Sen. Michael S. Kennedy

| Senate District 21

2023 Overall Score
F 3 out of 49
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2023 Score Overview

Overall
F 3 out of 49
Good Government
D 2 out of 9
Equal Rights
F -4 out of 8
Sustainable Future
F 2 out of 17
Strong Communities
F 3 out of 15

2023 Voting Record

Better Utah Position Key: Support = Oppose =
Voting Key:
In favor = Yes, Against = No, Not present = Absent, No vote taken = N/A

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Yes

H.J.R. 21 - Joint Resolution Honoring the Hispanic Community

Recognizes the contributions of Utah’s hispanic community to the prosperity of the state and expresses support for strengthening and ensuring a bright future for their community.

Passed in House and Senate

Vote Date: 2/28/2023

Bill Status: Passed

Yes

H.B. 25 - Murdered and Missing Indigenous Women and Girls Task Force Sunset Extension

Extends the repeal date for the Murdered and Missing Indigenous Relatives Task Force for an additional year.

Passed in House and Senate

Topic(s): Indigenous Rights
Category: Equal Rights

Vote Date: 2/1/2023

Bill Status: Passed

N/A

H.J.R. 25 - Joint Resolution Highlighting the Hazards of Net-Zero Energy

Highlights the perceived negatives of focusing on a net-zero energy policy and emphasizes the perceived positives that have been created by the use of traditional forms of energy.

Passed in House; Failed in Senate sine die

Topic(s): Clean Energy
Category: Sustainable Future

Vote Date:

Bill Status: Did Not Pass

Yes

H.B. 29 - Mental Health Support and Law Enforcement Co-Response

Creates a grant program to fund appropriate response to individuals experiencing mental health crisis through new or expanded crisis intervention or mobile crisis outreach teams.

Passed in House; Passed in Senate on Second Reading but failed sine die

Topic(s): Police Reform
Category: Strong Communities

Vote Date: 2/9/2023

Bill Status: Did Not Pass

Yes

H.B. 37 - Voter Signature Verification Amendments

Establishes critieria and rulemaking authority for voter signature verification, specifically creating greater accessibility for those who are unable to sign their name consistently due to a disability, and establishes requirements for contacting voters, keeping records, and reporting when a ballot is rejected.

Passed in House and Senate

Topic(s): Elections
Category: Good Government

Vote Date: 3/3/2023

Bill Status: Passed

Yes

H.B. 54 - Tax Revisions

While this bill does some good, such as expanding the earned income tax credit and expanding the eligibility for the social security tax credit, it conditions removing the sales tax on food upon a constitutional amendment that imperils and lowers the income tax rate from 4.85% to 4.65%, a reduction in revenue that would otherwise go toward education.

Passed in House and Senate

Topic(s): Budget and Taxes
Category: Good Government

Vote Date: 3/1/2023

Bill Status: Passed

Yes

H.B. 86 - Firearm Reporting Requirements

Requires the Bureau of Criminal Identification to collect statistics on the source of firearms recovered from restricted persons.

Passed in House; Passed in Senate on Second Reading but failed sine die

Vote Date: 2/16/2023

Bill Status: Did Not Pass

Yes

H.B. 131 - Vaccine Passport Prohibition

Creates a new “protected class” based on a person’s “immunity status,” such that public accomodations may not discriminate against people based on their immunity status or not having taken a vaccine; prohibits government and private businesses, with certain exceptions, from requiring proof of immunity or requiring vaccines.

Passed in House and Senate

Topic(s): Public Safety
Category: Strong Communities

Vote Date: 3/1/2023

Bill Status: Passed

N/A

H.B. 132 - Prohibiting Sex Transitioning Procedures on Minors

Makes it unprofessional conduct for a health care provider to perform a medical procedure on a minor for the purpose of attempted sex transitioning or attempted sex change.

Failed in House Committee

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

Vote Date:

Bill Status: Did Not Pass

Yes

H.B. 162 - Voter Accessibility Amendments

Requires election officials to provide an accessible voting option for voters with disabilities.

Passed in House and Senate

Topic(s): Voting Rights
Category: Good Government

Vote Date: 2/21/2023

Bill Status: Passed

Yes

H.B. 167 - State Child Care Amendments

Allows state agencies to contract for on-site child care services.

Passed in House and Senate

Topic(s): Child care
Category: Strong Communities

Vote Date: 2/10/2023

Bill Status: Passed

N/A

H.B. 171 - Alternative Voting Methods Modifications

Repeals the Municipal Alternate Voting Methods Pilot Project, including the ability for cities to use ranked choice voting in municipal elections.

Failed in House Committee

Topic(s): Elections
Category: Good Government

Vote Date:

Bill Status: Did Not Pass

N/A

H.B. 188 - Golf Related Water Modifications

Requires golf courses and driving ranges to report water use, information that will be posted online, and requires a study of water use by golf courses and driving ranges.

Failed in House Committee

Vote Date:

Bill Status: Did Not Pass

Yes

H.B. 199 - Voluntary Firearm Safekeeping Amendments

Prohibits returning a firearm that has been voluntarily committed for safekeeping to a law enforcement agency if the person is a restricted person or has been arrested for committing a domestic violence offense.

Passed in House and Senate

Vote Date: 2/24/2023

Bill Status: Passed

Yes

H.B. 215 - Funding for Teacher Salaries and Optional Education Opportunities

Gives teachers a salary raise that’s dependant on the implementation and funding of a “Utah Fits All Scholarship Program,” which would provide $8,000 vouchers for students to attend private schools or pay for homeschool expenses.

Status: Passed; Signed by Governor 1/28

Topic(s): Education
Category: Strong Communities

Vote Date: 1/26/2023

Bill Status: Passed

Yes

H.B. 217 - School Energy and Water Reductions

Uses federal funds to issue grants to schools to reduce energy and water usage.

Passed in House and Senate

Vote Date: 3/2/2023

Bill Status: Passed

Yes

H.B. 219 - Firearms Regulations

Declares that the state and its political subdivisions will not enforce federal laws that purport to restrict or ban certain firearms, ammunition, or firearms accessories, in violation of the supremacy clause of the United States Constitution.

Passed in House and Senate

Vote Date: 3/3/2023

Bill Status: Passed

Yes

H.B. 220 - Emissions Reduction Amendments

Requires the Division of Air Quality to study and create an emissions reduction plan for halogen emissions after the recent study looking at emissions from U.S. Magnesium.

Passed in House and Senate

Topic(s): Clean Air
Category: Sustainable Future

Vote Date: 3/2/2023

Bill Status: Passed

Yes

H.B. 228 - Unprofessional Conduct Amendments

Continues to ban the dangerous use of conversion therapy while providing greater clarification around permitted types of talk therapy.

Passed in House and Senate

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

Vote Date: 2/17/2023

Bill Status: Passed

Yes

H.B. 243 - Public Transit Employee Collective Bargaining Amendments

Excludes managerial and supervisory employees in public transit districts from organizing and collectively bargaining.

Passed in House and Senate

Topic(s): Labor
Category: Strong Communities

Vote Date: 2/16/2023

Bill Status: Passed

No

H.B. 269 - Election Audit Requirements

Requires the Legisaltive Auditor’s Office to conduct a biennial audit of primary and general elections in the Lt. Governor’s Office and county clerks’ offices.

Passed in House and Senate

Topic(s): Elections
Category: Good Government

Vote Date: 2/28/2023

Bill Status: Passed

No

H.B. 272 - Water Efficient Landscaping Amendments

Restricts local government entities on the amount of turf or lawns they can use at government buildings.

Passed in House; Failed in Senate

Vote Date: 3/3/2023

Bill Status: Did Not Pass

Yes

H.B. 300 - Voluntary Firearm Restrictions Amendments

Creates a voluntary firearm restricted list that allows an individual to request to be restricted from purchasing or possessing firearms indefinitely, which can be removed from the list 90 days after request, and allows an individual seeking to be placed on a voluntary firearm restricted list to direct the indivdiual’s health care provider to deliver the indivdiual’s form for inclusion on the list.

Passed in House and Senate

Vote Date: 2/16/2023

Bill Status: Passed

Absent

H.B. 307 - Utah Water Ways

Creates a new statewide nonprofit to “facilitate coordination to optimize the use of water” among the public, business, government, and agriculture.

Passed in House and Senate

Vote Date: 2/28/2023

Bill Status: Passed

N/A

H.B. 316 - Residential Rental Amendments

Requires rental unit owners to clearly and conspicuously disclose all fees, fines, assessments, and other costs; in addition to requiring them to provide notice of rental increase at least 60 days before end of lease.

Failed in House Committee

Topic(s): Tenant Rights
Category: Strong Communities

Vote Date:

Bill Status: Did Not Pass

N/A

H.B. 329 - Adult Event Permit Amendments

Targeting drag shows, requires public entities to provide public notice for permitted events that have “adult themes”.

Passed in House; Passed in Senate Committee but failed sine die

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

Vote Date: 2/27/2023

Bill Status: Did Not Pass

N/A

H.B. 354 - Firearm Access Amendments

Requires firearms to be securely stored or rendered inoperable by a locking device and provides that if an at-risk person, restricted person, or a minor gains access to a firearm, the owner may be fined.

Failed in House Committee

Vote Date:

Bill Status: Did Not Pass

N/A

H.B. 393 - Primary Ballot Requirements

Allows a political party to use a candidate nominating system where a candidate that receives at least 70% of the vote at convention becomes the party’s nominee, automatically disqualifying any candidate that gathered signatures.

Passed in House; Failed in Senate sine die

Topic(s): Elections
Category: Good Government

Vote Date:

Bill Status: Did Not Pass

N/A

H.B. 412 - State Employment Revisions

Discontinues career service employment for new or promoted state employees in favor of at-will employment, and gives current career service employees the option to switch to at-will employment with a financial incentive.

Failed in House

Category: Good Government

Vote Date:

Bill Status: Did Not Pass

N/A

H.B. 422 - Initiative Amendments

Requires statewide initiatives that raise taxes to be approved by 60% of voters to go into effect.

Passed in House; Failed in Senate committee

Vote Date: 2/28/2023

Bill Status: Did Not Pass

Yes

H.B. 425 - Energy Security Amendments

Requires power plants to give 180 notice before closing coal-powered electrical generation facilities; requires the Office of Energy Development to study and evaluate the takeover and continuation of Rocky Mountain Power’s coal power plant after it is scheduled to close; places additional restrictions in the state energy plan on renewable energy; and authorizes the Attorney General to take action to defend the state’s interests with respect to electricity generation by a qualified utility facing a proposed federal regulation that would result in the early retirement of an electrical generation facility.

Passed in House and Senate

Topic(s): Clean Energy
Category: Sustainable Future

Vote Date: 3/2/2023

Bill Status: Passed

Yes

H.B. 427 - Individual Freedom in Public Education

Requires that public school instructional materials and curriculum are consistent with “principles of individual freedom,” some of which are good but some of which ignore or prohibit discussions on systemic racism and unconscious bias. The bill specifically excluded gender identity from a list of characteristics that should not be subject to discrimination or adverse treatment.

Passed in House and Senate

Vote Date: 3/2/2023

Bill Status: Passed

Yes

H.B. 448 - Election Changes

Adopts the recommendations of the 2022 legislative audit into elections, including giving the Lieutenant Governor’s Office more authority over elections and compliance by clerks, independence of audits, tracking and conciling ballots, and other issues.

Passed in House and Senate

Topic(s): Elections
Category: Good Government

Vote Date: 3/1/2023

Bill Status: Passed

Yes

H.B. 449 - Business Services Amendments

Prohibits companies from coordinating with other companies to “intentionally destroy” companies that don’t adhere to ESG factors by eliminating the viable options for the companies to obtain products or services.

Passed in House and Senate

Topic(s): Sustainability
Category: Sustainable Future

Vote Date: 3/2/2023

Bill Status: Passed

Yes

H.B. 450 - Landscaping Requirements

Prohibits home owners associations from requiring property owners to have more than 50% vegetative coverage that is not water wise landscaping on their property.

Passed in House and Senate

Vote Date: 3/3/2023

Bill Status: Passed

N/A

H.B. 451 - State Entity Restrictions

Prohibits diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) statements for jobs or admissions at state higher education institutions.

Passed in House; Failed in Senate Committee

Vote Date: 2/27/2023

Bill Status: Did Not Pass

Yes

H.B. 467 - Abortion Changes

Delicenses abortion clinics in Utah and requires abortions be performed in hospitals or hospital clinics, restricts that abortion exceptions in the “trigger ban” to apply only where the pregnant person is experiencing a life-threatening “physical” condition, and restricts abortion access for survivors of rape or incest to before 18 weeks gestation, among other changes to Utah’s abortion laws.

Passed in House and Senate

Category: Equal Rights

Vote Date: 3/2/2023

Bill Status: Passed

No

H.B. 477 - Full-Day Kindergarten Amendments

Provides funding through the weighted pupil unit (WPU) to give every school district the ability to provide optional full-day kindergarten.

Passed in House and Senate

Topic(s): Education
Category: Strong Communities

Vote Date: 3/1/2023

Bill Status: Passed

Yes

H.B. 481 - Firearm Safety and Suicide Prevention Education Requirements

Requires a school to provide suicide prevention materials and information, including information on firearm safety, to a parent of a child who has threatened suicide or has been involved in an incident of bullying or other abusive behavior.

Passed in House and Senate

Vote Date: 3/2/2023

Bill Status: Did Not Pass

Yes

H.B. 491 - Amendments Related to the Great Salt Lake

Appoints a commissioner to oversee and coordinate efforts related to the Great Salt Lake, including creating a strategic plan for the long-term health of the Great Salt Lake.

Passed in House and Senate

Vote Date: 3/1/2023

Bill Status: Passed

Yes

H.B. 499 - Homeless Services Amendments

Requires more counties to convene winter response task forces to create plans for winter shelters, particularly during “Code Blue” days where the temperatures fall below 15 degrees, and requires that cities with anti-camping ordinances enforce those laws or else risk losing mitigation funds, which were also expanded.

Passed in House and Senate

Topic(s): Homelessness
Category: Strong Communities

Vote Date: 3/2/2023

Bill Status: Passed

Yes

H.B. 513 - Great Salt Lake Amendments

Requires mineral extraction companies who use the lake to pay royalties and a severance tax to a fund for the lake; forces those companies to minimize evaporation or water use and provide water back into the Great Salt Lake; and authorizes state agencies to take measures when the lake hits certain ecological thresholds.

Passed in House and Senate

Vote Date: 3/3/2023

Bill Status: Passed

No

H.B. 538 - Water Usage Amendments

Bans outdoor watering of lawns from October 1 through April 25 and requires the Division of Water Resources to calculate how much water was saved.

Passed in House; Failed in Senate

Vote Date: 3/3/2023

Bill Status: Did Not Pass

Yes

S.C.R. 1 - Concurrent Resolution Supporting the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act

Recognizes the perceived postiive economic benefits to individual and corporate income taxpayers under the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017 and encourages Congress to permanently extend the Act.

Passed in Senate and House

Topic(s): Budget and Taxes
Category: Good Government

Vote Date: 2/7/2023

Bill Status: Passed

Yes

S.C.R. 2 - Concurrent Resolution Regarding the Environmental Impact of Vehicle Idling

Encourages Utahns, businesses, and other entities to take steps to reduce vehicle idling.

Passed in Senate and House; Signed by Governor 2/27

Topic(s): Clean Air
Category: Sustainable Future

Vote Date: 2/6/2023

Bill Status: Passed

N/A

S.C.R. 6 - Concurrent Resolution Regarding the Great Salt Lake Elevation Targets

Recommends the adoption of a target elevation goal for the Great Salt Lake to devise and implement policies, incentives, and funding resources to return the Great Salt Lake to optimal levels.

Failed in Senate Committee

Vote Date: 2/1/2023

Bill Status: Did Not Pass

Yes

S.C.R 9 - Concurrent Resolution Opposing Efforts to Weaken the Economy or Restrict Energy Supply

Supports the State Treasurer and government entitites in opposing environmental, social, and governance (ESG) investing.

Passed in Senate and House

Topic(s): Sustainability
Category: Sustainable Future

Vote Date: 2/27/2023

Bill Status: Did Not Pass

Yes

S.B. 16 - Transgender Medical Treatments and Procedures Amendments

Prohibits performing gender-affirming surgical procedures on a minor and places an indefinite moratorium on the use of puberty blockers for minors.

Passed in Senate and House; Signed by Governor 1/28

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

Vote Date: 1/27/2023

Bill Status: Passed

Yes

S.B. 34 - Water Infrastructure Funding Study

Directs the Department of Natural Resources to study the use of property tax revenue to fund water infrastructure, treatment, and delivery, and make recommendations for future funding.

Passed in Senate and House

Vote Date: 3/1/2023

Bill Status: Passed

N/A

S.B. 50 - Weapon Purchase Amendments

Creates a waiting period of ten days between the purchase of an assault weapon from a dealer and the delivery of the assault weapon to the purchaser.

Failed in Senate Committee

Vote Date: 1/19/2023

Bill Status: Did Not Pass

No

S.B. 88 - Abortion Amendments

Removes the provision requiring a physician to verify a report has been made to law enforcement before an abortion on a woman who is pregnant as a result of rape or incest.

Failed in Senate Committee

Category: Equal Rights

Vote Date: 2/22/2023

Bill Status: Did Not Pass

Yes

S.B. 92 - Special License Plate Designation

Creates a “Great Salt Lake Preservation” special license plate with revenues generated from the plates depsited into an account to enhance preservation of the Great Salt Lake watershed and ecosystem.

Passed in Senate and House

Vote Date: 2/1/2023

Bill Status: Passed

Yes

S.B. 93 - Birth Certificate Modifications

Prohibits changing information on a birth certificate, including names, one year after birth, and outlines procedures for courts to follow when considering a sex designation change on a birth certificate.

Passed in Senate and House

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

Vote Date: 3/2/2023

Bill Status: Passed

Yes

S.B. 97 - Public Contract Requirements

Prohibits public entities from entering into contracts with companies that are engaged in “economic boycotts” of companies engaged in fossil-fuel based energy, timber, mining, or agriculture; companies engaged in firearm manufacturing or sales; companies that do not meet or commit to meet certain environmental standards; or companies that do not facilitate or commit to facilitate access to abortion or transgender treatments.

Passed in Senate and House

Topic(s): Sustainability
Category: Sustainable Future

Vote Date: 3/2/2023

Bill Status: Passed

Yes

S.B. 101 - Peace Officer Training Modifications

Requires law enforcement training to include training on identifying, responding to, and reporting criminal offenses that are motivated by certain personal attributes, aka hate crimes.

Passed in Senate and House

Topic(s): Police Reform
Category: Strong Communities

Vote Date: 2/2/2023

Bill Status: Passed

Yes

S.B. 118 - Water Efficient Landscaping Incentives

Provides $3,000,000 in grants to water conservancy districts for incentives to homeowners to remove lawn or truf in a landscaping conversion incentive program.

Passed in Senate and House

Vote Date: 3/2/2023

Bill Status: Passed

Yes

S.B. 129 - Judiciary Amendments

Adjusts the makeup of judicial nominating commissions, weakening guardrails in our “gold standard” of a process that helps prevent partisanship in selecting judges.

Passed in Senate and House

Category: Good Government

Vote Date: 3/2/2023

Bill Status: Passed

Yes

S.B. 133 - Modifications to Medicaid Coverage

Expands Medicaid to cover the duration of postpartum care for 12 months.

Passed in Senate and House

Topic(s): Healthcare
Category: Strong Communities

Vote Date: 3/1/2023

Bill Status: Passed

No

S.B. 195 - Medical Debt Relief

Requires the Department of Workforce Services to contract with one or more medical debt relief entities for the acquisition and relief of medical debt.

Failed in Senate

Topic(s): Economic Justice
Category: Strong Communities

Vote Date: 2/21/2023

Bill Status: Did Not Pass

Yes

S.B. 231 - Government Records Access and Management Act Amendments

Authorizes government entities to establish processes for obtaining relief against “vexatious requesters,” or people who overly abuse the GRAMA process without legitimate purposes, along with a process for judicial review and relief.

Passed in Senate and House

Topic(s): Transparency
Category: Sustainable Future

Vote Date: 3/3/2023

Bill Status: Passed

Yes

S.B. 260 - Transportation Funding Requirements

Modifies the .20% local option transportation sales tax, also known as the “5th 5th”, which currently is exclusively eligible to be used for transit capital and service; would eliminate the June 30, 2023 imposition deadline, and allow counties to impose the .20% and divide the funds between transit, cities, and counties.

Passed in Senate and House

Topic(s): Public Transit
Category: Sustainable Future

Vote Date: 2/28/2023

Bill Status: Passed

N/A

S.B. 283 - Study of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

Requires the Education Interim Committee to conduct a study and consider legislation regarding diversity, equity, and inclusion in Utah’s system and institutions of higher education.

Failed in Senate Committee

Vote Date: 2/27/2023

Bill Status: Did Not Pass

2022 Score Overview

Overall
F 6 out of 43
Good Government
F -3 out of 8
Strong Communities
F -6 out of 14
Equal Rights
C 5 out of 9
Sustainable Future
B 10 out of 12

2022 Voting Record

Better Utah Position Key: Support = Oppose =
Voting Key:
In favor = Yes, Against = No, Not present = Absent, No vote taken = N/A

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N/A

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

Vote Date:

Bill Status: Passed

Yes

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

Vote Date: 3/25/2022

Bill Status: Passed

Yes

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

Vote Date: 2/17/2022

Bill Status: Passed

Yes

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

Vote Date: 2/3/2022

Bill Status: Passed

N/A

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

Vote Date:

Bill Status: Didn't Pass

Yes

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

Vote Date: 2/17/2022

Bill Status: Passed

No

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

Vote Date: 2/16/2022

Bill Status: Passed

N/A

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.

Vote Date:

Bill Status: Didn't Pass

Yes

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.

Vote Date: 3/2/2022

Bill Status: Passed

N/A

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.

Vote Date:

Bill Status: Didn't Pass

Yes

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

Vote Date: 3/2/2022

Bill Status: Passed

Yes

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.

Vote Date: 3/1/2022

Bill Status: Passed

Yes

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

Vote Date: 3/1/2022

Bill Status: Passed

Yes

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

Vote Date: 3/4/2022

Bill Status: Passed

No

H.B. 193 - Full-Day Kindergarten

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

Topic(s): Education
Category: Strong Communities

Vote Date: 3/1/2022

Bill Status: Passed

Yes

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

Vote Date: 3/2/2022

Bill Status: Passed

Yes

H.B. 238 - State Holiday Modifications

Designates Juneteenth National Freedom Day as a legal state holiday.

Category: Equal Rights

Vote Date: 3/4/2022

Bill Status: Passed

Yes

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.

Vote Date: 3/3/2022

Bill Status: Passed

Yes

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.

Vote Date: 3/2/2022

Bill Status: Passed

Yes

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

Vote Date: 3/4/2022

Bill Status: Didn't Pass

No

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

Vote Date: 3/4/2022

Bill Status: Didn't Pass

Yes

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

Vote Date: 3/2/2022

Bill Status: Passed

Yes

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

Vote Date: 3/2/2022

Bill Status: Passed

N/A

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

Vote Date:

Bill Status: Didn't Pass

N/A

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

Vote Date:

Bill Status: Didn't Pass

No

H.B. 392 - Expungement Fee Amendments

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

Vote Date: 3/2/2022

Bill Status: Passed

Yes

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

Vote Date: 3/4/2022

Bill Status: Passed

Yes

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

Vote Date: 3/3/2022

Bill Status: Passed

Yes

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

Vote Date: 3/4/2022

Bill Status: Passed

Yes

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.

Vote Date: 3/2/2022

Bill Status: Passed

N/A

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

Vote Date:

Bill Status: Didn't Pass

No

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

Vote Date: 3/3/2022

Bill Status: Didn't Pass

Yes

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.

Vote Date: 3/2/2022

Bill Status: Passed

N/A

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

Vote Date:

Bill Status: Didn't Pass

Yes

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

Vote Date: 2/15/2022

Bill Status: Passed

Yes

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

Vote Date: 1/18/2022

Bill Status: Passed

Yes

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

Vote Date: 2/10/2022

Bill Status: Passed

No

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.

Vote Date: 1/26/2022

Bill Status: Didn't Pass

Yes

S.B. 87 - Court Fee Waiver Amendments

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

Vote Date: 1/25/2022

Bill Status: Passed

Yes

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

Vote Date: 2/2/2022

Bill Status: Passed

Yes

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

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

Vote Date: 3/3/2022

Bill Status: Passed

Yes

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.

Vote Date: 2/22/2022

Bill Status: Passed

N/A

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

Vote Date: 2/28/2022

Bill Status: Didn't Pass

Yes

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

Vote Date: 2/9/2022

Bill Status: Passed

No

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

Vote Date: 3/1/2022

Bill Status: Passed

Yes

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

Vote Date: 3/4/2022

Bill Status: Passed

No

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

Vote Date: 2/28/2022

Bill Status: Didn't Pass

Yes

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

Vote Date: 2/25/2022

Bill Status: Passed

Yes

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

Vote Date: 3/1/2022

Bill Status: Passed

Yes

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

Vote Date: 3/4/2022

Bill Status: Passed

Yes

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

Vote Date: 3/3/2022

Bill Status: Passed

2021 Score Overview

Overall
F -3
Good Government
F -14
-8
Redistricting
Strong Communities
F 3
Equal Rights
C 6
Sustainable Future
F 2

2021 Voting Record

Better Utah Position Key: Support = Oppose =
Voting Key:
In favor = Yes, Against = No, Not present = Absent, No vote taken = N/A

Vote Better Utah Position Bill
N/A

H.J.R. 13 - Joint Resolution Declaring Racism a Moral and Public Health Crisis

Declares racism as a moral and public health crisis and states the Legislature’s commitment to address the crisis.

Topic(s): Racial Justice
Category: Equal Rights

Vote Date: N/A

Bill Status: Didn't Pass

Yes

H.B. 17 - Utility Permitting Amendments

Preemptively prevents cities and counties from limiting utility services based on energy type.

Topic(s): Clean Energy
Category: Sustainable Future

Vote Date: 2/12/2021

Bill Status: Passed

Yes

H.C.R 22 - Concurrent Resolution Celebrating the Contributions of Multilingual and Multicultural Families to Utah Schools

Recognizes the contributions of multilingual and multicultural families to Utah’s schools.

Topic(s): Racial Justice
Category: Equal Rights

Vote Date: 3/5/2021

Bill Status: Passed

Yes

H.B. 41 - Murdered and Missing Indigenous Women and Girls Task Force

Extends funding for the Murdered and Missing Indigenous Women and Girls Task Force until 2023.

Topic(s): Indigenous Rights
Category: Equal Rights

Vote Date: 3/3/2021

Bill Status: Passed

Yes

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

Topic(s): Emergency Powers
Category: Good Government

Vote Date: 2/16/2021

Bill Status: Passed

Yes

H.B. 58 - Riot Amendments

Provides unnecessary jail time and unjust court requirements for a person arrested for rioting.

Vote Date: 2/25/2021

Bill Status: Passed

Yes

H.B. 60 - Conceal Carry Firearms Amendments

Removes the permit requirement for concealed carry.

Vote Date: 2/5/2021

Bill Status: Passed

Yes

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.

Topic(s): Tenant Rights
Category: Strong Communities

Vote Date: 3/5/2021

Bill Status: Passed

N/A

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.) 

Topic(s): Police Reform
Category: Strong Communities

Vote Date:

Bill Status: Didn't Pass

Yes

H.B. 82 - Single-Family Housing Modifications

Prevents municipalities or HOAs from blocking accessory dwelling units.

Vote Date: 3/3/2021

Bill Status: Passed

Yes

H.B. 84 - Use of Force Reporting Requirements

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

Topic(s): Police Reform
Category: Strong Communities

Vote Date: 3/5/2021

Bill Status: Passed

Yes

H.B. 91 - Tax Credit for Alternative Fuel Heavy Duty Vehicles

Reenacts a tax credit related to certain alternative fuel heavy-duty vehicles.

Topic(s): Clean Energy
Category: Sustainable Future

Vote Date: 3/3/2021

Bill Status: Passed

N/A

H.B. 92 - Medical Practice Amendments

Anti-trans bill banning gender-affirming surgeries and medical treatments for transgender minors.

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

Vote Date:

Bill Status: Didn't Pass

Yes

H.B. 96 - Emergency Management Amendments

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

Topic(s): Emergency Powers
Category: Good Government

Vote Date: 3/2/2021

Bill Status: Passed

Yes

H.B. 102 - Contraception for Inmates

Requires a jail to allow prisoners access to medically prescribed contraceptives.

Vote Date: 2/11/2021

Bill Status: Passed

Yes

H.B. 136 - Initiative and Referenda Modifications

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

Topic(s): Ballot Access
Category: Good Government

Vote Date: 3/4/2021

Bill Status: Passed

N/A

H.B. 146 - Overdose Harm Reduction Working Group

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

Topic(s): Health Care
Category: Strong Communities

Vote Date:

Bill Status: Didn't Pass

Yes

H.B. 158 - Juvenile Interrogation Amendments

Specifies the rights of minors who are taken into custody for questioning about an offense.

Vote Date: 2/25/2021

Bill Status: Passed

Yes

H.B. 162 - Peace Officer Training

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

Topic(s): Police Reform
Category: Strong Communities

Vote Date: 2/25/2021

Bill Status: Passed

Yes

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

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

Vote Date: 2/24/2021

Bill Status: Didn't Pass

N/A

H.B. 177 - Health Education Amendments

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

Vote Date:

Bill Status: Didn't Pass

Yes

H.B. 197 - Voter Affiliation Amendments

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

Topic(s): Ballot Access
Category: Good Government

Vote Date: 3/3/2012

Bill Status: Passed

N/A

H.B. 209 - Vehicle Registration Fee Revisions

Increases annual and six-month vehicle registration fees on electric, hybrid, plug-in hybrid, and other alternative fuel vehicles.

Topic(s): Clean Air
Category: Sustainable Future

Vote Date:

Bill Status: Didn't Pass

Yes

H.B. 220 - Pretrial Detention Amendments

Repeals the bail reform passed by the Legislature in 2020.

Vote Date: 3/3/3021

Bill Status: Passed

Yes

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.

Topic(s): Ballot Initiatives
Category: Good Government

Vote Date: 3/4/2021

Bill Status: Didn't Pass

Yes

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.

Topic(s): Topics
Category: Good Government

Vote Date: 3/2/2021

Bill Status: Passed

Yes

H.B. 257 - Utah State Park Amendments

Creates the Utahraptor State Park and Lost Creek State Park.

Topic(s): Public Lands
Category: Sustainable Future

Vote Date: 3/3/2021

Bill Status: Passed

No

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.

Topic(s): Health Care
Category: Strong Communities

Vote Date: 3/2/2021

Bill Status: Passed

Yes

H.B. 264 - Law Enforcement Weapons Use Amendments

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

Topic(s): Police Reform
Category: Strong Communities

Vote Date: 3/5/2021

Bill Status: Passed

Yes

H.B. 277 - Child Care Eligibility Amendments

Allows more working families to qualify for child care subsidies.

Topic(s): Child care
Category: Strong Communities

Vote Date: 3/4/2021

Bill Status: Passed

No

H.B. 278 - Name Change Process for Dixie State University

Allows the Dixie State University Board of Trustees to select and recommend a new name for the university.

Topic(s): Racial Justice
Category: Equal Rights

Vote Date: 3/3/2021

Bill Status: Passed

Yes

H.B. 294 - Pandemic Emergency Powers Amendments

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

Topic(s): Emergency Powers