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Day 8: Emily the Intern

February 4, 2013

I start off almost every morning with my 8:00 am Social Services Appropriations committee, where we talk about Medicaid and other health and human service funding issues. Today we reviewed and audit of the Department of Health and received a report about the recovery of Medicaid fraud funds. We always have a big crowd, which you can partially see in this picture:


This afternoon, I presented Senate Bill 140 through the Senate Government Operations committee. This bill was requested by the South Metro Fire District and will allow it to convert from an interlocal agency to a special service district.

In Business and Labor, we heard the following bills:

SB0054 Licensing of Nursing Care Facility Beds (CBramble). This bill authorizes the licensing of non-Medicaid nursing care facility beds for a facility with 100 or more beds and provides continuity of care provisions for patients who have exhausted Medicare benefits. It passed unanimously.

SB0143 Mortgage and Financial Affairs Amendments (Harper). The bill specifies requirements for communications between the parties when a mortgage is in default. The committee moved on without voting it up or down as it appeared there was some modifications that needed to be made.

SB0150 Financial Institution Amendments (Adams). This bill adds a supervisor of money services businesses to the Department of Financial Institutions. Money services businesses are defined as check cashers, deferred deposit lenders; issuers or sellers of traveler’s checks or money orders; and money transmitters. This bill passed with no opposition.

HB0037 Repeal of Reporting Requirements (Dunnigan). This bill repeals a variety of outdated reports now made to interim committees, and passed unanimously.

Below is a picture of my intern, Emily. She is from South Jordan, and is a Senior at the University of Utah. Interns are essential to our work here during the session. Emily has been great to work with this session.


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