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H.B. 218 - Ballot Measure Amendments

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

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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.

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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.

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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.”

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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).

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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.

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H.B. 136 - Initiative and Referenda Modifications

Adds burdensome regulations to signature gathering for a ballot initiative or referendum petition

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H.B. 197 - Voter Affiliation Amendments

Blocks voters from changing their party affiliation before a primary election in an election year.

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H.B. 2004 - Congressional Boundaries Designation

New Congressional map

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H.B. 2005 - Utah State House Boundaries Designation

New State House map

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H.B. 246 - Ballot Measure Transparency Amendments

Requires the Office of Legislative Research and General Counsel to write a description of ballot initiatives, referenda, and constitutional amendments that is included on the ballot via URL.

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H.B. 249 - Public Access to Court Records

Enables the Judicial Council to allow public access to the Xchange database for a fee without having to pay a monthly subscription.

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H.B. 294 - Pandemic Emergency Powers Amendments

Ends emergency powers and public health orders related to COVID-19 upon reaching certain arbitrary targets.

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H.B. 338 - School District Voter Eligibility Amendments

Allows local school boards to vote to allow students who are 16 and 17 years old to vote in local school board elections.

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H.B. 415 - Executive Order Review Process Amendments

Requires the Constitutional Defense Council to review Presidential executive orders, and prohibits local governments from implementing these EOs if deemed unconstitutional.

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H.B. 43 - Emergency Procurement Declaration Modifications

Improves transparency for emergency procurements made by the state by providing information within 14 days on the state website

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H.B. 96 - Emergency Management Amendments

Requires political subdivisions to designate an emergency manager and create an emergency operations plan.

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S.B. 187 - Local Education Agency Policies Amendments

Allows a school district to ignore mask requirements in a public health order on school grounds.

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S.B. 195 - Emergency Response Amendments

Gives Legislature or county commission a veto over emergency actions from the Governor or a county in response to an emergency.

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S.B. 2005 - State Board of Education Boundaries and Election Designation

New School Board map

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S.B. 2006 - Utah State Senate Boundaries and Election Designation

New State Senate map

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S.B. 205 - Election Process Amendments

Allows a political party to opt-out of allowing signature-gathering as a path to the ballot.

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S.B. 92 - Elections Amendments

Requires more detail of candidate financial disclosures, and requires the LGs office to conduct a study relating to ballot accessibility.

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H.B. 132 - Higher Education Student Speech Rights

Prohibits a college or university from punishing certain acts of speech that do not meet the standard of “discriminatory harassment,” and allows the Attorney General to sue over violations.

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H.B. 17 - Congressional Vacancies Amendments

Creates a process for filling congressional vacancies and grants the Legislature authority to nominate temporary replacements for a U.S. Senate vacancy.

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H.B. 394 - Homeless and Transitional Housing Program Amendments

Creates the position of a state homeless services director with sole control over decision making and funding for homelessness services.

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H.B. 70 - Repeal of Single-mark Straight Ticket Voting

Removes a ballot option to vote for all candidates from one political party without voting for the candidates individually.

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HC.R. 16 - Concurrent Resolution Calling for the Creation of a National Federalism Task Force

Calls for the creation of a National Federalism Task Force for the purpose of convening a series of federalism summits.

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S.B. 173 - Disorderly Conduct Amendments

Adjusts criminal provisions relating to disorderly conduct.

S.B. 200 - Redistricting Amendments

Removes transparency and accountability requirements for the Legislature instituted by voters via Prop 4.

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S.B. 220 - Confession Of Judgement Amendments

Allows parties to enter into a confession of judgment before a default, with exceptions.

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S.J.R. 5 - Joint Resolution to Amend the Rules of Civil Procedure on Disqualification of a Judge

Allows a lawyer to disqualify one judge per case without cause.

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H.B. 133 - Initiative Amendments

Alters the implementation date for voter-passed propositions: 60 days after the next legislative session as a muminum, and over a year for propositions involving a tax increase (Jan. 1 of the year following the next session).

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H.B. 145 - Citizen Political Process Amendments

Requires county clerks to post names of signatories on the county website, and to count signatures and signature removals on a rolling basis every 14 days. Requires signature gatherers to turn in packets 30 days after beginning, and introduces criminal penalties for fraudulent information.

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H.B. 277 - Amendments to Municipal Alternate Voting Methods

Extends deadline for muncipalities to opt in to the pilot program from January 1st to April 15th of this year and allows the municipalities to contract with any political subdivision to run the election.

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H.B. 38 - Administrative Appeal Rights

Allows an individual to appeal the Director of Antidiscrimination and Labor’s decision to dismiss a discirmination complaint.

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H.B. 57 - Electronic Information or Data Privacy

Requires a search warrant for government to access electronic data shared with third parties such as cell service providers.

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H.B. 64 - Lobbyist Expenditures Amendments

Extends lobbying disclosures to lobbyists influencing local elected officials or members of a board of education.

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S.B. 123 - Election Process Amendments

Allows political parties to nominate replacements to compete in a special election, excluding signiture-gathering candidates from the process. Allows the Utah Legislature to choose the replacement for a U.S. Senate vacancy.

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S.B. 147 - Lobbyist Licensing Modifications

Applies harassment training and prohibitions to lobbyists.

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S.B. 236 - State Board of Education Candidacy Amendments

Changes the current non-partisan candidacy requirements for the State Board of Education, allowing candidates to run as a member of a political party, as unaffiliated, or as a write-in candidate.

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S.B. 56 - Community Reinvestment Agency Report

Establishes a public database for community reinvestment agencies to annually report financial information.

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S.B. 61 - Poll Hours for Early Voting

Removes the poll hour closing requirement on the last day of early voting.

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S.B. 89 - Conflict Disclosure Amendments

Requires the Lt. Gov to establish a website for electronic disclosure of potential conflicts of interest of state elected officials.

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S.B. 96 - Medicaid Expansion Adjustments

Repeals Medicaid expansion passed by voters in Prop 3 and replaces it with a partial expansion plan requiring federal waivers, work requirements, and per capita caps on enrollment.

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S.J.R. 9 - JR Calling for a Convention to Amend the United States Constitution

Calls for a Constitutional Convention to propose amendments to the Constitution of the United States imposing fiscal restraints on the federal government, limiting the power and jurisdiction of the federal government, and limiting the terms of office for federal officials and members of Congress.

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