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Late start theme of day as Utah lawmakers begin second week of session amid snowstorm

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 — Lawmakers will be starting a little later on Monday, as the winter storm has impacted travel along the Wasatch Front. Morning committee hearings are now slated to start at 9 a.m., while House and Senate floor time is scheduled for 11:30 a.m.

Continuing with the late start theme, members of the House Health and Human Services Committee are scheduled to discuss House Concurrent Resolution 3 encouraging consideration of a later start time for high school, sponsored by Rep. Suzanne Harrison, D-Draper. Noting that the majority of adolescents are sleep-deprived at school and that research indicates “the natural biological rhythms of adolescents are a poor fit with early school start times,” the measure encourages school districts, charter schools and school community councils to consider the possible benefits and consequences of a later start to the school day for high schools.

The issue is already being discussed by the Salt Lake City School Board.

The House committee meeting is scheduled to start at 2 p.m.

Other issues of note on Capitol Hill:

• The Senate Transportation, Public Utilities, Energy and Technology Committee is considering SB78, the Energy Storage Innovation, Research and Grant Program Actm that is asking for $5 million to create a grant program to advance energy storage technology in Utah. Sponsor Sen. Lincoln Fillmore, R-South Jordan, ran similar legislation last year that did not clear the House.

• Members of the Senate Natural Resources, Agriculture and Environment Committee are discussing a constitutional amendment, HJR3, to revise rules on municipal water resources. The proposal would rewrite a provision relating to municipal water rights and sources of water supply and specify the circumstances under which a municipality may supply water outside its boundary or commit to supply water outside its water service area.