Week Five of the 2017 Utah Legislative Session
Week Five is the week for proactive legislation and work!
Members of Congress are on their President’s Day recess and may be in town this week—some are even hosting townhalls. Let’s show them how many Utahns stand with Planned Parenthood by showing off and showing up in action pink! Here are some tips on making sure you are in the know with your representatives and their events.
H.B. 57 Reproductive Health and Medicaid Amendments
HB 57 builds a healthier Utah by providing family planning and preventive services to low-income individuals who do not currently qualify for Medicaid coverage. Planned Parenthood supports expanding access to health care for all Utahns. Read the bill here.
H.B. 384 Abortion Clinic Licensing Amendments
Rep. King is sponsoring another great piece of legislation, this time to wipe out an unconstitutional rule that requires the medical director of an abortion clinic to have admitting privileges at a hospital within 15 minutes of the clinic. The U.S. Supreme Court ruled a similar law unconstitutional this past summer and our rule needs to come off the books. Read the bill here.
H.B. 154 Telehealth Amendments
Planned Parenthood was very pleased the Senate Health and Human Services Committee amended the abortion ban from the bill during their hearing last week. We are now very happy to support a great piece of legislation to expand health care to Utahns in rural Utah. Read the amended bill here.
H.B. 200 Sexual Assault Kit Processing Amendments
This is not one of our priority bills, but we join our reproductive rights partners in celebrating its fast and positive movement through the legislative session. The bill will advance victims’ rights and put more sexual offenders behind bars. Rep. Romero is on a roll! Read the bill here.
This week we are also hosting our annual Teen Council Lobby Day and will have teens from our three Teen Council clubs in Salt Lake, Summit, and Utah County join us to lobby for S.J.R. 10. Although the Senate Rules Committee appears to be sitting on it, we would like S.J.R. 10 to get assigned to a committee and debated. Let’s ratify the Equal Rights Amendments (ERA) once and for all!