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MINUTES OF THE
HOUSE HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES STANDING COMMITTEE
ROOM 25, HOUSE OFFICE BUILDING, STATE CAPITOL COMPLEX
February 4, 2009


MEMBERS PRESENT:    Rep. Paul Ray, Chair
                Rep. Ronda R. Menlove, Vice Chair
                Rep. Trisha Beck
                Rep. Phil Riesen
                Rep. Stephen E. Sandstrom
                Rep. Evan Vickers

MEMBERS ABSENT:    Rep. Brad Daw                    
            
STAFF PRESENT:        Mark Andrews, Policy Analyst
                Sylvia Newton, House Secretary

Note:    A list of visitors and copy of handouts are filed with committee minutes.

Rep. Ray called the meeting to order at 9:11 a.m.

MOTION:    Rep. Vickers moved to approve the minutes of the February 3, 2008 meeting. The motion passed unanimously with Rep. Menlove absent for the vote.


H.B. 114    Abortion Litigation Trust Account Amendments (Rep. K. Sumsion)

Rep. Sumsion explained the bill.

MOTION:    Rep. Vickers moved to amend the bill as follows:

1.    Page 1, Lines 14 through 19 :    

             14          .    provides that money may be deposited into the account, by private entities or by the
             15      Legislature, for the purpose of defending any law passed by the Legislature on or
             16      after January 1, 2009, and on or before July 1, 2014, that challenges the legal
             17      concept that a woman has the right to an abortion, even when the woman is not
             18      threatened with the loss of her life
{   or   }        ,       substantial and irreversible impairment of a

             19      major bodily function
  , rape, or incest       ;


2.    Page 2, Lines 50 through 56 :    

             50          (4) Except as provided in Subsection (9), money deposited into the account on or after


             51      May 12, 2009, shall be retained in the account for the purpose of paying litigation and appellate
             52      expenses of the Office of the Attorney General to defend any law passed by the Legislature on
             53      or after January 1, 2009, that challenges the legal concept that a woman has the right to an
             54      abortion when the woman is not threatened with:
             55          (a) the loss of her life;
{   or   }

             56          (b) substantial and irreversible impairment of a major bodily function
  ;

    (c)    rape; or
    (d)    incest  
.


The motion to amend the bill passed unanimously with Rep. Menlove absent for the vote.

Spoke in favor of the bill:    Gayle Ruzicka, Utah Eagle Forum

MOTION:    Rep. Sandstrom moved to pass H.B. 114 with a favorable recommendation. The motion passed unanimously with Rep. Menlove absent for the vote.


H.B. 128    Electronic Prescribing Act (Rep. R. Menlove)

MOTION:    Rep. Riesen moved to amend the bill as follows:

1.    Page 1, Line 25 :    

             25              .    ensure that electronic prescribing is done in a secure manner
  , consistent with industry standards       ;


2.    Page 2, Lines 28 through 29 :    

             28              .    grant a hardship exemption to a pharmacy
  or a practitioner       , to the extent that the requirements of

             29      this bill would impose an extreme financial hardship on the pharmacy
  or the practitioner       .


3.    Page 2, Lines 32 through 33 :    

             32      Other Special Clauses:
             33          
{   None   }        This bill takes effect on July 1, 2012.      


4.    Page 5, Line 121 :    



             121          (b) electronic prescribing is conducted in a secure manner
  , consistent with industry standards       ; and


5.    Page 5, Lines 124 through 127 :    

             124          (5) The division may, by rule, grant an exemption from the requirements of this section
             125      to a pharmacy
  or a practitioner       to the extent that the pharmacy        or practitioner       can establish, to the satisfaction of the division,

             126      that compliance with the requirements of this section would impose an extreme financial
             127      hardship on the pharmacy.
  Section 4. Effective date.

This bill takes effect on July 1, 2012.  


The motion to amend the bill passed unanimously with Rep. Menlove absent for the vote.

Rep. Vickers explained the amended bill to the committee.

Spoke in favor of the bill:    David Sundwall, M.D., Utah Department of Health
                        Joseph Cramer, M.D., Digital Health Service Commission
                        Dave Davis, Utah Retail Merchants Association, Utah Food Industry Association
                        Reid Barker, Utah Pharmacists Association
                        Michelle McOmber, Utah Medical Association

MOTION:    Rep. Riesen moved to pass the amended bill with a favorable recommendation. The motion passed unanimously.

MOTION:    Rep. Beck moved to adjourn the meeting. The motion passed unanimously.

Rep. Ray adjourned the meeting at 9:46 a.m.




                        __________________
                        Rep. Paul Ray
                        Committee Chair