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Senate Journal: March 3, 2015
Working 9 to 5. Just kidding. We’re still on the floor.This morning, most of us started our work at 7 am, and we’ll be passin’ bills for a while longer – we have evening floor time until 8. It’s been a long day on the hill!
Today on the hill: We started off with a prayer by Darren Beck. With lots of floor time today, we thought we’d break it down just a bit for you here:
– 2SB 177 (Dental Hygienist Practice Amendments); Congratulations are in order for those in Dental Hygienist Programs. Today Senator Urquhart passed a bill in the Senate that would allow these students to expand their scope of practice to those who are in need, in schools, nursing homes etc. This bill was brought to Senator Urquhart by some of the Dental Hygienists at Souther Utah University.
–SCR 6 (Concurrent Resolution Supporting Vietnam). Today, Senator Bramble brought to the Senate floor SCR6, that shows the support of the legislature and the state of Utah to those who served our country in the Vietnam War. Because there were so many great things said during this bill, we have a whole post on this here. It was a sweet moment for us.
–1SB 82 (Substitute Forcible Entry Amendments) Senator Urquhart’s bill had some “robust discussion” (as Senator Henderson likes to call it) on the floor. Questions such as the what determines “police uniform” and when this bill would apply were brought up by his Senate colleagues. After a quick little Q&A session, the bill was passed and sent to the House for their consideration.
We then moved into the Presidents office for media availability. Topics: clean air, medicaid expansion, and the gas tax. To view the whole briefing we’ve included the clip below. And as always, if you have questions, feel free to text (801) 505-1427, tweet @Utahsenate or chat (via YouTube) during the briefing tomorrow to have your questions answered.
This afternoon the highlights were:
– SB 259 made a quick appearance this afternoon on the floor. With a quick teaser of what is to comet this evening during floor time, Senator Madsen uncircled the bill and amended it… but then circled it again. We are expecting some lengthy discussion on this bill tonight, so if your home you can join us live at le.utah.gov. or follow the Twitter conversation at @UtahSenate or #utpol/#utleg.
–1SB 48 Senator Osmond moved this complex bill from the 2nd to the 3rd reading calendar. To read the bill text (which goes into a deeper explanation of what this entails, click here. But for the rest of us who like a quick and simple explanation… here it is: This bill directs the Commission for the Stewardship of Public Lands to commission a study and report on federal land within the state; and provides requirements for the study and report.
We’re not quite done yet… This evening we started floor time again at 6pm-8pm. Be sure to join us at le.utah.gov. But that’s all for now…
— Brad Shaw (@Real_Annie) March 3, 2015
— Todd Weiler (@gopTODD) March 3, 2015
— Kilo Zamora (@KiloZamora) March 3, 2015
— Utah House of Reps (@UtahReps) March 3, 2015
SURPRISE! Sen. Brian Shiozawa’s Healthy Utah bill gets out of Rules along with Rep. Dunnigan’s alternative. Both go to Biz & Labor. #utpol
— RobertGehrke (@RobertGehrke) March 3, 2015
— Benjamin Wood (@BjaminWood) March 4, 2015
Links We like:
– With the end of session in sight (just 9 days left) there have been lots of questions on Prison relocation. Here’s a quick write up of what this means for the state. We call it “The Basics”.
-If you haven’t heard by now about the Medicaid Expansion legislation, a quick catch up for you on where this bills are and who is in favor of what… A mouthful we know.
-While this is probably old news now… The anti-discrimination legislation will be released tomorrow afternoon. We will be live streaming a Press Conference at noon. You can tune in live at our YouTube channel – we’ll also tweet and facebook the link just prior. To make sure you are fully prepped for this release, may we suggest this article that lays out this legislation?
-While we mentioned the gas tax legislation a bit today on the floor, we haven’t seen the end yet. Because… Utah. Here’s a quick article the Trib (SL Tribune) did on what exactly this means.