To: League of Women Voters, Utah Senate,
Subject: [LWVUT] KCPW LEAGUE OF WOMEN VOTERS LEGISLATIVE INTERIM UPDATE *WEDNESDAY* MAY 21 2014
Date: Wed May 21 05:19:31 MDT 2014
Kara Hetrick: KCPW LEAGUE OF WOMEN VOTERS INTERIM LEGISLATIVE PREVIEW
(801) 359-5279 ext. air KCPW time 8:35 Record time 7:10 Kara will speak with JENN GONNELLY 801-448-6536 REPORTING
Wednesday, May 21, 2014
Kara Hetrick KCPW: Good morning Jenn. WHAT is the League of Women Voters following at the LEGISLATURE TODAY?
Jenn Gonnelly LWV:
What we’re watching today, Kara, are Interim Committees. There are a dozen of them, and each one oversees a different group of government agencies. Examples would be the Business and Labor, Education, and Revenue and Taxation committees. Each one is a joint committee - made up of both senators and representatives - and their assignment is to meet on the third Wednesday every month to study proposed laws they may want to pass when they meet in General Session next January.
Today is their first meeting. And there’s a new wrinkle this year. Each committee has to spend part of its first meeting discussing long term planning for each of the government agencies it oversees. That discussion will include input from those agencies as well as the audience in the committee room.
KCPW: Planning ahead is good but that sounds like a pretty big assignment.
LWV: It is. But the committees will be looking at current issues, too. This morning the
*Natural Resources, Agriculture, and Environment Interim Committee, for example, will start off with a report from the Public Lands Policy Coordination Office. The report estimates the cost and time-line for a new study. That study would evaluate the ramifications of transferring public lands from federal ownership to state ownership. That, of course, is a very current issue that bears on the economy, funding public education and protecting the environment.
Meanwhile the committee’s Long-term planning assignments are the Utah Departments of Natural Resources, Environmental Quality, and Agriculture and Food – all of which would be affected by the transfer of federal lands to the state.
KCPW: Not to mention Clean Air, which has been a very big concern this year.
LWV: Exactly. And you might say clean air is actually on the agenda of another committee this morning - the *Transportation Interim Committee. Last session there were a lot of transportation funding bills. You can review them in a Committee document on line: “2014 General Session – Transportation Funding Related Bills”
This interim the committee has been assigned by Legislative Management to study “Funding Transportation: Meeting Future Needs.” That study will cover the gas tax, sales tax, vehicle registration fees and transit funding.
KCPW: Increasing transit use in particular could reduce driving and auto emissions to make the air cleaner.
LWV: Yes, especially along the Wasatch Front. And of course new dollars - including federal funding - for gas, roads and transit would leave more money in the budget for needs like education.
That’s probably why another item on the Transportation Interim Committee agenda today is a Federal Transportation Funding briefing. It will focus on Congressional efforts to keep the shrinking Federal Highway Trust Fund solvent.
KCPW: What afternoon interim committees will the League be following today?
LWV: Education and Government Operations are on our agenda, Kara.
*The Education Interim Committee’s Long-term Planning focus will be on: Public Education, the Utah College of Applied Technology, and Higher Education - especially the goal of post-secondary degrees or certificates for 66% of the population by 2020.
The Committee will also hear an annual report on Development and Implementation of Core Curriculum Standards from the State Board of Education.
As your listeners probably know, the Core Curriculum Standards are being opposed by some
KCPW: Yes, that would be an interesting discussion, especially if they have time for public comment. What’s happening in Government Operations?
LWV: *Government Operations Interim Committee is one of our favorites because it deals with election laws. Their Long-term Planning oversight areas include: Governor, Lieutenant Governor, State Auditor, Attorney General, Treasurer, Administrative Services, Human Resource Management, Veterans’ and Military Affairs.
In fact today they will hear a Briefing and Discussion on Campaign Finance Disclosure Timing. Specifically deadlines for reporting campaign contributions and spending will be discussed by Mark Thomas from the Office of the Lieutenant Governor, which oversees elections. We think it’s so important to know where campaign contributions come from and how they are spent before we vote. agenda
KCPW: I’m wondering about the issue ofMedicaid expansion. Will the Health and Human Services Committee be talking about that today?
LWV: Actually, that issue is being dealt with by the Health Reform Task Force , which meets tomorrow at 9:00 a.m. in Room 30 House Building. That was one of our League priorities for last session which was not resolved, so we’ll be there.
Don’t forget you can, listen in to committee meetings or contact your legislator on line at
Click on “Audio-Video” at the top of the home page, then click on the committee you want to follow.
And for more information, and to read the League’s studies “Funding
KCPW: Thanks, Jenn.
LWV: You’re most welcome, Kara.
More May 2014 Interim Meetings
Tuesday May 20, 2014
Executive Appropriations Committee 1:00 p.m. in Room 210 Senate Building agenda.
Subcommittee on Oversight 3:00 p.m. in Room 215
Annual performance review for Legislative Fiscal Analyst and Office of Research in General Counsel agenda
Wednesday May 21, 2014
Economic Development and Workforce Services Interim Committee 9:00 a.m. Room 20
Update on bills passed during 2014 general session.
Long-term planning discussion: economic development, workforce services and Heritage and Arts.
Judiciary Interim Committee 9:00 a.m. Room 215 Senate Building
Overview: 2014 Interim including priority study items and required reports/studies.
Long-term planning discussion: Office of the Courts, Utah State Bar, Commission on Criminal and Juvenile Justice, and the Judicial Performance Evaluation Commission.
Discussion of priority study item: Expungement of administrative records connected to expunged convictions, arrests, investigations, or detentions. agenda
Law Enforcement and Criminal Justice Interim Committee 9:00 a.m. Room 25 House Building
Review: General Session results and assigned Interim studies.
Updates and Issues: Department of Corrections and Commission on Criminal and Juvenile Justice agenda
Discussion: Long-Term Planning
Natural Resources, Agriculture, and Environment Interim Committee 9:00 a.m. Room 30 House Building
Report: Public Lands Transfer Economic Analysis Schedule and Cost. This report from the Public Lands Policy Coordination Office estimates the cost and time-line for a study to evaluate the ramifications of transferring public lands from federal ownership to state ownership.
Long-term planning: Department of Natural Resources, Department of Environmental Quality, Department of Agriculture and Food
Review: Audit of State Fairpark Financial Oversight and Performance and progress on a Fairpark Master Plan agenda
(Ann O’Connell is planning to attend)
*Revenue and Tax Interim Committee 9:00 a.m. Room 210 Senate Building
Overview and Discussion: Sales and Use Tax Exemption for Charitable and Religious Organizations.
Discussion and Action: Valuation Appeals for Centrally Assessed Properties (Property taxes for large properties such as power plants are assessed by the state rather than local counties).
Long-term Planning Discussion: Repeal of Tax Credits,
Staff Presentation and Discussion: State and Local Sales and Use Tax System
(Marilyn O’Dell is planning to attend)
*Transportation Interim Committee 9:00 a.m. Room 250 Capitol Building
Discussion of assigned study: Funding Transportation: Meeting Future Needs (includes gas tax, sales tax, vehicle registration fees and transit funding).
Committee document on line: “2014 General Session – Transportation Funding Related Bills”
Briefing: Federal Transportation Funding (Congressional efforts to keep the Federal Highway Trust Fund solvent.)
Discussion: Traffic Code Cleanup agenda
(This could be a very interesting discussion—changing the gas tax was a big issue this past session)
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Business and Labor Interim Committee 2:00 p.m. Room 210 Senate Building
Review of 2014 study items and priorities.
Long-term Planning: Labor Commission, Insurance Department, Department of Commerce, Department of Financial Institutions, Alcoholic Beverage Control Commission
Discussion: Regulation of the Title and Escrow Industry agenda
*Education Interim Committee 2:00 p.m. Room 30 House Building
Long-term Planning: Higher Education (including goal of post secondary degrees or certificates for 66% of the population by 2020), the Utah College of Applied Technology and Public Education
Annual Report: Development and Implementation of Core Curriculum Standards from the State Board of Education agenda
*Government Operations Interim Committee 2:00 p.m. Room 20
Long-term Planning: Governor, Lieutenant Governor, State Auditor, Attorney General, Treasurer, Administrative Services, Human Resource Management, Veterans’ and Military Affairs.
Briefing and Discussion: Campaign Finance Disclosure Timing (reporting deadlines for campaign contributions and spending) Mark Thomas, Office of the Lieutenant Governor agenda
Health and Human Services Interim Committee 2:00 p.m. Room 250 State Capitol
Long-term planning for Human Services, Department of Health, Division of Occupational and Professional Licensing. Review of draft legislation on Child Care licensing and putative father registry information.
Review of FDA regulation of additional tobacco products agenda
Political Subdivisions Interim Committee 2:00 p.m. Room 25 House Building
Review of Assessment Area Standards (HB 102 from 2014 session).
Study Briefing: HB 108 Mobile Home Parks legislation, which did not pass during the 2014 general session and would have created a Mobile Home Park Task Force, will be studied by the committee during the interim.
Future Meeting Topics: committee discussion agenda
Public Utilities and Technology Interim Committee 2:00 p.m. Room 215 Senate Building
Briefing: Interstate Transmission Line Planning and coordination.
Integrated Utility Network Impacts on Competitive Energy Costs (reported by Rocky Mountain Power and others).
Parity of Communication Assessments between Regulated and Unregulated Providers (reported by Centurylink). Discussion: Prohibition of Electronic Data Collection Assistance by private entities at the request of government entities.
Utility Franchise Tax Business Forecasting (
(This is an interesting committee agenda with several large public infrastructure entities testifying)
Thursday May 22, 2014
Prison Relocation Commission 9:00 a.m. Room 20 House Building
Consultant Contract. Commission responsibilities, organization, objectives, work groups and schedule
Presentation: Current Prison System Status and Capacity (by the Department of Corrections) agenda
(Important organizational meeting for the new commission enacted during the past legislature)
Government Communications Task Force 9:00 a.m. Room 210 Senate Building (no agenda)
Health Reform Task Force 9:00 a.m. Room 30 House Building
2014 General Session Wrap-up.
Briefing: Optional Medicaid Eligibility Expansion (Governor Gary Herbert’s efforts to negotiate the Healthy Utah Plan with the
Update on implementation: Mandatory Medicaid Eligibility Expansion.
Discussion: Potential Studies for the 2014 interim agenda
(One of our League priorities for last session which was not resolved)
Child Welfare Legislative Oversight Panel 2:00 p.m. Room 25
Review of 2014 child welfare legislation.
Youth in Foster Care and Homeless Youth issues agenda
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