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2013 Utah State Legislative Session - Week 2 Update
February 11, 2013
Parsons Behle & Latimer

Today is the start of the third week of the 2013 legislative session.
There are 31 days until the final day of the session.

Prison Relocation

In his State of the State address, Governor Herbert stated that “it’s time to get serious about finding a more suitable location for the state prison.” Legislation is being drafted in regards to prison relocation.


There are several bills relating to guns this year. For example, House Bill 76 eliminates the requirement for a concealed weapons permit. This would allow anyone over 21 to carry a concealed weapon if they can legally own a gun. The bill is currently in the rules committee. The concern for employers is the potential for additional gun legislation that could impair employers’ ability to control the workplace and prohibit guns if they choose. So far, we have not seen any legislation that would affect that right, but we are watching this subject closely.

Autism Mandate

Senate Bill 55 was approved by the Senate Business and Labor Committee last Thursday. This bill mandates that insurance companies cover autism testing and treatment for Utah children through age 17. Proponents claim this mandate will not significantly impact costs. However, the insurance industry warns it has the potential to substantially raise premiums for individuals and small businesses.


House Bill 253 adds a new requirement for companies to certify whether they are using e-verify or not when obtaining a license from the Utah Department of Commerce. That certification will become part of a state database. The bill is currently being held.

Water Issues

Water issues are very popular this year. There are currently at least six bills pertaining to water rights and other water issues including Senate Bill 154 which makes changes to the sales and use taxation of potable water. This bill is currently being held.

If you need additional information on any of these issues or bills, please contact Mike Bailey at 801.201.0115 or Shelly Cordon Teuscher at 801.541.5918, or visit