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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.

H.B. 182 - Local Health Department Order Amendments

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

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H.B. 193 - Full-Day Kindergarten

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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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.

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S.B. 133 - Food Security Amendments

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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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H.B. 146 - Overdose Harm Reduction Working Group

Creates a working group to study harm reduction oriented strategies to reduce overdose injuries and deaths.

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H.B. 162 - Peace Officer Training

Requires annual police training to include modules on crisis intervention, mental health incidents, and de-escalation techniques.

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H.B. 168 - Sale of Sexual Assault Test Kits Prohibited

Prohibits selling or providing an over-the-counter sexual assault evidence kit.

H.B. 177 - Health Education Amendments

Adds consent, coercion, sexual violence behavior deterrence, and sexual assault mitigation strategies to the sex education curriculum.

H.B. 262 - Children's Health Insurance Amendments

Creates the Children’s Health Care Coverage Program with $172,500 on-going appropriations used to promote health care coverage for children.

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H.B. 264 - Law Enforcement Weapons Use Amendments

Requires a police officer to file a report every time they point a weapon at someone.

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H.B. 277 - Child Care Eligibility Amendments

Allows more working families to qualify for child care subsidies.

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H.B. 328 - Adult Learners Grant Program

Creates a program to provide financial assistance to students who are at least 26 years old, financially needy, and enrolled in an online program in a needed field.

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H.B. 422 - Political Subdivision Civil Liability Amendments

Disincentivizes de-escalation by making local governments liable if they direct police officers not to protect private property or individuals during a civil disturbance.

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H.B. 60 - Conceal Carry Firearms Amendments

Removes the permit requirement for concealed carry.

H.B. 68 - Rental Expenses Disclosure Requirements

Requires a landlord to make expense-related disclosures to a potential renter before accepting an application fee or any other payment.

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H.B. 74 - Municipal Police Oversight

Removes current restrictions on the creation and authority of civilian police review boards.

Vote: Motion to table (A “yes” vote is a vote to stop the bill from moving forward.) 

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H.B. 84 - Use of Force Reporting Requirements

Requires law enforcement agencies to compile data on use of force incidents by police officers.

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S.B. 106 - Use of Force Revisions

Requires the state’s police certification agency to establish statewide minimum use of force standards.

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S.B. 127 - Human Services Program Amendments

Provides improved restraint and seclusion policies, suicide prevention programs, and sex-based discrimination rules for congregate care facilities.

S.B. 128 - Family Planning Services Amendments

Requires the Medicaid program to apply for a waiver or a state plan amendment to extend family planning services to certain low-income individuals.

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S.B. 138 - Violence, Disorder, and Looting Enforcement Protection Act

Increases penalties for rioting and assaulting a police officer while decreasing criminal liable for motor vehicle operators who injure or kill an individual while leaving the scene of a riot.

S.B. 141 - Task Force on Food Security

Creates a Task Force on Food Security to develop a plan for establishing food security in Utah.

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S.B. 155 - 988 Mental Health Crisis Assistance

Creates the 988 Suicide Prevention and Crisis Services Hotline

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S.B. 158 - Children's Health Coverage Amendments

Increases health insurance coverage for children by expanding eligibility for children’s Medicaid and CHIP.

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S.B. 68 - Law Enforcement Weapons Amendments

Funds the purchase of technology and equipment for law enforcement agencies to assist in investigating officer shootings.

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H.B. 101 - Distracted Driver Amendments

Updates Utah’s law prohibiting texting while driving to encompass common smartphone uses, with limited exceptions.

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H.B. 109 - Universal Background Checks for Firearm Purchasers

Requires a background check for all gun sales, with limited exceptions.

H.B. 115 - Dangerous Weapon Custodian Liability

States that a gun owner can be civily liable for damage caused by someone else’s use of that firearm if it was negligently entrusted to that person

H.B. 197 - Fishing and Hunting Restrictions for Nonpayment of Child Support

Prohibits someone from getting a hunting or fishing license, permit, or tag if they are delinquent in paying child support

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H.B. 207 - Insulin Access Amendments

Creates an incentive for health benefit plans to reduce the required copayments for insulin, directs the Public Employees' Benefit and Insurance Program to purchase insulin in bulk, increases the number of days for which an insulin prescription can be refilled, and authorizes a pharmacist to refill an expired insulin prescription.

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H.B. 211 - Renter Expenses Disclosure Agreements

Requires a landlord to make expense-related disclosures to a potential renter and prohibits a landlord from charging a renter under a rental agreement for costs not disclosed in the rental agreement.

H.B. 222 - Smart Start Utah Breakfast Program

Creates the Start Smart Utah Program to expand access to school breakfast in public schools.

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H.B. 264 - Infant At Work Pilot Program

Creates the Infant at Work Pilot Program for employees to bring their infants to work.

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H.B. 271 - Firearm Preemption Amendments

Removes a local authority or state agency’s ability to regulate firearms in Utah if those regulations exceed those adopted by the Legislature

H.B. 32 - Crisis Services Amendments

Creates new mental health resources including expanded mobile crisis outreach teams, a health receiving center pilot program, and a state-wide peer support line.

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H.B. 332 - Special Needs Scholarship Amendments

Creates a voucher-like program for Special Needs Opportunity Scholarship recipients to use towards private school tuition.

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H.B. 38 - Substance Use and Health Care Amendments

Directs the Dept. of Health to apply for a Medicaid wavier to enroll inmates up to 30 days before release.

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H.B. 69 - Sick Leave Amendments

Allows employees who have accrued sick leave to use it to care for a sick family member.

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H.B. 88 - School Water Testing Requirements

Mandates testing drinking water for lead in all schools every five years with reporting and required improvements if lead is found.

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H.B. 99 - Enhanced Kindergarten Amendments

Provides funding for enhanced kindergarten early intervention programs.

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S.B. 165 - Emergency Response Plans for Homelessness

Requires local coordinating committees to develop an emergency response plan for the health and safety of people experiencing homelessness.

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S.B. 39 - Affordable Housing Amendments

Provides funding to incentivize the development and preservation of affordable housing.

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H.B. 100 - Sexual Violence Protective Orders

Creates a protective order and ex-parte protective order for sexual violence, which are included on the statewide warrant system.

H.B. 114 - Self-Defense Amendments

“Stand your ground” bill stating that an individual does not have a duty to retreat from an aggressor if possible to do so.

H.B. 17 - Firearm Violence and Suicide Prevention Amendments

Requires state to set up firearm safety literature and suicide prevention course; distribute cable locks; coupons toward gun safes

H.B. 212 - Expungement Changes

Prohibits employer inquiry into an applicant’s expunged criminal history, except for law enforcement agencies and other sensitive public jobs.

H.B. 213 - Promotion of Student Loan Forgiveness

Requires public entitites to annually provide materials to employees about the Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program or the Teacher Loan Forgiveness Program.

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H.B. 296 - Rural Online Working Hub Amendments

Creates a grant program to develop coworking and innovation centers in rural areas, enabling remote online work.

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H.B. 318 - Inmate Restrictions Standards Amendments

Requires the least restrictive restraints be used on a pregnant inmate and prohibits shackling during labor and delivery.

H.B. 346 - Higher Education Responses to Allegations

Creates honor code immunity for reporting sexual violence and requires victim consent for campus coordination with outside law enforcement. Makes retaliatory violence or threats to a victim or witness a third-degree felony.

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H.B. 40 - Criminal Code Task Force Amendments

Grants immunity for sex workers who work notify police of assault; repeals crimes of adultery and sodomy.

H.B. 431 - Expungement Act Amendments

Allows for automatic expungement of some criminal records after a certain time.

H.B. 47 - Early Childhood Coordination Amendments

Creates a cabinet level agency and advisory commission to coordinate all agencies who work with early childhood services.

H.B. 71 - Health Education Amendments

Clarifies that teachers are allowed to discuss contraceptives in a sex education curriculum.

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H.B. 84 - Economic Development Programs Amendments

Reduces number of months observed for Rural Fast Track eligibility from 24 to 12 and removes caps on money the Business Expansion and Retention Initiative can award a rural economic development entity.

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S.B. 134 - Campus Safety Amendments

Requires colleges to have a campus safety plan and curriculum addressing sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence, and stalking.

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S.B. 32 - Indigent Defense Amendments

Ensures that all minors have a state-appointed attorney in court.

S.B. 34 - Affordable Housing Modifications

Adds provisions for municipal and county planning that encourage moderate and affordable housing development in transit areas. Requires cities to adopt at least 3 affordable housing strategies to be eligible for Transportation Investment Fund money.