2021

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Out of the 800+ bills introduced each year, Libertas Institute highlights those that have a particular interest to our mission.

NOTE: New bills are regularly added, and as the session progresses we will update the status of each bill here on the Tracker. Check back often!

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Bill Title Sponsor LI's position Status Votes Actions
Unaccompanied Minors in Autonomous Vehicles

This bill establishes a workgroup on unaccompanied minors and autonomous vehicles. The workgroup would have composed of various stakeholders and study issues related to unaccompanied minors and autonomous vehicles.

Libertas Institute supports this bill. Autonomous vehicles are the future of the automobile industry, and it would be prudent to explore the subject in-depth. The technology offers a promising future, and the state should look for as many ways to leverage the technology and explore where it can be useful. This bill is a step in the right direction in preparing Utah for a future that includes autonomous vehicles.

Kwan, K.SupportPending House ActionHouse, 41-33Email your Senator/RepEmail the bill sponsor
Emergency Procurement Declaration Modifications

This bill limits emergency government contracts to 30 days. An additional 30 days is given if it involves a natural disaster. Additional transparency requirements are included.

Libertas supports this bill. While state government may need to move quickly in an emergency, these types of contracts should be short-lived and subject to close oversight of the Legislature.

Pierucci, C.SupportPending Governor ActionHouse cmte, 10-0
House, 68-0
Senate cmte, 4-0
Senate, 26-0
Email your Senator/RepEmail the bill sponsor
Conceal Carry Firearms Amendments

This bill ensures that Utahns 21 and up do not need a permit to exercise their right to conceal carry a firearm.

Libertas supports this bill. The government’s permission should not be needed to exercise a fundamental right.

Brooks, W.SupportSigned by Governor House cmte, 8-3
House, 54-19
Senate cmte, 5-2
Senate, 23-6
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Device Filter Amendments

This bill mandates that new tablets and smartphones sold to Utahns come with the filters turned on. If a device is sold in the state and the filters are not turned on, the manufacturers will be held liable.

Libertas Institute opposes this bill. While well intentioned, the bill is a heavy handed one-size-fits-all style of regulatory burden. We believe that there are less restrictive measures that could be taken and the government should not be in the business of filtering content on devices.

Pulsipher, S.OpposePending Governor ActionHouse cmte, 6-5
House, 41-30
Senate cmte, 5-2
Senate 19-6
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Firearm Preemption Amendments

This bill overrides any local laws that undermine the state's protections regarding firearms, helping establish a statewide standard.

Libertas Institute supports this bill. Local jurisdictions should not have the ability to enact different firearm policies that inhibit the exercise of this fundamental right.

Maloy, A.C.SupportPending House ActionHouse cmte, 6-4
House, 56-16
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Consent Amendments

This bill creates a new felony for "sexual conduct without affirmative consent," which means "words or overt actions by an individual who is competent to give informed consent indicating a freely given agreement to have sexual conduct at the time of the act.

Libertas opposes this bill. Because it is near impossible to prove what "words or overt actions" actually occurred, it is extremely likely that this law would be weaponized in cases where there actually was consent, but one party later regretted the sexual encounter. The bill criminalizes actual consent.

Romero, A.OpposeFailed in cmteHouse cmte, 5-6
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Mental Health as an Excused School Absence

This bill allows parents to excuse their children from government schools for issues pertaining to mental health.

Libertas supports this bill. Allowing children to deal with their mental health challenges without facing added pressure and punishment from the school system is proper policy.

Winder, M.SupportPending Governor ActionHouse cmte, 12-0
House, 60-5
Senate cmte, 5-0
Senate, 29-0
Email your Senator/RepEmail the bill sponsor
Single-Family Housing Modifications

Homeowners in Utah would be allowed to convert a portion of their home into an accessory apartment more easily.

Libertas supports this bill. It will alleviate stress on the housing market and strengthen the property rights of homeowners.

Ward, R.SupportPending Governor ActionHouse cmte, 12-2
House, 67-4
Senate cmte, 5-1
Senate, 27-1
Email your Senator/RepEmail the bill sponsor
Social Security Tax Amendments

This bill helps seniors whose income is made up mostly by social security benefits by providing them a non-refundable income tax credit of up to $450.

Libertas supports this bill. This is an important first step that would promote financial security and self-reliance for seniors who have structured their retirement to depend upon social security.

Brooks, W.SupportPending Governor ActionHouse cmte, 11-0
House, 72-0
Senate cmte, 7-0
Senate, 27-0
Email your Senator/RepEmail the bill sponsor
Microenterprise Home Kitchen Amendments

This bill creates a legal process for home-based chefs to offer food for sale to others, including meat-based products not already included under the state's previous food freedom law.

Libertas Institute supports this bill. Many people already sell food that they produce at home and should not be criminalized for doing so.

Watkins, C.SupportPending Governor ActionHouse cmte, 11-0
House, 68-0
Senate cmte, 7-0
Senate, 25-2
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Student Attendance Amendments

This bill allows parents to excuse their children from government schools due to an illness without requiring a doctor's note.

Libertas supports this bill. Allowing parents to excuse their children from school for a valid absence should not require them to pay a medical professional to validate their decision.

Robertson, A.SupportPending Governor ActionHouse cmte, 14-0
House, 48-22
Senate cmte, 4-0
Senate, 27-2
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Licensing Amendments

This bill expands what unlicensed hair braiders can do to include the use of wefts, and the cutting of extensions that are applied to one’s hair.

Libertas supports this bill. Licensure should be reserved only for dangerous activities. Hair braiding and its related activities should be fully exempt.

Brammer, B.SupportSigned by Governor House cmte, 13-1
House, 69-2
Senate cmte, 5-0
Senate, 23-2
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Competency Based Hiring Amendments

This bill would require government agencies to no longer require a college degree as a condition of employment.

Libertas supports this bill. Competency can be gained in many different ways, and expensive education is no guarantee of it.

Thurston, N.SupportPending Governor ActionHouse cmte, 9-0
House, 60-12
Senate cmte, 4-0
Senate, 27-0
Email your Senator/RepEmail the bill sponsor
Income Tax Revenue Amendments

This bill requires reporting when federal tax change results in an increase in state tax revenue. That revenue would be placed in a restricted account in order to provide a future tax cut.

Libertas supports this bill. State government should not receive a tax revenue windfall because of tax changes created by federal action.

Thurston, N.SupportPending committee actionHouse cmte, 7-5
House, 42-27
Senate cmte, 4-0
Senate 2nd, 8-21
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Driver License Suspension Amendments

This bill stops the state from suspending individuals' driver's licenses for failure to pay court debt and for low-level failure to appear offenses.

Libertas supports this bill. Unnecessary suspensions only make it more difficult for offenders to pay their fines.

Maloy, A.C.SupportPending Governor ActionHouse cmte, 10-1
House, 71-1
Senate cmte, 3-0
Senate, 29-0
Email your Senator/RepEmail the bill sponsor
Use of Force Revisions

This bill would institute a number of policing reforms regarding the use of force and investigation into officer misconduct.

Libertas supports this bill. It offers a nuanced, but comprehensive, approach to reforming both the use of force by police and the investigation of police misconduct.

Birkeland, K.SupportPending committee actionHouse cmte, 7-0
House, 72-0
Senate, 13-15
Email your Senator/RepEmail the committee
Juvenile Interrogation Amendments

This bill protects children's Miranda rights during a law enforcement investigation.

Libertas supports this bill. If a child is taken into custody for an alleged criminal offense, they still have constitutional rights that need to be upheld, just like adults.

Judkins, M.SupportPending Governor ActionHouse cmte, 9-0
House, 63-8
Senate cmte, 3-0
Senate, 25-0
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Higher Education Speech

This bill would restrict a university's ability to adopt overly broad or vague harassment codes that could be used to punish constitutionally protected speech.

Libertas supports this bill. Public universities must allow students to exercise their rights to speech without any intervention unless there is actual harassment.

Teuscher, J.SupportPending Governor ActionHouse cmte, 10-0
House, 60-11
Senate cmte, 4-0
Senate, 26-0
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Distracted Driver Amendments

This bill completely prohibits "manipulating" (using) a phone while driving.

Libertas opposes this bill. Criminally punishing any interaction with a phone is unnecessarily excessive and a significant over-criminalization of an activity that only accounts for the cause of just over 1 percent of highway fatalities.

Moss, C.OpposePending House ActionHouse cmte, 7-4Email your Senator/RepEmail the bill sponsor
Pharmacy Practice Modifications

This bill provides pharmacists the ability to issue prescriptions for medications (that are not controlled substances) in certain circumstances, such as for an acute condition, or a chronic one where the patient has long been on medication that can continue without needing another doctor visit.

Libertas supports this bill. Medical freedom requires streamlining the process for patients to get the support they need.

Thurston, N.SupportPending Governor ActionHouse cmte, 11-2
House, 66-5
Senate cmte, 7-0
Senate, 24-0
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Occupational and Professional Licensing Amendments

This bill makes sure workers can get an occupational license in Utah if moving from a state that did not require a license for their profession.

Libertas supports this bill. Someone working in a license-free state who has acquired sufficient experience and education should not be compelled, as a condition of legally working in Utah, to give up their livelihood and start from scratch as if they were inexperienced.

Birkeland, K.SupportPending House ActionEmail your Senator/RepEmail the bill sponsor
Protection of Personal and Religious Liberty

This bill prohibits the government from restricting a person's ability to freely worship at their church during an emergency, and requires hospitals to allow patients to receive a visit from at least one family member or religious minister.

Libertas supports this bill. Property rights and free association must be protected against heavy restriction from the state, even during an emergency.

Maloy, A.C.SupportPending House ActionEmail your Senator/RepEmail the bill sponsor
Regulatory Sandbox Program Amendments

This bill creates an all-inclusive regulatory sandbox so innovative companies and business models can be shielded temporarily from punishment for coming into conflict with outdated laws or regulations.

Libertas supports this bill. As House Speaker Brad Wilson has said, "In a hyper-competitive marketplace, we simply cannot afford to crush new industries before they can even get off the ground, by forcing them to fit into a regulatory framework that has never envisioned the innovations of tomorrow's economy."

Maloy, A.C.SupportPending Governor ActionHouse cmte, 10-0
House, 73-0
Senate cmte, 5-0
Senate, 27-0
Email your Senator/RepEmail the bill sponsor
Jail Photo Distribution Prohibition

This bill would prevent an individual's mugshot from being released to the public before any criminal conviction.

Libertas supports this bill. It ensures that when a booking photo is released, the person is actually convicted as guilty by the courts, not just in the court of public opinion.

Stratton, K.SupportPending Governor ActionHouse cmte, 11-0
House, 69-1
Senate cmte, 4-0
Senate, 27-0
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Internal Investigation Amendments

This bill requires internal criminal investigations of law enforcement employees to be conducted by an outside agency.

Libertas supports this bill. It's a good step toward ensuring accountability is upheld when serious offenses may have been committed within the walls of government agencies.

Hall, C.SupportPending House ActionEmail your Senator/RepEmail the bill sponsor
Privacy Protection Amendments

This bill requires law enforcement to proactively seek public input on surveillance technologies they wish to use.

Libertas Institute supports this bill. The public's privacy should not be quietly violated for years before they later learn that a new technology is being used on them.

Gibson, F.SupportPending Governor ActionHouse cmte, 10-0
House, 69-0
Senate cmte, 5-0
Senate, 26-0
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Forcible Entry and Warrants Amendments

This bill restricts no-knock and knock-and-announce warrants.

Libertas supports this bill. Law enforcement's mandate to protect public safety is an important one, but high-risk situations should be reserved for cases that justify the dangers involved.

Hall, C.SupportPending House ActionHouse cmte, 8-2Email your Senator/RepEmail the bill sponsor
Law Enforcement Weapons Use Amendments

This bill requires law enforcement to track and report any time they point a firearm or taser at an individual.

Libertas supports this bill. It's a policy that many police departments in Utah already abide by, and it is an effort that will create more transparency and more data on weapon use so we can make better-informed policy decisions in the future.

Romero, A.SupportPending Governor ActionHouse cmte, 8-0
House, 59-13
Senate cmte, 6-0
Senate 20-7
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Governmental Immunity Modifications

This bill would waive governmental immunity for jail and prison workers, in some instances, when involved in an inmate death.

Libertas supports this bill. Being able to hold individuals accountable for their actions is a crucial aspect of the rule of law.

Moss, C.SupportPending House ActionEmail your Senator/RepEmail the bill sponsor
Home Child Care Amendments

This bill reduces regulatory requirements on a child care provider by ensuring that a person caring for up to 6 kids does not have to obtain permission from the government, pay a fee, submit to a background check, etc.

Libertas supports this bill. The government's interest in protecting children should not unreasonably impede the ability of a person to care for a handful of children without regulatory interference from the state.

Pulsipher, S.SupportPending House ActionHouse cmt, 7-5
House, 56-16
Senate cmte, 3-3
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Higher Education for Incarcerated Youth

This bill would create a pathway for incarcerated youth to earn higher education credits while in the custody of the state.

Libertas supports this bill. Educational opportunity for vulnerable youth is a great way to prevent recidivism and ensure time in custody is well spent.

Snow, V. L.SupportPending Governor ActionHouse cmte, 10-0
House, 66-0
Senate cmte, 5-0
Senate, 27-0
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Minimum Wage Amendments

This bill proposes to increase the minimum wage in Utah.

Libertas opposes this bill. Imposing and increasing a legal minimum wage hurts businesses that cannot afford to pay higher wages and hurts low-skilled workers just entering the market who are priced out of a job because companies choose to automate or consolidate jobs rather than offer economic opportunities to entrants who can increase their skill and value and work their way up the economic ladder.

Collard, C.OpposePending House ActionHouse cmte, 10-3Email your Senator/RepEmail the bill sponsor
Nurse Practice Act Amendments

This bill would allow nurse practitioners to prescribe controlled substances without the supervision of a physician.

Libertas supports this bill. Nurse practitioners are highly trained professionals whose ability to prescribe medications without supervision will help improve patient access to care.

Welton, D.SupportPending Governor ActionHouse cmte, 13-0
House, 53-14
Senate cmte, 6-0
Senate 26-0
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Probation and Parole Amendments

HB 290 stops the use of incarceration for technical violations on probation and parole.

Libertas supports this bill. Incarceration is a powerful tool, but it should be used sparingly for those who commit serious offenses, not technical violations.

Stratton, K.SupportPending Governor ActionHouse cmte, 8-0
House, 73-0
Senate cmte, 6-0
Senate, 29-0
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Vaccine Restrictions Act

This bill ensures that state and local governments may not directly or indirectly require people to take a COVID-19 vaccine.

Libertas supports this bill. It properly focuses the restriction on governments and protects the freedom to abstain from these vaccines for those who wish to do so.

Spendlove, R.SupportPending Governor ActionHouse cmte, 10-0
House, 66-2
Senate cmte, 6-0
Senate, 26-0
Email your Senator/RepEmail the bill sponsor
Sentencing Amendments

This bill lowers criminal penalties to create consistency between driving with measurable substances and DUI penalties.

Libertas supports this bill. An individual who is not impaired while driving should not be punished more harshly than someone who is.

Acton, C.K.SupportPending House ActionEmail your Senator/RepEmail the bill sponsor
Eminent Domain Amendments

This bill requires a local government to provide clear and convincing evidence that taking a property through eminent domain for recreational purposes is truly necessary.

Libertas supports this bill. Eminent domain should be used as a last resort, if ever, and this is a step in the right direction.

Petersen, M.SupportPending House ActionEmail your Senator/RepEmail the bill sponsor
Expungement Revisions

This bill allows for individuals to delink their names with public arrest records when the case was dismissed.

Libertas supports this bill. Those who have been arrested but not charged should be allowed to move on with their lives without fear of being labeled a criminal.

Pierucci, C.SupportPending Governor ActionHouse cmte, 9-0
House, 68-0
Senate cmte, 3-0
Senate, 27-0
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Government Enterprise Amendments

This bill establishes certain guidelines for local governments if they wish to compete with private entities in the recreation and entertainment market.

Libertas supports this bill. Research and public input should be collected and considered before large budget expenditures are made for the sake of recreation and entertainment.

Strong, M.A.SupportPending House ActionEmail your Senator/RepEmail the bill sponsor
Conviction Reduction Amendments

This bill would allow the courts to lower a criminal penalty upon successful completion of parole.

Libertas supports this bill. It creates another incentive for a person on parole to comply with their conditions and complete the program, and they will benefit from a lower criminal penalty on their record.

Teuscher, J.SupportPending Governor ActionHouse cmte, 7-2
House, 69-0
Senate cmte, 3-0
Senate, 25-0
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Local Government Curfew Amendments

This bill prohibits local governments from enacting a daytime curfew for minors. Several cities in Utah have such ordinances, which would be invalidated by this state law.

Libertas supports this bill. Especially with COVID-19 creating dynamic education circumstances, and homeschooling participation doubling, children should not be punished for being out of their home during daytime hours.

Birkeland, K.SupportPending House ActionEmail your Senator/RepEmail the bill sponsor
Safety Inspection Amendments

This bill restores Utah's failed mandatory vehicle safety inspection program.

Libertas opposes this bill. It rejects the evidence-based approach previously taken by the Legislature, and would therefore totally undermine that important reform.

Weight, E.OpposePending House ActionEmail your Senator/RepEmail the bill sponsor
Fee Amendments

This bill creates a system for fees to be tracked and reported.

Libertas supports this bill. Fees should only be charged to cover the expense of the service and a transparent tracking system should be in place to ensure that is the case.

Waldrip, S.SupportPending House ActionHouse cmte, 8-1Email your Senator/RepEmail the bill sponsor
Restriction on Governmental Sharing of Information on Individuals

This bill attempts to increase transparency regarding government's collection of individuals' personal data.

Libertas supports this bill. It is important for the Legislature to attempt to find ways to improve transparency between the government and individuals.

Lisonbee, K.SupportPending House ActionEmail your Senator/RepEmail the bill sponsor
Peer-to-peer Car Sharing Act

This bill would prohibit regulators from attempting to regulate peer-to-peer car-sharing or rental companies in a similar fashion to a traditional car rental company.

Libertas supports this bill. These models are radically different than a traditional car rental company, and to regulate them similarly would serve only to protect incumbent firms from competition.

Spendlove, R.SupportPending House ActionEmail your Senator/RepEmail the bill sponsor
Concurrent Resolution on Education

This resolution recognizes that parents are the primary providers of education and that the state is secondary and only supportive, and that the state should be flexible when it comes to its education systems and schedules.

Libertas supports this bill. COVID-19 has demonstrated the need for additional education options for families that best meet the individual needs of their children

Lisonbee, K.SupportSigned by GovernorHouse cmte, 10-4
House, 53-14
Senate cmte, 3-1
Senate, 21-5
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Concurrent Resolution in Support of Criminal Justice Restoration and Reform

This bill supports positive, cost-cutting change to create a restorative criminal justice system.

Libertas supports this bill. Bi-partisan support for criminal justice reform is critical in moving forward with sensible changes to protect both law enforcement and individual citizens' rights and safety.

Stratton, K.SupportPending Governor ActionHouse cmte, 7-0
House, 69-0
Senate, 28-0
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Joint Rules Resolution - Request for Appropriation

This resolution requires legislators to provide additional information when making a budget request, including expected outcomes.

Libertas supports this resolution. Combined with recently putting these types of requests online, the appropriations process will become significantly more transparent and accessible to everyday Utahns.

Moss, J.SupportPending Governor ActionHouse cmte, 7-0
House, 74-0
Senate cmte, 7-0
Senate, 26-0
Email your Senator/RepEmail the bill sponsor
Law Enforcement Internal Investigation Requirements

If a police officer quits their job while being internally investigated, the employing department is required to notify Peace Officer Standards and Training (POST) of the investigation and give them an estimated time to completion.

Libertas supports this bill. This will help ensure accountability and state uniformity among police investigations.

Iwamoto, J.SupportPending Governor ActionSenate cmte, 6-0
Senate, 29-0
House cmte, 7-0
House, 68-0
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Property Tax Relief Amendments

This bill helps low-income seniors stay in their home by increasing the threshold to claim a property tax credit.

Libertas supports this bill. With or without the effects of COVID-19, Utah seniors need targeted relief from the increasing burden of property taxes.

Davis, G.SupportPending Governor ActionSenate cmt, 7-1
Senate, 26-1
House cmte, 9-0
House, 58-12
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Physician Assistant Act Amendments

This bill expands the scope of practice for physician assistants.

Libertas supports this bill. It will increase the ability to provide effective health care to underserved populations in Utah.

Bramble, C.SupportPending Governor ActionSenate cmte, 7-1
Senate, 26-1
House cmte, 11-0
House, 70-1
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Physician Assistant Mental Health Practice

This bill expands the scope of practice for physician assistants who specialize in mental health.

Libertas supports this bill. It will provide greater and more affordable access to mental health care in Utah.

Bramble, C.SupportPending Governor ActionSenate cmte, 8-0
Senate, 25-0
House, 71-0
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Employee Status Amendments

This bill states that a person providing a remote service is not deemed an employee so long as the relationship between the person and the company is freelance in nature.

Libertas Institute supports this bill. Many jobs are increasingly moving to the digital realm and making sure the law reflects the shift in the nature of work is important. By thinking about the digital economy and empowering a worker's right to earn a living, the state will position itself to be a leader for freelance workers in the future.

Bramble, C.SupportSigned by Governor Senate cmte, 5-1
Senate, 28-0
House cmte, 12-2
House, 60-13
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K-9 Policy Requirements

This bill is a workable step toward a more responsible deployment of police dogs, ensuring that both canines and their handlers are properly trained on a yearly basis.

Libertas supports this bill. The goal of these measures is to prevent individuals from unnecessary canine injuries and keep police accountable for harm when it does unjustly occur. 

Thatcher, D.SupportSigned by Governor Senate, 27-0
House cmte, 11-0
House, 72-0
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Juvenile Offender Penalty Amendments

This bill ensures that, in most cases, if an individual commits a sexual offense as a juvenile, their punishment needs to be consistent with the juvenile penalty in statute.

Libertas supports this bill. Crimes committed as a juvenile should be punished accordingly, regardless of when charges are filed.

Thatcher, D.SupportSigned by Governor Senate cmte, 6-0
Senate, 29-0
House cmte, 10-0
House, 70-1
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Group Gang Enhancement Amendments

This bill limits the amount of enhancement for crimes committed in a group prosecutors can charge.

Libertas supports this bill. Groups do not commit crimes--individuals in groups do, and punishment should reflect that.

Thatcher, D.SupportSigned by Governor Senate cmte, 7-0
Senate, 28-0
House cmte, 8-0
House 70-0
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Property Tax Deferral Modifications

This bill allows a senior to request that the county defer their property taxes. Instead of paying each year, the homeowner has a lien placed on their home and the property taxes come due (with interest) whenever the home is sold or ownership is transferred.

Libertas supports this bill as it allows seniors to stay in the home they worked so hard to purchase and pay off.

Fillmore, L.SupportPending committee actionSenate cmte, 7-0
Senate, 25-0
House cmte, 8-1
House, 29-43
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Price Control Repeals

This bill repeals Utah's anti-"price gouging" law which criminalizes business owners raising their prices of goods by more than a minimal amount during an emergency.

Libertas supports this bill. The existing law wrongly criminalizes basic economics which best allocates scarce resources during an emergency by allowing prices to fluctuate based on demand.

Anderegg, J.SupportPending Senate ActionSenate cmte, 8-0Email your Senator/RepEmail the bill sponsor
Amendments to the Price Controls During Emergencies Act

This bill reforms existing price-gouging laws in Utah to focus on individuals who are clearly and significantly taking advantage of Utahns during states of emergency.

Libertas supports this bill. Price-gouging laws are good politics, but bad economics.

Fillmore, L.SupportSigned by Governor Senate cmte, 7-0
Senate, 28-0
House cmte, 13-0
House, 72-0
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Professional Licensing Amendments

This bill creates an exemption from occupational licensure for "blow dry bars" or similar services that only wash, dry, and style hair.

Libertas supports this bill. This reasonable exemption builds on the Court's past ruling and ensures that the burden of licensure only applies where public safety demands it.

Bramble, C.SupportSigned by Governor Senate cmte, 5-1
Senate, 21-8
House cmte, 10-5
House, 50-22
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Trailer Weight Amendments

This bill increases the weight limit for vehicles above which they must obtain a commercial permit.

Libertas Institute supports this bill. Several neighboring states have the increased limit that this bill proposes; a person with a truck and trailer should not be required to obtain extra permits and permission slips in order to operate their vehicle.

McKell, M.SupportPending Senate ActionSenate cmte, 5-0
Senate, 27-0
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Asset Forfeiture Amendments

This bill contains a number of changes to civil asset forfeiture law following a unanimous Utah Supreme Court case that found the state government had violated the existing law.

Libertas supports this bill. It is the result of months of negotiations with law enforcement stakeholders.

Weiler, T.SupportSigned by Governor Senate cmte, 6-0
Senate, 26-0
House cmte, 10-0
House, 73-0
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DUI Modifications

This bill would allow first-time DUI offenders to keep their licenses so long as they install an ignition interlock system that allows driving only if 100% sober.

Libertas supports this bill. DUIs are serious, but it's best for them to keep their ability to drive, work, and provide for their family while remaining accountable.

Stevenson, J.SupportPending Senate ActionEmail your Senator/RepEmail the bill sponsor
Sentencing Commission Requirements

This bill requires the Sentencing Commission to compile a guide of collateral consequences for criminal offenses.

Libertas supports this bill. Defendants need to be able to give informed consent to any potential plea deals.

Thatcher, D.SupportPending Governor ActionSenate cmte, 6-0
Senate, 28-0
House cmte, 10-0
House, 68-0
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Violence, Disorder, and Looting Enforcement Protection Act

This bill creates additional criminal penalties for rioters.

Libertas opposes this bill. Rioting is a serious criminal matter and should be treated as such, but this bill has too many flaws that can be misused and misapplied to be an effective tool for its stated purpose.

Hinkins, D.OpposePending Senate ActionSenate cmte, 5-2
Senate, 22-7
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Law Enforcement Data Management Requirements

This bill would task Utah's Commission on Criminal and Juvenile Justice with creating a plan for criminal justice data collection and communication.

Libertas supports this bill. This is a much-needed step forward in the fight for smart reform.

Anderegg, J.SupportPending Governor ActionSenate cmte, 5-0
Senate, 26-0
House cmte, 9-0
House 65-0
Email your Senator/RepEmail the bill sponsor
Education Expenses Tax Credit During Public Health Emergency

This bill creates a nonrefundable state income tax credit for certain education expenses during a public health emergency.

Libertas supports this bill. When schools are shut down because of public health orders, parents should be compensated for the education expenses they incur during that period of time.

Harper, W.SupportPending Senate ActionEmail your Senator/RepEmail the bill sponsor
Utah Film Economic Incentives

This bill more than doubles the amount of tax credits that can be given to film projects in Utah.

Libertas opposes this bill. Incentivizing economic activity is not the proper use of tax policy and unfairly advantages one industry over others.

Winterton, R.OpposePending Governor ActionSenate cmte, 3-0
Senate, 19-9
House cmte, 6-3
House, 46-21
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Consumer Protection for Cannabis Patients

This bill creates a process whereby doctors can recommend cannabis without having to jump through regulatory hoops.

Libertas supports this bill. These important changes help ensure Utah's medical cannabis program continues to roll out successfully to better serve patients.

Escamilla, L.SupportPending Governor ActionSenate cmte, 8-0
Senate, 28-1
House cmte, 11-0
House, 62-8
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Special Education Least Restrictive Requirement Amendments

This bill eases regulation in special education by allowing the least restrictive environment and allowing for incidental benefits to non-special education students as defined in federal law.

Libertas supports this bill. It would allow for more flexibility and innovation in special education while staying within the confines of federal protections and law.

Anderegg, J.SupportPending Senate ActionSenate cmte, 3-2
Senate 2nd, 16-13
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Interstate Compact for Economic Development

This bill enters Utah into an interstate compact that would end economic tax incentives given to private businesses if all 50 states entered the compact.

Libertas supports this bill. Incentivizing economic activity is not the proper use of tax policy and unfairly advantages one business over others.

McCay, D.SupportPending Senate ActionSenate cmte, 4-0Email your Senator/RepEmail the bill sponsor
Utah Main Street Program

This bill creates a program to encourage and promote city main streets, with an option to redistribute funds allocated by the legislature to artificially help prop up businesses that are located in city main streets.

Libertas opposes this bill. While once popular, city main streets are a somewhat antiquated economic model in a modern market with online and delivery options. The government should not favor one market model over another, and let businesses survive or fall on their own merits.

Owens, D.OpposePending Governor ActionSenate cmte, 5-0
Senate, 23-3
House, 45-23
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Emergency Response Amendments

This bill imposes multiple new restrictions on emergency orders, limiting executive authority by empowering legislative bodies to override health orders that restrict people's rights.

Libertas supports this bill. These reasonable reforms will help minimize executive abuse in the future and ensure that the people's representatives have the ability to protect our rights while balancing them against any perceived emergency.

Vickers, E.SupportPending Governor ActionSenate cmte, 6-0
Senate, 29-0
House cmte, 10-1
House, 68-4
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Law Enforcement Agency Disclosure Amendments

This bill would protect law enforcement agencies from being sued for providing information about former employees to future employers.

Libertas supports this bill. It helps ensure law enforcement can fully investigate their future employees before hiring them.

Iwamoto, J.SupportPending Governor ActionSenate cmte, 6-0
Senate, 24-0
House cmte, 8-0
House, 73-0
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Permitting Amendments

This bill establishes consistent standards for the permit application process.

Libertas supports this bill. If we must seek permission for certain activities, there are some basic standards that we should be able to count on when it comes to our application.

Cullimore, K. A.SupportPending Senate ActionSenate cmte, 4-1
Senate, 19-9
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Tax Rate Amendments

This bill would provide for a one-time $256 million income tax cut that would be made permanent if income tax receipts continue to grow at a steady pace.

Libertas supports this bill. A lower tax rate encourages economic growth and prosperity.

Fillmore, L.SupportPending Senate ActionSenate cmte, 5-2Email your Senator/RepEmail the bill sponsor
Employee Medical Procedure Protection Act

This bill prohibits businesses from requiring their employees to obtain a vaccine.

Libertas opposes this bill. The government should not interfere in a person's freedom of association and right of contract.

Kennedy, M.OpposePending Senate ActionSenate cmte, 4-3
Senate 2nd, 17-11
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Gig Workers Amendments

This bill clarifies existing worker laws to ensure that companies merely serving as a platform to provide work opportunities to Utahns are not mislabeled as that worker's employer.

Libertas supports this bill. Utah should embody the principles of a person's right to work by empowering a work-friendly environment that is aware of the future.

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Sex Offender Registry Amendments

This bill allows for certain individuals to be removed from the sex offender registry list.

Libertas supports this bill. It rewards good behavior and incentivizes individuals to act in accordance with the court so they can someday get off the list and live a normal life.

Anderegg, J.SupportPending Governor ActionSenate cmte, 5-0
Senate, 25-0
House, 40-33
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Truancy Enforcement Moratorium

This bill establishes a one-year moratorium on truancy laws in public education.

Libertas supports this bill. Schools and parents alike need the flexibility to do what is best for students.

McCay, D.SupportPending Governor ActionSenate cmte, 4-0
Senate, 24-0
House, 52-18
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Short-term Rental Amendments

This bill allows all homeowners in Utah the option to rent out a portion of their property to short-term renters so long as the property is owner-occupied.

Libertas supports this bill. Property owners should be able to control what they do on their own property, which includes renting a portion of their home regardless of the length of stay.

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Electronic Free Speech Amendments

This bill seeks to regulate tech platforms' content moderation policies through a variety of means as well as remove liability protections for digital platforms.

Libertas opposes this bill. While we are sympathetic to the frustration content moderation decisions by these platforms have caused, leveraging the force of government for political reasons to force companies to adhere to political desires is not the right answer.

McKell, M.OpposePending Senate ActionSenate cmte, 5-0
Senate, 21-6
House, 39-35
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Statewide Online Education Program Amendments

This bill expands the existing Statewide Online Education Program to the 7th and 8th grades.

Libertas supports this bill. Students and parents should have as much choice as possible in education to better meet their needs and ambitions.

Cullimore, K. A.SupportPending Governor ActionSenate cmte, 3-2
Senate, 25-1
House, 54-14
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