Only a week remains in the 2013 General Session. Committee meetings are complete and the remainder of our time here will be spent on floor debate and working to finalize a balanced State budget.
This week all of the bills on the House 3rd Reading Calendar were “wiped,” meaning they were taken off and reordered. This ensures that the bills considered a priority are debated on the floor before the session ends on March 14.
Regardless of time constraints we will pass a balanced budget totaling nearly $13 billion and we will increase education funding as well as provide a safety net for Utah’s most needy.
Please feel free to contact me with any comments or questions on bills during the session. I always enjoy feedback from constituents and find it very helpful when gauging how to vote on the important issues that come before us. The easiest ay to reach me during the session is by email at email@example.com or at 435-817-5281
Representative Don L. Ipson
House Bill 408 – Criminal Suspect Photographs
If approved, this measure would require people requesting a copy of a mug shot to sign a statement that the photo will not be placed in a publication or on a website that requires payment in order to remove the picture. Violators would face a class B misdemeanor for writing a false statement, up to six months in jail and a $1,000 fine. The bill would strike a balance, allowing access to the booking photos by the press for legitimate news stories and by those doing background checks. But it would also prevent those found innocent or whose charges were dropped from having their mug shots remain on the web.
House Bill 114 – Second Amendment Preservation Act
This bill passed out of the House Friday morning to the Senate with a vote of 49-17. This Act affirms that the Utah State Legislature holds the exclusive authority to adopt and enact any and all laws, orders, rules, or regulations regarding the manufacture, transfer, possession, ownership, and use of firearms exclusively within this state.
Senate Bill 226 – Sales and Use Tax Amendments
This bill requires online retailers to collect and remit sales tax on behalf of their customers. It modifies the circumstances under which a person may be required to collect and remit sales and use taxes to the State Tax Commission and makes technical and conforming changes.