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New Legislation 2020

HB12 – Abusive Conduct Reporting Amendments – Effective July 1, this bill enacts the Utah Public Employees Healthy Workplace Act and amends provisions related to reporting and investigating abusive conduct between state employees.

HB36 – Election Amendments – Effective May 12, this bill modifies the Election Code to reflect current practices and technology in elections.  This bill will remove the absentee question from the applications, mail in ballots will replace.

HB84 – Traffic Code Amendments – Effective May 12, this bill amends provisions in the Traffic Code regarding the penalties for passing a school bus by increasing the minimum fines and penalties associated with passing a school bus displaying flashing lights.

HB139 – DUI Liability Amendments – Effective July 1, this bill amends various provisions related to driving under the influence.  This bill criminalizes a person’s refusal to submit to a chemical test for alcohol or drugs related to suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs in certain circumstances; provides penalties for a person’s refusal to submit to a chemical test; clarifies that driving under the influence is a strict liability offense; clarifies provisions related to driving in the wrong direction while driving under the influence; clarifies that the determination whether an individual is in actual physical control of a vehicle; includes consideration of the totality of the circumstances, and creates a chemical test for alcohol or drugs related to suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs.

HB151 – Traffic Safety Amendments – Effective May 12, this bill removes the requirement to carry proof of motor vehicle registration in some circumstances;  increases from $1,500 to $2,500 the apparent property damage value threshold at which an individual is required to file a report with the Department of Public Safety after an accident; allows the use of lane markings to indicate which types of vehicles are allowed to operate in certain lanes of traffic; amends provisions related to operation of a motor vehicle in the vicinity of an emergency or maintenance vehicle with flashing lights, whether moving or stationary, including when an operator is required to change lanes or prohibit from passing; amends provisions related to lane filtering and the operation of a motor vehicle between lanes of traffic.

HB183 Driver License Record Amendments – Effective July 1, this bill prohibits the Driver License Division from disclosing personal identifying information of a licensee to the University of Utah for data collection in relation to genetic and epidemiological research unless the licensee affirmatively consents to the disclosure.

SB83 – Voter Registration Information Amendments – Effective May 12, this bill amends provisions relating to voter registration information.  This bill modifies the information certain persons may obtain from a voter registration record; modifies privacy request provisions relating to voter registration records; establishes a process for a person, under certain circumstances, to prohibit a political party or candidate for public office from obtaining information from the person’s voter registration record; modifies voter registration forms.

SB110 – Electronic Driver License Amendments – Pilot effective January 1, 2021 and roll out effective January 1, 2022, this bill creates a pilot program for the development of a program to issue an electronic license certificate, and later a permanent process for obtaining an electronic license certificate.

SB121 – Medical Cannabis Amendments – Effective March 1, this bill amends provisions related to medical cannabis. This bill exempts cannabis metabolite from a driving-related crime in certain circumstances; does not apply to a person that has 11-nor-9-carboxy-tetrahydrocannabinol as the only controlled substance present in the person’s body.

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