What Was Accomplished In this Legislative Session?

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SALT LAKE CITY, Utah (ABC4 Utah) – Lawmakers are scrambling to pass bills as the legislative session is coming to a close. But, lawmakers shied away from tackling the bigger controversial bills today and it appears they will be tackling those issues Thursday – the final day of the legislature. As the night comes to a close on the second to last day of the legislature. Several of the more anticipated bills didn’t come to light. One such bill is Senate Bill 234, sponsored by Sen. Curtis Bramble (R) – District 16, was moved to the bottom of the Senate third reading calendar.

SB 234 would require that a fetus be given anesthesia for an abortion procedure should the mother choose to have an abortion 20 weeks after conception.

Senate Bill 189, sponsored by Sen. Steven Urquhart (R) – District 29, is another bill shrouded in controversy as it would repeal the death penalty in our state.

While two medical marijuana bills were introduced at the beginning of this legislative session, only one is still holding on for life. Daw-Vickers bill which would expand on the use of cannabidiol is yet to be heard as of Wednesday night and will most likely be taken up for discussion sometime on Thursday.

Medicaid Expansion was also a big talker on Capitol Hill as Democrats came together to show their disapproval of House Bill 437, as Senate Bill 77, a bill they were in favor of, shows signs of slowing down.

Democrats are calling HB 437 an additional program meant to be an extension of the current policy in Utah and say the bill costs too much and doesn’t do enough to cover Utahns.

Democrats in both the House and the Senate have voted ‘no’ on HB437 because they say it doesn’t do what Utahns want or need.

Legislators have been working hard at the Capitol though as they did pass several bills. The Senate passed an amended non-compete bill by a vote of 22-6 which would allow for non-compete clauses for one year. The bill headed to the House for approval. The Senate also passed HB 221, an immunization amendments bill for children which would allow parents to either watch a video or speak with their local health official before their child could go to school for exemptions from required immunizations. Still, there is much more work to be done as these last 24 hours of the legislative session tick away. And Lawmakers will be up early tomorrow tackling more bills in the morning as the legislative session nears its end.

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