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Will a new flag wave over Utah’s state Capitol?

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The Capitol in Salt Lake City is pictured on Thursday, Feb. 13, 2020.

Spenser Heaps, Deseret News

SALT LAKE CITY — Does Utah need a new state flag?

Members of the House Political Subdivisions Committee are considering HB250 during its meeting Tuesday. The bill would create the State Flag Review Commission and designate the current Utah flag as the “state historical flag.”

The review commission would receive public input regarding proposals for a new state flag design and report recommendations to the Government Operations Interim Committee.

A similar bill was considered last year, but did not make it through the Utah Senate.

Other bills of note scheduled for hearings:

• The House Judiciary Committee will again consider two abortion-related bills. HB364 requires a woman to undergo an ultrasound before an abortion can be performed. The bill was held at last Friday’s hearing. HB65 removes provisions requiring a physician to verify a police report has been made before an abortion can be performed in the cases of rape or incest. The committee did not have time to discuss it during its Friday meeting.

• Members of the House Law Enforcement and Criminal Justice Committee are discussing online dating fraud with HB406. The bill would require online dating sites to notify Utah residents if they have interacted with a member who has been banned from the site because the site believes that member poses a significant risk of perpetuating a financial fraud on other members.

• The Senate Government Operations and Political Subdivisions Committee will take up HB175, which removes the requirement on the State Board of Education to use a letter grade when rating schools. The bill passed the House unanimously on Feb. 12.