows for considering additional benefits not originally listed in law.

Passed

H.B. 242 - Secondary Water Metering Amendments

Requires the installation and use of meters on all secondary water connections by January 1, 2030, except for existing connections within smaller counties, and provides penalties for noncompliance, including holding back funding for water projects. Also creates a grant program using ARPA funding to help install secondary water meters.

Didn't Pass

H.B. 258 - Political Action Committee Amendments

Makes it a class B misdemeanor to fail to file a statement of organization of a Political Action Committee (PAC) within seven days after receiving notice from the Elections Office of the requirement to file such a statement.

Topic(s): Campaign Finance
Category: Good Government
Didn't Pass

H.B. 274 - Health Education Amendments

Requires the Utah State Board of Education to establish curriculum requirements that include instruction in sexual assault resource strategies and sexual violence behavior prevention.

Topic(s): Education
Category: Strong Communities
Passed

H.B. 310 - Vital Records Special Characters

Requires the state to allow for the use of diacritical marks, including accents, tildes, graves, umlauts, and cedillas, on vital records, such as birth certificates, and for the correction and reissuance of original vital records.

Category: Equal Rights
Passed

H.B. 313 - Election Security Amendments

Among other things, requires video surveillance of unattended ballot drop boxes, prohibits election officers from accepting or using grants for elections, and requires voters to submit copies of valid voter identification with mail-in ballots when they registered online or otherwise didn’t provide such identification when registering to vote.

Topic(s): Elections
Category: Good Government
Didn't Pass

H.B. 331 - Hope Scholarship Program

Creates the “Hope Scholarship Program,” a voucher system for students to attend private schools or pay for homeschooling expenses with state funding.

Topic(s): Education
Category: Strong Communities
Didn't Pass

H.B. 371 - Voting Revisions

Removes voting by mail as the state’s primary voting method; returns to in-person voting; individuals may request absentee ballots for only limited reasons; requires independent audits after every election; makes it unlawful to engage in “voter registration harvesting.”

Topic(s): Elections
Category: Good Government
Passed

H.B. 392 - Expungement Fee Amendments

Suspends fees for petitions to expunge criminal convictions until June 30, 2023.

Passed

H.B. 394 - Recycling Transparency Amendments

Requires recyclable material haulers and municipalities to report and publish data regarding the disposal of recyclable materials in either landfills or recycling facilities.

Topic(s): Sustainability
Category: Sustainable Future
Passed

H.B. 399 - Government Record Amendments

Protects so-called “Garrity Statements,” the transcripts of interviews with government employees during investigations into wrongdoing, including police officer misconduct, from being disclosed in response to government records requests.

Topic(s): Transparency
Category: Good Government
Passed

H.B. 404 - Large Public Transit District Amendments

Requires large public transit districts to compare costs of different types of available zero emissions propulsion systems for transit projects.

Topic(s): Clean Energy
Category: Sustainable Future
Passed

H.B. 410 - Great Salt Lake Watershed Enhancement

Appropriates $40,000,000 to preserve and enhance the Great Salt Lake watershed by granting money to organizations and individuals that will enance water flows, improve water quality, conserve upstream habitats, and restore wetlands and habitats, among other objectives.

Didn't Pass

H.B. 422 - School District Voter Eligibility Amendments

Gives local school boards the option of allowing 16 to 17 year olds to vote in local school board elections.

Topic(s): Voting Rights
Category: Good Government
Didn't Pass

H.B. 428 - School Safety Amendments

Requires school districts to review information on and adopt plans for harassment- and discrimination-free learning; requires the Utah State Board of Education to provide training on antidiscrimination statutes; and requires USBE and school districts to report data on the demographics of victims of bullying, hazing, cyber-bullying, and retaliation.

Topic(s): Education
Category: Strong Communities
Passed

H.B. 429 - Great Salt Lake Amendments

Appropriates $5,000,000 to develop the Great Salt Lake Watershed Integrated Water Assessment looking at the current state of water resources in the Great Salt Lake Watershed and long-term trends of water supply, demands, and other factors impacting those water resources.

Didn't Pass

H.B. 432 - State Vehicle Use and Purchasing Amendments

When prudent, requires the Division of Fleet Operations to prioritize and replace state vehicles with low or zero emissions vehicles.

Topic(s): Clean Energy
Category: Sustainable Future
Passed

S.R. 1 - Senate Rules Resolution - Senate Access Procedures

Restricts the ability of the press to access certain non-public areas they were able to access previously, including the floor and the hallways leading to the Senate Chamber and areas behind the dais in committee rooms.

Notes: As a resolution to change Senate Rules, no House vote was required.

Topic(s): Transparency
Category: Good Government
Passed

S.J.R 3 - Joint Resolution to Terminate Public Health Orders Pertaining to Face Coverings

Terminates public health orders requiring wearing of masks in Salt Lake County, Summit County, and Salt Lake City.

Notes: As a joint resolution, Governor’s signature is not required.

Topic(s): Public Safety
Category: Strong Communities
Passed

S.B. 59 - Tax Amendments

Cuts the corporate and individuals income tax rate from 4.95% to 4.85%, expand eligibility for the social security benefits tax credit by increasing the threshold for the income-based phaseout, and enacts a state earned income tax credit (though this EITC is nonrefundable, so it doesn’t impact most low-income individuals).

Topic(s): Budget & Taxes
Category: Good Government
Didn't Pass

S.B. 73 - Flow Rates or Quantity for Plumbing Fixtures

Modifies the residential and plumbing code to address maximum flow rates or quantity for certain plumbing fixtures or fixture fittings.

Passed

S.B. 87 - Court Fee Waiver Amendments

Requires courts to waive court fees, costs, and security for indigent Utahns.

Passed

S.B. 100 - Paid Leave Modifications

Requires state employers to provide employees with paid parental leave upon the birth of the employee’s child, the adoption of a minor, or the appointment of legal guardianship of a minor or incapacitated adult.

Topic(s): Economic Justice
Category: Strong Communities
Passed

S.B. 110 - Water as Part of General Plan

Requires municipal and county general plans to have water use and preservation elements.

Passed

S.B. 115 - Firearm Preemption Amendments

Reaffirms the state’s complete preemption of firearm regulations over the authority of local government entities, including through contractors, except in the case of homeless shelters; and creates a private right of action for Utahns to sue state or local government entities they believe have violated the state’s preemption of firearm regulations.

Didn't Pass

S.B. 117 - Utah Antidiscrimination Act Amendments

The “CROWN Act;” amends the Utah Antidiscrimination Act to provide protection a trait historically associated with race, including hairstyles.

Topic(s): Racial Justice
Category: Equal Rights
Passed

S.B. 126 - Officer Intervention and Reporting Amendments

Establishes minimum standards of police misconduct regarding use of excessive force, warrantless searches and seizures, and biased or discriminatory conduct; requires officers to intervene and report observed police misconduct; and prohibits retaliation against officers that report misconduct.

Topic(s): Police Reform
Category: Strong Communities
Passed

S.B. 133 - Food Security Amendments

Creates the Food Security Council at Utah State University to coordinate state efforts in addressing food security.

Topic(s): Economic Justice
Category: Strong Communities
Passed

S.B. 136 - Air Quality Policy Amendments

Requires the Department of Environmental Quality to study and make recommendations for a plan to reduce diesel emissions in and around the Utah Inland Port.

Topic(s): Clean Air
Category: Sustainable Future
Didn't Pass

S.B. 185 - Children's Health Coverage Amendments

Expands Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program to include all Utah children, including those who do not currently qualify.

Topic(s): Health Care
Category: Strong Communities
Passed

S.B. 188 - Energy Efficiency Amendments

Expands the Clean Fuels and Vehicle Technology Program to also cover housing and building emissions and expands low-income assistance programs for electricity and gas customers.

Topic(s): Clean Energy
Category: Sustainable Future
Passed

S.B. 216 - Modifications to Driver License Examination

Requires the Driver License Division to provide the examinations of a person’s knowledge of traffic laws in the top five languages spoken in the state, other than English.

Topic(s): Immigrant Rights
Category: Equal Rights
Passed

S.B. 238 - Homeless Services Modifications

Uses $55,000,000 from the federal American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) to fund a grant program for deeply affordable housing coupled with homeless case management and services.

Topic(s): Homelessness
Category: Strong Communities
Passed

S.B. 244 - Ethnic Studies Amendments

Creates the Ethnic Studies Commission to study the contributions of Utahns of diverse ethnicities and recommend to the Utah State Board of Education (USBE) how to incorporate ethnic studies into core standards of Utah public schools; requires USBE to incorporate ethnic studies core standards; and requires school districts to adopt ethnic studies instructional materials and curriculum into regular school work for all K-12 students.

Topic(s): Education
Category: Strong Communities