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Home > Alerts & Updates > 2014 Bill Tracking Page: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

2014 Bill Tracking Page:

The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

Last updated: Apr. 8, 2014 at 5:00p

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See the 2013 Utah Government Corruption Report.

See last year's 2013 Bill Tracking Page.

 

 

 

"Good" Bills

Description: Bills that substantively improve statute. 

Disclaimer: "Good Bills" can be demoted to "Bad Bills" or "Ugly Bills" at any time, and the change may not appear on this page until it is too late.

Bill
Briefing
Click to read!
Brief Description Status Assessment
Last
Updated
HB 75 S1 Restoration of gun rights. Exempts individuals who have had certain felonies expunged from the blight of "restricted persons" who are prohibited from possessing a "dangerous weapon".  Briefing to come (click here for bill text). Passed house and senate and signed by Executive Monarch 4/8 at 5:00p
HB 242 Freedom of information. Limits the games government agencies can play to avoid openness and accountability via citizen GRAMA requests. Unanimously "held" by House Monarchess' hand-picked political subdivisions committee; died in rules committee 3/14 at 12:30a
HB 318 S1 Restoring jury trials for innocent parents.  Affords jury trial option for parents,  including gun owners, who face termination of their parental rights. Passed house; Senate Monarch's hand-picked judiciary, law [sic] enforcement, and criminal justice committee returned it to rules committee, where it died 3/14 at 12:30a
       

"Bad" Bills

Description: Bills that make statute worse.

Observations: "Bad Bills" should be killed; not amended.  Bill sponsors should be required to go back to the drawing board, obtain more input from gun owners, and complete the due diligence they failed to complete before promoting the bill.

Threat Briefing
Click to read!
Brief Description Status Last
Updated
HB 134 S3 Gun Safe Registration and Anti-Gun Propaganda Distribution. Utilizes the government's concealed carry "permit" extortion process to offer perverse financial incentives to businesses that sell gun safes.  It would also appropriate tax monies to notoriously anti-gun bureaucracies for dubious "gun safety" programs, and create a de facto gun safe registration program for those who foolishly participate. Passed house and senate and signed by Executive Monarch 4/8 at 5:00p
HB 202 Mental health backdoor gun control. Reinforces Obama regime's effort to strip firearms rights from persons ACCUSED of mental illness. Threat briefing to come (click here for bill text). Dead 3/14 at 12:30a
HB 303 S1 Major Threat! Arrest innocent vehicle drivers. Grants new police power to profile, molest, arrest, and prosecute innocent drivers if they are suspected of "being impaired to the slightest degree".  Would dramatically expand the power of police to forcibly invade the persons and vehicles of gun owners to perform unjustified seizures and arrests. Returned to House Monarchess' hand-picked rules committee, where it died 3/14 at 12:30a
HB 216 Violating your house and senate statutators. Requires bills to be approved by the House and Senate Monarchs' hand-picked standing committees before they can be enacted into statute. Threat briefing to come (click here for bill text). Dead 3/14 at 12:30a
HB 276 Major Threat! Violence against open carry gun owners. Targets unholstered open carry gun owners under "disorderly conduct", as well as other gun owners. Passed house and senate and signed by Executive Monarch 4/8 at 5:00p
HR 1 Another power grab by the Monarchess via her hand-picked committees.  Threat briefing to come (click here for bill text). Dead 3/14 at 12:30a
SB 35 Gun control by bureaucrats.  Reauthorizes numerous "administrative rules" created by unelected bureaucrats that have the same effect as gun control statutes. Passed house and senate and signed by Executive Monarch 4/8 at 5:00p
SB 126 Denying innocent parents right to petition courts. Parents, including gun owners, who have had their children stolen without a jury trial would be denied the right to even PETITION a court for restoration of their rights if the state has made other "permanent guardianship" arrangements. Threat briefing may come (click here for bill text). Passed house and senate and signed by Executive Monarch 4/8 at 5:00p
SB 220 Disorderly Mess Against Gun Owners. This bill makes a bigger mess of "disorderly conduct" statutes and puts gun owners at increased risk.  Threat briefing to come (click here for bill text). Dead 3/14 at 12:30a
SR 1 Violating your senate statutators. Expands Niederhauser's domination of the entire process, by de facto eliminating one of the only mechanisms for senate statutators to act independently. Unanimously passed senate 4/8 at 5:00p
SJR 3 Increasing Executive Monarch's power.  Executive Monarch ("governor") would appoint (rather than you elect) Utah's attorney general for a 6-year (rather than 4-year) term. Threat briefing to come (click here for bill text). Unanimously passed Senate Monarch's hand-picked committee; passed 2nd floor vote; sent back to rules where it died 3/14 at 12:30a
       

"Ugly" Bills

Description: Bills that are poorly-written, harmful distractions.

Did anyone ever take you on a snipe hunt as a child, chasing after an imaginary and ever-elusive target you could never find? It is a timeless and effective tactic of professional manipulators to send well-intentioned citizens on snipe hunts as a diversion.

The justifiable emotion and energy of the citizen regarding an issue of importance is captured and applied to a task that can't or won't be accomplished or is useless in its effect.  The status quo is thereby preserved and injustice is advanced.

Bill Briefing
Click to read!
Brief Description Status Last
Updated
HB 70 S1 Pretending to restrict forcible entry abuses. Deals with police forcible entry, but leaves gaping exception and provides no penalty for government violators. Ugly briefing may come (click here for bill text). Passed house and senate and signed by Executive Monarch 4/8 at 5:00p
HB 91 S1 Limit a couple secret government meetings, and ignore the big secret meetings. Original version of this bill created a new definition of "public committee" and requires it to comply with the existing "Open and Public Meetings Act".  This substitute is too watered down. Ugly briefing may come (click here for bill text). Failed house final floor vote; dead 3/14 at 12:30a
HB 373 Toothlessly "require" state agents to respond to federal firearm transfer requests. Statute enforcement agent (SEAs) would be tasked to fill out paperwork requested for firearm and other transfers as regulated by the National Firearms Act within 15 calendar days. Unfortunately, no penalty is provided if SEAs refuse to comply.  Ugly briefing may come (click here for bill text). Passed house and senate and signed by Executive Monarch 4/8 at 5:00p
HJR 4 Recall option for some officials, but not others. Recall provisions for the executive branch, but not the statutory (i.e. "legislative") branch. Ugly briefing may come (click here for bill text). Sent back to house rules committee from 3rd reading, where it died 3/14 at 12:30a
SB 167 S2 Spy drones are sort-of-bad. Sets some very nebulous criteria for when spy drones can be utilized without providing any penalty for government violators. Ugly briefing may come (click here for bill text). Passed house and senate and signed by Executive Monarch 4/8 at 5:00p
       

Under Review

Disclaimer: May be a "Bad Bill" or "Ugly Bill", but more time is required to review it.

Bill
Click to read actual text!
(briefing not yet complete)
Brief Description Status Last
Updated
HB 63 Recall election provisions Dead 3/14 at 12:30a
HB 161 Purportedly prohibits cooperation between a federal agency that collects electronic data and any political subdivisions of the state Dead 3/14 at 12:30a
HB 225 Sheriff assigned as primary statute enforcement agent for unincorporated areas Passed house and senate and signed by Executive Monarch 4/8 at 5:00p
HB 235 Election reporting requirement changes Dead 3/14 at 12:30a
HB 268 S1 Original version appeared to exempt archery equipment from the statutory definition of a "dangerous weapon".  This version makes many changes. Passed house and senate and signed by Executive Monarch 4/8 at 5:00p
HB 290 Changes presumption of innocence statute Passed house and senate and signed by Executive Monarch 4/8 at 5:00p
HB 295 Exemptions to weapons statutes for those doing official duties and non-residents Passed house and senate and signed by Executive Monarch 4/8 at 5:00p
HB 296 Bureaucratic requalification arrangments for statute enforcement agents and judges Passed house and senate and signed by Executive Monarch 4/8 at 5:00p
HB 301 Exempts active duty soldiers from Utah concealed firearm permit reciprocity requirement if stationed out of state Passed house and senate and signed by Executive Monarch 4/8 at 5:00p
HB 322 Deals with alternative parking for individuals who transport, possess, receive, transfer, or store a firearm in his/her vehicle Passed house and senate and signed by Executive Monarch 4/8 at 5:00p
HB 397 Deals with surveys of children in government schools Dead 3/14 at 12:30a
HB 432 Grants bureaucrats power to allow certain dispensations for firing tracer or incendiary rounds on state lands Dead 3/14 at 12:30a
HR 2 Changes to house voting procedures, including allowing those present in the chambers to abstain Dead 3/14 at 12:30a
SB 46 S2 Limit bureaucratic warrants. Original increased standard of issuing "administrative subpoenas" [i.e. bureaucratic warrants without signoff from a court dictator/judge] from "reasonable suspicion" to "probable cause" with the added caveat of "exigent circumstances".  This bill appears to require a warrant for electronic searches, without increasing the evidentiary standard. Passed house and senate and signed by Executive Monarch 4/8 at 5:00p
SB 97 Lobbyist disclosure amendments Dead 3/14 at 12:30a
SB 113 Public meeting amendments Passed house and senate and signed by Executive Monarch 4/8 at 5:00p
SB 146 Various lobbyist statutory amendments Dead 3/14 at 12:30a
SB 256 Property confiscation amendments Passed house and senate and signed by Executive Monarch 4/8 at 5:00p
SB 267 S1 Governmental entity may not challenge the timeliness of a notice of claim filed within a specified time if the claimant had in good faith previously filed it with another agency (and if other conditions are met). Dead 3/14 at 12:30a
       

 

Tracking Instructions: Each bill briefing includes a hyperlinks to the official bill documents page.  From there you can click on the latest bill version to view the actual language, or see other crucial information on the bill. The "Status" feature, for instance, tells you where the bill is in the statutory process and leads you to actual floor vote details.

You can sign up to receive e-notification of changes made to the bill or bill status.  This is a nice feature, though not always as timely or reliable as it ought to be.  Make sure to also be cognizant of new amended versions of the bill.  Keep in mind that bills can be substituted.  Substituted bills replace the previous bill entirely.

For an overall bill list and tracking page, see http://le.utah.gov/DynaBill/BillList?session=2014GS

Abbreviations: HB= house bill, HCR= house concurrent resolution, HJR= house joint resolution, S= substitute [followed by the number of the substitute], SB= senate bill, SCR= senate concurrent resolution, SJR= senate joint resolution.

Contact officials: Find and contact your house statuators, senate statuators, and executive branch officials.

Comments: If you have any corrections, additions, or other comments, please notify UT Gun Rights at info@utgunrights.com.

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