We’ve made it to the final hours of the Legislative Session! As always, it’s been a whirlwind 45 days, and we will be doing a more in-depth recap of the session next week. For today, we want to give you a few updates on what happened this week – and what didn’t. (Check our bill tracker for more updates.)
HB 102 Contraception for Inmates (Sponsors: Rep. Jen Dailey-Provost, Sen. Luz Escamilla) passed and is headed to Governor Cox to sign! We are so grateful to Representative Dailey-Provost and Senator Escamilla for working tirelessly to get this bill passed this year. It is an important win for contraceptive equity in our state.
SB 128 Family Planning Services Amendments (Sponsors: Sen. Derek Kitchen, Rep. Melissa Ballard) sadly did not get funded after being passed by the Senate and the House Health & Human Services Committee. We want to thank Senator Kitchen and Representative Ballard for having these important conversations and fighting for this bill for a second year. We hope the third time’s the charm in 2022!
HJR 13 Joint Resolution Declaring Racism a Moral and Public Health Crisis (Sponsor: Rep. Sandra Hollins) remains circled in the House and will not advance this year. We applaud Representative Hollins for her courageous leadership taking on this crucial topic and hope to be part of necessary conversations so that this resolution returns and passes next year.
SB 229 Healthy Lifestyles Amendments (Sponsor: Sen. Kathleen Riebe) did not pass the Senate Health & Human Services Committee on Monday. We appreciate Senator Riebe for her tenacity in tackling these hard conversations yet again.
We’ve saved the best news for last – we can officially let out a collective exhale and celebrate that NO anti-abortion bills passed in 2021! This is a truly remarkable victory – one we will be celebrating for a while!
Keep an eye out for an email next week with a more thorough wrap up of the 2021 Session. Until then, we will be listening to the final hours of floor debate and resting up this weekend.
Thank you, Communications, for all the action you’ve taken this year to advance reproductive freedom in Utah. We cannot do this work without you!