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Utah legislative panel to look at ‘Infants at Work’ program

The Utah State Capitol on the opening day of the Utah State Legislature Monday, Jan. 23, 2012. Scott G Winterton, Deseret News

SALT LAKE CITY — As lawmakers begin their third week of the 2010 session, infants take stage at a couple of committee hearings.

Members of the House Business and Labor Committee have scheduled on Monday afternoon a hearing on HB264, which establishes the “Infant at Work” pilot program for employees of the Department of Health. It would establish an application process through the Department of Human Resource Management for eligible employees to apply to bring their infants to work and set up an evaluation process.

The House Health and Human Services Committee is discussing HB244 that would require health care providers to report a newborn child’s exposure to alcohol or drugs, or the child’s parent or caregiver’s substance abuse, to the Division of Child and Family Services. It would also clarify the circumstances under which the Division of Child and Family Services is required to conduct an investigation after receiving a report relating to a newborn child’s exposure to alcohol or drugs.

Other hearings of note:

• Members of the House Education Committee will discuss HB132, which prohibits a college from punishing acts of speech that do not constitute discriminatory harassment, defined as student-on-student speech that is unwelcome; discriminates on the basis of a classification protected under federal or state law; and is so severe, pervasive and objectively offensive it distracts from a student’s educational experience to the point the student is effectively denied access to an institution’s resources or opportunity.

• The Senate Judiciary, Law Enforcement and Criminal Justice Committee will consider SB102, Marriage and Bigamy Amendments, that reclassifies the crime of bigamy as an infraction, reducing it from a third-degree felony.