Last Updated: March 9, 2018

2018 Legislative Session Bill Tracker

Bill

Description

Comments

SFY 19 $

Status

Position

HB 14 (Hutchings) - Substance Abuse Treatment Facility Patient Brokering

Makes it a Class A misdemenor to pay or take money for referring an individual to a substance abuse treatment facility.

$0

Passed

Support

1SHB 15 (Handy) - Community Reinvestment Agency Amendments

Requires a city and county to report use of a housing allocation, authorizes a public entity to donate its property to a community reinvestment agency, and does away with a list of what has to be included in a description or analysis of a project’s public benefit.

$0

Passed

Monitor

HB 24 (Ray) - Autism Insurance Coverage Sunset Amendments

Makes the requirement that private insurers offer coverage for autism, including applied behavioral analysis, permanent.

$0

Passed

Support

1SHB 30 (Dunnigan) - Utah Antidiscrimination Act Amendments

Gives the Utah Antidiscrimination and Labor Division subpoena power in cases of alleged employment discrimination; permits it to investigate, but not hold a hearing, on an employment discrimination claim; requires it to pursue mediation before beginning an investigation; and prohibits a complaint from being amended before an evidentiary hearing.

$0

Passed

Monitor

4SHB 35 (Roberts) - Municipal Instant Runoff Voting Pilot Project

Creates a 10-year pilot project for cities who want to try ranked-choice voting in local elections.

Could make the ballot difficult to use for voters with cognitive disabilities.

$0

Failed

Monitor

5SHB 39 (Dunnigan) - Department of Insurance Amendments

Among many other things, says the state does not have to get federal approval of its essential health benefits benchmark plan under the Affordable Care Act.

$0

Passed

Monitor

HB 41 (Eliason) - Mental Health Crisis Line Amendments

Creates a statewide mental health crisis line, and sets staffing and operational standards for it and local mental health crisis lines.

$2,857,700

Passed

Support

HB 42 (Eliason) - Medicaid Waiver for Mental Health Crisis Services

Directs the Department of Human Services to seek a waiver for mental health crisis line and 5 mobile crisis outreach teams in Medicaid.

$0

Senate 3rd Reading Calendar

Support

HB 67 (Handy) - Voter Registration Amendments

A person applying for a driver’s license or state ID card will be automatically registered to vote, unless he or she declines.

$17,000

Failed

Support

HB 79 (Greene) - Private Attorney General Doctrine

Allows an individual or group to sue and recover costs on behalf of the public, if the Attorney General, district attorney, or city attorney has a conflict of interest or cannot take action for some reason.

$0

Failed

Monitor

1SHB 85 (Handy) - Paratransit Vehicles and Safety Belt Amendments

Allows paratransit passengers in certain vehicles to not wear a seatbelt.

$0

Passed

Monitor

2SHB 87 (Fawson) - Suicide Prevention Training Amendments

Makes a suicide prevention course optional to renew a medical license.

-$900

Failed

Support

1SHB 99 (Redd) - Substance Abuse and Mental Health Act Amendments

Creates training and certification requirements for mental health peer support specialists; changes the criterion for temporary commitment from “cause serious injury” to “pose substantial danger;” allows a mental health officer, in addition to a peace officer, to take an individual into custody for observation. For a child, the criterion changes from “risk of harm” to “fear of the substantial danger;” an adult may be temporarily committed for 24 hours, while a child can be held for 72.

$43,000

Passed

Monitor

1SHB 100 (Redd) - Medically Complex Children with Disabilities Waiver Program

Makes the program permanent and establishes a prioritization process if funding is reduced.

$2,267,800

Passed

Support

HB 104 (Christofferson) - Child Welfare Services Amendments

Allows the Division of Child and Family Services to use certain post-adoption funds to provide services to a child without requiring the parent or guardian to give up custody.

$0

Passed

Monitor

HB 105 (Ward) - Medicaid Sanctions Amendments

Lets the Department of Health keep and spend the money it gets from Medicaid fines and penalties.

$0

Passed

Support

HB 109 (Ward) - Services for People with Disabilities Amendments

Removes the requirement that 15% of any new money for the Division of Services for People with Disabilities waiting list be spent on respite care.

$0

Failed

Monitor

1SHB 111 (Coleman) - Community Reinvestment Agency Modifications

Requires a community with one or more redevelopment areas to develop an affordable and moderate-income housing plan.

$0

Failed

Monitor

1SHB 112  (Watkins) - Payments for State Care of Children

Waives a parent’s child support obligation to a child in state custody, if the parent’s only income is General Assistance, the Family Employment Program, Social Security, or Social Security Disability.

-$32,000

Passed

Support

2SHB 115 (Thurston) - Bad-Faith Demand Letters Concerning Americans with Disabilities Act

Defines a “bad-faith” demand letter; allows a business to sue an individual accused of sending one.

Private attorneys are the only option for enforcing this part of the ADA; may make it harder to find an attorney willing to file a complaint; should be working to educate businesses and attorneys about their obligations, instead.

$0

Failed

Oppose

4SHB 126 (Peterson) - Inmate Housing Amendments

The Department of Corrections may build halfway houses throughout the state and limit the number of offenders housed in each one.

Worried about the cost of building facilities far from jobs, mental health/substance use care and other supports.

$8,786,300

Passed

Oppose

4SHB 132 (Snow) - Juvenile Justice Modifications

Clarifies the penalties and obligations of youth adjudicated for certain offenses.

$0

Passed

Monitor

HB 137 (Daw) - Long-term Care Ombudsman Amendments

Among other things, enables ombudsman to advocate, mediate, or investigate on behalf of all residents of nursing or assisted living facilities, regardless of age

$0

Passed

Support

2SHB 139 (Eliason) - Telepsychiatric Consultation Access Amendments

Requires Medicaid and private insurance to cover physician-to-physician psychiatric consultations via telehealth systems.

$8,200

Passed

Support

HB 141 (Westwood) - Early Voting Amendments

Allows an election officer to reduce the early voting period in an all vote-by-mail county to 4 days.

$0

Passed

Monitor

HB 157 (Potter) - Justice Reinvestment Initiative Amendments

Gives a slightly higher percentage of the state’s daily rate to county jails that provide state inmates with cognitive behavioral therapy or vocational training.

-$496,600

Passed

Support

2SHB 163 (Thurston) - Prescription Drug Importation Program

Requires the state to seek permission from the federal government to import certain drugs under certain circumstances from Canada.

Possible    -$70 million for private insurance plans

Failed

Support

2SHB 167 (Winder) - Incapacitated Person Guardianship Revisions

If counsel can’t be found within 60 days, and based on a court visitor’s report, lets a judge decide if an adult child, whose parents are seeking guardianship, needs an attorney.

$0

Passed

Oppose

1SHB 177 (Ivory) - Trauma-informed Justice Provisions

Creates a trauma-informed care committee to study and recommend ways that the criminal and juvenile justice systems can improve support for victims of crime.

$126,100

Passed

Support

1SHB 184 (Ward) - Driver License Form Amendments

Specifies that physicians have access to a key when determining if and how an individual's condition or impairment impacts his or her ability to drive; allows a physician to recommend an interval for recertification, if necessary.

$0

Failed

Monitor

HB 199 (Miles) - Division of Substance Use and Mental Health Amendments

Requires 2/3 of all individual and group therapies delivered through local substance use and mental health authorities be evidence-based by 2022. Also requires that 40% of new substance use and mental health funding be dedicated to implementation and training around evidence-based treatments by 2022.

While the move toward evidence-based treatment is welcome, with so many resources diverted to implementation and oversight, we are concerned about the system’s ability to serve new clients over the long-term.

-$161,500

Failed

Monitor

HB 205 (Lisonbee) - Down Syndrome Nondiscrimination Abortion Act

When a test reveals the possibility of Down syndrome, requires a physician to provide a referral to a parents’ group and to a specialist with knowledge about providing care to a child with Down syndrome. A physician who performs an abortion when he or she knows the reason for the procedure is because the patient knows or believes the child has Down syndrome is guilty of a Class A misdemeanor.

$0

Failed

Monitor

HB 210 (Chavez-Houck) - End-of-life Options Act

Allows a capable patient with a terminal disease to make an informed request for self-administered medication to end his or her life

$24,000

Failed

Monitor

6SHB 218 (Chavez-Houck) - Voter Registration Amendments

Allows a voter who registers on election day or during the early voting period to cast a provisional ballot privately and independently at an election day voting center..

?

Passed

Support

4SHB 233 (Potter) - Teacher Salary Supplement Amendments

Raises a special education teacher's salary by $4,100.

$9,404,600

Passed

Support

2SHB 263 (Kwan) - Assisted Living Facilities Amendments

Clarifies that, in most cases, an assisted living facility can discharge a resident after a 30-day notice if it can no longer meet his or her needs, he or she poses a medical or behavioral risk to staff or other residents, or he or she can no longer pay; requires the ombudsman to contact the resident to answer questions or address any concerns.

$98,600

Passed

Support

HB 264 (Eliason) - Elementary School Counselor Program

School districts and charter schools can apply for a grant to provide school-based mental health services to schools serving a high number of students experiencing childhood trauma or long-term poverty.

$2,250,000

Passed

Support

1SHB 278 (Edwards) - Paid Family Medical Leave Tax Credit

Allows a taxpayer to claim a state tax credit of up to 5% of the federal tax credit.

?

Failed

Support

HB 283 (Edwards) - Workplace Protection Amendments

Expands antidiscrimination protections to workplaces with fewer than 15 employees.

?

Failed

Support

1SHB 308 (Ivory) - Telehealth Mental Health Pilot Program

Directs the Division of Substance Abuse and Mental Health to create a pilot project to provide telehealth services to underserved students with mental health needs in one or more schools.

-$590,000

Passed

Support

HB 317 (Pulsipher) - Special Education Amendments

Clarifies that a student with an IEP can remain in school until the end of the school year in which he or she turns 22.

-$427,000

Passed

Support

4SHB 322 (Redd) - Nonemergency Patient Transportation Safety Amendments

Requires a Department of Health committee to create criteria and establish rules for this secure, nonemergency medical transportation of patients.

-$2,200

Failed

Monitor

4SHB 325 (Eliason) - Primary Care Network Amendments

Uses a hospital tax to help pay for including mental health and specialty care, among other services in PCN.

?

Passed

Monitor

HB 334 (Romero) - Human Trafficking Amendments

Among other things, makes the trafficking of a vulnerable adult a first-degree felony.

?

Failed

Support

HB 402 (Miles) - Probate Code Amendments

Among other things, says that a person who refuses to accept evidence of the authority of a guardian is liable for costs, expenses, fees, and damages if the court determines he or she didn’t act in good faith.

$0

Passed

Monitor

2SHB 407 (Dunnigan) - Assistant Animals Amendments

Makes it a class B misdemeanor to claim that an animal is an assistance animal under federal law when it isn't.

$0

Failed

Oppose

HB 410 (C Moss) - Alcohol and Substance Use Withdrawal in County Jails

Requires the Utah Substance Use and Mental Health Advisory Council to convene a workgroup to study alcohol and substance use withdrawal in county jails.

$4,100

Failed

Support

HB 421 (Redd) - Medicaid Waiver for Mental Health Patients

Directs the Department of Health to apply for a state plan amendment or waiver to provide Medicaid mental health services to individuals, with income below 95% of the federal poverty and without access to affordable insurance, who are civilly committed to a local mental health authority.

?

Failed

Support

2SHB 430 (Edwards) - Affordable Housing Amendments

Creates the Commission on Affordable Housing to study, make recommendations, and coordinate resources around strategies to increase affordable housing.

$11,700

Passed

Support

2SHB 431 (Ivory) - Telemedicine Reimbursement Amendments

Requires Medicaid and PEHP to reimburse for telemedicine services at the rate they would if the services were delivered in person.

$80,000

Failed

Monitor

1SHB 435 (Eliason) - Medicaid Dental Benefits

Collaborates with the University of Utah School of Dentistry to offer dental services to Medicaid enrollees receiving substance use treatment.

?

Passed

Support

HB 472 (Spendlove) - Medicaid Expansion Revisions

Asks the federal government to pay 90% of the cost of offering Medicaid to Utahns up to 100% of federal poverty; also adds a work requirement for most able-bodied, working-age Medicaid enrollees.

Unfortunately, the request is unlikely to be approved. The federal government turned down a similar request from Arkansas on March 5th.

$0

Passed

Monitor

HJR 6 (Froerer) - Joint Resolution Commemorating the 50th Anniversary of the Fair Housing Act

Recognizes the 50th anniversary of the Fair Housing Act and commends the Utah Association of Realtors

$0

Passed

Monitor

3SSHB 462 (Eliason) - Homeless Services Amendments

Distribute the money between cities hosting homeless shelters to help cover the cost of their operation.

$6 million

Passed

Monitor

1SSB 19 (Fillmore) - Competency to Stand Trial Amendments

Provides judges with some discretion and modifies the requirements for conducting a competency evaluation, so that individuals can be assessed and treated more quickly.

$43,800

Passed

Support

1SSB 31 (Thatcher) - Utah Mobile Crisis Outreach Team Act

Requires the Division of Substance Abuse and Mental Health to create a statewide mobile crisis outreach team plan and establish standards and training for a mobile crisis outreach team certification. Exempts members of a team who regularly provide mental health services as part of their job duties or whose professional license qualifies them.

$13,500

Passed

Support

SB 38 (Thatcher) - Local Elected Officer Amendments

Creates a process which larger counties can use to remove an elected official from office if he or she no longer has the mental capacity to perform the essential functions of the position, with or without reasonable accommodations.

$0

Passed

Oppose

SB 47 (Davis) - Medicaid Expansion Amendments

Increases eligibility for Medicaid to 138% of the federal poverty level.

-$41,860,000

Failed

Support

SB 48 (Christensen) - Medicaid Waiting Period Amendments

Restores the 5-year bar before legal immigrant children can get Medicaid

$0

Failed

Oppose

SB 49 (Hillyard) - Special Needs Trust Amendments

In addition to a parent, grandparent, guardian, or the court, allows an individual with a disability to establish a special needs trust.

$0

Passed

Support

SB 86 (Thatcher) - Victim Targeting Penalty Enhancements

Increases the penalty by one degree if it is found beyond a reasonable doubt that an offender selected a victim because of his or her belief about one or more of the victim’s characteristics, including disability.

$0

Failed

Support

1SSB 88 (Bramble) - Financial Exploitation of Vulnerable Adults

Requires an investment agent, broker, or financial advisor to notify the Division of Adult and Aging Services if he or she suspects financial exploitation of a vulnerable adult or elderly individual. Authorizes a court or certain agencies to delay payment while an investigation is conducted.

$0

Passed

Support

1SSB 112 (Henderson) - Voter Registration Revisions

A person applying for a driver’s license or state ID card will be automatically registered to vote, unless he or she declines.

?

Failed

Support

SB 125 (Harper) - Child Welfare Amendments

Among other things, requires school personnel to report suspected instances of educational neglect to the Division of Child and Family Services. Also allows a court to issue a warrant for a child in division custody who is believed to be missing, abducted, or to have run away.

$5,500

Passed

Monitor

1SSB 150 (Zehnder) - Utah Statewide Stroke and Cardiac Registry

Directs the Department of Health to create a database to collect and analyze information on the occurrence, treatment, and outcomes to help prevent and improve the care of strokes and heart attacks.

-$100,000

Passed

Support

SB 172 (Hemmert) - Medicaid Waiver Amendments

Directs the Department of Health to ask for permission to cap spending, create a work requirement, and a health savings account for able-bodied, working-age Medicaid enrollees.

?

Failed

Oppose

SB 182 (Adams) - Guardianship Amendments

Unless there is good cause appoint another individual, gives preference to the parent(s) who had custody of a minor child with a disability if guardianship is sought and awarded once he or she becomes an adult. Also adds information a physician or psychologist must include in their report to the court.

$0

Passed

Support

1SSB 186 (Weiler) - Indigent Defense Amendments

Among other things, directs the Indigent Defense Commission to establish guidelines for an indigent defense system based on certain criteria.

$0

Passed

Support

SB 193 (Dayton) - Persons with Disabilities Amendments

Expands the definition of rape to include circumstances when the victim doesn’t understand the consequences of the act.

$0

Passed

Monitor

SB 198 (Anderegg) - Public School Disciplinary Action Amendments

Requires school districts and charter schools to report information about certain school-based disciplinary and law enforcement activities involving students, including those with disabilities.

$0

Passed

Support

4SSB 205 (Weiler) - Incarceration Reports

Requires the Department of Corrections and county jails to report and provide information on inmate deaths and substance use each year.

?

Passed

Support

SB 224 (Vickers) - Medical Treatment Prior Authorization

Requires the approval process to be faster, more transparent, and more predictable.

?

Failed

Support

SCR 11 (Zehnder) - Concurrent Resolution on Awareness and Treatment of Maternal Depression and Anxiety

Encourages the state to take action to raise awareness about and address maternal depression and anxiety.

$0

Passed

Support

SCR 14 (Hemmert) - Concurrent Resolution on the Public Employees' Health Plan

Directs PEHP to convert its Utah Basic+ into something like a medical savings account, in which an enrollee would be rewarded for using a provider able to deliver a service below a preset price and be responsible for covering any portion of a service above that preset price. Also encourages alternative payment models, including cash.

$0

Failed

Monitor

SJR 1 (Iwamoto) - Joint Resolution Recognizing Educators of the Deaf and American Sign Language Instructors

Highlights the history of ASL in the US, expresses support for Utah’s deaf community, and recognizes the work of the state’s educators of the deaf and its ASL instructors.

$0

Passed

Support

SJR 5 (Iwamoto) - Joint Resolution Recognizing Fall Prevention Efforts and Disseminating Fall Prevention Awareness Day

Highlights the impact of fall-related injuries on Utah seniors and designates September 22, 2018 as Fall Prevention Awareness Day.

$0

Passed

Support

1SSJR 6 (Iwamoto) - Joint Resolution Encouraging the Reduction of Pediatric Deaths from Injury and Illness

Encourages the Department of Health to establish a pediatric care quality improvement program

$0

Passed

Support

SJR 7 (Knudson) - Joint Resolution Designating Post Traumatic Stress Injury Awareness Day and Month

Urges the Departments of Health and Veterans and Military Affairs to educate the citizens of Utah regarding the causes, symptoms, and treatment of post-traumatic stress injury on June 27, 2018 and throughout the month.

$0

Passed

Support