For Immediate Release
February 13, 2017
Majority Director of Communications
Utah House of Representatives
Only Fill What is Needed
Partial Filling of a Controlled Substance Legislation
SALT LAKE CITY – Utah, like many states, is facing an opiate epidemic that has led to hundreds of deaths due to narcotic overdoses. Seventy percent of those who misuse narcotics report obtaining the drugs from family, friends or off the street. The practice of illegally obtaining narcotics is commonly referred to as diversion.
Rep. Stewart Barlow’s, District 17, bill, H.B. 146 Partial Filling of a Schedule II Controlled Substance Prescription, would help reduce diversion by allowing a partial prescription to be filled instead of the full amount by the request of the prescriber or patient. A partial fill is considered anything less than the initially prescribed quantity of the controlled substance. Subsequent fillings of the original prescription must occur at the pharmacy that originally dispensed the partial fill.
The amount allocated cannot exceed the total quantity prescribed. The cost shall not exceed the original cost of the full prescription if a person chooses partial fills and uses the entire amount.
“Many patients do not require medication for the full expected duration of the pain following an injury or medical procedure,” said Rep. Barlow. “As a result, the bottle of pain medication will end up in a medicine cabinet or improperly disposed of.”
Instead of depending upon various efforts to safely dispose of unused medication, H.B. 146 will empower patients and prescribers with the ability to request a partial fill of a Scheduled II controlled pain medication, including Norco, Lortab, Hydrocodone, Vicodin, Percocet, Morphine and Oxycodone.
“This bill defines and codifies partial prescription fills into state law and complies with recent changes in the federal law,” said Rep. Barlow. “I am confident that this bill and the new strategy it presents will provide a significant tool to help in the fight against opioid overdoses and deaths.”
Overview of the Day:
Today is the twenty-second day of the 2017 Legislative Session. The House prayer and pledge were led by guests of Rep. Ken Ivory. The prayer was offered by Hyrum Lefler, a precinct chair in West Jordan, and the pledge was led by Milo Tenny.
It is Tourism Day at the Capitol today. Local tourism organizations set up tables and booths all around the Capitol Rotunda from places like Kanab, Utah Valley, Moab, and San Juan County. The tourism organizations put together a lunch, and many of the legislators attended between floor time and their standing committees.
HB 253: Short Term Rental Amendments
Rep. John Knotwell from District 52 is sponsoring a bill which prevents a municipality from prohibiting an individual from listing or offering a short-term rental on a short-term rental website. It also prohibits a municipality from prohibiting an owner-occupied short-term rental.
Therefore, citizens will be allowed to rent their homes for the short-term through companies like Airbnb. This bill was heard in Business and Labor Standing Committee this afternoon, and it passed with a vote of 13 – 1. HB 253 is now on the House 3rd reading calendar.
Tweets of the Day:
Tomorrow’s Legislative Schedule:
8:00 AM: House Judiciary Committee
8:00 AM: House Law Enforcement and Criminal Justice Committee
8:00 AM: House Natural Resources, Agriculture, and Environment Committee
10:00 AM: House Chamber, House Floor Time
2:00 PM: House Economic Development and Workforce Services Committee
2:00 PM: House Government Operations Committee
2:00 PM: House Political Subdivisions Committee
2:00 PM: House Revenue and Taxation Committee
4:00 PM: Executive Offices and Criminal Justice Appropriations Subcommittee
4:00 PM: Infrastructure and General Government Appropriations Subcommittee
Overview of the Day:
Today is the nineteenth day of the 2017 Legislative Session. The House prayer and pledge were led by guests of Rep. Steve Eliason. The prayer was offered by Imam Shuaib Din. The pledge was led by Jeffery Rechtsteiner.
Congressman Rob Bishop spoke to the House of Representatives today during the morning session. He began his speech addressing immigration and the responsibility he feels to help Americans feel secure. Rep. Bishop believes security is the most important issue at hand with immigration.
He also discussed the imbalance of power between states and the Federal government. Rep. Bishop stressed the importance of finding the correct balance between the two, with both included in the law making process. As he wrapped up, he complimented the Utah House of Representatives on their work and support of the Convention of States.
Hot Topics in Committee: Driving Under the Influence and Public Safety Revisions
Representative Norm Thurston is sponsoring HB 155 to lower the state’s legal blood alcohol concentration (BAC) level for driving under the influence from 0.08 to 0.05. Many countries throughout the world restrict BAC to 0.05 or lower, including societies as diverse as Italy, Switzerland, South Africa and Thailand.
There is a significant increase in risk well before the current legal limit of 0.08, and even low levels of BAC can degrade skills and endanger others on the road. In Utah, drunk driving is the third most common factor contributing to motor vehicle crash deaths over the past 10 years.
Dr. T. Bella Dinh-Zarr, vice chairman of the National Transportation Safety Board, presented data and answer questions about the bill.
House Law Enforcement and Criminal Justice Committee voted to pass H.B. 155 with a favorable recommendation 9-2-1.
Utah for Convention of States Rally held in the Hall of Governors at the Capitol to voice support of H.J.R. 3 Joint Resolution Calling for a Convention to Amend the Constitution of the United States. Presenters included Rep. Merrill Nelson (House Sponsor of H.J.R. 3), Rep. Kim Coleman, Rep. Ken Ivory, Sen. Evan Vickers (Senate sponsor of H.J.R. 3) and Oklahoma U.S. Senator Tom Coburn.
H.J.R. 3 passed the House Natural Resources Committee on January 26, by a vote of 11-2 and passed the full House on February 3rd, by a vote of 45-29.
About the Convention of States Project:
The Convention of States Project is organized in all 50 states, including over two million volunteers, supporters and advocates committed to stopping the federal government’s abuse of power. Reps. Nelson, Coleman and Ivory attended the first-ever Simulated Article V Convention of States in the fall of 2016. Thirty-seven states are currently considering the Convention of States resolution.
Tweets of the Day:
Monday, Feb. 13, 2017, Legislative Schedule:
8:00 AM: House Economic Development and Workforce Services Committee
8:00 AM: House Political Subdivisions Committee
8:00 AM: House Revenue and Taxation Committee
10:00 AM: House Chamber, House Floor Time
2:00 PM: House Education Committee
2:00 PM: House Health and Human Services Committee REVISED
2:00 PM: House Public Utilities, Energy, and Technology Committee
4:00 PM: Social Services Appropriations Subcommittee
4:00 PM: Business, Economic Development, and Labor Appropriations Subcommittee
4:00 PM: Natural Resources, Agriculture, and Environmental Quality Appropriations Subcommittee
4:00 PM: Public Education Appropriations Subcommittee
6:00 PM: Commission on Federalism
Legislative Update: Week #3
The Western Hunting and Conservation Expo February 16-19
Over 40,000 sportsmen will descend on the Salt Palace in Salt Lake City next week, February 16-19, for the Western Hunting and Conservation Expo. Visitors will hail from 45 states and 17 countries.
Hunting is a $2.3 billion industry in Utah and adds significantly to the state’s economy. The event itself is projected to generate $30 million in economic activity, including $5 million in private funds to be used for conservation purposes within the State of Utah.
Three hundred sixty vendors are slated to participate in the expo.
Importance of Outdoor Industry to Utah
Utah has become a top destination for those drawn to our lands, our wildlife and the markets that exist here for outdoor products. The outdoor recreation industry is an integral part of our state culture, and each year Utah hosts three Outdoor Recreation Summits (Ogden, Moab and Cedar City) to address the industry and regional concerns, and build relationships among various parties.
The interests of hunters align well with those who want to see the State of Utah control its own public lands. We have always been a public lands state and most Utahns want to keep it that way, but they reject the notion that federal bureaucrats thousands of miles away are better stewards of the land than the people who live on and around it. On state-managed lands, we see better erosion control, healthier watersheds and stronger, more vibrant herds – all of which benefit hunters and other outdoor recreationalists.
Utah has consistently shown its commitment to healthy public lands, with the largest active watershed and wildlife habitat restoration program in the U.S. Since 2005, over 1.3 million acres have been restored through this program at an annual cost of approximately $14 million.
Our 43 State Parks receive more visitors per acre than our National Parks, and they do it without running the maintenance deficits and backlogs that burden the federally-managed parks. In 2013, when the federal government shut down, state leaders stepped forward to reopen the National Parks in Utah, using over $1.5 million in state funds that still haven’t all been reimbursed.
Utah is committed to the management of our lands in a way that allows for greater access and use, and healthier forests, ranges and wildlife. We welcome those who want to come here and enjoy the many benefits offered by Utah public lands.
Commission on Federalism
The Commission on Federalism has been meeting regularly thus far this session in order to identify where the federal government has been impinging on state sovereignty.
Utah’s federal delegation has sought clarification on the areas and issues where state legislators have seen overreach and where and how they would like to have a greater ability to govern their own affairs.
House Speaker Hughes and Senate President Niederhauser have asked the Commission to work throughout the session to prepare a list of areas and specific items to present to our federal delegation for consideration.
Information about the Commission, its meeting times, agendas and recordings, can be found on the Legislature’s website.
H.C.R. 11, Concurrent Resolution Urging the President to Rescind the Bears Ears National Monument Designation, passed the House and Senate and was signed by Governor Gary Herbert on the evening of Friday, Feb. 3. It is now headed to Utah’s Washington delegation. This concurrent resolution urges the new administration to remove the 1.35 million acre monument designation made by the previous president shortly before leaving office.
Nearly 70 percent of Utah is under federal management and control, and 90 percent of Utah’s population lives on just 1 percent of its land. The Antiquities Act, created by Teddy Roosevelt, was never intended to be used to lock up large swathes of land; it was meant to set aside only the smallest area necessary to protect significant archaeological or historical sites. This monument declaration claims to protect such “antiquities” as star-filled nights, coyotes and pine trees. While these are a part of Utah’s wild areas, they are certainly not what has ever been contemplated as worthy of protection under the Antiquities Act.
Congressman Stewart Addresses House
On Thursday, February 9, Congressman Chris Stewart gave his annual report to the Utah Legislature. During his visit, he addressed Congress’ priorities, which include reforming the tax code and repealing and replacing the Affordable Care Act. Rep. Stewart expressed that we as Americans have the responsibility to speak the truth, listen respectfully to others and protect Americans and America’s interests around the world. Click here to watch his remarks (begins at 15:34 mins).
Congressman Chaffetz Visits the Utah House
During the Majority Caucus meeting on Thursday, February 9, Congressman Jason Chaffetz gave an update on what he is working on in Washington, as well as his recent meeting with the president. During that meeting, Chaffetz asked the president to repeal the Bears Ears National Monument designation. He mentioned to the caucus that he would like to do away with the Antiquities Act in its entirety.
Rep. Chaffetz talked about the new Congress’ aggressive reform agenda, including repealing and replacing the Affordable Care Act, reforming the burdensome U.S. tax code and rebuilding the military infrastructure. He expressed his desire to do away with the U.S. Department of Education, saying that states and the many layers of interested parties, from parents to teachers and principals to school boards, pretty much have it covered.
Overview of the Day:
Today is the eighteenth day of the 2017 Legislative Session. The House prayer and pledge were led by guests of Representative Dan Mccay. The prayer was offered by Mark Strong. The pledge was led by Rep. McCay’s son, Cooper McCay.
Congressman Chris Stewart gave his annual report to the Utah Legislature. During his visit, he addressed Congress’ priorities, which include reforming the tax code and repealing and replacing the Affordable Care Act. Rep. Stewart expressed that we as Americans have the responsibility to speak the truth, listen respectfully to others and protect Americans and America’s interests around the world. Click here to watch his remarks (begins at 15:34 mins).
After Congressman Stewart’s speech, Tony Award-winning Alfie Boe sang Danny Boy. After his stunning performance, he received a standing ovation from the representatives and the public seated in the gallery. Boe is best known for his performance as Jean Valjean in the musical Les Miserables.
During the Majority Caucus meeting, Congressman Jason Chaffetz gave an update on what he is working on in Washington, as well as his recent meeting with the president. During that meeting, Chaffetz asked the president to repeal the Bears Ears National Monument designation. He mentioned to the caucus that he would like to do away with the Antiquities Act in its entirety.
Tweets of the Day:
Tomorrow’s Legislative Schedule:
8:00 AM: Social Services Appropriations Subcommittee
8:00 AM: Executive Offices and Criminal Justice Appropriations Subcommittee
8:00 AM: Infrastructure and General Government Appropriations Subcommittee
9:15 AM: Higher Education Appropriations Subcommittee
11:00 AM: House Chamber, House Floor Time
12:15 PM: Judicial Rules Review Committee
12:30 PM: Commission on Federalism
12:45 PM: Retirement and Independent Entities Appropriations Subcommittee
2:00 PM: House Chamber, House Floor Time
3:00 PM: House Judiciary Committee
3:00 PM: House Law Enforcement and Criminal Justice Committee
3:00 PM: House Natural Resources, Agriculture, and Environment Committee
3:00 PM: House Transportation Committee