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Utah PolitiLinks: Smoking age change bill fails legislature, while controversial medical marijuana bill advances

The Utah State Capitol rotunda is shown Oct. 23, 2013.
The Utah State Capitol rotunda is shown Oct. 23, 2013.
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The Utah Legislative session has kicked in to overdrive as lawmakers work to resolve a budget by March 10th. Here's a glimpse into the second-to -last week.

Bills waiting for Governor Gary Herbert's signature:

  • SB59 (sponsored by Sen. Todd Weiler, R-Woods Cross,) which would require "reasonable accommodations" for workers who are pregnant or breast-feeding passed the Utah Legislature. (Deseret News)

Bills that failed:

  • HB157 (sponsored by Rep. Kraig Powell, R-Heber City,) which would have raised the legal age of tobacco use from 19 to 21, was voted down by the House Revenue and Taxation Committee. (Deseret News)

Bills that advanced:

  • HB436 (sponsored by Rep. Francis Gibson, R-Mapleton,) which would allocate $7 million for homeless shelters and $2.5 million for services, unanimously passed a House committee. (Deseret News)
  • SB73 (sponsored by Sen. Mark Madsen, R-Saratoga Springs,) which would legalize some forms of medical marijuana, passed the Senate and will go on to the House. (Deseret News)
  • SB107 (sponsored by Sen. Steve Urquhart, R-St. George,) which would propose updated hate crime laws, passed the Senate second reading. (Deseret News)
  • SB234 (sponsored by Sen. Curt Bramble, R-Provo,) which would require women to receive anesthesia administered to the fetus for abortions after 20 weeks, passed a Senate committee. (Deseret News)
  • HB437 (sponsored by House Majority Leader Jim Dunnigan, R- Kearns,) which would extend Medicaid coverage to Utahns in the "greatest need," passed the House Business and Labor Committee. (Deseret News)
  • SB38 (sponsored by Sen. Howard Stephenson, R-Draper,) which would provide charter schools with an additional $14 million this year, passed the House Education Committee unanimously. (Deseret News)
  • HB420 (sponsored by Rep. David Lifferth, R-Eagle Mountain,) which would allow law enforcement to "neutralize" drones if they are interfering in an emergency situation, passed a House committee. (Deseret News)
  • SB196 (sponsored by Sen. Jani Iwamoto, D-Holladay,) which would charge a 10 cent fee on disposable plastic and paper bags in grocery stores and similar businesses, passed the Senate Business and Labor Committee. (Deseret News)
  • HB338 (sponsored by Rep. Sandra Hollins, D-Salt Lake City,) which would establish Juenteenth Freedom Day on the third Saturday in June "in honor of Union Gen. Gordon Granger proclaiming the freedom of all slaves on June 19, 1865," passed the House unanimously. (Deseret News)

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