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Bill Sheet - 2010 General Session of the 58th Legislature

  1. HB0014 | JUVENILE TRANSFERS FROM JUSTICE COURT
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    Description:
    Allows Justice court judge to transfer a matter concerning a child to the juvenile court if the justice court judge determines (and juvenile judge concurs) that the transfer is in the child’s best interest.

    Impact on Children:
    Recidivism is higher among children in jails than among children in other types of juvenile care. This bill keeps youth in the juvenile court system which gives youth a better chance at rehabilitation and a chance at a clean record. This bill is also a safety issue: “children in jails commit suicide at a rate that is seven times greater than that of children in secure detention.”

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    Family Life

  2. HB0030 | DRUG LAW AMENDMENTS
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    Description:
    This bill adds carisoprodol, which has the brand name of Soma, as Schedule IV drug to the Utah Controlled Substances Act.

    Impact on Children:
    This drug is extremely addictive, so addictive that many doctors don’t prescribe it. It is even worse when used with Oxycontin and other type drugs. It is usually prescribed as a muscle relaxer but in the hands of our youth is very dangerous and addictive . On the street, one pill is sold for $85.00. It is our job as PTA to protect our youth and make parents aware of this substance. It is being changed to a IV controlled substance which has happened in 17 states already.

    Notes:

    Safety

  3. HB0051 | FAMILY EMPLOYMENT PROGRAM
    Support
    Description:
    Provides cash assistance to single minor parents if they attend school and parenting classes.

    Impact on Children:
    These young parents have few if any resources and usually little or no family support and they need all the support and incentives society can provide. Parents are the most influential people in a child’s life. Teaching these young parents the skills they need to be better caretakers and providers can have a huge and positive impact on their children’s lives, thus increasing the chances of successfully breaking the cycle of abuse and neglect.

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    Family Life

  4. HB0062 | PENALTIES FOR VIOLENT CRIME IN PRESENCE OF A CHILD
    Support
    Description:
    This bill modifies the Criminal Code to provide graduated penalties for committing a violent criminal offense in the presence of a child younger than 14 years of age.

    Impact on Children:
    Witnessing abuse and violence can be emotionally detrimental to children. It has been proven that children who witness or experience spouse or child abuse are far more likely to repeat this behavior as adults in their own families.

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    Family Life

  5. HB0071 S3 | NICOTINE PRODUCT RESTRICTIONS
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    Status: Did not pass

    Description:
    This bill removes the ban on electronic cigarettes. It still bans specifically the tobacco candy (by banning the form they come in). But does not ban flavors in snuff (chewing tobacco) as originally hoped. If this bill and HB 88 both pass, code will be amended appropriately.

    Impact on Children:
    This is a much needed bill to address nicotine products that are packaged to look like mints, gum, Listerine strips, cinnamon sticks, and other candy and are flavored and attractive to children. They are not being sold in Utah yet, but this is to prevent them from coming altogether.

    Notes: Resolved #1 That Utah PTA supports legislative action that promotes education or cessation programs regarding substance abuse.

    Health

  6. HB0072 S1 | UTAH SCHOOLS SEISMIC HAZARDS
    Support
    Status: Did not pass

    Description:
    This bill enacts the seismic safety act and would have all Utah public and charter schools inspected to make sure they are safe enough for an earthquake. There is a fiscal note of $25,000.00.

    Impact on Children:
    We know that all of our Utah schools are not seismically safe. This bill would provide money for engineers to inspect schools and make parents and educators aware of the seismic status of their buildings. It is a timely bill and one that has been brought forth before.

    Notes:

    Safety & Welfare

  7. HB0082 | PROTECTION OF CHILDREN RIDING IN MOTOR VEHICLES
    Support
    Status: Did not pass

    Description:
    This bill modifies the Motor Vehicles Code by enacting a restriction on smoking in a motor vehicle when a child is a passenger in the vehicle and and the child is younger than eight years of age and is restrained or is required to be restrained in a child restraint device.

    Impact on Children:
    Tobacco smoke in cars can reach unhealthy levels under the most realistic ventilation conditions and smoking just one cigarette in a car can lead to levels of tobacco smoke pollution that match and exceed by several times the levels found in the smokiest bars. Second-hand smoke exposure causes disease and premature death in children and adults who do not smoke, children exposed to second-hand smoke are at an increased risk for sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS), acute respiratory infections, ear problems, and more severe asthma, and and smoking by parents causes respiratory symptoms and slows lung growth in their children.

    Notes:

    Health

  8. HB0088 | ELECTRONIC CIGARETTE RESTRICTIONS
    Support
    Description:
    This bill amends provisions of the Uniform Driver License Act, provisions relating to the state system of public education, the Utah Criminal Code, and the Utah Code of Criminal Procedure to place restrictions on the provision, obtaining, and possession of an electronic cigarette and to enforce those restrictions.

    Impact on Children:
    In a report by the FDA, released July 2009, 19 varieties of electronic cigarettes were analyzed. Half contained nitrosamines (the same carcinogen found in real cigarettes) and that many contained diethylene glycol, the poisonous ingredient in antifreeze. Some that claimed to have no nicotine were found to have low levels of the drug. E-cigarettes are promoted by their manufacturers as safer than traditional cigarettes because they do not burn tobacco. Instead, a lithium battery in the cigarette-shaped device heats a solution of nicotine in propylene glycol, producing a fine mist that can be inhaled to deliver nicotine directly to the lungs. An LED glows red at the tip and they even emit puffs of white smoke similar to that seen in stage shows. They also come in a variety of flavors, including chocolate, mint and apple, which make them appealing to children and adolescents. Even though the e-cigarettes are marketed as healthy, critics charge that the delivery of nicotine directly to the lungs speeds its passage to the brain, enhancing the drug's addictive properties. Critics also said the devices are appealing to the young and could serve as a learning aid to promote smoking of actual cigarettes.

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    Health

  9. HB0103 | REDUCED SPEED IN SCHOOL ZONES AMENDMENTS
    Support
    Description:
    This bill provides that, notwithstanding any contrary rule made by the Department of Transportation, a local highway authority may establish a reduced speed school zone at a signalized intersection for a highway under its jurisdiction.

    Impact on Children:
    The passage of this bill will allow a city to establish a reduced school speed zone in an area where a traffic signal currently exists. Currently in statute, this cannot be done. This bill is the result of the concern and work of a local elementary PTA.

    Notes:

    Community Involvement

  10. HB0113 | SEAT BELT AMENDMENT
    Oppose
    Status: Did not pass

    Description:
    Would change the seat belt law from 2008 . If you have little children under 4' 9" they would not have to use a booster seat if they were within 4 miles of their home and /or the speed limit is 45 miles per hour.

    Impact on Children:
    Our little children would not be as safe in their cars if this bill is approved. The death and injury rate would go up considerably.

    Notes:

    Safety



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