News & Events
Today is the start of the fourth week of the 2013 legislative session.
There are 24 days until the final day of the session.
Senate Bill 72, which addresses the issue of prison relocation was introduced this week. This bill establishes a new state authority - the Prison Land Management Authority - and outlines its duties in paving the way forward for the relocation of the Utah State Prison.
Guest Worker Program
In President Obama's State of the Union Address, he discussed sweeping federal immigration reform. In light of this national development, local lawmakers are contemplating postponing the implementation of the Utah guest worker program. Passed in 2011, House Bill 116 was a statewide solution to address illegal immigration in Utah. These measures were meant to be implemented in the absence of federal action. Given the current tone from the White House, there is a move to push the implementation from July 1, 2013 to some future date, giving the federal government an opportunity to address the issue.
House Bill 253 adds a new requirement for companies to certify if they are using e-verify or not when obtaining a license from the Utah Department of Commerce. The bill has met with resistance from the business community and has failed to make further progress.
Senate Bill 55, which mandates that insurance companies cover autism testing and treatment for Utah children through age 17, is still working its way through the Senate. On Friday, the bill received its fiscal note which stated, “Enactment of this bill could cost between $1 million and $13 million annually for state, public education, and higher education insurance coverage and increased expenditures in the Children’s Health Insurance Program.” Many members of the business community oppose the bill on the grounds it will lead to unacceptable increases in insurance premiums.
If you need additional information on any of these issues or bills, please contact Mike Bailey at 801.201.0115 or Shelly Cordon Teuscher at 801.541.5918, or visit le.utah.gov.