| The bill passed on 2nd reading in the Senate and will be debated again next week on 3rd reading.|
Listen to the bill presentation here.
Life is precious. S.B. 174, Abortion Prohibition Amendments, which was heard in committee this week, would ban all elective abortions in the state of Utah other than rare circumstances involving rape, incest, the possible death of the mother’s life, or a lethal birth defect (as diagnosed by two physicians). This bill contains a contingency clause: it only goes into effect if and when the U.S. Supreme Court overturns Roe v. Wade. In the future, if that case is ever overturned, the language will be sent to the Office of Legislative Research and General Counsel to ensure the statute would pass constitutional muster. If, at that point, legal counsel determines the statute is constitutional, the law would then go into effect. After a healthy floor debate, this bill passed on 2nd reading in the Senate. We will debate the bill one more time in the Senate before it is up for final passage.
You can listen to the floor debate here.
Family Planning Services Amendments
Another bill we debated this week also aims to prevent unintended pregnancies and abortions. S.B. 74, Family Planning Services Amendments, would allow the state to apply for an automatic pre-approved federal Medicaid waiver, and provide family planning services for individuals who do not qualify for traditional Medicaid and have a household income at or below 250 percent of the federal poverty level. This bill also has economic benefits: the state will receive a 90/10 match of federal dollars. Before the bill’s passage, an amendment was included to exclude anyone 18 and under from these services. This bill passed the Senate and will now be considered in the House.
You can listen to the floor presentation here.
Please Join Me!
I’ll be holding town hall meetings every Saturday morning until March 7th at 7:30am during the session at the County Council Chambers in the Historic Courthouse at 199 North Main in Logan. Please join me! Bring your friends, thoughts, and ideas about how to make Cache City, Utah a better place. If you cannot attend in person, the town halls will be livestreamed on Facebook on the Cache County Facebook page. March 7th will be our last town hall until the summer when we will resume our monthly town halls.
You can connect to me online via Facebook (Senator Lyle W. Hillyard) or on my favorite, Twitter (@senlylehillyard). I can also be reached by email at email@example.com or by phone at 435-757-0194. You’re welcome to join me at the Capitol any time this session – you would be a welcome guest.
Senator Lyle Hillyard