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Utah PolitiLinks: Medical marijuana bills pass and fail; protests in the rotunda and Senate gallery

Utah Governor Gary R. Herbert, reaches to shake hands with Senator Lyle W. Hillyard prior to the State of the State address from the House of Representatives at the State Capitol in Salt Lake City Wednesday, Jan. 27, 2016.
Utah Governor Gary R. Herbert, reaches to shake hands with Senator Lyle W. Hillyard prior to the State of the State address from the House of Representatives at the State Capitol in Salt Lake City Wednesday, Jan. 27, 2016.
Scott G Winterton, Deseret News

In the last week of Utah's 2016 Legislative session, lawmakers continue to plug along, advancing many bills through committee. One bill in particular will not — Sen. Mark Madsen's medical marijuana bill. Here's a look at the issues on the Hill as the session wraps up.

One medical marijuana bill fails, the other passes House committee:

  • SB73 (sponsored by Sen. Mark Madsen, R-Saratoga Springs), which legalized certain strains of medical cannabis, failed in a House committee 8-4. (Deseret News)
  • In the same committee, SB89 (sponsored by Sen. Evan Vickers, R-Cedar City), which also legalizes some medical cannabis but more stringently, passed 7-5. (Deseret News)
  • Rep. Robert Spendlove, R-Sandy, is proposing a substitute bill that would combine the two bills. (Deseret News)

Bills that advanced:

  • SB179 (sponsored by Sen. Lyle Hillyard, R-Logan), which would enforce child support obligations for all parents, removing gendered words and changing them to "person" or "parent," passed the Senate and will go to the House. (Deseret News)
  • HB477 (sponsored by Rep. Steve Eliason, R-Sandy), which would create a program to teach firearm dealers how to identify customers with suicidal thoughts, passed the House unanimously. (Deseret News)
  • SB234 (sponsored by Sen. Curt Bramble, R-Provo), which amended a bill that would require Utah doctors to administer anesthesia to a fetus so the law would only apply to elective abortions, passed the Senate. (Deseret News)
  • SB101 (sponsored by Sen. Ann Millner, R-Ogden), which would allocate $11 million to help Utah preschoolers, passed a House committee. (Deseret News)
  • SB250 (sponsored by Sen. Jerry Stevenson, R-Layton), which would prevent all drive-thru alcohol sales, passed the Senate. (Deseret News)
  • HB300 (sponsored by Rep. Dan McCay, R-Riverton), which would regulate police use of body-worn cameras, passed a Senate committee. (Deseret News)
  • Protests:About 150 polygamy advocates and their children protested HB281 (sponsored by Rep. Mike Noel, R-Kanab), which would modify polygamy laws. (Deseret News)
  • Several people interrupted Senate floor time to protest Columbus Day and the comments Sen. Todd Weiler, R-Woods Cross, made about Native Americans last week. (Deseret News)
  • Last minute introduction:HB481 (sponsored by Rep. Kraig Powell, R-Heber City) would change signature collecting for election laws to get rid of thresholds, instead requiring a flat 2 percent of eligible voters for all state offices. (Deseret News)

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