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Bill Tracker

Learn about the bills we are tracking during the 2023 Utah Legislative Session. Click the plus sign next to each bill for more information and how you can take action. This tracker will be updated regularly throughout the session, which runs January 17 - March 3, 2023.

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Bills We Support

HB 310 - Abortion Penalty Amendments

HB 310 Abortion Penalty Amendments

Overview: This bill revises the criminal charges and penalties for medical providers who violate Utah's abortion restrictions. It replaces criminal charges with civil penalties and de-links the imposition of civil penalties with referral to the state's professional licensing board.

Fact Sheet: forthcoming

Position: We support HB 310

Sponsor: Rep. Angela Romero

Status: Introduced

Location: House Rules Committee

HB 84 - Postpartum Medicaid Coverage Amendments
HB 85 - Pregnancy Medicaid Coverage Amendments

Extends post-partum Medicaid coverage from 60 days to 1 year and increases the income ceiling to 200% Federal Poverty Level (FPL).

HB 84

HB 85

Fact sheet forthcoming...

Sponsor: Rep. Rosemary Lesser (D) 

Location: House/ received bill from Legislative Research

HB 79 - Family Planning Services Revisions

Allows people earning up to 250% of the Federal Poverty Level (FPL) to access Medicaid family planning coverage such as contraception.

HB 79

Fact Sheet forthcoming...

Sponsor: Rep. Ray Ward

Location: LFA/ fiscal note sent to sponsor

Bills We Oppose

HJR 2 - Amends Rules of Civil Procedure on Injunctions 

 HJR 2 - Joint Resolution Amending Rules of Civil Procedure on Injunctions

Overview: This joint resolution revises a rule that Utah courts apply when deciding whether to temporarily block the enforcement of a law while a legal challenge over constitutionality proceeds. The resolution would narrow the grounds for granting these emergency orders, which are sometimes called temporary restraining orders or preliminary injunctions.  A substitute version of HJR2 approved by the House Judiciary Committee on 1/18/23 allows parties restrained by an injunction (like the state of Utah in the trigger ban lawsuit) to file a "motion to reconsider" to force the court to address whether the injunction is still valid under the new rules created by HJR2.
HJR 02 transparently targets the court order placing SB 174, Utah's abortion trigger ban, on hold. Resolutions to amend Utah’s court rules require a two-thirds majority vote in both chambers, take effect immediately upon passage, and do not require the Governor’s signature.

Planned Parenthood Fact Sheet on HJR 02

Handout: Eight Facts about HJR2

Sponsor: Rep. Brady Brammer

Status: Passed Senate Judiciary, Law Enforcement, and Criminal Justice Committee in a 3-1 vote

Location: Senate 2nd Reading Calendar

 

HB 297 - Victim Services Amendments

HB 297

Overview: Among other provisions, HB 297 requires victims of rape to initiate and confirm an active law enforcement investigation for their sexual assault in order to qualify for an abortion under current state law. This bill also restricts the time period that victims of sexual assault may access emergency contraception in a medical setting.

Position: We oppose HB 297 because of its unnecessary and harmful reporting requirements and health care restrictions on people who are in the midst of trauma. Not only does HB 297 go against best practices for trauma-informed care for victims of rape, but it also restricts their rights and violates their privacy. HB 297 limits the control that victims of sexual assault have of their bodies at the exact time they should be given more agency, not less, over their personal health decisions. In addition, many of the proposed victim services and support elements in HB 297 are already established in current Utah law, codes, and procedures.

Fact sheet: HB 297 Fact Sheet

Sponsor: Rep. Kera Birkeland (R-Morgan)

Status: Assigned to House Rules Committee

Media quote:
"A good rule for lawmakers, as well as for doctors, is to 'first, do no harm,' especially after harm has already occurred. This bill takes the traumatic experience of sexual assault and burdens the victim with more hurdles and new trauma by restricting their personal liberty and privacy and forcing them to file a police report in order to receive essential heath care."

> Karrie Galloway, CEO and Executive Director of Planned Parenthood Association of Utah

SB 16 Transgender Medical Treatments and Procedures Amendments

SB 16

Overview: The final version of this bill (4th Sub.) does the following:

  • Creates a moratorium on future access to hormone treatment for new minor patients after the effective date of the bill
  • Asks the Utah Department of Health and Human Services to commission study looking at the benefits and harms of hormone treatment for transgender youth.
  • Prevents medical providers from providing hormonal transgender treatment to minor patients who were not diagnosed with gender dysphoria before the effective date of the bill
  • Creates new requirements for providers of existing minor patients, including training, expansion of statue of limitations, etc.
  • Bans surgical procedures for transgender youth if sought as gender-affirming care.
  • Expands medical malpractice claims against providers who provided  treatment provided to the individual as a minor if the individual later disaffirms consent

Position: We oppose this bill

Fact sheet: Forthcoming

Sponsor: Sen. Michael Kennedy (R-Alpine)

Status: Signed by Gov. Cox on Jan. 29, 2023. Bill is now law in Utah.