A Message from House Republicans

This week the Utah House Republican Caucus met and discussed our priorities for the 2011 legislative session.
Those priorities are:

  • Education
  • Economy
  • Energy

Education – Excellence, Accountability
Utah has unique challenges with an exploding student population; this requires serious solutions on the part of the legislature.  Excellence is about improving student performance and exploring the best possible ways to deliver quality education. Accountability means that the state, school districts and teachers must be responsible for ensuring the ongoing success of the students.

Economy – Business-friendly environment, No new taxes
Our great state has been recognized for its business friendly climate and for as leading the nation to economic recovery. We will continue our fight for sound economic policies, and low taxes that attract and keep businesses in Utah.

Energy – Independence, Development
Utah is an energy rich state that has been severely limited in its ability to use those resources, making it difficult to establish economic and energy independence. Energy development will create jobs in our state, pour revenue into our schools and will help rural communities throughout Utah that have been negatively impacted by federal policies.

Utah Legislature Highlights for Week 2: February 3 – 7

The House of Representatives welcomed its newest member Rep. Holly Richardson, a Republican from District 57 in Pleasant Grove. One of the highlights this week was the base budget passed the House. Congressman Rob Bishop visited the Legislature and joined the Republican Caucus for lunch to discuss federal issues affecting the state and his role in the new session of Congress. Congressman Jim Matheson spoke on the House floor Thursday, his message praised the Utah Legislature for working together as Republicans and Democrats for the best interest of the state, a lesson that should be work its way back to Washington DC. Later, Governor Gary Herbert joined the Republican Caucus to discuss his budget proposal and the legislature’s budget approach. Friday Sen. Orrin Hatch was a guest on the House floor; he spent the majority of the time answering questions from members of the body that included immigration reform, federal spending and public lands policy.

·       HB 5 Business, Economic Development, and Labor Base Budget February 1, 2011, 57/15 votes
Sponsored by Rep. Todd Kiser (R –Sandy )
This bill appropriates funds for the support and operation of state government for the fiscal year beginning July 1, 2011 and ending June 30, 2012

·       HB 6 Executive Offices and Criminal Justice Base Budget February 1, 2011, 49/21 votes
Sponsored by Rep. Eric Hutchings (R –Kearns )
This bill appropriates funds for the support and operation of state government for the fiscal year beginning July 1, 2011 and ending June 30, 2012

·       HB 8 Social Services Base Budget February 1, 2011, 55/16 votes
Sponsored by Rep. David Clark (R–Santa Clara)
This bill appropriates funds for the support and operation of state government for the fiscal year beginning July 1, 2011 and ending June 30, 2012.

·       HB 9 National Guard, Veterans’ Affairs, and Legislature Base Budget January 31, 2011, 57/14 votes
Sponsored by Rep. Mel Brown (R –Coalville)
This bill appropriates funds for the support and operation of state government for the fiscal years beginning July 1, 2011 and ending June 30, 2012.

·       HB 18 Health Reform – Cost Containment February 4, 2011. 70/0 votes
Sponsored by Rep. Brad Daw (R –Orem)
This bill amends the Utah State Retirement and Insurance Benefit Act.

·       HB 19 Insurance Law Related Amendments February 4, 2011, 70/0 votes
Sponsored by Rep. Jim Dunnigan ( R –Taylorsville)
This bill modifies the Insurance Code and other provisions related to the regulation of  insurance and insurance products.

·       HB 32 Campaign and Financial Reporting Amendments February 3, 2011, 69/0 votes
Sponsored by Rep. Keith Grover (R – Provo)
This bill amends provisions in Title 20A, Election Code, that are related to campaign and financial reporting.

·       HB 40 Bonding Requirements for Government Officers and Employees February 2, 2011,  71/0 votes
Sponsored by Rep. Ryan Wilcox (R – Ogden)
This bill modifies the bonding requirement for certain government officers and employees.

·       HB 46 County Recorder Amendments January 31, 2011, 71/0 votes
Sponsored by Rep. Curt Webb (R – Logan)
This bill modifies provisions related to the duties of a county recorder and recording requirements.

·       HB 64 Human Blood Procurement and Use January 31, 2011, 72/0 votes
Sponsored by Rep. Steve Handy (R –Layton)
This bill recodifies, repeals, and amends provisions of the Utah Code relating to the procurement and use of human blood.

·       HB 67 State Bonding Commission Bonding Authority February 3, 2011, 71/0 votes
Sponsored by Rep. Brad Last (R – Hurricane)
This bill modifies provisions in the State Financing Consolidation Act to require legislative approval before bonds are authorized or issued under the Act.

·       HB 71 Victim Rights Amendments February 4, 2011, 68/0 votes
Sponsored by by Rep. Brad Wilson (R –Kaysville)
This bill adds parole and probation hearings to the hearings at which a victim or a victim’s representative may be present

·       HB 190 Delinquent Property Tax Amendments February 4, 2011, 58/11 votes
Sponsored by Rep. Gage Froerer (R –Huntsville)
This bill changes provisions related to delinquent and deferred property tax.

·       HB 198 Tobacco Related Penalty Amendments January 31, 2011, 70/2 votes
Sponsored by Rep. Paul Ray (R –Cearfield)
This bill amends penalty provisions of the Cigarette and Tobacco Tax and Licensing Act.

·       HB 201 Tobacco Licensing Amendments January 31, 2011, 71/1  votes
Sponsored by Rep. Paul Ray (R – Clearfield)
This bill amends provisions of the Utah Health Code and the Cigarette and Tobacco Tax and Licensing Act relating to tobacco licensing.

·       HB 202 Death Penalty Procedures Amendments February 1, 2011, 67/5 votes
Sponsored by Rep. Kay McIff (R –Richfield )
This bill modifies the Criminal Code and the Judicial Code regarding capital sentencing procedures.

·       HB 206 Special Group License Plate Amendments January 31, 2011, 52/21 votes
Sponsored by Rep. Wayne Harper (R –West Jordan)
This bill modifies the Motor Vehicle Code by amending provisions relating to special group license plates.

·       HB 207 Juvenile Amendments February 4, 2011, February 4, 2011, 58/11
Sponsored by Rep. Wayne Harper (R –West Jordan)
This bill amends the Juvenile Court Act of 1996 in relation to identifying the responsibilities of a parent in a child and family plan.

·       HB 208 Administrative Services Amendments January 31, 2011, 66/0 votes
Sponsored by Rep. Wayne Harper (R –West Jordan)
This bill creates a restricted special revenue fund to allow state archives to use donations for state archive purposes.

·       HB 211 Community Service Medicaid Pilot Program February 2, 2011,  56/15 votes
Sponsored by Rep. Ronda Menlove (R –Garland)
This bill amends the Health Code and creates a pilot program in the state’s medical assistance program.

·       HB 212 Charges by Health Providers for Medical Records February 3, 2011, 65/3 votes
Sponsored by Rep. Francis Gibson (R – Mapleton)
This bill modifies provisions of the Judicial Code relating to patient access to medical records.

·       HB 214 Concealed Firearm Permit Fees February 2, 2011, 69/0 votes
Sponsored by Rep. Curt Oda (R –Clearfield)
This bill amends the permit fees provision of the Concealed Firearm Act.

·       HJR 17 Joint Resolution Approving Compensation of In-session Employees February 2, 2011, 69/0 votes
Sponsored by Rep. Brad Dee (R – Ogden)
This joint resolution of the Legislature fixes the compensation for legislative in-session employees for 2011.

·       HR 2 House Rules Changes Resolution January 31, 2011, 70/5 votes
Sponsored by Rep. Wayne Harper (R – West Jordan)
This resolution modifies House rules.

·       SB 7 Higher Education Base Budget February 2, 2011, 53/16 votes
Sponsored by Rep.  Mike Morley (R –Spanish Fork)
This bill appropriates funds for the support and operation of public education for the fiscal year beginning July 1, 2011, and ending June 30, 2012.

·       SB 8 Natural Resources, Agriculture, and Environmental Quality Base Budget February 2, 2011, 53/15 votes
Sponsored by Rep. John Mathis (R –Vernal)
This bill appropriates funds for the support and operation of public education for the fiscal year beginning July 1, 2011, and ending June 30, 2012.

·       SB 9 Retirements and Independent Entities Base Budget February 2, 2011, 55/16 votes
Sponsored by Rep. Don Ipson   (R –St. George)
This bill appropriates funds for the support and operation of public education for the fiscal year beginning July 1, 2011, and ending June 30, 2012.

·       SB 12 Alcoholic Beverage Control Act Modifications February 2, 2011, 67/0 votes
Sponsored by Rep. Jim Dunnigan (R – Taylorsville)
This bill modifies the Alcoholic Beverage Control Act to correct omissions or errors made as part of the recodification of that act.

·       SB 13 Per Diem and Travel Modifications February 2, 2011,  70/0 votes
Sponsored by Rep. Kraig Powell (R – Heber City)
This bill modifies per diem and travel expense provisions used for authorities, boards, commissions, councils, and committees.

·       SB 14 Local Election Amendments February 3, 2011, 71/0 votes
Sponsored by Rep. Doug Sagers (R –Tooele)
This bill amends local election provisions and midterm vacancy provisions for municipalities, local districts, and special service districts.

·       SB 18 Election Administration by Election Officers February 2, 2011, 69/0  votes
Sponsored by Rep. Kraig Powell (R –Heber City)
This bill modifies the Election Code by amending provisions related to contracting with an election officer to conduct an election on behalf of a local political subdivision.

·       SB 20 Management of Water Rights Amendments February 2, 2011, 69/0 votes
Sponsored by Rep. Evan Vickers(R –Cedar City)
This bill addresses the management for water rights in a critical management area.

·       SB 22 Corporate Franchise and Income Tax Amendments February 2,2011,  69/0 votes
Sponsored by Rep. Todd Kiser (R –Sandy)
This bill amends provisions related to corporate franchise and income tax

·       SB 26 Water Law Modifications February 2, 2011, 69/0 votes
Sponsored by Rep. Patrick Painter(R – Nephi)
This bill addresses the filing of a certificate of appropriation of water.

·       SB 33 Health Disparities and Related American Indian Programs February 3, 2011, 66/0 votes
Sponsored by Rep. Jack Draxler (R –North Logan)
This bill modifies the Utah Health Code to address the Center for Multicultural Health and provide for an American Indian-Alaskan Native Health Liaison.

·       SB 95 Shareholder Action Without Meeting February 3, 2011, 69/0 votes
Sponsored by Rep. Derek Brown(R –Cottonwood Heights)
This bill modifies the Utah Revised Business Corporation Act to address actions taken without a shareholder meeting.