MINUTES OF THE

SENATE BUSINESS AND LABOR STANDING COMMITTEE

215 Senate Building, Utah State Capitol Complex

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† †††††††††††††††† February 23, 2016

 

 

Members Present:†††† Sen. Gene Davis

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Sen. Deidre M. Henderson

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Sen. Karen Mayne

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Sen. Todd Weiler

 

Members Excused:††† Sen. Curtis S. Bramble, Chair

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Sen. J. Stuart Adams

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Sen. Ralph Okerlund

 

Staff Present: ††††††††††† Mr. Joseph T. Wade, Policy Analyst

††††††††††† ††††††††††††††††††††††† Ms. Karen Allred, Committee Secretary

 

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

 

Sen. Weiler, Acting Committee Chair, called the meeting to order at 8:04 a.m. He announced that 3rd Sub. S.B. 58, Nurse Practitioner Amendments, will not be heard today.

 

S.B.†† 185†††† Labor Remedy Amendments (J. Iwamoto)

 

Sen. Iwamoto explained the bill to the committee.

 

MOTION:†† Sen. Henderson moved to adopt the following amendment:

1.                  Page 11, Lines 312 through 321:†††††††


†††††††††††† †††††††††††††††††† 312††††††† (iv)costs{[}.{]}††{; and}

†††††††††††† †††††††††††††††††† 313††††††† {(c)}††(10)††{except as provided in Subsection (10), if the}††If adiscriminatory practicedescribed in Subsection (9)includes

†††††††††††† †††††††††††††††††† 314 discrimination in matters of compensation,the presiding officer mayprovide, to the complaining party, in addition to the

†††††††††††† †††††††††††††††††† 315 amount available to the complaining party under Subsection (9)(b), an additional amount equal

†††††††††††† †††††††††††††††††† 316 to the amount of back pay available to the complaining party under Subsection (9)(b)(ii){.}

†††††††††††† †††††††††††††††††† 317††††††† {(10)The presiding officer shall award additional damages under Subsection (9)(c)}

†††††††††††† †††††††††††††††††† 318 unless a respondent shows that:

†††††††††††† †††††††††††††††††† 319††††††† (a)the act or omission that gave rise to the order was in good faith; and

†††††††††††† †††††††††††††††††† 320††††††† (b)the respondent had reasonable grounds to believe that the act or omission was not

†††††††††††† †††††††††††††††††† 321 discrimination in matters of compensation under this chapter.

 

The motion passed unanimously with Sen. Davis absent for the vote.

 

Spoke for the bill:†††††† Kass Harstad, Attorney

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Jean Hill, Catholic Diocese

 

 

MOTION:†† Sen. Henderson moved to pass the bill out favorably as amended.The motion

††††††††††† †††††††† passed unanimously.

 

H.B.1181st Sub.Public Access of Administrative Action Amendments (Rep. B. Greene)

 

Rep. Greene explained the bill to the committee.

 

Spoke for the bill:††† Francine Giani, Utah Department of Commerce

††††††††††††††††††††††† †††††††† Todd Kiser, Utah Insurance Department

 

MOTION:Sen. Mayne moved to pass the bill out favorably.The motion passed unanimously.

 

MOTION:Sen. Weiler moved to place the bill on the Consent Calendar.The motion passed

††††††††††††††††††††† unanimously.

 

Sen. Henderson assumed the Committee Chair.

 

S.B.†† 178††††† Economic Development Revisions (C. Bramble)

 

Sen. Weiler explained the bill to the committee.

 

Spoke for the bill:††† Theresa Foxley, Governorís Office of Economic Development

††††††††††††††††††††††† ††††††††† Richard Nelson, President and CEO, Utah Technology Council

 

MOTION:†† Sen. Mayne moved to pass the bill out favorably.The motion passed unanimously.

 

MOTION:†† Sen. Mayne moved to place the bill on the Consent Calendar.The motion passed

††††††††††† ††††††††† unanimously.

 

H.B.†† 113††† Health Care Sharing Ministry Amendments (M. Kennedy)

 

Rep. Kennedy explained the bill to the committee assisted by Sen. Weiler.

 

Spoke to the bill:†††††††† Todd Kiser, Insurance Commissioner

 

Spoke for the bill:††† †† Michael Sharman, Liberty Health Share

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Luke Miller, Mennonite Pastor, Health Care Ministry

††††††††††††††††††††††† ††††††††††† Thomas Butler, Health Care Sharing Ministry

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Conner Boyack, President, Libertas Institute

 

Spoke against the bill:Dr. Howard Russell, Health Care Ministry

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Joel Noble, Alliance of Health Care Sharing Ministries

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Keith Hopkinson, Christian Health Care Ministry

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Kelly Atkinson, Executive Director, Health Insurance Association

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Chu Soh, Christian Health Care Ministry

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Denise Bryce, Samaritan Ministries

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Bud Lethbridge††††††††††

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Chuck Berckel, Baptist Pastor

 

MOTION:†† Sen. Davis moved to table the bill.

 

SUBSTITUTE MOTION:†† Sen. Weiler moved to go to the next item on the agenda. The

motion failed with Sen. Henderson and Sen. Weiler voting in favor and Sen. Davis and Sen. Mayne voting in opposition.

 

The original motion to table the bill passed with Sen. Davis, Sen. Henderson, and Sen. Mayne voting in favor and Sen. Weiler voting in opposition.

 

S.B.†† 186†††† Air Quality Incentives (C. Bramble)

 

MOTION:Sen. Weiler moved to adopt 1st Sub. S.B. 186.The motion passed unanimously.

 

Sen. Weiler explained the bill to the committee assisted by Teresa Foxley, Governorís Office of Economic Development.

 

Spoke for the bill:††† Jeff Edwards, Economic Corporation of Utah

 

MOTION:Sen. Weiler moved to pass the bill out favorably.The motion passed unanimously.

 

MOTION:Sen. Weiler moved to place the bill on the Consent Calendar.The motion was

††††††††††† ††††††† withdrawn.

 

MOTION:†† Sen. Weiler moved to adjourn.The motion passed unanimously.

 

Chair Henderson adjourned the meeting at 9:58 a.m.

 

 

 

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Sen. Todd Weiler, Acting Chair