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2013 Utah State Legislative Session - Week 5 Update
March 04, 2013
Parsons Behle & Latimer

Today is the start of the sixth week of the 2013 legislative session.
There are 10 days until the final day of the session.

Immigration/Guest Worker Program

On Wednesday, Sen. Bramble introduced Senate Bill 255. The bill delays the start date for Utah’s guest worker program by two years. This bill attempts to give Congress a chance to implement the comprehensive immigration reform promised by President Obama in his State of the Union Address.

Autism Mandate

On Thursday, Sen. Shiozawa drastically altered Senate Bill 55, which is also known as the “autism mandate.” The bill no longer affects the insurance code. Instead, the bill seeks to expand the autism pilot program which was enacted last year. The pilot program would be enlarged to 500 participants and raise the age limit from six to seven years old.

Prison Relocation

Senate Bill 72, Substitute 2, sponsored by Sen. Jenkins, was passed out of the Senate Judiciary Committee on Wednesday and passed the Senate on the Second Reading Calendar on Thursday. This bill would create a new Prison Land Management Authority. The Authority will be split into two subcommittees which will include but not be limited to members from the Department of Corrections, the Commission on Criminal and Juvenile Justice, the Governor’s Office of Economic Development, the construction industry and the real estate industry.

Sequestration

The sequestration process began last Friday, March 1. The across the board national cuts include: $42.7 billion for defense, $28.7 billion in domestic programs, $9.9 billion in Medicare cuts and $4 billion in other mandatory cuts. Sequestration presents particular dangers to Hill Air Force Base. Furthermore, the IRS, with 4,100 employees in Utah, could also face potential cuts. Members of the Utah Senate will receive updated numbers today regarding how much their budgets will be impacted by sequestration.

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.