THE END IS NEAR

Day 44! It’s the second to last day of the Legislative Session this year and the Senators are working hard to get through their bills. Floor time today began with a prayer given by Senator Adams and the pledge by Senator Dabakis.

Today was the last day for legislators to pass any bills with a fiscal note of $10,000 or more.

Senator Christensen’s HB 207 Federalism Amendments was debated on the floor this morning, and garnered a lot of discussion. The bill failed to pass the Senate with a final vote of 11-17. Senator Christensen made a motion to recall HB 207, but did not gain enough support to be reconsidered.

Senator Okerlund’s HB 149 Child Abuse Offender Registry was also a topic for debate and eventually passed the Senate with a final vote of 15-12. Other notable bills include Senator Henderson’s HB 265 Safety Inspection Amendments, which passed 21-8 and Senator Millner’s HB 441 Housing and Homeless Reform Initiative Amendments, which passed 26-3 and was sent to the House with amendments.

A number of notable alcohol bills passed the Senate. Senator Stephenson’s HB 442 Alcohol Amendments was a big topic for discussion. After some debate, it passed the Senate second and third reading calendars 20-9 and was sent back to the House. Senator Adam’s HB 155 Driving Under the Influence and Public Safety Revisions, which aims to change the legal blood alcohol content for driving from .08 to .05, passed the Senate 17-12.

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FOR THE RECORD

Senator Adams’ SB 197 Refinery Sales and Use Tax Exemptions Amendments, which gives refineries a $1.8 million tax great incentive to produce cleaner fuel, passed the House 72-0 and is headed to Gov. Herbert for consideration | Deseret News | Salt Lake Tribune 

Senator Henderson’s HB 265 Safety Inspection Amendments passed the Senate 19-6 and was sent to the House for concurrence before it will be sent to Gov. Herbert for consideration | Salt Lake Tribune

Senator Vickers’ HB 130 Cannabinoid Research passed the House 70-2 and the Senate 23-1 and is sent to Gov. Herbert for consideration | Deseret News

Senator Weiler’s HB 200 Sexual Assault Kits Processing Amendments passed the Senate unanimously and was sent to Gov. Herbert for consideration | Salt Lake Tribune

Senator Christensen’s HB 207 Federalism Amendments that would provide $350,000 to study materials on federalism failed to pass the Senate | Deseret News | Salt Lake Tribune | Utah Policy

Senator Van Tassell’s SB 276 Transportation Funding Modifications, which changes the tax on gas, passed the House 58-15, and was passed to Gov. Herbert for consideration | Salt Lake Tribune


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