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MINUTES OF THE SENATE HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES

    STANDING COMMITTEE
FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 15, 2008
ROOM C250, WEST OFFICE BUILDING,
STATE CAPITOL COMPLEX



Members Present:        Sen. Allen M. Christensen
                Sen. Brent H. Goodfellow
                Sen. Peter C. Knudson
                Sen. Scott D. McCoy
                
Member Excused:        Sen. D. Chris Buttars, Chair

Staff Present:            Mark D. Andrews, Policy Analyst
                Nedra B. Duzett, Secretary

Public Speakers Present:    Dr. Chuck Norlin, Past President, Intermountain Pediatric Society
                Lincoln Nehring, Utah Health Policy Project
                Attorney General Mark Shurtleff
                John Freeman, Director of Operations, Alcoholic Beverage Control
                Richard Nance, Director, Utah County Division of Substance Abuse
                Pat Bird, Prevention Manager, Utah County Division of Substance Abuse
                Art Brown, President, MADD Utah
                Heather Anderson, Miss Utah 2007
                Dr. David N. Sundwall, Executive Director, Department of Health
                Dr. George Van Komen, Chairman, Alcohol Policy Coalition
                Melissa Trout, mother
                Michael Brennan, General Distributing Company and member of the Utah Beer Wholesalers Association
                Jim Olsen, President, Utah Food Industry Association
                Jon Hill, Utah Petroleum Association
                Mike Sonntag, Utah Beer Wholesalers Association
                Deborah Turner, Department of Health
                Sherri Wittwer, NAMI Utah
                Michelle McOmber, Utah Medical Association

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

Sen. Christensen called the meeting to order at 3:20 p.m.

1.    S.B. 133 Medical Assistance and Managed Care (G. Bell)


    
Sen. Bell explained the bill.     

    Lincoln Nehring, Utah Health Policy Project, provided additional information about the bill.

    Dr. Chuck Norlin, Past President, Intermountain Pediatric Society, spoke in support of the bill.

    Sen. Bell recommended that the bill be sent to interim study.

     MOTION: Sen. Knudson moved to recommend that S.B. 133 be sent to interim study.

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

2.    S.B. 211 Alcoholic Beverage Control Amendments (C. Bramble)

     MOTION: Sen. Knudson moved to delete in title and body S.B. 211 and replace it with
    1st Substitute S.B. 211.

    The motion passed with Sen. Goodfellow absent for the vote.

    Sen. Bramble explained the substitute bill.

    Attorney General Mark Shurtleff spoke in support of the bill and gave a presentation titled "Truth in Alcohol." He stated that the presentation is aimed at educating the public on the danger of Alcopops.

    Other individuals speaking in support of the bill were:

        John Freeman, Director of Operations, Alcoholic Beverage Control
        Richard Nance, Director, Utah County Division of Substance Abuse
        Pat Bird, Prevention Manager, Utah County Division of Substance Abuse
        Art Brown, President, MADD Utah
        Heather Anderson, Miss Utah 2007
        Dr. David N. Sundwall, Executive Director, Department of Health
        Dr. George Van Komen, Chairman, Alcohol Policy Coalition
                
    The following individuals spoke against the bill:
        Melissa Trout, mother
        Michael Brennan, General Distributing Company and member of the Utah Beer Wholesalers Association


        Mike Sonntag, Utah Beer Wholesalers Association
        Jim Olsen, President, Utah Food Industry Association
        Jon Hill, Utah Petroleum Association

     MOTION: Sen. Knudson moved to pass 1st Substitute S.B. 211out favorably.

    The motion passed with Sen. McCoy voting in opposition.

Sen. McCoy assumed the Chair.

3.    S.B. 197 Preferred Drug List Revisions (A. Christensen)

    Sen. Christensen explained the bill.

    Sherri Wittwer, NAMI Utah, spoke against the bill.

    The following individuals spoke in support of the bill:

        Dr. David N. Sundwall, Department of Health
        Lincoln Nehring, Utah Health Policy Project
        Michelle McOmber, Utah Medical Association

     MOTION: Sen. Christensen moved to pass the bill out favorably.

    The motion passed with Sen. Goodfellow voting in opposition and Sen. Knudson absent
    for the vote.

Sen. Christensen assumed the Chair.

4.    H.B. 281S1 Grants to Rural Hospitals - Oversight Responsibilities (M. Newbold)

    
Rep. Newbold explained the bill.

    Deborah Turner, Department of Health, spoke in support of the bill.

     MOTION: Sen. Goodfellow moved to pass the bill out favorably.

    The motion passed with Sen. Knudson absent for the vote.

     MOTION: Sen. McCoy moved to recommend that 1st Substitute H.B. 281 be placed on the consent calendar.

    The motion passed with Sen. Knudson absent for the vote.


5.    H.B. 276S2 Health Professional Authority - Death and Disability
(B. Last)

    2nd Substitute H.B. 276 was not considered.

Sen. Christensen adjourned the meeting at 4:50 p.m.

Minutes reported by Nedra Duzett, Secretary.



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                     Sen. Allen M. Christensen