Tracking 2021 Utah Legislative Bills
Below are bills that CAP Utah is watching during the 2021 legislative session. This is not representative of all bills and will be updated throughout the season.
For most up to date and comprehensive information, we encourage you to visit the 2021 General Session page from the Utah Legislature.
You can also access additional bill trackers from:
- Utah Health Policy Project
- Utah Housing Coalition
- Utah League of Cities and Towns
- United Way of Salt Lake
- Voices for Utah Children
United Way of Salt Lake offers great tools on how to be part of the legislative process which can be found here:
Updated Feb. 16, 2021
|Intergenerational Poverty Mitigation Act Amendments
|Adds representation from Division of Multicultural Affairs
|Intergenerational Poverty Solutiob
|Creates the Education Savings Incentive Program, provides a path to higher education for people in poverty
|Unemployment Insurance Amendments
|Requires certain small nonprofit organizations to notify an employee that the employee will be unable to claim service performed for the nonprofit to qualify for unemployement insurance benefits
|Drivers License Suspension Amendments
|May protect low income individuals from losing transportation by prohibiting suspension of license for failure of ability to pay.
|Rental Expenses Disclosure Requirements
|Requires an owner of a residential rental unit to make expense-related disclosures to a potential renter before accepting an application fee
|Single-family Housing Modifications
|Modifies and defines terms applicable to municipal and county land use development and management; Opens up some alternative housing options.
|Utah Housing Affordability Amendments
|This bill provides that a municipality may grant real property that will be used for affordable housing units; provides that a municipality shall offset costs for a developer, if a developer is required to provide affordable housing units or contribute to a housing fund as a result of a local ordinance; creates an affordable housing pilot program; modifies the potential uses of a community reinvestment agency's housing allocation; describes additional activities that may receive funding from the Olene Walker Housing Loan Fund, including a mediation program and predevelopment grants;
|Overdose Prevention Sites
|Allows counties to approve an entity to operate an overdose prevention program.
|Mobile Crisis Outreach
|Requires the Division of Substance Abuse and Mental Health to create and monitor additional mobile crisis outreach teams.
|Homeless Youth Protection Amendments
|Clarifies that a person who provides shelter, care, or service to certain homeless youth may refer the homeless youth to temporary or permanent housing
|Use of Force Reporting Requirements
|Provides data regarding police interactions, including with people experiencing homelessness.
|Firearm Preemption Amendments
|Creates an exemption for local government to prohibit firearms in a homeless shelter which provides temporary shelter to at least 20 individuals per night.
|Homeless Services Amendments
|This bill creates the Office of Homeless Services within the Department of Worforce Services, replaces the State Homelessness Coordinating Committee with teh Utah Homeless Council, and provides that the deuty director of DWS oversee the Homelessness Office.
|Behavioral Emergency Services Amendments
|Bill that would train EMTs and firefighters to respond to mental health calls was introduced to the Legislature this week
|Medical Respite Care Pilot Program
|Requires the Department of Health to apply for a Medicaid waiver or state plan amendment to provide reimbursement to a facility that provides residential medical respite care to a homeless individual
|Signed into Law
|Rural Online Initiative Sunset Amendments
|Makes the Rural Online Initiative a permanent program. This helps connect rural Utahns to better paying remote opportunities.
|Signed into Law
|Retirement Income Tax Amendments
|Tax Cut to Utahns on Social Security and Military Retirement. Has some income limits. Targets low income seniors.
|Mental Health Coverage Amendments
|This bill amends Insurance Code provisions related to health benefit plans. It prohibits a health insurer from offering a health benefit plan in which, within a single class of benefits, nonquantitative treatment limitations for mental health and substance use disorder benefits differ from nonquantitative treatment limitations for medical and surgical benefits
|Student Prosperity Savings Program Amendments
|This bill repeals income tax incentives related to the Student Prosperity Savings Program.
|Social Security Tax Amendments
|This bill provides for an individual income tax credit for certain social security benefits.
|Ranked-Choice Voting Amendments
|This bill requires ranked-choice voting to be used in certain regular primary elections for state or county office
|Mobile Voting Pilot Project
|This bill creates a mobile voting pilot project for municipal elections
|Digital Opportunity Access Amendment
|This bill creates digital equity programs within the state library division.