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MINUTES OF THE SENATE HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES

    STANDING COMMITTEE
MONDAY, FEBRUARY 23, 2009
ROOM 250
STATE CAPITOL


Members Present:        Sen. D. Chris Buttars, Chair
                Sen. Gregory S. Bell
                Sen. Allen M. Christensen
                Sen. David P. Hinkins
                Sen. Patricia W. Jones
                Sen. Luz Robles
    
Staff Present:            Mark D. Andrews, Policy Analyst
                Cami Deavila, Committee Secretary

Public Speakers Present:    Kurt Stenbridge, GlaxoSmithKline
                Jeff Hartley, America's Health Insurance Plans
                Maria Racehorse-Robles, Funeral Consumer Advocate
                Holly Richardson, Citizen
                Joyce Mitchell, President, Funeral Consumers Alliance of Utah
                Creighton Horton, Assistant Attorney General
                Larry Jenkins, Utah Adoption Council
                
A list of visitors and a copy of handouts are filed with the committee minutes.

Sen. Buttars called the meeting to order at 8:06 a.m.

Approval of Minutes

     MOTION: Sen. Christensen moved to approve minutes from February 19, 2009 meeting.

    The motion passed unanimously with Sens. Hinkins, Jones, Bell and Robles absent for the vote.

1.    SB0217, Drug Amendments (P. Knudson)

    Sen. Knudson introduced the bill and explained the amendment adopted in the February 19, 2009 meeting.

    Mr. Stenbridge spoke for the bill. Mr. Hartley spoke to the bill.

     MOTION: Sen. Christensen moved to pass S.B. 217, Drug Amendments, as amended, out of committee with a favorable recommendation.


    The motion passed unanimously with Sens. Robles, Hinkins, and Bell absent for the vote.

2.    HB0265, Postmortem Procedures Amendments (B. Daw)

    Rep. Daw introduced the bill.

    Ms. Racehorse-Robles, Ms. Richardson, and Ms. Mitchell spoke for the bill.

    MOTION: Sen. Robles moved to pass H.B. 265, Postmortem Procedures Amendments, out of committee with a favorable recommendation.

    The motion passed unanimously.

3.    HB0239, Utah Medical Examiner Act-Investigation and Autopsies Amendments ( C. Oda)

    Rep. Oda introduced the bill.

    Mr. Horton spoke for the bill.

     MOTION: Sen. Jones moved to pass H.B. 239, Utah Medical Examiner Act-Investigation and Autopsies Amendments, out of committee with a favorable recommendation.

    The motion passed unanimously.

     MOTION: Sen. Hinkins moved to place H.B. 239, Utah Medical Examiner Act- Investigation and Autopsies Amendments, on the consent calendar.

    The motion passed unanimously.

4.    HB0042, Adoption Revisions (S. Allen)
    
    Rep. Allen introduced the bill.

    Mr. Jenkins spoke for the bill.

     MOTION: Sen. Jones moved to pass H.B. 42, Adoption Revisions, out of committee with a favorable recommendation.

    The motion passed unanimously.

5.    HB0289, Background Checks for Qualifying Entities (S. Sandstrom)

    Rep. Sandstrom introduced the bill.


     MOTION: Sen. Christensen moved to pass H.B. 289, Background Checks for Qualifying Entities, out of committee with a favorable recommendation.

    The motion passed unanimously.

     MOTION: Sen. Hinkins moved to place H.B. 289, Background Checks for Qualifying Entities, on the consent calendar.

    The motion passed unanimously.

    MOTION: Sen. Christensen moved to adjourn.

    The motion passed unanimously.

    Sen. Buttars adjourned the meeting at 9:08 a.m.

    Minutes were reported by Cami Deavila, Secretary.



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                     D. Chris Buttars, Committee Chair