From: Sandy Peck
To: League Office, lwvut-mal Google, lwvut-slcitycouncil, lwvut-slcountymayors, LWVUT-SLCountyCouncil, LWVUT-ASPA, Utah House, lwvut_senate, LWVUT-Media,
Subject: [LWVUT] KCPW LWV LEGISLATIVE PREVIEW WED NOV 19 2014 INTERIM
Date: Tue Nov 18 21:08:26 MST 2014
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November 2014 Interim Meetings at the Legislature


Come join the League of Women Voters at the Utah Legislature interim session Wednesday, November 19, 2014. There are many interesting meetings scheduled around and on the interim day as we build toward the next legislative session. The League receives many compliments from legislators on our attendance at Interim Meetings.  Come and help us make sure we cover every committee!  If you need a mentor, call Nickie at 801-231-7326 or Angie at 801-263-1749.

Brief descriptions of the meetings and links to their agendas are attached.  Let us know if you plan to attend a specific meeting so we can make sure all committees are covered.

Some of the more interesting items:

Wednesday, November 19:


     Several committees will hear an update on the Justice Reinvention Initiative from Pew Trusts and Utah Commission on Criminal and Juvenile Justice, proposed to reduce corrections and related criminal justice spending, decrease crime and reduce recidivism.

     The Natural Resources Interim committee will hear the final Report from the Commission for the Stewardship of Public Lands on the transfer of federally controlled public lands to Utah

   The Education Interim Committee will discuss the membership of the State Board of Education membership and election process

   Government Operations will consider draft legislation on state and local campaign finance and reporting

Don’t forget to join us for lunch (bring your own, if you wish) in the cafeteria of the Senate Building at noon to hear reports and discuss interim meetings.  Lots of members at our table gives us great visibility!

 
Angie Abram and Nickie Nelson
Co-Directors, Legislative Action
League of Women Voters of Utah

 

 

 

Tuesday, November 18, 2014 

Executive Appropriations Committee 1:00 p.m. Room 445 State Capitol
Reports on growth in public education and Medicaid
Report from the Utah Commission on Criminal and Juvenile Justice (CCJJ) Justice Reinvention Initiative
Reports on upcoming rate changes for the Utah Retirement System and state health insurance
agenda
 
State Water Development Commission 3:06 p.m. Room 30 House Building
Discussion of proposed U.S. Forest Service aquifer regulation
Consideration of draft legislation for changes to water rights change applications agenda

Discussion of public welfare criteria for approval of water right applications
 


Wednesday, November 19, 2014
 
Economic Development and Workforce Services Interim Committee 9:00 a.m. Room 20 House Building
Consider draft legislation on the “Workforce Services Code” and the “Employment Support Act”
Consider draft legislation updating the Governor’s Office of Economic Development (GOED)

Discussion of the Motion Picture Incentive Program

Follow-up discussion of the Utah Capital Investment Corporation Audit  (Fund of Funds)

Discussion of the Performance Audit of the GOED Corporate Incentives Program and response from GOED agenda
 
Judiciary Interim Committee 9:00 a.m. Room 450 Senate Building
Follow-up report from CCJJ and the Pew Charitable Trusts with findings and recommendations

Discussion of judicial discretion in reducing minimum sentences.
Consider draft legislation:  Utah “Expungement Amendments,” removing information about expunged convictions from public databases

Consider draft legislation “Parent-Time Schedule Amendments,” creating a schedule that may result in joint physical custody agenda
 
Law Enforcement and Criminal Justice Interim Committee 9:00 a.m. Room 25 House Building
Annual report on amount and use of concealed weapons license fees collected
Follow-up report from CCJJ and the Pew Charitable Trusts - findings and recommendations
Consider draft legislation: “Death Penalty Procedures” allowing use of firing squads during drug shortages when lethal injection drugs are not available
Legislative Research legal opinion:  Must firearms be concealed when carried on higher education campuses?  agenda
 
*Natural Resources, Agriculture, and Environment Interim Committee 9:00 am Room 30 House Building
Report on Air Quality best practices from the State Coordinator of Resource Stewardship
Reports  from the Public Lands Policy Coordinating Office and the Commission for the Stewardship of Public Lands on transferring  public lands from federal ownership to state ownership, including economic analysis and proposed legislation
Recommendations for future action on Utah wilderness preservation

Consideration of draft legislation on:

“Clean Fuel Amendments and Rebates,” providing grants for converting motor vehicles to clean fuels, 

“Water Law – Application Revisions” regarding consideration of water quantity impairment, and 
“Air Quality Revisions” authorizing the Utah Division of Air Quality to create rules more stringent than federal regulations if they will provide added protection to public health and the environment  (Edwards)

  agenda
 
Revenue and Tax Interim Committee 9:00 a.m. Room 445 State Capitol
Discussion of the distribution of local sales and use taxes
Consider draft legislation changing the calculation of property tax rates
Consider draft legislation “Local Government Entities Amendments”  and “Tax Amendments”

Consider draft legislation “Renewable Energy Tax Credit Amendments”

Discuss exempting more manufacturing inputs from taxes agenda
 
Transportation Interim Committee 9:00 a.m. Room 250 State Capitol
Report from Ogden and Draper on local government transportation funding issues
Consider draft legislation to correct SR 193 route numbers in Clearfield

Consider draft legislation “Uniform Driver License Act Amendments,” regarding commercial driver licenses (Van Tassel)

Reports from UDOT on establishing HOV lanes, and highway operation and maintenance needs agenda
 
LEAGUE OF WOMEN VOTERS OF UTAH LUNCH IN THE SENATE BUILDING CAFETERIA AT 12:00
 
Business and Labor Interim Committee 2:30 p.m. Room 445 State Capitol
Consider draft legislation: “State Construction Code Amendments”

Overviews of  Charitable Solicitation Act, Business Personal Property Tax, Department of Financial Institutions, Construction and Fire Codes, and Bail Bond Agents  agenda
 
Education Interim Committee 2:30 p.m. Room 30 House Building
Consider draft legislation to change a teacher training in math grant program

Introduction of new State Superintendent of Public Education Brad C. Smith
Discussion of school grading including methodology for calculating grades
Discussion of State Board of Education member selection and election methods in other states agenda
 
Government Operations Interim Committee 2:30 p.m. Room 445 State Capitol

Consider draft legislation:

“Campaign Finance Amendments,” establishing and enforcing contribution limits (King)

 “Campaign Contribution Amendments” regarding anonymous contributions (Powell)
Consider draft legislation:

 “Joint Rules Resolution of Performance” (Chavez-Houck) modifying prioritization of legislation and performance review notes regarding the creation of new programs and agencies

“Local  Government Disclosure and Campaign Finance Amendments” making local campaign finance more consistent with state requirements

“Water Rights Amendments” ( Dayton )

“Resource Development Coordinating Committee Reauthorization”(a clearinghouse for information on activities that affect state and public lands in Utah )

Report from the Federal Funds Commission (Ivory) and Free Market Protection and Privatization Board agenda
 
Health and Human Services Interim Committee 2:30 p.m. Room 250 State

Consider draft legislation:

“Medicaid Management of Emergency Department Utilization” amending Medicaid reimbursement for emergency room use in non-emergency situations (Kennedy)
“Children’s Hearing Aid Pilot Program Sunset Review” making the program permanent (Edwards)
Sunset review:” Rural Residency Training Program”

Reports: on radon, Ebola, quality comparisons of  health care facilities and practitioners, Utah Commission on Aging and the Controlled Substances Advisory Committee
Study: whether physicians should be able to dispense certain simple drugs agenda
 
Political Subdivisions Interim Committee 2:30 p.m. Room 25 House Building

Reports and discussion of Local Government General Fund Carryover Limitation, regarding carryover of funds from fiscal year to fiscal year agenda
 
Public Utilities and Technology Interim Committee 2:30 p.m. Room 450 State Capitol
Consider draft legislation on natural gas pipeline safety and regulation
Consider draft legislation prohibiting local and state assistance to federal entities collecting electronic data
Report on EPA Section 111(d) Rule requiring regulation of existing sources of pollution from PacificCorp Energy.
Report on Utah Broadband Deployment Plan: including statewide deployment of broadband capacity and access, underserved areas and plans for future growth
Report on Zephyr Interstate Transmission line and Magnum Energy Compressed Air energy storage facility near Delta agenda


Thursday, November 20, 2014

Executive Offices and Criminal Justice Appropriations Committee 8:00 am Scott M. Matheson Courthouse Room W19A 450 S. State Street, SLC
Report on criminal surcharge restricted account shortfall and POST training
Report on offender garnishment and employment withholdings
Report of off-budget items for corrections, state treasurer
Review of Attorney General budget and reorganization
Review of Commerce Department/Attorney General lawsuit settlement
State crime lab update agenda

 

The League invites you to join us at the Legislature.

Watch, listen or contact your legislator on line at Utah ’s legislative website   le.utah.gov  

For more information,  visit us at lwvutah.org/ on Facebook and Twitter.

    

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