MINUTES OF THE
HOUSE HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES STANDING COMMITTEE
Tuesday, March 2, 2021 • 8:00 a.m. • 445 State Capitol


Members Present:
Rep. Merrill F. Nelson, Chair
Rep. Candice B. Pierucci, Vice Chair
Rep. Cheryl K. Acton
Rep. Stewart E. Barlow
Rep. Jennifer Dailey-Provost
Rep. Steve Eliason
Rep. Sandra Hollins
Rep. Marsha Judkins
Rep. Rosemary T. Lesser
Rep. Kelly B. Miles
Rep. Raymond P. Ward

Members Absent:
Rep. Paul Ray
Rep. Robert M. Spendlove

Staff Present:
Karin M. Rueff, Policy Analyst
Rafaela Eguiguren, Committee Secretary

Note: A copy of related materials and an audio recording of the meeting can be found at www.le.utah.gov.

Chair Nelson called the meeting to order at 8:11 a.m.
1. 3rd Sub. S.B. 192 Medical Cannabis Act Amendments (Vickers, E.)
Sen. Evan J. Vickers presented the bill.
Michelle McOmber, Utah Medical Association, spoke in favor of the bill.
Desiree Hennessy, Utah Patients Coalition, spoke in favor of the bill.
Whit Reinauer, Pharmacist, Beehive Pharmacy, spoke to the bill.
Cody James, Manager, Industrial Hemp and Medical Cannabis Program, Utah Department of Agriculture and Food, spoke in favor of the bill.
Scott Ericson, Executive Director, Utah Cannabis Co-op, spoke to the bill.
MOTION: Rep. Dailey-Provost moved to amend 3rd Substitute S.B. 192 with Amendment #1. The motion passed with a vote of 10-0-3.
Amendment 1
3rd Sub. S.B. 192
1.        Page 3, Lines 64 through 66: 
64                 ▸         requires a medical cannabis pharmacy to provide an opaque bag or box in which a medical
65         cannabis cardholder is required to keep a container of medical cannabis while
66         transporting the container in public;

2.        Page 38, Lines 1156 through 1158: 
1156                 (B) at any time the medical cannabis cardholder transports or possesses the container in
1157         public, is contained within an opaque[, child-resistant] bag or box that the medical cannabis pharmacy
1158         provides; and

3.        Page 82, Line 2531 through Page 83, Line 2538: 
2531                 (C) provides an opaque bag or box for the medical cannabis cardholder's use in transporting
2532         the container in public; and
2533                 [(d)] (v) for a product that is a cube that is designed for ingestion through chewing or
2534         holding in the mouth for slow dissolution, include a separate, off-label warning about the risks
2535         of over-consumption.
2536                 (b) A medical cannabis cardholder transporting or possessing the container described
2537         in Subsection (6)(a)(iv) in public shall keep the container within the opaque bag or box that the
2538         medical cannabis pharmacist provides.

Yeas - 10Nays-0Abs-3
Rep. C. Acton
Rep. S. Barlow
Rep. J. Dailey-Provost
Rep. S. Hollins
Rep. M. Judkins
Rep. R. Lesser
Rep. K. Miles
Rep. M. Nelson
Rep. C. Pierucci
Rep. R. Ward
Rep. S. Eliason
Rep. P. Ray
Rep. R. Spendlove
MOTION: Rep. Ward moved to pass 3rd Substitute S.B. 192 as amended with a favorable recommendation. The motion passed with a vote of 10-0-3.
Yeas - 10Nays-0Abs-3
Rep. C. Acton
Rep. S. Barlow
Rep. J. Dailey-Provost
Rep. S. Hollins
Rep. M. Judkins
Rep. R. Lesser
Rep. K. Miles
Rep. M. Nelson
Rep. C. Pierucci
Rep. R. Ward
Rep. S. Eliason
Rep. P. Ray
Rep. R. Spendlove
2. H.B. 421 Intensive Services Pilot Program (Judkins, M.)
Rep. Judkins presented the bill with the assistance of Lindsey Cunningham, Utah State Board of Education.
Linda Hanks, School Board Member, San Juab School District, spoke in favor of the bill.
Jay Blain, Interim Executive Director, Utah Education Association, spoke in favor of the bill.
Cindy Davis, Board Member, Utah State Board of Education, spoke in favor of the bill.
MOTION: Rep. Pierucci moved to replace H.B. 421 with 3rd Substitute H.B. 421. The motion passed with a vote of 10-0-3.
Yeas - 10Nays-0Abs-3
Rep. C. Acton
Rep. S. Barlow
Rep. J. Dailey-Provost
Rep. S. Hollins
Rep. M. Judkins
Rep. R. Lesser
Rep. K. Miles
Rep. M. Nelson
Rep. C. Pierucci
Rep. R. Ward
Rep. S. Eliason
Rep. P. Ray
Rep. R. Spendlove
MOTION: Rep. Dailey-Provost moved to pass 3rd Substitute H.B. 421 out favorably. The motion passed with a vote of 10-0-3.
Yeas - 10Nays-0Abs-3
Rep. C. Acton
Rep. S. Barlow
Rep. J. Dailey-Provost
Rep. S. Hollins
Rep. M. Judkins
Rep. R. Lesser
Rep. K. Miles
Rep. M. Nelson
Rep. C. Pierucci
Rep. R. Ward
Rep. S. Eliason
Rep. P. Ray
Rep. R. Spendlove
3. H.B. 389 Medicaid Recovery Amendments (Birkeland, K.)
Rep. Kera Birkeland presented the bill with the assistance of Katy Fuli.
MOTION: Rep. Pierucci moved to amend H.B. 389 with Amendment #1. The motion passed with a vote of 10-0-3.
Amendment 1
H.B. 389
1.        Page 1, Lines 9 through 16: 
9                 This bill addresses recovery of Medicaid funds from { a parent whose child is injured in
10         foster care } certain third party obligors .
11         Highlighted Provisions:
12                 This bill:
13                 ▸         prohibits the Department of Health from recovering Medicaid funds from a { parent
14         whose child suffers certain injuries in foster care if the foster parent a third party is obligated to
15         pay for the injuries } third party obligor that is required to pay for injuries to a child in foster care ; and
16                 ▸         makes technical and conforming changes.

2.        Page 3, Lines 59 through 64: 
59                 (c) The department may not recover medical assistance under Subsection (1)(a) if:
60                 (i) the third party { is a foster parent who } is obligated to pay the recipient for an injury to
61         the recipient's child that occurred while the child was in the { legal } physical custody of { the } a foster parent;
62         and
63                 (ii) the child's injury is a physical or mental impairment that requires ongoing medical
64         attention, or limits activities of daily living, for at least one year.

Yeas - 10Nays-0Abs-3
Rep. C. Acton
Rep. S. Barlow
Rep. J. Dailey-Provost
Rep. S. Hollins
Rep. M. Judkins
Rep. R. Lesser
Rep. K. Miles
Rep. M. Nelson
Rep. C. Pierucci
Rep. R. Ward
Rep. S. Eliason
Rep. P. Ray
Rep. R. Spendlove
MOTION: Rep. Pierucci moved to pass H.B. 389 as amended favorable recommendation. The motion passed with a vote of 10-0-3.
Yeas - 10Nays-0Abs-3
Rep. C. Acton
Rep. S. Barlow
Rep. J. Dailey-Provost
Rep. S. Hollins
Rep. M. Judkins
Rep. R. Lesser
Rep. K. Miles
Rep. M. Nelson
Rep. C. Pierucci
Rep. R. Ward
Rep. S. Eliason
Rep. P. Ray
Rep. R. Spendlove
4. 1st Sub. S.B. 198 Medical Billing Amendments (Mayne, K.)
Sen. Karen Mayne presented the bill.
MOTION: Rep. Dailey-Provost moved to replace 1st Substitute S.B. 198 with 2nd Substitute S.B. 198. The motion passed with a vote of 9-0-4.
Yeas - 9Nays-0Abs-4
Rep. C. Acton
Rep. S. Barlow
Rep. J. Dailey-Provost
Rep. S. Hollins
Rep. M. Judkins
Rep. R. Lesser
Rep. K. Miles
Rep. M. Nelson
Rep. C. Pierucci
Rep. S. Eliason
Rep. P. Ray
Rep. R. Spendlove
Rep. R. Ward
MOTION: Rep. Dailey-Provost moved to pass 2nd Substitute S.B. 198 out favorably. The motion passed with a vote of 10-0-3.
Yeas - 10Nays-0Abs-3
Rep. C. Acton
Rep. S. Barlow
Rep. J. Dailey-Provost
Rep. S. Hollins
Rep. M. Judkins
Rep. R. Lesser
Rep. K. Miles
Rep. M. Nelson
Rep. C. Pierucci
Rep. R. Ward
Rep. S. Eliason
Rep. P. Ray
Rep. R. Spendlove
MOTION: Rep. Lesser moved to approve the minutes of February 26, 2021. The motion passed with a vote of 10-0-3.
Yeas - 10Nays-0Abs-3
Rep. C. Acton
Rep. S. Barlow
Rep. J. Dailey-Provost
Rep. S. Hollins
Rep. M. Judkins
Rep. R. Lesser
Rep. K. Miles
Rep. M. Nelson
Rep. C. Pierucci
Rep. R. Ward
Rep. S. Eliason
Rep. P. Ray
Rep. R. Spendlove
MOTION: Rep. Eliason moved to adjourn. The motion passed with a vote of 11-0-2.
Yeas - 11Nays-0Abs-2
Rep. C. Acton
Rep. S. Barlow
Rep. J. Dailey-Provost
Rep. S. Eliason
Rep. S. Hollins
Rep. M. Judkins
Rep. R. Lesser
Rep. K. Miles
Rep. M. Nelson
Rep. C. Pierucci
Rep. R. Ward
Rep. P. Ray
Rep. R. Spendlove
Chair Nelson adjourned the meeting at 9:13 a.m.