Libertas Legislation Tracker


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!

Key: Libertas supports the bill Libertas opposes the bill     Libertas considers these bills its top priority for the session

Click here to view a readable list of the bills included in this index, along with their summaries and explanations.

Tip: You can hover over any of the rows in the table below to see a summary of what it is and why we support or oppose it. Click any table cell in the header to re-sort the entire table.


Proposed bills

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Bill Title Sponsor LI's position Status Votes Actions
Police Use of Force Accountability

This bill would require police to complete internal use of force investigations within 180 days of the incident, and post findings online.

Libertas supports this bill. It is still a step in the right direction to uphold accountability and give the public more knowledge about what's happening with internal investigations.

Birkeland, K.SupportIntroducedEmail your Senator/RepEmail the bill sponsor
Creating a Safer Warrant Process

This bill takes steps to ensure no-knock and knock and announce warrants are being safely carried out by law enforcement.

Libertas supports this bill. It is a step toward a better warrant process for both forcible entry and knock-and-announce warrants.

Gwynn, M.SupportIntroducedEmail your Senator/RepEmail the bill sponsor
Background Checks for Private Firearm Purchases

In Utah, adults can purchase firearms from private sellers without having to get a background check or submit information to the government. This bill requires background checks before such purchases can take place.

Libertas opposes this bill. Individuals should be able to acquire tools to defend themselves without unnecessary burdens being placed in their path.

King, Brian S.OpposeIntroducedEmail your Senator/RepEmail the bill sponsor
Traffic Ticket Forgiveness for Good Behavior

This bill would allow an individual to defer their traffic citation for remaining traffic ticket-free for one year.

Libertas supports this bill. It works to incentivize individuals to stay out of trouble with the law, while still ensuring there is accountability for their actions.

Teuscher, J.SupportIntroducedEmail your Senator/RepEmail the bill sponsor
Attorney Fees for Successfully Suing the Government

This bill allows an individual to be awarded attorney fees if they sue the government and win.

Libertas supports this bill. Individuals who hold the government accountable in the courts should be compensated for their expenses.

Birkeland, K.SupportIntroducedEmail your Senator/RepEmail the bill sponsor
Streamlined Business Licenses for Food Trucks

This bill streamlines the business licensing process for food trucks.

Libertas supports this bill. It reduces the regulations, costs, and bureaucratic burdens imposed on these micro-entrepreneurs.

Lisonbee, K.SupportIntroducedEmail your Senator/RepEmail the bill sponsor
Repeal and Replace the Death Penalty

This bill repeals the death penalty and replaces it with an alternative sentencing option to help prosecutors better achieve justice.

Libertas supports this bill. It is an appropriate balance to ensure the criminal justice system does not kill the wrong people, spares victims of decades of ongoing abuse, and secures justice to hold heinous criminals responsible for their actions.

Snow, V. L.SupportIntroducedEmail your Senator/RepEmail the bill sponsor
Psychotherapy Mental Health Task Force

This bill creates a task force to study the potential use of psychotherapy drugs for mental health.

Libertas supports this bill. Utah has the opportunity to be a leader in providing new and promising therapeutics to those suffering from severe anxiety, depression, PTSD, and more.

Brammer, B.SupportIntroducedEmail your Senator/RepEmail the bill sponsor
Psychotherapy Mental Health Task Force

This bill creates a task force to study the potential use of psychotherapy drugs for mental health.

Libertas supports this bill. Utah has the opportunity to be a leader in providing new and promising therapeutics to those suffering from severe anxiety, depression, PTSD, and more.

Brammer, B.SupportIntroducedEmail your Senator/RepEmail the bill sponsor
Prohibiting Law Enforcement from Lying to Kids

This bill prevents law enforcement from lying to children during custodial investigations.

Libertas supports this bill. It is the correct next step to protect Utah's children.

Wilcox, R.SupportIntroducedEmail your Senator/RepEmail the bill sponsor
More Oversight for Occupational Licensure Laws

This bill will create a review board for current and proposed occupational licensure laws.

Libertas supports this bill. The creation of this office will help eliminate unnecessary licenses and work to give power back to the market when deciding if someone is qualified enough for a position.

Bramble, C.SupportIntroducedEmail your Senator/RepEmail the bill sponsor
Property Tax Relief for Seniors

This bill would create a property tax deferment program for seniors that would provide needed relief from rising property taxes.

Libertas supports this bill. Given the sharp increase in property taxes, a deferment option until the property changes hands helps struggling seniors stay in their homes without burdening the state or others.

Fillmore, L.SupportPending committee actionEmail your Senator/RepEmail the committee
Modifications to Clearing Criminal Records

This technical bill clarifies intent of current expungement law and makes the process less arduous for expungement petitioners.

Libertas supports this bill. It helps clarify ambiguities within current expungement laws and makes the process better for petitioners and government agencies alike.

Weiler, T.SupportPending House ActionSenate, 27-0Email your Senator/RepEmail the bill sponsor
Reducing Barriers to Obtaining an Occupational License

This bill would reduce barriers to obtaining an occupational license for those coming to Utah internationally or from other states.

Libertas supports this bill. It will open the door for more qualified individuals to participate in the workforce.

Bramble, C.SupportPending committee actionEmail your Senator/RepEmail the committee
Protecting Employment for Medical Cannabis Cardholders

This bill will explicitly protect employees who are medical cannabis cardholders in the same way the state protects those with a controlled substance prescription.

Thatcher, D.SupportPending House ActionSenate, 26-1Email your Senator/RepEmail the bill sponsor
State Film Production Incentives Amendments

Current law imposes a cap on the amount of tax credit incentives that can be handed out to companies filming movies in Utah. This bill would remove that cap for companies who film in rural Utah, creating an unlimited amount of tax incentives for such productions, provided other criteria are met.

Libertas opposes this bill. Tax policy should not be used to subsidize or incentivize businesses, no matter what other states do. Utah should have a fair and equitable tax structure that does not benefit some enterprises over others.

Winterton, R.OpposeIntroducedEmail your Senator/RepEmail the bill sponsor
Capping Traffic Ticket Revenue

This bill would cap the amount of traffic revenue a local government can collect to 25% of their base budget.

Libertas supports this bill. It will disincentivize excessive traffic citations, no matter who is in power at the local level.

Fillmore, L.SupportPending committee actionEmail your Senator/RepEmail the committee