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Capitol Hill going to the dogs (and cats) as animal shelters visit Utah lawmakers

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SALT LAKE CITY — Utah lawmakers will be getting a visit from four-legged constituents as the 2020 legislative session continues Tuesday.

Staff from local animal shelters and the Utah Humane Society will be at the Capitol to meet lawmakers and explain animal services provided to communities. They are working to build an Animal Welfare Coalition to support each other through training, a transfer partnership, and the sharing of resources and hope to improve animal welfare legislation and regulation. 

Other bills scheduled for committee today include:

• Members of the House Natural Resources, Agriculture and Environment Committee will discuss HB88 requiring the testing of drinking water for lead at schools and child care centers and action to be taken if lead test results are above a certain level. The records of the tests would be made public.

• Members of the House Transportation Committee are set to discuss a substituted HB183 that requires the Driver License Division to provide information regarding the disclosure of personal identifying information and offers a way for an individual to opt out of certain disclosures to the University of Utah for data collection in relation to genetic and epidemiologic research.

• The House Law Enforcement and Criminal Justice Committee is discussing HB213, which deals with consent to engage in sexual activity. It emphasizes that consent to a prior sexual act between any party does not constitute consent to any future interactions and that even if an individual gives consent initially, they can withdraw their consent at any time.