2019 Legislative Session Bill Tracker



















Abuse & Neglect

SB 148


Child Welfare in Custody Proceedings

Repeals the private attorney guardian ad litem program.


Not posted

Senate Rules Committee. (2/8) Senate/ 1st reading (Introduced)



SB 40


Child Welfare Sunset Provisions

Extends the sunset date of the psychotropic medication oversight pilot project to 2024.

$ 0

Legislative Research and General Counsel / Enrolling.

(2/8) Senate/ signed by President/ sent for enrolling



SB 39


Assisted Outpatient Treatment for Mental Illness

Lowers the standard for court-ordered treatment to whether an individual is likely to pose a substantial danger to him/herself or others. Specifically excludes forced medication and doesn’t provide for enforcement.

$ 52,200

House Rules Committee. (2/7) House/ return to Rules due to fiscal impact

neutral (pending more input from core stakeholders/ practitioners)


SB 53


Uniform Guardianship, Conservatorship, and other Protective Arrangements Act

Requires a court visitor to inform a judge concerning the functional abilities and living situation of an individual subject to a proposed guardianship. Requires a judge be satisfied that all less restrictive alternatives to a guardianship, including supported decision-making, have been considered and found insufficient before granting one. Requires guardians to develop a guardianship plan and report progress annually.

$5.2 M

Senate Judiciary, Law Enforcement, and Criminal Justice Committee. (2/4) Senate Comm - Not Considered



SB 85


Secure Transport Designation Amendments

Requires a provider that transports a behavioral health client, who needs observation during transport, between facilities to be certified.

$ 338,400

Senate Health and Human Services Committee. (2/4) Senate/ placed on 2nd Reading Calendar



SB 103


Victim Targeting Penalty Enhancements

Generally increases the penalty for a communal offense by one degree if it is found, beyond reasonable doubt, that the offender selected the victim because of his or her disability, race, sexual orientation, gender identity, or other characteristics.


Senate Judiciary, Law Enforcement, and Criminal Justice Committee. (2/1) Senate/ received fiscal note from Fiscal Analyst



SB 32


Indigent Defense Act Amendments

Recodifies the Indigent Defense Act.


Senate 2nd Reading Calendar. 2/31 Senate/ placed on 2nd Reading Calendar. The Judiciary Interim Committee recommended this bill.



HB 17


Firearm Violence and Suicide Prevention Amendments

Directs the Division of Substance Abuse and Mental Health to create a firearm safety brochure and packet, and develop a program to offer a gun lock in the coupon for a gun safe.

$ 600,000

House Rules Committee. (1/30) House/ received fiscal note from Fiscal Analyst



HB 301


Board of Pardons and Parole Amendments

Provides that timely notice of hearings be given to the offender.  Requires that the victim or victim's representative who requests to be notified of hearings provide current contact information to the board allows notification of hearings to county or district attorneys and law enforcement to be through the board's website.

Not posted

Legislative Research and General Counsel. (2/8) LFA/ bill sent to agencies for fiscal input.




HB 20


Human Trafficking Amendments

Among other things, makes trafficking a vulnerable adult a 1st degree felony.

$ 0

Senate Judiciary, Law Enforcement, and Criminal Justice Committee.  (1/3) Senate/ to standing committee.



HB 36


Bureau of Criminal Identification Reporting Amendments

Requires individuals found mentally unfit to purchase a firearm by a court or subject to a protective order be reported to the Bureau of Criminal Identification and the National Crime Information Center. The bill creates a definition of “mental defective” as “an individual who, by a court, board, commission, or other lawful authority is found: to be a danger to himself or others; to lack the mental capacity to contract or manage the individual’s own affairs; to be incompetent by a court in a criminal case; or to be incompetent to stand trial or found not guilty by reason or lack of mental responsibility”.

$ 0

House 3rd Reading Calendar for House bills. (2/1) House/ 2nd reading



HB 121


End-of-life Prescription Provisions

Allows an individual, whom two physicians agree has a terminal diagnosis, to make an informed decision to request medication to end his or her own life. Requires at least a 15-day waiting period.

$ 28,700

House Rules Committee. (1/28) House/ 1st reading (Introduced).




HB 460

Moss, C

Medicaid Eligibility Amendments

If an offender is enrolled in Medicaid when he or she goes to jail, requires the Department of Health to pause, rather than end, his or her enrollment until he or she is released.






HB 480


Civil Commitment Amendments


Not posted




HB 461


Pediatric Neuro-Rehabilitation Fund

Creates a fund to subsidize physical or occupational therapy for kids with cerebral palsy or spina bifida.





HB 481


Board of Pardons and Parole Revisions

Would allow the board to require an inmate to participate in mental health treatment as a condition of release; the board could pause an offender’s sentence if he or she refused to do so.

Not posted




Access & Rights

SB 34


Affordable Housing Modifications

Includes money for new affordable housing. Cities can allow mother-in-law apartments and rooms for single renters. They are encouraged to promote high- density housing near transit.

$24 million

Senate Economic Development and Workforce Services Committee. (2/1) LFA/ fiscal note Sent to sponsor



SB 98


Community Reinvestment Agency Amendments

Among other things, if a community reinvestment agency project area plan contains only nonresidential development the bill removes the requirement that the agency include a housing allocation.

$ 0

Senate Government Operations and Political Subdivisions Committee. 1/29 Senate/ received fiscal note from Fiscal Analyst



HB 38


Administrative Appeal Rights

Allows an individual to appeal to one of Utah's state-level administrative law judges (not the Department of the Housing and Urban Development), if the director of the Utah Antidiscrimination and Labor Division denies a housing discrimination claim or appeal.


Legislative Research and General Counsel / Enrolling. (2/8) Draft of Enrolled Bill Prepared



HB 43


Support Animal Amendments

Makes it a Class C misdemeanor to misrepresent a pet as an emotional support or assistance animal. Reduces charge of misrepresenting an animal as a service animal from Class B to C.

$ 0

Senate 2nd Reading Calendar. (2/6) Senate/ placed on 2nd Reading Calendar



HB 209


Extreme Risk Protective Order

Allows a family member or law enforcement to request the court order to temporarily take away a person’s firearms, if he or she has recently made threats, acted violently, or there is reason to believe he or she may pose a imminent risk of injury to him/herself or others. Such a finding cannot be made solely on the basis of mental illness, but the court may recommend an evaluation.

$ 214,000

House Rules Committee. (2/4) House/ received fiscal note from Fiscal Analyst



HB 284


State Agency Web Design Guidelines

Creates design and navigation standards for state agency websites.


House Government Operations Committee. (2/8) House/ to standing committee











SB 95


Autism Amendments

After 2020, doesn’t allow a health insurance plan to limit the number of hours of applied behavior analysis services covered.


Senate Business and Labor Committee. (1/30) LFA/ fiscal note sent to sponsor



SB 11


Medicaid Dental Coverage Amendments

Offers dental services to Medicaid enrollees who are 65 or over. Utilizes the University of Utah dental school and clinics where possible.

$ 0

House Rules Committee. (2/4) House/ 1st reading (Introduced)



SB 96


Medicaid Expansion Adjustments

Repeals Proposition 3 by reducing eligibility for Medicaid to 100% of the federal poverty level, capping per-person spending, adding a work requirement, and denying coverage if an enrollee doesn’t comply with it. The bill also provides 12-month continuous eligibility for newly-eligible enrollees and allows Medicaid to help support housing.

$ 49.2 M

Clerk of the House. (2/4) Senate/ received fiscal note from Fiscal Analyst




SB 260


Limited Supports Waiver Amendments

Asks the federal government for permission to offer some limited services - like behavior supports, supported employment, or day services - designed to keep persons with disabilities at home or in the community to individuals on the DSPD waiting list.


Senate Business and Labor Committee





Concurrent Resolution on the Payment for Treatment in an Institution for Mental Illness

Encourages Congress to allow Medicaid to pay for more than 15 inpatient mental health treatment days.

$ 0

House Consent Calendar. (2/7) House/ 2nd reading




SCR 14


Concurrent Resolution Recognizing the Value and Need for Employment Services for Individuals with a Disability

Encourages continued state funding for sheltered workshops and urges the federal government to reconsider its move away from supporting sub-minimum wage employment.






HB 484


Adult Autism Treatment Program

Creates a grant program to help pay for applied behavioral analysis for individuals with autism over the age of 22.

Not posted





HJR 28


Joint Resolution regarding Approval of Settlement Agreement

Formal legislative approval of our settlement agreement with the Departments of Health and Human Services of the ICF/ID lawsuit.

not posted





SB 106


Mental Health Services in Schools

Directs the Department of Health to request a state plan amendment allowing Medicaid to pay for mental health services in schools.

$ 8,200

Senate 2nd Reading Calendar. 2/4 Senate/ placed on 2nd Reading Calendar



HB 27


Public Education Definitions Amendments

Changes definition of terms to make the bill more concise. Two changes are relevant to the disabled population. The first involves the Disabilities Education Act, 20 U.S.C. Sec. 1400 et seq. Second involves Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, 29 U.S.C. Sec. 701 et seq.


Contingent on HB 28 passing.

$ 0

Senate 2nd Reading Calendar. (2/6) Senate/ placed on 2nd Reading Calendar



HB 28


Public Education Definitions Coordination


$ 0

Senate 2nd Reading Calendar. (2/6) Senate/ placed on 2nd Reading Calendar



HB 29


Special Education Recodification


$ 0

Senate 2nd Reading Calendar. (2/6) Senate/ placed on 2nd Reading Calendar






HB 237


Personal Electronic Device Use in Public Schools

With regards to personal electronic devices, schools must adopt a policy, submit it, gain approval, and provide it to parents. Must inform students about the policy. Concern: allows schools to completely restrict personal electronic device use despite how some people with disabilities may depend on them.

$ 0

House Education Committee. 2/6 House Comm - Held




HB 92


Violence Data Study

Contract with a university for a study of the nature, prevalence, and impact of all types of violence in Utah. Report to the legislature by 2021.

$134,500. $100,000, one-time, to the Division of Substance Abuse and Mental Health.

Senate Rules Committee. 2/4 Senate/ 1st reading (Introduced)



HCR 14


Concurrent Resolution Encouraging High Expectations of Students with Disabilities

Encourages high expectations of students with disabilities in the general education classroom, as well as provision of supports and services needed to help them succeed.


House Education Committee. (2/8) House/ to standing committee



HB 120


Student and School Safety Assessment

Directs the Utah State Board of Education and school districts to create threat  assessment and student support teams. The teams are made up of educational staff, mental health professionals, and law enforcement. Students whose statements or behavior suggest they may be a “threat” to themselves or others can be referred to the team


House Education Committee. (2/7) House Comm - Favorable Recommendation





















Agency & Other