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Utah lawmakers to consider resolution urging calm, cooperation on coronavirus

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Spenser Heaps, Deseret News

SALT LAKE CITY — Utah lawmakers are scheduled to consider a resolution Wednesday urging Utahns to remain calm and adhere to normal flu season precautions amid the coronavirus outbreak.

The Senate Economic Development and Workforce Services Committee will discuss SCR8, a concurrent resolution in support of the Chinese people regarding the coronavirus outbreak that acknowledges the serious public health risk of COVID-19. It expresses solidarity and support for efforts to contain the coronavirus in China and conveys sympathy for those affected with coronavirus around the world.

It also encourages close collaboration between the public and private sectors to develop the diagnostics, medicines and vaccines to help bring the outbreak under control and urges Utah public institutions to remain calm and take precautions to prevent the spread of all communicable diseases

Other bills of note in committee:

• Members of the Senate Government Operations and Political Subdivisions Committee are discussing SB112, which would require the Utah Inland Port Authority Board to study the development and implementation of a mitigation fund to address community impacts.

• The House Health and Human Services Committee is hearing HB425, which would allow a patient to renew a medical cannabis card for a longer period of time.

• Members of the Senate Natural Resources, Agriculture and Environment Committee has scheduled HJR15, which proposes amending the Utah Constitution to enact a provision confirming the individual right of the people to hunt and to fish.

• Members of the Senate Judiciary, Law Enforcement and Criminal Justice Committee will consider SB82, which would make it an infraction to dispose of a drug in a drain, sewage system, waterway or landfill.