Thursday, 14 February 2013 01:32

Legislative Bill Watch 2013

Each Year Utahns daily lives are directly impacted by bills that are passed during the legislative session. Equality Utah vigilantly combs through almost a 1000 different pieces of legislation each year to oppose bills that could potentially encroach on the basic freedoms that lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender rightfully deserve or to lead the way in proposing or supporting legislation that would secure measures that prohibit discrimination based on sexual orientation, gender identity and gender expression in employment, housing, or public accommodation. Equality Utah will update this bill list as bills are amended or language becomes available. 

Work Place and Housing Equity

Bill #: S.B. 262 Housing and Employment Antidiscrimination Amendments 
Sponsor: Urquhart
General Description: This bill prevents discrimination in housing and employment based on sexual orientation and gender identity.  
Position: Support   Status: Filed

Immigration

Bill #: H.J.R. 1 Joint Resolution Expressing Support for the Utah Compact
Sponsor: Hemingway
General Description: This joint resolution of the Legislature expresses support for the Utah Compact. This bill expresses support for the Utah Compact and its guiding principles that can positively impact the tone of the immigration discussion within the state.
Position: Support   Status: Filed
    
Bill#: HB 253 Employment Verification Amendments
Sponsor: Pitcher
General Description: This bill modifies commerce and trade, and general government provisions, to address verification of employment status.
Position: Oppose    Status: Filed

Reproductive Freedom

Bill #: S.B. 60   Abortion Statistics and Reporting Requirements
Sponsor: Dayton
General Description: This bill modifies Title 76, Chapter 7, and Offenses against the Family. This bill requires the Department of Health to prepare an annual report for the Health and Human Services Interim Committee, including information on: The number of abortions performed in the state, at what stage of pregnancy the abortions took place, and makes technical changes.
Position: Neutral    Status: Signed by Governor

Health and Family
    
Bill#: S.B. 39 Parental Responsibility for Sex Education Training
Sponsor: Reid
General Description: This bill requires the State Board of Education to offer training to parents regarding health education, including human sexuality, for their children. This bill requires the State Board of Education to develop and offer training to parents with information on health education and human sexuality, and requires the State Board of Education to develop a training curriculum, including materials parents may use to educate their children; and report on the program to the Education Interim Committee.
Position: Support   Status: Filed

Bill#: H.B. 214 Adoption Modifications
Sponsor: Chavez-Houck
General Description: This bill amends provisions of the Utah Adoption Act relating to who may adopt a child. This bill amends a legislative finding relating to who may adopt a child, permits a person who is an unmarried cohabitant to adopt a child if: the child has only one legal parent, the child's parent joins in the adoption petition, the person has developed a parental relationship with the child, and establishing a legal parental relationship with the person is in the child's best interest. This bill provides that a person's parental rights are not terminated if, at the time the child is adopted: the legal parent is cohabiting with the person who is adopting the child, in a relationship that is not a legally valid marriage under the laws of this state, and the person who is adopting the child is permitted to adopt the child under the provisions of this bill, and makes technical changes.
Position: Support   Status: Filed

Bill#: H.B. 298 Parent Seminar on Youth Protection
Sponsor: Eliason
General Description: This bill modifies Title 53A, Chapter 15, Standards and Programs, by requiring the State Board of Education and school districts to implement a parent seminar on various issues. This bill requires school districts to offer an annual seminar to parents with information on substance abuse, bullying, mental health, and Internet safety; requires the State Board of Education to: develop a curriculum and provide it to requesting school districts; and report on the program to the Education Interim Committee; and requires a school district to notify charter schools located within the school district's boundaries of the parent seminar.
Position: Support   Status: Signed by Governor

Bill: H.B. 154 Suicide Prevention Programs
Sponsor: Eliason
General Description: This bill requires the State Board of Educaiton to designate a suicide prevention coordinator to oversee school district and charter school youth suicide prevention programs and establishes model youth suicide prevention programs for school districst and charter schools. 
Position: Support   Status: Signed by Governor

Bill: H.B. 147 Utah Marriage Commission 
Sponsor: Christensen 
General Description: This bill creates the Utah Marriage Commission within the Department of Health and esptablished the duteis of the commission; Promote pubilc policy, coalitions and coolaborative efforts that support traditional families and marriages. 
Position: Neutral* This bill does not negatively impact LGBT poeple. Status: Awaiting Action from Governor

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