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Day 10: In God We Trust

February 7, 2013

I presented two bills to the Senate Transportation Committee:

HB0034 Special Group License Plate Amendments (Peterson) authorizes an In God We Trust freedom celebration support special group license plate for programs that create or support educational and community events within the state that celebrate, teach, or honor families, freedom, God, and country. It authorizes a $25 annual donation to the In God We Trust Freedom Celebration Support Restricted Account.

HB0261 Payroll Amendments – Public Safety (Greenwood) exempts the Department of Public Safety from having its payroll services conducted by the Department of Human Resource Management.

Here are two interesting bills that passed out of committee on Wednesday, February 6, 2013:

The Senate Health and Human Services committee passed out SB 114 – Safety Belt Amendments (Robles) with a favorable recommendation on a 3-2 vote. This bill would change the infraction of not wearing a seatbelt from a secondary to a primary offense on any road that has a posted speed limit of 55 miles an hour or more. The committee heard from the Utah Highway Patrol, the Utah Highway Safety Board, the Utah Medical Association and AAA of Utah.

The House Judiciary Committee unanimously passed out HB 50, Dating Violence Protection Act (Seelig) After two hours of discussion. This bill “provides for the issuance, modification, and enforcement of protective orders between individuals who are, or have been, in a dating relationship.” Rep Seelig combined 2 amendments into Amendment 3 to address previous concerns. Several in the audience spoke in favor, including Police Chief Chapman from Sandy.

The Senate Judiciary, Law and Criminal Justice considered the following bills:

SB0152 Alcohol and Drug Related Offense Amendments (J. Valentine) adds “parking area” to the places that can be used in connection with the storage, sale, furnishing, consumption, manufacture, or distribution, of an alcoholic product.

SB0156 Jail Release Amendments (J. S. Adams) clarifies that a person arrested for violation of a jail release agreement or jail release order may not be released before the accused’s first judicial appearance; and may be denied bail.

SB0160 Patronizing a Prostitute Amendments (J. Stevenson) says that a second or subsequent offense of patronizing a prostitute as a violation of state law or a local ordinance is a class A misdemeanor.

SB0097 Propelling a Bodily Substance Amendments (J. Stevenson) amends the offense of propelling an object or substance at a police officer or correctional officer to include an infectious agent or vomit.

We had a special visitor to the senate today, Ronald McDonald


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