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MINUTES OF THE SENATE HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES

    STANDING COMMITTEE
JANUARY 31, 2011
ROOM 250
STATE CAPITOL COMPLEX


Members Present:        Sen. D. Chris Buttars, Chair
                Sen. Allen M. Christensen
                Sen. Mark B. Madsen
                Sen. Stuart C. Reid
                Sen. Patricia W. Jones
                Sen. Luz Robles
    
Staff Present:            Mark D. Andrews, Policy Analyst
                Kathy Helgesen, Committee Secretary

Public Speakers Present:    Nick Zullo, Utah Alzheimer's Association
                Cory Rushton, West Valley City Council
                Ryan Robinson, West Valley City Chief Prosecutor
                Maryann Christensen, Secretary, Utah Eagle Forum
                Dr. Tom Metcalf, Pediatrician, UHPP/UCAAP
                Paul Boyden, Executive Director, Utah State Prosecutors
                Libby Mill, Safety Committee, Utah PTA
    
A list of visitors and a copy of handouts are filed with the committee minutes.

Sen. Buttars called the meeting to order at 4:12 p.m.

Approval of Minutes

     MOTION: Sen. Reid moved to approve the minutes of January 27, 2011.

    The motion passed unanimously with Sen. Christensen, Sen. Jones, and Sen. Robles absent for the vote.
    
1.     SB0137 - Medicaid Amendments (A. Christensen)

    The bill was not considered.

2.     HB0217 - Appointment of Director of the Division of Health Care Financing (D. Clark)

    Rep. Clark presented the bill.

     MOTION: Sen. Christensen moved to pass H.B. 217 out of committee with a favorable

recommendation.

    The motion passed unanimously with Sen. Jones and Sen. Robles absent for the vote.

3.     SB0048 - Alzheimer's State Plan Task Force (K. Morgan)

    Sen. Morgan presented the bill.

    Mr. Zullo spoke in favor of the bill.

     MOTION: Sen. Jones moved to pass S.B.48 out of committee with a favorable recommendation.

    The motion passed unanimously.

4.     SB0124 - Leaving a Child Unattended in a Motor Vehicle (B. McAdams)

    Sen. McAdams presented the bill.

    MOTION:
Sen. Jones moved to amend the bill as follows:

1.    Page 1, Lines 9 through 10 :    

             9          This bill amends the Utah Criminal Code by making it an infraction to leave a child
             10      unattended in

  an enclosed compartment of       a motor vehicle.


2.    Page 1, Line 16 :    

             16      leave a child in
  an enclosed compartment of       a motor vehicle if:


3.    Page 1, Lines 20 through 22 :    

             20          .    provides that this bill does not apply if the person's conduct that constitutes a
             21      violation of this bill is
{   punishable as a class B misdemeanor, a class A

             22      misdemeanor, or a felony.  
}
  subject to a greater penalty under another provision of state law.      


4.    Page 2, Lines 34 through 47 :    

             34          (1) As used in this section:
             35          (a) "Child" means a person who is younger than nine years old.
  (b) "Enclosed compartment" means any enclosed area of a motor vehicle, including the passenger compartment, regardless of whether a door, window, or hatch is left open.      

             36          
{   (b)   }        (c)       "Motor vehicle" means an automobile, truck, truck tractor, bus, or

any other


             37      self-propelled vehicle.
             38          (2) A person who is responsible for a child is guilty of a class C misdemeanor if:
             39          (a) the person intentionally, recklessly, knowingly, or with criminal negligence leaves
             40      the child in
{   a   }        an enclosed compartment of a       motor vehicle;

             41          (b) the child is not supervised by a person who is at least 12 years old; and
             42          (c) (i) the conditions present a risk to the child's health or safety;
             43          (ii) the engine of the motor vehicle is running; or
             44          (iii) the keys to the motor vehicle are in the passenger compartment of the motor
             45      vehicle.
             46          (3) This section does not apply if the person's conduct that constitutes a violation of
             47      this section is
{   punishable as a class B misdemeanor, a class A misdemeanor, or a felony   }        subject to a greater penalty under another provision of state law       .

    
    The motion passed unanimously.

    Mr. Rushton, and Mr. Robinson spoke in favor of the bill.

     MOTION: Sen. Madsen moved to amend the bill as follows:

1.    Page 1, Lines 18 through 19 :    

             18              .    the conditions present a risk to the child's health or safety
{   , the engine is running,

             19      or the keys are in the passenger compartment of the motor vehicle  
}
; and

2.    Page 2, Lines 42 through 45 :    

             42          (c)
{   (i)   } the conditions present a risk to the child's health or safety      {   ;   }        .      

             43          
{   (ii) the engine of the motor vehicle is running; or

             44          (iii) the keys to the motor vehicle are in the passenger compartment of the motor
             45      vehicle.  
}


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

    Ms. Christensen and Dr. Metcalf spoke to the bill.

     MOTION: Sen. Jones moved to pass S.B. 124, as amended, out of committee with a favorable recommendation.



    The motion passed with Sen. Buttars voting in opposition.

4.     HB0014 - Catastrophic Mental Health Coverage - Sunset Act (J. Dunnigan)

    This bill was not considered.

5.     HB0015 - Controlled Substance Database - Licensing Amendments (B. Daw)

    Rep. Daw presented the bill.
    
     MOTION: Sen. Christensen moved to pass H.B. 15 out of committee with a favorable recommendation.

    The motion passed unanimously.

6.     HB0215 - Fatality Review Act Amendments (M. Newbold)

    Rep. Newbold presented the bill.

     MOTION: Sen. Christensen moved to pass H.B. 215 out of committee with a favorable recommendation.

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

7.     HB0023 - Controlled Substance Modifications (G. Froerer)

    Sen. Christensen and Mr. Boyden presented the bill.

    Ms. Mill spoke in favor of the bill.

     MOTION: Sen. Robles moved to pass H.B. 23 out of committee with a favorable recommendation.

    The motion passed unanimously with Sen. Madsen and Sen. Jones absent for the vote.

    MOTION: Sen. Robles moved to adjourn.

    The motion passed unanimously.

    The meeting adjourned at 5:22 p.m.

    Minutes reported by Kathy Helgesen, Secretary.

                    _______________________________________
                     Sen. D. Chris Buttars, Committee Chair