MINUTES OF THE
HOUSE JUDICIARY STANDING COMMITTEE MEETING
20 House Building, Utah State Capitol Complex
February 22, 2016
Members Present: Rep. LaVar Christensen, Chair
Rep. Merrill Nelson, Vice Chair
Rep. Fred C. Cox
Rep. Bruce Cutler
Rep. Brian M. Greene
Rep. Craig Hall
Rep. Brian S. King
Rep. Curtis Oda
Rep. V. Lowry Snow
Rep. Kevin J. Stratton
Rep. Mark A. Wheatley
Staff Present: Mr. Gregg Girvan, Policy AnalystMs. Glenda VanWagenen, Committee Secretary
NOTE: A list of visitors and a copy of handouts are filed with the committee minutes.
Vice Chair Nelson called the meeting to order at 4:30 p.m.
S.B.71 Children's Justice Center Amendments (R. Okerlund)
Sen. Okerlund reviewed the bill from the last meeting with the assistance of Tracey Tabet, Attorney General's Office.
MOTION: Rep. Cox moved to pass the bill out favorably. The motion passed unanimously with Rep. Stratton absent for the vote.
H.B. 274 Involuntary Civil Commitment Modifications (E. Redd)
Rep. Redd explained the bill to the committee.
MOTION: Rep. Nelson moved to replace H.B. 274 with 1st Sub. H.B. 274. The motion passed unanimously with Rep. Stratton absent for the vote.
MOTION: Rep. King moved to pass the bill out favorably. The motion passed with Rep. Greene and Rep. Oda voting in opposition.
H.B. 337 Student Right to Active Counsel (K. Colemen)
Rep. Coleman explained the bill to the committee with the assistance of Joseph Cohn, Foundation
for Individual Rights in Education.
Spoke against the bill: David Buhler, Commissioner of Higher Education
MOTION: Rep. Greene moved to replace H.B. 337 with 1st Sub. H.B 337. The motion passed unanimously.
MOTION: Rep. Cutler moved that the committee move to the next item on the agenda.
MOTION: Rep. King moved to send the bill back to the Rules Committee. The motion was withdrawn.
The original motion to move to the next item on the agenda passed unanimously.
S.B. 49S01 Statue of Limitations on Environmental Code Violations (L. Escamilla)
Rep. Escamilla explained the bill to the committee.
Spoke to the bill: Bryce Bird, Citizen
Spoke for the bill: Ingrid Griffee, Utah Mom's for Clean Air
Michael Shea, Heal Utah
Justine Case, Utah Mom's for Clean Air
MOTION: Rep. King moved to pass the bill out favorably. The motion passed unanimously.
MOTION: Rep. Stratton moved to adjourn the meeting. The motion passed unanimously.
Chair Christensen adjourned the meeting at 6:45 p.m.
LaVar Christensen, Chair