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Day 15: 2-1-1

February 13, 2013

Today, February 11, is national 211 day. Like 911, 211 can be dialed when people are facing an emergency.

Here I am with some local firefighters.  I sure appreciate everything they do.

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SB 56 Utah 211 Referral Information Network creates the Utah 211 Referral Information Network, a social services hotline. It is essentially a public-private partnership. The bill states: “Utah 211” means an information and referral system that:

(a) maintains a database of: (i) providers of health and human services; and(ii) volunteer opportunities and coordinators throughout the state;

(b) assists individuals, families, and communities at no cost in identifying, understanding, and accessing the providers of health and human services; and

(c) works collaboratively with state agencies, local governments, community-based organizations, not-for-profit organizations, and faith-based organizations.”

The 211 bill passed to the 3rd reading on a 27-0 vote.

The Senate Education Committee passed SB0039: Parental Responsibility for Sex Education Training (Reid) on a 4-2 vote. This bill would require the State Board of Education to develop curriculum and offer training to parents with information on health education and human sexuality. The online program will give parents the tools needed to teach sex education to their own children should they choose to not enroll their kids in a school’s course. Some raised questions about USOE taking on the role of training parents, future fiscal costs for interactive digital development, etc.

In Senate Judiciary, Law and Criminal Justice, we hears the following bills:

HB0010 Sex Offense Amendments (Greenwood) changes the offense of unlawful sexual conduct with a minor who is 16 or 17 years of age to provide that the offense applies to a defendant who is 7 or more years older than the victim, rather than the current standard of 10 or more years older than the victim.

SB0159 Theft Amendments (Thatcher) increases the penalty for theft of property or services to a third degree felony for a third theft conviction in 10 years when a prior conviction was a Class A misdemeanor; or when the value of the property in the current case is between $500 and $1,500.

SB0105 Board of Pardons and Parole Revisions (Thatcher) provides that the offense of a threat or assault against a member of the Board of Pardons and Parole includes a threat or assault against a member of the board member’s immediate family.

HB0033 Expungement Process Amendments (Hutchings) provides a process by which drug-related offenses may be expunged. It adds another felony and misdemeanor offense to the list of those that can be expunged and requires the petitioner to be free of illegal substance abuse and successfully managing any substance addiction.

HB0243 Offender Registry Review (Draxler) changes the age difference for removal from the Sex Offender and Kidnap Offender Registry in the offense of unlawful conduct with a 16 or 17 year old from 10 to 15 years.

Also, in Senate Business and Labor we heard the following:

SB0136 Construction Trades Licensing Modifications (Knudson) modifies the Utah Construction Trades Licensing Act to cover heating, ventilation, and air conditioning technicians. This bill was tabled.

SB0094 Government Records Amendments (Bramble) provides for the creation of a publicly accessible repository, on the Legislature’s website, of email that legislators transfer to the repository; provides for circumstances under which an email may be removed from the repository; specifies that failure to transfer an email to the repository does not affect its classification; modifies the membership of the State Records Committee; and makes initiative and referendum packets submitted to county clerks public records.

HB0259 Insurance Amendments (Bird) modifies the Insurance Code to address cancellation and refund of premium for cancelled errors and omissions insurance. Passed.

HB0289 Fireworks Amendments (Dunnigan) allows the legislative body of a municipality to prohibit fireworks in specified areas if the local fire code official determines that hazardous environmental conditions exist: Specified areas are mountainous, brush-covered, or forest-covered or the wildland urban interface area, which means the line, area, or zone where structures or other human development meet or intermingle with undeveloped wildland or land being used for an agricultural purpose. Passed

HB0290S01 Division of Real Estate Amendments (Froerer) sets requirements for applicants for a license to transact the business of residential mortgage loans, including providing an address, criminal background checks, independent credit reports, and conditions under which licenses expire after three years. Passed.

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