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Bill Tracking 2017

Thank you, in advance, to the members of the Utah Legislature for the work you’ll do this session. The 2017 session starts Jan. 23, 2017, and runs for 45 days. Below is the list of bills we will be following. Nothing there right now, but you can see the bills we tracked last year five links down. Learn about the Utah Legislature here.

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Emergency Management Specific Bills Before the Utah Legislature – 2017

HB0038 Statutory Required Reports Amendments
The bill removes the requirement for Utah Division of Emergency Management to report to two interim committees about a feasibility study conducted in 2016. 
House Sponsor: Rep. Val Peterson, R-Salt Lake City
Status: Draft of Enrolled Bill Prepared

HB0263 Urban Search and Rescue Program
The bill creates a program within the Division of Emergency Management to increase the state’s urban search and rescue capability; and requires that appropriated funds are used only for the purchase of equipment and training for the development of a Type 3 urban search and rescue task force. 
House Sponsor: Rep. Sagers, R-Tooele
Status: Introduced, Fiscal Note Sent to Sponsor

SB0111 Unmanned Aircraft Amendments
This bill  reorganizes existing code related to unmanned aircraft; preempts local laws related to unmanned aircraft; exempts unmanned aircraft from registration with the state of Utah; enacts provisions related to operation of unmanned aircraft by law enforcement,  including:  data collection, reporting, retention, and use; use of an unmanned aircraft for law enforcement operations; and  use of data obtained by an unmanned aircraft operated by a civilian; establishes certain safety requirements and limitations for the operation of an unmanned aircraft; prohibits use of an unmanned aircraft equipped with a weapon; prohibits a person from: committing trespass with an unmanned aircraft; committing a privacy violation with an unmanned aircraft; or committing voyeurism with an unmanned aircraft.
Senate Sponsor: Sen. Wayne Harper, R-Taylorsville
Status: Senate 2nd Reading Calendar

SB0122 Wildland Fire Suppression Fund Amendments
This bill clarifies the amount of General Fund revenue surplus that is transferred to the Wildland Fire Suppression Fund.
Senate Sponsor: Sen. Evan Vickers, R-Cedar City
Status: Senate 2nd Reading Calendar


First Responder and Public Safety Bills of Interest

HB0110S01 Controlled Substance Amendments
This bill adds the substance known as “Pink,” or U-47700, to the list of controlled substances under Schedule I.
House Sponsor: Rep. Paul Ray, R-Clinton
Status: Senate to Standing Committee

HB0112 Firearms Amendments
This bill provides that a business owner who allows a person with a concealed carry permit to carry a firearm onto the owner’s property is not civilly or criminally liable under certain circumstances; and provides an exemption for a person, 21 years of age or older who may lawfully possess a firearm, from certain criminal provisions related to the carrying of a concealed firearm.
House Sponsor: Rep. Lee Perry, R-Perry
Status: House to Standing Committee

HB0132 School Bus Safety Requirements
This bill requires all new school buses purchased after June 30, 2017, to be equipped with seat belts for all passengers.
House Sponsor: Rep. Craig Hall, R-Salt Lake City
Status: Failed House/filed 

SB0006 Executive Offices and Criminal Justice Base Budget
This bill requires all new school buses purchased after June 30, 2017, to be equipped with seat belts for all passengers.
House Sponsor: Sen. Daniel Thatcher, R-West Valley City
Status: Sent to Governor

SB0014 Emergency Telephone Service Amendments
This bill requires requires the 911 Division to create an educational program; requires certain multi-line telephone systems to provide certain information to a public safety answering point; and  requires a multi-line telephone system to be capable of accessing 911 services directly.
Senate Sponsor: Sen. Wayne Harper, R-Taylorsville
Status: House 3rd Reading Calendar

SB0018 Firefighters’ Disability Retirement Benefit
This bill modifies the standard for determining a disability for members of the Firefighters’ Retirement System; modifies the disability payment period for certain Firefighters’ Retirement System disability payments
Senate Sponsor: Sen. Karen Mayne, D-West Valley City
Status: Draft of Enrolled Bill Prepared

SB0031 Protection of Law Enforcement Officers’ Personal Information
This bill provides criminal penalties for posting on the Internet a law enforcement officer’s address and phone numbers, or posting the same information regarding an officer’s spouse and children; and prohibits the solicitation or sale of the officer’s private information and provides for civil damages and the cost of attorney fees.
Senate Sponsor: Sen. Don Ipson, R-St. George
Status: House Sent to Senate Rules

SB0037 Statewide Crisis Line
The bill creates the Mental Health Crisis Line Commission; addresses the membership and duties of the Mental Health Crisis Line Commission; the Mental Health Crisis Line Commission to report to the Political Subdivisions Interim Committee.
Senate Sponsor: Sen. Daniel Thatcher, R-West Valley City
Status: House Circled


Public Employee Benefits and Retirement Related Bills

HB0008 State Agency and Higher Education Compensation
The bill provides funding for a 1.0% general salary increase for state and higher education employees; provides funding for a 8.0% increase in health insurance benefits rates for state and higher education employees; provides funding for retirement rate changes for certain state employees; provides funding for an up-to $26 per pay period match for qualifying state employees enrolled in a defined contribution plan; and provides funding for other compensation adjustments as authorized.
House Sponsor: Rep. Brad Last, R-Hurricane
Status: House circled

HCR013 Concurrent Resolution for Public Employees’ Benefit and Insurance Program
This resolution directs the Public Employees’ Benefit and Insurance Program to modify benefit design and employee premium contributions for the STAR Plan and Utah Basic Plus Plan beginning FY 2017-18; and refund excess reserves in the state’s dental insurance pool.
House Sponsor: Rep. James Dunnigan, R-Taylorsville
Status: House passed/held

SB0020 Retirement Systems Amendments
This bill modifies the application procedures for a phased retirement agreement; modifies provisions regarding the beginning and termination periods for phased retirement employment.
Sen. Daniel Hemmert, R-Orem
Status: Senate to Governor

SB0021S01 Retirement Systems Amendments
This bill modifies the responsibility for certain functions within the Utah Retirement Systems; modifies certain retiree notification and benefit conversion provisions relating to retirement options affected by death or divorce; specifies additional names for the Public Employees’ Benefit and Insurance Program
Sen. Daniel Hemmert, R-Orem
Status: Bill Received for Enrolling

SCR001 Concurrent Resolution on Increasing the Pay for Certain Public Safety Officers and Firefighters
This resolution acknowledges that starting wages for public safety officers and firefighters are below market starting wages; acknowledges that the Tier II annual employers’ savings provide the opportunity andmeans to fund a pay increase; and encourages the state of Utah, as well as the other employers of public safety officers and firefighters throughout the state, to provide a pay increase for its public safety officer and firefighter employees who are Tier II members
Senate Sponsor: Sen. Todd Weiler, R-Woods Cross
Status: House Introduced


Bills of Interest – Not Yet Numbered

Legislator Bill Title Status
 Ray, P.  Death Penalty Amendments  In Process
 Ray, P.  Law Enforcement Body Camera Footage Amendments  In Process
 Harper, W.  Utah Communications Authority Amendments  In Process
 Ray, P.  Penalty Enhancement for Targeting a Law Enforcement Officer  In Process
 Eliaison, S.  Crisis Intervention Phone Number  In Process
 Perry, L.  Data Breach Notification Requirements  In Process
 Bramble, C.  Government Records Access and Management Act Amendments  In Process
 Okerlund, R.  Outdoor Recreation Grant Program  In Process
 Ray, P.  Law Enforcement Disability Amendments  Abandoned
 Fillmore  School Emergency Routing Amendments  Abandoned
 Paul Ray  Funeral Procession Amendments  Abandoned
Wayne Harper Unmanned Aircraft Amendments Numbered above