Room 250, Utah State Capitol

February 8, 2016


Members Present:     Sen. Mark B. Madsen, Chair

                                    Sen. Gene Davis

                                    Sen. Luz Escamilla

                                    Sen. Daniel W. Thatcher

                                    Sen. Todd Weiler


Member Excused:     Sen. Lyle W. Hillyard


Members Absent:      Sen. Stephen H. Urquhart


Staff Present:             Mr. Nathan Brady, Policy Analyst

                                    Ms. Lorna Wells, Committee Secretary


NOTE:  A list of visitors and a copy of handouts are filed with the committee minutes.


Chair Madsen called the meeting to order at 3:37 p.m.


MOTION:  Sen. Weiler moved to approve the minutes of the February 3, 2016 and February 4, 2016 meetings. The motion passed unanimously with Sen. Davis and Sen. Escamilla absent for the vote.    


S.B. 90         Falsification of Information in a Protective Order Proceeding (Sen. A. Jackson)


Sen. Jackson explained the bill to the committee.


MOTION:   Sen. Thatcher moved to replace SB 90 with 3rd Substitute SB 90.  The motion passed unanimously with Sen. Davis and Sen. Escamilla absent for the vote.



Spoke for the bill:          Mr. Dan Deuel, Chair Legislative Affairs, National Parents Organization

                                                of  Utah

                                       Ms. Dani Hartvigsen, Coalition for Preservation of Family Values


Sen. Madsen relinquished the chair to Sen. Davis.


Spoke for the bill:       Ms. Jacqueline de Gaston, attorney

                                    Mr. Scott Hagerman, Parent

                                    Mr. Clark Aposhian, Parent

                                    Mr. Jarom Bishop, attorney

                                    Ms. Maryann Christensen, Exec. Director Utah Eagle Forum


Spoke against the bill:             Ms. Martha Pierce, Utah Offices of Guardian ad Litem

                                                Ms. Lorie Fowlke, Chair Legislative Committee Family Law

                                                            Section, Utah Bar

                                                Ms. Kit Gruelle, Utah Domestic Violence Coalition

                                                Mr. Spencer Banks, Attorney, Utah Crime Victims Unit

                                                Mr. James Swink, Chair, Crimes Victims Council


MOTION:  Sen. Madsen moved to pass the bill out favorably. The motion failed with Sen. Madsen and Sen. Thatcher voting in favor of the motion; Sen. Escamilla, Sen. Davis and Sen. Weiler voting in opposition.


MOTION:   Sen. Thatcher moved to adjourn. The motion passed unanimously.



Acting Chair Davis adjourned the meeting at 5:20 p.m.





Sen. Mark B. Madsen, Chair