What happens at the Capitol impacts our lives. We want to help you understand the bills that became laws, amendments to laws, and bills that will be back next session.
Every year the Utah State Legislature convenes for an impactful 45 day general session. In 2022, the session convened on January 18 and adjourned on March 4.
During the 2022 session, no new abortion restrictions were passed. However, the legislature passed a law that targets trans and non-binary youth athletes.
Bills that will go into effect
This legislation removes the sunset date from the law passed in 2021 requiring county jails to provide inmates with prescribed contraceptives. Prior to this law people entering Utah jails were often forced to discontinue their contraceptive method. Contraceptive care is medical care and is used to treat and manage a wide range of medical conditions that have a substantial impact on quality of life. Disrupting access to contraception for even a few days can diminish the medication's efficiency. This law affirms reproductive health care, specifically contraceptive care is available as part of carceral care.
Effective date: May 4, 2022
This harmful legislation targets trans and non-binary youth. A commission will determine individual eligibility fir transgender and non-binary youth to participate in K-12 sports. And impose a hormone treatment requirement for a student athlete whose birth certificate is amended to reflect a male-to-female transition. Governor Cox vetoed this bill but the Legislator overrode the veto.
Effective date: July 1, 2022