On January 28, 2019 the 63rd General Session of the Utah State Legislature began. For the next 45 days, until March 14, 2019, our state elected officials will convene at our state capitol to make important policy decisions that impact the lives of all Utahans. Below you will find a list of bills that the Utah Sexual Violence Council is tracking during the 2019 legislative session. These are bills that directly impact the mission of the Rape Recovery Center, and the survivors we serve.
Bills we support:
HB 100 - SEXUAL VIOLENCE PROTECTIVE ORDERS
This bill closes a gap within the current protective order structure to ensure survivors of stranger & acquaintance sexual violence can obtain legal orders of protection.
HB 53 - VICTIM COMMUNICATIONS AMENDMENTS
This bill expands confidentiality privileges for for community based advocates working with survivors of violence and abuse.
SB 88 - CRIME VICTIMS RESTITUTION AMENDMENTS
This bill modifies restitution criteria to include expenses for security measures put in place by a victim in response to a criminal offense.
HB 75 - SEX OFFENDER REGISTRY AMENDMENTS
This bill clarifies when an individual convicted of the offense of unlawful sexual activity with a minor is required to register as a sex offender.
HB 20 - HUMAN TRAFFICKING AMENDMENTS
This bill clarifies and amends certain language regarding human trafficking and creates an offense for trafficking a vulnerable adult.
HB 108 - HUMAN TRAFFICKING REVISIONS
This bill clarifies that children who are engaged in commercial sex should be treated as victims.
HB 141 - AGGRAVATED SEXUAL EXPLOITATION OF A MINOR
This bill increases the penalty for sexual exploitation of a minor under certain circumstances.
HCR 006 - CONCURRENT RESOLUTION DESIGNATING MAY 5 AS MISSING AND MURDERED INDIGENOUS WOMEN, GIRLS, AND LGBT+ AWARENESS DAY
This concurrent resolution designates May 5 as "Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women, Girls, and LGBT+ Awareness Day."
SB 134 - CAMPUS SAFETY AMENDMENTS
This bill enacts provisions related to campus safety plans and training regarding interpersonal violence at institutions of higher education.
Bills we oppose:
Check back here for any bills we may oppose during the 2019 legislative session.
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