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Out of the 800+ bills introduced each year, Libertas Institute highlights those that have a particular interest to our mission.

NOTE: New bills are regularly added, and as the session progresses we will update the status of each bill here on the Tracker. Check back often!

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Bill Title Sponsor LI's position Status Votes Actions
Distracted Driver Amendments

This bill would criminalize the holding of a cell phone while operating a vehicle.

Libertas opposes this bill. Criminally punishing the mere holding of a phone is unnecessarily excessive and a significant over-criminalization of an activity that is not inherently dangerous.

Moss, C.OpposeFailed in HouseHouse cmte, 9-0
House, 32-41
Email your Senator/RepEmail the bill sponsor
Massage Therapy Practice Act Amendments

This bill would exempt bowenwork, zone therapy, and reflexology from the massage therapy licensure requirements.

Libertas supports this bill. These practitioners should not be required to study and become licensed for a type of work they do not wish to perform; they should be free to pursue their vocation without this licensure burden.

Roberts, M.SupportPending Governor actionHouse cmte, 11-0
House, 71-0
Senate cmte, 7-0
Senate, 29-0
Email the Governor
Campaign Finance Amendments

This bill compels a private organization engaging in limited political spending to publish its donors' information on a public, government list.

Libertas opposes this bill. It compels disclosure of our private associational information, which can harm our ability to generate support from those who might wish to privately support certain of our efforts, but for various reasons—familial, political, religious, professional, etc.—might not want that information published on a government list.

Perry, L.OpposePending committee actionEmail your Senator/RepEmail the committee
Criminal Code Task Force Amendments

This bill decriminalizes sodomy and adultery and modifies penalties related to a number of crimes.

Libertas supports this bill. When sentence lengths remain unnecessarily high, it is burdensome to taxpayers covering incarceration costs, and does nothing to better the individual. It's better to amend the laws so penalties fit the crime.

Ray, P.SupportPending Governor actionHouse, 74-0
Senate cmte, 4-0
Senate, 25-2
Email the Governor
Remote Notarization Standards

This bill would allow you to get documents notarized electronically by interacting with a notary public via video chat rather than in person.

Libertas supports this bill. The need for identification verification can be satisfied using technology and eliminate the burden of having to travel in person to find a notary.

Hall, C.SupportPending Governor actionHouse cmte, 11-0
House, 68-0
Senate, 28-0
Email the Governor
Electronic Information or Data Privacy

This bill would ensure that you retain a privacy interest in the digital data that you transmit through or store with a third party, and require law enforcement to obtain a warrant in order to gain access.

Libertas supports this bill. It is effectively impossible to operate digitally without utilizing third party providers, and doing so does not diminish our privacy interest in the data we are sharing.

Hall, C.SupportPending Governor actionHouse cmte, 9-0
House, 71-0
Senate, 23-0
Email the Governor
Government Enterprise Amendments

This bill requires that local municipalities and counties commission a market impact study prior to approving a new government enterprise tied to recreation or entertainment. This study will include finding and notifying private companies in the state that could provide the service instead.

Libertas supports this bill. Government should maintain a level playing field for private industry—not compete with it.

Robertson, A.SupportIntroducedEmail your Senator/RepEmail the bill sponsor
Safe Storage of Firearms Amendments

This bill would create a criminal penalty for gun owners who do not securely store their firearms in the home so minors may not access them.

Libertas opposes this bill. There are many cases when minors have successfully used firearms in self defense to repel home invaders. Responsible education is key, but it is improper to criminally punish parents whose responsible children understand how and when to use a family firearm in defense.

Weight, E.OpposePending committee actionEmail your Senator/RepEmail the committee
Occupational Licensing Modifications

This bill enables those with a past criminal conviction to seek clarity from the state as to whether their criminal past will frustrate their effort to seek an occupational license.

Libertas supports this bill as it is one step closer to providing better economic opportunities for those with past criminal convictions.

Hutchings, E.SupportPending Governor actionHouse cmte, 13-0
House, 79-0
Senate cmte, 4-0
Senate, 19-3
Email the Governor
Weapons Restrictions Amendments

This bill protects the right of an intoxicated person to carry firearms under certain circumstances.

Libertas supports this bill. Intoxication should not prevent a person from being able to legally carry and use a firearm in self defense or on their own property. This bill helps restore some common sense to Utah law.

Thurston, N.SupportPending Governor actionHouse cmte, 7-2
House, 54-14
Senate cmte, 5-1
Senate, 20-6
Email the Governor
Autonomous Vehicle Regulations

This bill sets up the legal infrastructure for autonomous vehicles to be able to operate on Utah's roadways.

Libertas supports this bill. This is an important step in the direction of freeing up the market for future technologies that can save lives, increase efficiency, and expand economic opportunity in Utah.

Spendlove, R.SupportPending Governor actionHouse cmte, 10-0
House, 70-0
Senate cmte, 6-0
Senate, 23-0
Email the Governor
Private Counselors in [Rural] Counties

This bill would ensure that licensed mental health therapists aren't required to obtain additional licenses in order to provide services to those in prison or jail, those ordered by a court to obtain services, or any individual who lives in a rural county.

Libertas supports this bill, because it reduces regulatory barriers that stand in the way between practitioner and patient.

Watkins, C.SupportPending Governor actionHouse cmte, 10-0
House, 73-0
Senate cmte, 4-0
Senate, 27-0
Email the Governor
Medical Cannabis Modifications

This bill would allow those with an autoimmune disorder to qualify to receive medical cannabis.

Libertas supports this bill. This provision was in Prop 2 and was unfortunately set aside in the negotiated bill that followed, so restoring it is an important step in the right direction for many patients who stand to benefit.

Judkins, M.SupportIntroducedEmail your Senator/RepEmail the bill sponsor
Self-defense Amendments

This bill protects a person's right to defend themselves using force even if safety could be achieved by retreating.

Libertas supports this bill. The right to defensive use of force to deter a threat should not be overridden merely because a judge or jury feels that a safer option may have been available. This bill helps clarify and protect the right to repel force.

Maloy, A.C.SupportPending Governor actionHouse cmte, 7-3
House, 54-16
Senate cmte, 3-2
Senate, 18-8
Email the Governor
End of Life Prescription Provisions

This bill allows a terminal patient to legally access a life-ending drug in limited circumstances.

Libertas supports this bill. Individuals have the right to control their own bodies, and current drug policy unfortunately prohibits more humane life-ending options than gruesome alternatives that some people elect to utilize. Increased freedom—albeit highly regulated in this instance in order to mitigate any abuse or problems—is a generally beneficial thing in order to protect a patient's medical autonomy.

Dailey-Provost, J.SupportIntroducedEmail your Senator/RepEmail the bill sponsor
Aggravated Sexual Exploitation of a Minor

This bill makes it a first degree felony, with a minimum of three years prison, for possessing a child pornography image that, among other things, portrays violence.

Libertas opposes this bill. Such conduct is already a felony and each separate image can be independently charged, leading to heavy punishment already for people who commit this offense. Increasing the penalty with mandatory minimums on prison time unnecessarily incarcerates more people and runs afoul of the evidence-based reforms of the Justice Reinvestment Initiative.

Ray, P.OpposePending committee actionHouse cmte, 9-1
House, 62-8
Email your Senator/RepEmail the committee
Search Amendments

This bill imposes standards and restrictions as to when law enforcement may conduct a body cavity search of a person who is arrested.

Libertas supports this bill. This new law would assure that this extremely intrusive procedure is conducted in a manner that reduces the risk of harm and upholds the rights of the individual.

Coleman, K.SupportPending Governor action House cmte, 8-0
House, 70-0
Senate cmte, 4-0
Senate, 18-0
Email your Senator/RepEmail the bill sponsor
Higher Education Student Speech Rights

This bill would restrict a university's ability to adopt overly broad or vague harassment codes that could be used to punish constitutionally protected speech.

Libertas supports this bill. While private universities have the right to impose limits on the free speech opportunities of its students, government-funded universities must allow students to exercise their rights to speech without any intervention, unless there is actual harassment or public safety legitimately warrants it.

Coleman, K.SupportPending Senate actionHouse cmte, 7-4
House, 44-25
Email your Senator/RepEmail the bill sponsor
Offenses Against the Administration of Government Amendments

This bill outlaws the misuse of taxpayer-purchased property.

Libertas supports this bill. Following a 2017 audit that revealed numerous cases of taxpayer-funded public property being used almost exclusively for personal use, this bill narrows the permissiveness of doing so.

Hall, C.SupportPending Governor actionHouse cmte, 9-0
House, 63-10
Senate cmte, 4-0
Senate, 26-0
Email the Governor
911 Responsibilities in an Emergency

This bill criminalizes the failure to call 911 during a crime or emergency in which somebody is suffering serious bodily injury.

Libertas opposes this bill. Allowing a prosecutor to later seek punishment for a person who made a bad moral judgment, but who did not necessarily intend to aid in the continued injury of the person, is a bad policy decision that unnecessarily criminalizes Utahns who find themselves in such a circumstance.

King, Brian S.OpposeFailed in HouseHouse cmte, 8-1
House, 26-44
Email your Senator/RepEmail the bill sponsor
Raw Milk Products

This bill allows butter and cream made from raw milk to be sold in Utah.

Libertas supports this bill. This is a welcome expansion for food freedom in Utah.

Coleman, K.SupportPending committee actionHouse cmte, 8-5
House, 68-2
Email your Senator/RepEmail the committee
Theft Amendments

This bill makes it a felony to steal something over $100 if you have three previous convictions for theft.

Libertas opposes this bill. Raising the criminal penalty to such a high level for such a low value of property is over-criminalization and not an appropriate punishment under the law.

Shurtliff, L.OpposeFailed in HouseHouse cmte, 6-0
House, 18-50
Email your Senator/RepEmail the bill sponsor
Liability of Firearm Custodian

This bill makes a firearm owner liable for damage caused by their firearm if they share it with another person whose conduct is a felony.

Libertas opposes this bill. Culpability for using a weapon to harm somebody should rest with the person who commits the harmful act, and not on the person who loaned the weapon when they had no clue the harmful act would occur.

Stoddard, A.OpposePending committee actionEmail your Senator/RepEmail the committee
License Plate Placement Amendments

This bill repeals the requirement to have a front license plate.

Libertas supports this bill. The front license plate requirement is a law that results in ticketing people at random for something that doesn't relate to the safety of drivers and their passengers, and for that reason should be repealed.

Watkins, C.SupportPending Senate actionHouse cmte, 5-4
House, 41-28
Email your Senator/RepEmail the bill sponsor
Extreme Risk Protective Order

This bill creates a process in which a court may order the forcible removal of a person's firearms based on an ex parte order in which the firearm owner may not defend themselves against the allegations.

Libertas opposes this bill. This overreaction to a mass shooting in another state aims to set up a highly regulated system in which an individual's right to keep and bear arms can be undermined through an ex parte order, violating the presumption of innocence that persons should maintain in order to have their rights preserved. Further, firearms should not be targeted in the absence of a broader approach to regulating dangerous weapons.

Handy, S.OpposeIntroducedEmail your Senator/RepEmail the bill sponsor
Utah Wholesome Food Act Revisions

This bill exempts farm-to-fork events from certain food regulations.

Libertas supports this bill. Settings in which informed consumers know the source of their food should not be subject to heavy handed regulations.

Stratton, K.SupportPending committee actionEmail your Senator/RepEmail the committee
Social Security Tax Amendments

Under this bill, certain retirees would be provided a non-refundable tax credit equal to 4.95% of the social security benefit.

Libertas supports this bill. It is an important first step to future expansion of this tax credit that would promote financial security and self-reliance for seniors who have structured their retirement to depend upon these promised payments.

Brooks, W.SupportIntroducedEmail your Senator/RepEmail the bill sponsor
Occupational Licensing Revisions

This bill creates an alternative pathway to licensure by allowing a person to demonstrate their competency in their chosen occupation instead of sitting through a required number of hours of school.

Libertas supports this bill. This is an important alternative path to create in order to ensure that licensure barriers do not unreasonably restrict a person's ability to work in their chosen field.

Thurston, N.SupportPending Governor actionHouse cmte, 8-2
House, 54-13
Senate cmte, 6-0
Senate, 26-0
Email the Governor
Domestic Violence Modifications

This bill would allow a person who is issued a protective order to conceal carry a firearm for up to 120 days after the order was issued, without needing a concealed firearm permit.

Libertas supports this bill. This law would allow a victim to discretely defend themselves in a meaningful way.

Watkins, C.SupportPending Senate actionHouse cmte, 6-4
House, 58-16
Senate cmte, 4-1
Email your Senator/RepEmail the bill sponsor
Misdemeanor Sentencing Timeline Clarifications

This bill lowers Utah's sentence length for a class A misdemeanor penalty by one day in order to prevent the deportation of legal immigrants.

Libertas supports this bill. This will ensure legal residents aren't deported for committing a low-level crime.

Hutchings, E.SupportPending Governor actionHouse cmte, 9-0
House, 70-0
Senate cmte, 4-0
Senate, 24-0
Email the Governor
Electronic Cigarette and Other Nicotine Product Amendments

This bill imposes an 86% tax on electronic cigarettes and the substances they use, along with certain other nicotine-based products.

Libertas opposes this bill as it could very well crush a fledgling industry that relies on attracting cigarettes smokers to abandon those more harmful products in favor of electronic cigarettes.

Ray, P.OpposePending Senate actionHouse cmte, 10-4
House, 54-20
Email your Senator/RepEmail the bill sponsor
Court Reporter Amendments

This bill replaces a state licensing requirement with a certification process for court reporters.

Libertas supports this bill. The state of Utah will be able to rely on national certification without requiring an additional layer of pure bureaucracy for individuals to wade through before being able to legally work as court reporters.

Knotwell, J.SupportPending Senate actionHouse cmte, 13-0
House, 70-0
Senate cmte, 7-0
Email your Senator/RepEmail the bill sponsor
Tinted Vehicle Windows Amendments

This bill lowers the window tint limit to 25%—meaning that drivers could legally operate with darker tint on their front side windows.

Libertas supports this bill. Every single one of Utah's neighboring states allows for darker tinting on front side windows than Utah currently does. The Legislature needs to at least match the average of these states.

Lyman, P.SupportFailed in committeeHouse cmte, 5-5Email your Senator/RepEmail the bill sponsor
Plea in Abeyance Amendments

This bill would treat plea in abeyances as convictions for the purpose of imposing harsher sentences for future crimes.

Libertas opposes this bill. This bill completely undermines the essential purpose of a plea in abeyance agreement.

Shurtliff, L.OpposeTabled (killed)Tabled in cmte, 6-0Email your Senator/RepEmail the bill sponsor
Vehicle Emissions Reduction Program

This bill creates a "Cash for Clunkers" program in Utah, giving out taxpayer-funded checks of up to $5,500 to purchase a new vehicle.

Libertas opposes this bill. While cleaner air is an important goal, paying people with taxpayer money to get newer cars is an improper use of government spending.

Stenquist, J.OpposePending Senate actionHouse cmte, 8-4
House, 40-28
Senate cmte, 4-1
Email your Senator/RepEmail the bill sponsor
Governmental Immunity Revisions

This bill aims to fix numerous issues with the current immunity law in order to keep government accountable.

Libertas supports this bill. Damages caused by government need a remedy, and this bill helps better ensure that justice can be served when a government employee is at fault.

McKell, M.SupportPending Senate actionHouse cmte, 9-0
House, 61-1
Senate cmte, 5-0
Email your Senator/RepEmail the bill sponsor
Tobacco Age Amendments

This bill would criminalize 19 and 20-year-olds for possessing and using tobacco products.

Libertas opposes this bill. The possibility of jail time for such a supposed crime is absurd for an independent adult to be facing because of arbitrary age restrictions.

Eliason, S.OpposePending Governor actionHouse cmte, 7-6
House, 47-19
Senate cmte, 6-0
Senate, 15-12
Email the Governor
Nurse Practice Act Amendments

This bill allows nurse practitioners to prescribe schedule II drugs.

Libertas supports this bill. It will give patients more choice when it comes to selecting a health care provider and will remove unnecessary state government regulations on nurse practitioners.

Dunnigan, J.SupportPending Governor actionHouse cmte, 11-0
House, 68-2
Senate cmte, 3-0
Senate, 26-0
Email the Governor
Business Regulation Amendments

This bill creates a new regulatory approach for peer-to-peer companies and exempts incidental commercial activity at an airport from regulation.

Libertas supports this bill. A wholistic approach to regulating peer-to-peer apps is going to help in the future so that we don't have to deal with regulatory restrictions and attacks on innovative business model each year.

Coleman, K.SupportFailed in committeeHouse cmte, 11-2
House, 50-22
Senate cmte, 1-5
Email your Senator/RepEmail the bill sponsor
Voluntary Wood Burning Conversion Program

This bill appropriates $14 million in taxpayer dollars to pay individuals to replace wood-burning heaters in their homes.

Libertas opposes this bill. While doing away with wood burning heat mechanisms that cause environmental harm is a good thing, in theory, accomplishing this is another issue. Utah taxpayers should not have to bear the expensive burden of people's poor choices.

Hawkes, T.OpposePending Senate actionHouse cmte, 9-0
House, 53-17
Senate cmte, 3-2
Email your Senator/RepEmail the bill sponsor
Controlled Substance Database Retention Amendments

This bill would require the state to purge identifying information about an individual in the drug database after 24 months.

Libertas supports this bill. It helps uphold individual privacy of medical records to mitigate the possibility of abuse that comes with any extensive storage of private material.

Seegmiller, T.SupportIntrorducedEmail your Senator/RepEmail the bill sponsor
Driver License Suspension Amendments

This bill would limit the circumstances when the state could suspend an individual's driver license.

Libertas supports this bill. While a penalty is appropriate for failure to pay, it should not be so severe as to limit a person's ability to maintain employment.

Maloy, A.C.SupportPending committee actionEmail your Senator/RepEmail the committee
Regulatory Sandbox

This bill sets up a pathway for financial and peer-to-peer technologies to petition for relief from onerous regulations that poorly apply to their models.

Libertas supports this bill. New technologies need breathing room to be able to develop innovative models that regulators have not fathomed before.

Roberts, M.SupportPending Governor actionHouse cmte, 9-0
House, 70-0
Senate cmte, 6-0
Senate, 25-0
Email the Governor
Utah Medical Cannabis Act Amendments

This bill modifies the Utah Medical Cannabis Act to eliminate a requirement for cannabis to be in a blister pack, increase the number of patients for whom a physician can issue a recommendation, and reducing the age limit for patients to access their medical cannabis.

Libertas supports this bill. These provisions address concessions we made during the negotiation process and we fully support the added freedom and flexibility these changes would bring.

Dailey-Provost, J.SupportIntroducedEmail your Senator/RepEmail the bill sponsor
Telemedicine Reimbursement Amendments

This bill codifies what Medicaid often does already, in providing reimbursement for the use of telehealth services along with normal services.

Libertas supports this bill. As government funded healthcare adopts good policies for telemedicine, this encourages the private market to do the same, without the use of mandates.

Ivory, K.SupportPending Senate actionHouse cmte, 7-0
House, 73-0
Email your Senator/RepEmail the bill sponsor
Eminent Domain Amendments

This bill prohibits the use of eminent domain for purposes of economic development or for parks.

Libertas supports this bill. A person's right to property should not be violated because the government wants to use it for an economically superior purpose or for a non-essential use such as a park.

Ray, P.SupportPending committee actionEmail your Senator/RepEmail the committee
Bail Bond Amendments

This bill modifies the process for judges to offer bail, effectively eliminated the ability of a judge to offer a low, cash-only bail option.

Libertas opposes this bill. Judges should have the discretion in certain circumstances to offer a defendant the ability to use cash-only bail at a low amount rather than being required to bond out instead.

Lisonbee, K.OpposePending Senate actionHouse cmte, 10-1
House, 50-16
Senate cmte, 4-0
Email your Senator/RepEmail the bill sponsor
Expungement Act Amendments

This bill would help thousands of people by automatically expunging records of those with a past low-level criminal history.

Libertas supports this bill. Automatic expungements will help thousands of people who have old criminal records looming over their lives by removing the record and freeing them of the burden of having to navigate the process themselves.

Hutchings, E.SupportPending Senate actionHouse cmte, 9-0
House, 72-0
Senate cmte, 5-0
Email your Senator/RepEmail the bill sponsor
Law Enforcement Use of Biometric Information

This bill prohibits law enforcement from using a person's biometric information, such as a fingerprint of facial scan, to access the person's electronic device.

Libertas supports this bill. People should not be required or requested to incriminate themselves, and given the ease of doing so by using biometric information, this legislation is necessary.

Robertson, A.SupportPending committee actionEmail your Senator/RepEmail the committee
Health Care Cost Transparency

This bill requires hospitals to provide a complete list of itemized charges to a patient and also requires health care facilities to disclose up-front pricing for their most common procedures.

Libertas supports this bill. Informed consumerism requires that individuals have knowledge about the prices involved in the decisions they make. This bill is a start of a much-needed conversation about price transparency in the health care system.

Winder, M.SupportPending Senate actionHouse cmte, 7-2
House, 68-0
Email your Senator/RepEmail the bill sponsor
Tax Relief Amendments

This bill raises the income threshold so more senior Utahns of lower income can claim property tax exemptions.

Libertas supports this bill. Those who are in dire straits shouldn't have to effectively pay high rent to the government to maintain ownership of their property.

Seegmiller, T.SupportIntroducedEmail your Senator/RepEmail the bill sponsor
Joint Resolution Directing Tax Review Commission to Study Tax Incentives

This bill requires the Utah Tax Review Commission to study the current regime of tax incentives.

Libertas supports this bill. A free market requires a fair playing field for everybody and tax incentives distort the market.

Christofferson, K.SupportPending Governor actionHouse cmte, 14-0
House, 69-0
Senate cmte, 5-0
Senate, 26-0
Email the Governor
Joint Resolution on Right to Pursue Trade, Vocation, Occupation, or Career

This resolution states that it is the policy of the state that the government may not infringe on the individual, inalienable right of the people of the state to pursue an honest trade, vocation, occupation, or career, unless the infringement is narrowly tailored, and the least restrictive means possible, to protect against identifiable, likely, and significant harm to the financial well-being, health, or safety of the public.

Libertas supports this bill. Regulations restricting the right of a person to engage in their chosen occupation must be narrowly tailored so as not to impose an unreasonable burden.

Thurston, N.SupportFailed in cmteHouse cmte, 7-4
House, 47-24
Senate cmte, 3-3
Email your Senator/RepEmail the bill sponsor
Joint Rules Resolution on Base Budgeting Provisions

This resolution requires every budgetary subcommittee to engage in zero-based budgeting on 20% of its base budget review every year, thus ensuring a thorough review of the entire state budget every five years.

Libertas supports this bill. This would be a solid step in the right direction to rein in unnecessary government spending and help legislators become more used to the concept of zero-based budgeting.

Moss, J.SupportPending Governor actionHouse cmte, 8-0
House, 70-0
Senate cmte, 7-0
Senate, 24-3
Email the Governor
Governmental Nonprofit Corporation Act Amendments

This bill requires persons serving on the board of a governmental nonprofit to undergo training in financial controls and board governance.

Libertas supports this bill. Because these nonprofits use taxpayer dollars, those in charge of their governance should have basic training to ensure they are doing what they are supposed to.

Henderson, D.SupportPending Governor actionSenate cmte, 6-0
Senate, 26-3
House cmte, 8-0
House, 70-0
Email the Governor
Tangible Personal Property Amendments

This bill would exempt all property that a business has already paid a sales tax on from the annual property tax on business supplies. This would save businesses approximately $70 million in taxes every year, while reducing the onerous burdens of reporting and audits.

Libertas supports this bill. Instead of counting up tables and chairs, businesses should be allowed to focus on delivering the best product or service for their customers.

McCay, D.SupportPending Senate actionSenate cmte, 3-1Email your Senator/RepEmail the bill sponsor
Secondary Water Requirements

This bill gradually requires the use of secondary water metering to eventually help consumers understand their water usage better, allowing them to better conserve if they want.

Libertas supports this bill. If Utah is to properly plan what water projects are needed in the future and how much water should be conserved, then Utah must have a firm grasp on how much water is actually used.

Anderegg, J.SupportPending House actionSenate cmte, 8-1
Senate, 25-0
Email your Senator/RepEmail the bill sponsor
Community Reinvestment Agency Report Amendments

This bill requires cities counties to produce a transparency website showing tax exemptions they provide to favored businesses.

Libertas supports this bill. When something involves taxpayer dollars, then it should be relatively simple for any taxpayer to learn more about it.

Henderson, D.SupportPending Governor actionSenate cmte, 6-0
Senate, 25-0
House cmte, 10-0
House, 68-0
Email the Governor
Child Welfare Worker Protections

This bill increases the criminal punishment for attacking a child welfare worker, including to a felony if the person caused substantial bodily injury.

Libertas opposes this bill. The legal consequences for violence against a person should be equal and not increased for special classes of people.

Vickers, E.OpposePending committee actionSenate cmte, 7-0
Senate, 22-3
Email your Senator/RepEmail the committee
Food Truck License Amendments

This bill further constrains how cities can regulate food trucks, making sure the existing laws and their intent are followed.

Libertas supports this bill. Many cities have not complied with existing laws and need to have more enforcement.

Henderson, D.SupportPending Governor actionSenate cmte, 6-0
Senate, 28-0
House Cmte, 12-0
House, 66-1
Email the Governor
Tax Increment Amendments

This bill prevents an entity from using revenue from a tax increase towards an already-existing community reinvestment area.

Libertas supports this bill. Taxes taken from Utahns should be properly managed, and this bill helps ensure that.

Bramble, C.SupportPending Governor actionSenate cmte, 6-0
Senate, 26-0
House cmte, 11-0
House, 69-0
Email the Governor
Higher Education Capital Facilities

This bill requires a new funding model for higher education institutions to minimize incentives to create expansive and expensive new buildings.

Libertas supports this bill. By making this change, it should allow for higher education institutions to use the funds for more economical projects, like renovations and add-ons instead of another expansive expensive new building.

Millner, A.SupportPending House actionSenate cmte, 5-0
Senate, 26-1
House cmte, 8-0
Email your Senator/RepEmail the bill sponsor
Victim Targeting Penalty Enhancements

This bill increases the level of a criminal penalty if a judge or jury finds that a person committed an offense against a victim "in whole or in part because of the [person's] belief or perception regarding an individual's ancestry, disability, ethnicity, gender, gender identity, national origin, race, religion, or sexual orientation, or the association of that individual with another individual or group of individuals who have one or more of these characteristics, regardless of whether the actor's belief or perception is correct."

Libertas opposes this bill. Whether an assault was instigated by the aggressor's jealousy, drunkenness, anger, or partly because of a person's "perception" about the victim's personal characteristics is immaterial. Taxpayers should not be required to subsidize higher incarceration rates in pursuit of misnamed "social justice."

Thatcher, D.OpposePending Governor actionSenate cmte, 7-0
Senate, 18-11
House cmte, 8-2
House, 64-9
Email the Governor
Hemp and Cannabinoid Act Amendments

This bill eliminates the pilot project for growing industrial hemp, now that it has been approved federally. The bill also expands the definition of a hemp product to include all cannabinoids, not just cannabidiol.

Libertas suppors this bill. These are reasonable and incremental changes in light of changing federal law.

Vickers, E.SupportPending Governor actionSenate cmte, 4-0
Senate, 24-0
House cmte, 9-0
House, 71-0
Email the Governor
Nuisance Ordinances for Municipalities

This bill restricts government from charging individuals for onerous property violations that don't actually bother neighbors.

Libertas supports this bill. Property rights matter, and deserve protection—along with a statewide standard that Utahns can predictably rely upon.

Fillmore, L.SupportPending committee actionEmail your Senator/RepEmail the committee
Asset Forfeiture Amendments

This bill enacts several restrictions on civil asset forfeiture in order to minimize government abuse.

Libertas supports this bill. Civil asset forfeiture laws need to be routinely revisited and restrained to ensure innocent individuals are not deprived of their property and that the government is not improperly incentivized to engage in forfeiture.

Weiler, T.SupportReturned to RulesSenate cmte, 4-1
Senate, 25-0
Email your Senator/RepEmail the bill sponsor
Energy Storage Innovation, Research, and Grant Program Act

This bill provides taxpayer-funded grants to purchase electric battery storage in the home or office.

Libertas opposes this bill. While we support the overall goal of diversifying Utah's energy market, we do not support taxpayer grants of this type, redistributing wealth and incentivizing investment and allocation of resources where it might otherwise not occur.

Fillmore, L.OpposePending House actionSenate cmte, 5-2
Senate, 26-0
House cmte, 7-2
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Controlled Business in Title Insurance Repeal

This bill repeals a law that creates protectionism for title insurance companies by denying real estate business owners the opportunity to compete.

Libertas supports this bill. Public policy should not protect a business model from competition.

Hemmert, D.SupportPending House actionSenate cmte, 8-0
Senate, 26-1
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Beer Amendments

This bill allows grocery and convenience stores to sell beer with up to a 4.8% alcohol content.

Libertas supports this bill. Current protectionist policies allow government-owned liquor stores to sell beer above a certain alcohol limit, but not grocery and convenience stores. As of this April, Utah will be one of only two states that restrict grocery stores to selling 3.2% alcohol.

Stevenson, J.SupportPending House actionSenate cmte, 8-0
Senate, 27-2
House cmte, 11-0
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Animal Welfare Amendments

This bill makes it a crime to leave a dog unattended in a manner that prevents it from reaching shelter during extreme weather conditions.

Libertas opposes this bill. This discriminatory approach treats the same behavior differently depending on which county you live in, and punishes a person for treating an animal, their property, a way they (and the animal) might prefer.

Davis, G.OpposePending committee actionEmail your Senator/RepEmail the committee
Legal Notice Revisions

This bill improves the legal notice process in cases where the person serving notice already knows where the other individual is located. It also ensures fair pricing for placing notices in the newspaper.

Libertas supports this bill. Legal notices shouldn't have to be publicly advertised if the entity doing the noticing knows precisely where to find and communicate with the person to be noticed.

McCay, D.SupportPending Governor actionSenate cmte, 4-2
Senate, 23-5
House cmte, 10-1
House, 57-10
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Utah Communications Authority Amendments

The state currently charges a "fee" on all phones that is used to fund 911 systems. Senate Bill 154 being run by Senator Wayne Harper increases this "fee" from 9 cents to 25 cents, nearly tripling the tax.

Libertas opposes this bill. The funding for these systems should come out of the general fund and not be assessed as a hidden tax.

Harper, W.OpposeFailed in HouseSenate cmte, 5-0
Senate, 26-0
House cmte, 6-0
House, 28-40
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Body Camera Disclosure Amendments

This bill requires police officers to keep body cameras on when consulting with other officers or supervisors.

Libertas supports this bill. This is a safety precaution for officers and non-officers alike, to ensure the truth is preserved and justice served.

McCay, D.SupportFailed in SenateSenate cmte, 5-2
Senate, 12-13
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Medical Cannabis Act Amendments

This bill makes several technical and minor revisions to Utah's medical cannabis law.

Libertas supports this bill. These important fixes will help ensure that the existing legal protections in place are functional and reasonable, while patients wait for the industry and regulatory system to come online.

Escamilla, L.SupportPending Governor actionSenate cmte, 6-0
Senate, 28-0
House cmte, 8-0
House, 71-0
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Motion Picture Incentives Amendments

This bill would increase tax incentives for film production while expanding the program to include post-production work.

Libertas opposes this bill. Utah is a uniquely beautiful state with vast diversity in the landscape. This alone acts as a great incentive for filmmakers to bring their business to our great state—without unfair tax waivers.

Thatcher, D.OpposePending House actionSenate cmte, 6-1
Senate, 21-1
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Scholarships for Special Needs Students

This bill creates a scholarship program so families of special needs children can provide them the best education possible. Unlike vouchers, this program would offer an opportunity for parents to go beyond choosing where their child is educated to having a say in how their child is educated.

Libertas supports this bill. Utah parents need a solution that is more flexible and most importantly can serve many more special needs students.

Fillmore, L.SupportPending House actionSenate cmte, 5-0
Senate, 16-12
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Truth in Taxation Amendments

This bill alters the Truth in Taxation process for property tax increases to ensure there is transparency and accountability.

Libertas supports the bill. Taken together, these amendments make it easier for a group of citizens to focus on the issue at hand, spread word about the meeting being held for this specific purpose, and make sure their input is considered.

Fillmore, L.SupportPending House actionSenate cmte, 5-1
Senate, 20-3
House cmte, 10-0
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Proof of Insurance Amendments

This bill loosens the restrictions on providing proof of vehicle insurance to law enforcement.

Libertas supports this bill. This is a mercy bill that upholds justice while removing strict penalizations for technicality errors.

Anderegg, J.SupportPending committee actionEmail your Senator/RepEmail the committee
Consent for Medical Procedure Amendments

This bill prohibits pelvic examinations of unconscious or sedated women by a physician or medical student without the woman's consent.

Libertas supports this bill. While the educational process is important for students to gain direct experience in a real world setting, at no time should they perform a procedure or examination without the consent of the patient.

McCay, D.SupportPending Governor actionSenate cmte, 6-0
Senate, 29-0
House cmte, 8-0
House, 69-0
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Equine Dentistry Amendments

This bill defines teeth floating while allowing non-veterinary individuals to practice it professionally if they are certified by the International Association of Equine Dentistry.

Libertas supports this bill. Those who are familiar with and trained in this practice shouldn't be prohibited by the state from doing so.

Hinkins, D.SupportPending Governor actionSenate cmte, 7-0
Senate, 29-0
House cmte, 8-0
House, 68-0
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Blockchain Technology Act

This bill clarifies that the exchange of blockchain tokens does not constitute money transmission and therefore require a license. It also creates a task force of relevant stakeholders to discuss blockchain applications to government processes.

Libertas supports this bill. This new technology shows significant promise for increasing security and efficiency and should therefore be embraced by the state.

Hemmert, D.SupportPending Governor actionSenate cmte, 3-0
Senate, 26-0
House cmte, 8-0
House, 71-0
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Property Tax Relief Modifications

This bill curtails property tax subsidies in many of Utah's water districts, while exempting smaller water districts that face a more complex water reality.

Libertas supports this bill. Allowing market forces to apply to water consumption is good tax policy and will provide the natural change that Utah needs.

Fillmore, L.SupportPending House actionSenate cmte, 3-1
Senate, 29-0
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Judicial Discretion in Sentencing Amendments

This bill would allow judges to lower a minimum sentence by up to 50% of what the law dictates, on a case by case basis.

Libertas supports this bill. This bill adds a much-needed safety measure back into the law, to give discretion back to those we entrust with sentencing decisions.

Cullimore, K. A.SupportPending Senate actionSenate cmte, 5-2Email your Senator/RepEmail the bill sponsor
Truth in Taxation Requirements Revisions

This bill allows the government to increase property taxes with inflationary increases without holding public hearings.

Libertas opposes this bill. Government should not enjoy the benefit of convenient tax increases when individuals who pay them are not guaranteed inflationary salary increases.

Anderegg, J.OpposeIntroducedEmail your Senator/RepEmail the bill sponsor
Property Tax Definition Amendment

This bill makes clear that the property tax exemption for non-profits must utilize the IRS definition of what 501c3 non-profits can engage in for educational purposes pursuant to federal law.

Libertas supports this bill. The state has narrowly defined "educational purposes" and rejected at least one non-profit from the exemption because the Tax Commission believed that it did not meet the narrow criteria in state law.

Weiler, T.SupportPending House actionSenate cmte, 6-0
Senate, 25-3
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Tangible Personal Property Tax Exemption

This bill proposes to amend Utah's Constitution to allow the Legislature to exempt from the personal property tax any property that was subject to the sales tax.

Libertas supports this bill. The tangible personal property tax is a burdensome and duplicative tax that adds a heavy compliance cost to business owners. We support its repeal, and this constitutional amendment facilitates a substantial relief from this tax.

McCay, D.SupportPending Senate actionSenate cmte, 3-1Email your Senator/RepEmail the bill sponsor
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