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Subject: [LWVUT] INTERIM LEGISLATIVE PREVIEW WED JULY 16 2014 - LEAGUE OF WOMEN VOTERS
Date: Tue Jul 15 21:32:39 MDT 2014
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League of Women Voters Legislative Interim Preview

July 2014 Interim Meetings

 

The Utah Legislature will meet in interim session on Wednesday July 16th.

The Legislature has finished most of its statutory reports and is moving toward new issues and legislation.

 

Below are brief descriptions of the meetings scheduled 16 through 17 July with links to their agendas.

 

Make a note that the afternoon sessions on Wednesday are now scheduled at 2:30 p.m., which is probably much more realistic than previous schedules.

 

Some of the more interesting items on Wednesday that you might want to sit in for or listen to online at le.utah.gov:

 

- The State Water Commission is discussing possible federal rules on groundwater resource management on Tuesday afternoon

 

- Natural Resource Interim Committee will discuss clean air and a reintroduced proposal for tougher clean air rules on Wednesday morning

 

- Revenue and Taxation will hear about possible legislation requiring appropriations limits via formulas and earmarks on Wednesday morning

 

- Mark Thomas of the Lieutenant Governor's office will discuss possible changes to the initiative process in the Government Operations Interim Committee meeting Wednesday afternoon

 

- The Health Reform Task Force will discuss how Governor Herbert's proposal for Medicaid expansion is progressing and possible Medicaid funding considerations on Thursday morning

 

It would be helpful for League Members to  let me know which meetings you might be attending so we can cover as many as possible.

 

Angie Abram

Co-Director, Legislative Action

League of Women Voters of Utah


Wednesday July 16, 2014

Economic Development and Workforce Services Interim Committee 9:00 a.m. Room 20 House Building

Report from the Office of Legislative Research on the economic development incentive program, which aims to attract businesses to locate or expand in Utah

Report from the Office of Tourism on benefits to the state from sales tax allotted to tourism marketing

Proposal to update the Utah Code section related to the Governor’s Office of Economic Development (Title 63M, Chapter 1)

Draft legislation by Department of Workforce Services regarding the programs it administers, its divisions etc., which will sunset in 2015. Many Workforce Services programs are governed by federal law agenda

 

Judiciary Interim Committee 9:30 a.m. Room 215 Senate Building

Draft legislation on amending jury duty requirements for some counties (Rep. Craig Hall)

The committee will discuss sentencing structure and trends in Utah , especially as they affect prison population commitments, with input from the Justice Reinvestment Initiative agenda

 

Law Enforcement and Criminal Justice Interim Committee 9:00 a.m. Room 25 House Building

Report from Juvenile Justice Services on their status, issues and long-term planning

Update from the Pew Charitable Trust on their reinvestment initiative

Update on inmate identification initiative, a process for inmates getting permanent ID such as a driver license before being released back into the community.

Gang issues discussion, including increasing numbers, cartels, street gangs and outlaw motorcycle gangs

Proposed legislation on amended jail reimbursement (Rep. Ray)  agenda

 

Natural Resources, Agriculture, and Environment Interim Committee 9:00 a.m. Room 30 House Building

The committee will hear reports on remediation waste fees, the status of Utah State Parks , and the aquatic invasive species program.

The committee will discuss immediate strategies for improving air quality and hear draft legislation allowing DAQ to set more stringent standards than are required for the EPA (Rep. Becky Edwards)

Reports from the public lands policy coordination office, regarding R.S. 2477 roads and Utah-specific data from Nevada public lands managers. agenda

 

Revenue and Tax Interim Committee 9:00 a.m. Room 210 Senate Building

The committee will hear draft legislation on “appropriations limit formula amendments” (no sponsor)

Report by State Auditor John Dougall on calculation of new growth in taxable property within Utah ’s Property Tax system, which has resulted in over $100 million of improperly reduced property tax revenue in the past ten years

Report on sales and use tax earmarks in the General Fund (currently they total $530 million) by the Office of Legislative Research agenda

 

Transportation Interim Committee 9:00 a.m. Room 250 Capitol Building

Report on Pennsylvania ’s approach to multi-modal transportation funding

The committee will hear internal reports from committee members on transportation funding options

Discussion of a sunset review of subsection 63G-6a-1402(7) which addresses procurement of design-build transportation project contracts.

Discussion of consolidating the various sales tax earmarks for transportation in the Transportation Budget as required by the Legislative Management Committee and to be presented to the Legislature agenda

 

LEAGUE OF WOMEN VOTERS OF UTAH LUNCH IN THE SENATE BUILDING CAFETERIA AT 12:00

 

Revised - Business and Labor Interim Committee 2:30 p.m. Room 210 Senate Building

Sunset Reviews of insurance comparison tables including draft legislation

Review of proposed administrative rule relating to fee limits for outside counsel – Office of the Attorney General

(Sen. Adams)

Discussion of implementation of the transfer of retail license act – Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control (Sen. Valentine)

Discussion on workplace discrimination (HB 359) (Rep. Wheatley) agenda

 

Education Interim Committee 2:30 p.m. Room 30 House Building

The committee will have reports from industry and higher education on occupations in high-demand for which a career and technical information background is required

Report and discussion of education statewide network security

Report and discussion of the statewide data alliance (statewide data system for public education, higher education and workforce data) and Utah futures network and whether any components should be outsourced to private providers (SB 34)  agenda

(Marilyn Bown will attend)

 

Government Operations Interim Committee 2:46 p.m. Room 20 House Building

The committee will review a legislative audit regarding math textbook procurement

The committee will hear how a new procurement law requiring regional solicitations is being implemented

Reports and discussion on initiative and referendum petition sponsors and municipal initiatives (Mark Thomas and Roger Tew reporting)

Draft legislation will be presented on “water law – forfeiture exemptions” (Sen. Dayton) agenda

 

Health and Human Services Interim Committee 2:00 p.m. Room 250 State Capitol

Discussion of the Utah Digital Health Service Commission Act and Telehealth program (sunset reviews) agenda

 

Political Subdivisions Interim Committee 2:00 p.m. Room 25 House Building

Planning new housing development to anticipate impacts on school enrollment (Sen. Stephenson) agenda

Discussion on County Governance and internal controls (Sen. Stephenson) and municipal business license exemptions (Rep. Anderegg) 

 

Public Utilities and Technology Interim Committee 2:00 p.m. Room 215 Senate Building

The entire committee meeting is dedicated to a panel discussion of electricity and how it will be generated and transmitted as Utah ’s population grows. agenda

Thursday July 16, 2014

Prison Relocation Commission (cancelled)

 

Health Reform Task Force 9:00 a.m. Room 30 House Building

Small Business Health Options Program (SHOP) Whether participation in the exchange should be expanded to include businesses with 51 – to 100 employees (participation currently limited to up to 50 employees) in 2015 instead of 2016.

Governor Herbert’s Healthy Utah proposal to U.S. Health and Human Services for Medicaid Expansion

Report on the demographic profile of Medicaid eligibility expansion populations (up to 100% of federal poverty level and between 101 and 138% of FPL)

Film: (Entitled to Life) on the Coverage Gap population

Discussion of funding and other issues related to various Medicaid Expansion proposals

Discussions of federal health insurance marketplace issues raised by Utah insurers, integration of physical and behavioral health in Utah’s grant application (Representative Sampei) implementation of Utah’s Premium Partnership for Health Insurance (UPP), federal grants for state innovation, small business exchange changes, and Utah’s Premium Partnership for Health Insurance (Rep James Dunnigan) agenda

 

 

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