2018 Legislative Session Heating Up

The Utah State Legislature kicked off its 2018 Session on January 22nd and it is off to a sprinting start.  There are currently 13 bills open that will be filed this session for review that we are watching.  Some of the major issues so far include social services, education, and infrastructure.  The UMCA is closely monitoring a handful of bills that may impact our members and will be actively involved in protecting the interests of our members this legislative session.  In an effort to give you up-to-date information on bills the UMCA is tracking this session, the UMCA Website features a “Bill Tracker” that will be updated multiple times a week.  The Bill Tracker features information about the different bills including summaries of the bills, the current status of the bills, and the UMCA’s Official Position on the bills.  We encourage all of our members to review the Bill Tracker and to contact the UMCA Office with any questions you might have about this legislative session and how we might better serve you.

NUMBERTITLESPONSORSUMMARYSTATUSUMCA POSITION
HB 32, 3rd SubstituteUniform Construction Code AmendmentsSchultzThis bill:
• adds the definition of an "injection well" to the International Plumbing Code;
• adds a section regarding the prohibition of motor vehicle waste disposal wells to the International Plumbing Code;
• amends the International Residential Code;
• incorporates by reference the 2017 edition of the National Electrical Code;
• amends incorporated provisions of the National Electrical Code; and
• makes technical changes.
Passed
HB 37, 1st SubstituteOccupational and Professional Licensing AmendmentsDunniganThis Bill:
• modifies DOPL's authority to share certain licensee information;
• modifies provisions related to unlawful and unprofessional conduct by making “a person subject to any of the unlawful and unprofessional conduct provisions ...strictly liable for each violation”.
• modifies certain exemption from contractor licensing requirements for handyman by making the exemption subject to unlawful conduct provisions of sections 501 and 502; and 58-1-401 re: disciplinary proceedings.
• makes technical changes.
Passed
HB 117Hourly Wage IncreaseHemingwayThis bill:
• defines the term "minor" as used in the Utah Minimum Wage Act;
• increases the minimum wage for a private or public employee within the state as follows: from 7/1/2018 to 7/1/2022--$10.25 per hour; After 7/1/2022 --$12.00 per hour.
• provides for future increases of the minimum wage obligation;
• contains various exemptions but none for Construction trades;
• limits the Labor Commission's oversight of the minimum wage; and
• makes technical and conforming changes.
House Bus. & Labor Comm. 2/16/18 Nor Considered
HB 173Occupational Licensing Requirement AmendmentsMaloyThis Bill:
• modifies the authority of DOPL to issue licenses to persons who have been previously licensed in another state, district, or territory of the United States as follows: after being licensed outside of this state, the person has at least one year of experience in the state, district, or territory of the United States where the license was issued, and the division determines the person has the education, experience, and skills necessary to
demonstrate competency in the occupation or profession for which licensure is sought.
House 3rd Reading Calendar
HB 192Professional Licensing Board AmendmentsWebbThis bill:
• permits occupational and professional licensing boards to make a recommendation to the Legislature concerning proposed amendments to licensing acts
Passed
HB 279Design Professionals Liability AmendmentsChristoffersonThis bill:
• prohibits a provision in a design professional
services contract that requires a design
professional to indemnify, hold harmless, or
reimburse a person for attorney fees or other
costs, except in the case of:
• the design professional's breach of contract, negligence, recklessness, or intentional misconduct; or
• the design professional's subconsultant's
negligence;
• prohibits a provision in a design professional services contract that requires a design professional to defend a person against a claim alleging liability for damages;
• establishes a standard of care for design professionals; and
• prohibits a person from establishing a different standard of care for a design professional in a design professional services contract.
House Bus. & Labor Committee
HB 280Occupational Licensing AmendmentsThurstonThis bill:
• requires certain state agencies to provide a report reviewing occupational and professional licenses administered by each agency to the Occupational and Professional Licensure Review Committee;
• describes the contents of the report;
• provides a sunset date; and
• makes technical changes.
House Gov't Operations Committee
HB 283Workplace Protection AmendmentsEdwardsThis bill:
• amends the definition of employer;
• requires certain claims involving employers with fewer than 15 employees to proceed to an evidentiary hearing without a division investigation;
• provides additional state remedies for claims involving employers with fewer than 15 employees; and
• makes technical changes.
House Bus. & Labor Committee
HB 288Workers' Compensation Claims AmendmentsIvoryThis bill:
• makes it unlawful for a person to interfere with an employee's ability to seek workers' compensation benefits; or
• retaliate against an employee for seeking workers' compensation benefits; and
• provides penalties for violating a provision of this bill.

Senate Rules Committee
HB 310Professional Licensing AmendmentsSchultzThis bill:
• repeals the Residence Lien Restriction and Lien Recovery Fund Act and related provisions;
• modifies provisions related to the Building Inspector and Factory Built Housing Licensing Act; and
• makes technical changes
Hose Bus. & Labor Committee
SB 40Workers' Compensation Dependent Benefit AmendmentsMayneThis bill:
• Modifies the calculation of benefits paid to one or more dependents of an employee with a disability under the Workers' Compensation Act by increasing the benefit from $5 per week to $20 per week for spouses and for dependent Children.
House Rules Committee
SB 53Workers' Compensation Coordination of Benefits AmendmentsMayneThis bill:
• Eliminates language that provides for a repeal of provisions related to the coordination between workers' compensation benefits and health benefit plans.
Senate 2nd Reading
SB 75Workers’ Compensation Penalty AmendmentsHemmertThis bill:
• provides the circumstances under which the Division of Industrial Accidents may waive or reduce a penalty against an employer for conducting business without securing workers' compensation benefits for the employer's employees for first noncompliance period of less than 180 days, where employer current in compliance with no pending reported injury to employees; and
• makes technical and conforming changes.
Passed
SB 92Procurement Code AmendmentsMayneThis bill:
• provides that to the extent allowed by court rule, an employee may be awarded reasonable attorney fees in an adjudication of a medical benefits claim; and
• deletes provisions for awarding attorney fees for reexamination of total disability finding; and
• makes technical and conforming changes.
Passed
SB 103Strategic Workforce InvestmentsMillnerThis bill:
• defines terms;
• amends the definition of an eligible partnership to include a statewide partnership;
• requires the Governor's Office of Economic Development to report to the Legislature, the State Board of Regents, and the Utah System of Technical Colleges Board of Trustees;
• amends provisions related to a proposal for strategic workforce investment funding;
• places restrictions on the use of an appropriation for strategic workforce investment.
Passed
SB 133Design and Build AmendmentsMayneThis bill:
amends the definition of a design-build project; and
• makes technical and conforming changes.
Senate 2nd Reading

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