2023 UVU Conference on domestic violence announced
The Utah Valley University (UVU) College of Humanities and Social Sciences announced that its 2023 Conference on Domestic Violence will be held on April 14 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on UVU’s Orem Campus. The conference will include keynote and plenary speakers and workshops. (Read More)
Utah leads the way with new social media legislation
Today, Gov. Cox signed S.B. 152 Social Media Regulation Amendments, sponsored by Sen. Mike McKell. The bill places restrictions on social media companies and provides parents with additional tools to protect teens from the harmful effects of social media.
S.B. 152 enacts a strict age verification process and allows parents or legal guardians to set time restrictions on social media use. The bill also blocks direct messages to minors without being “friends” on the platform and prevents social media companies from collecting and selling data on minors. (Read More)
Gov. Cox signs 72 bills of the 2023 General Legislative Session
Utah Gov. Spencer J. Cox signed 72 bills today.
Gov. Cox has signed 551 pieces of legislation from the 2023 General Legislative Session. Joint resolutions and rules resolutions are reviewed by the governor, but his signature is not required. Information on bills signed today can be found here.
Representative Blake Moore introduces legislation promoting Medicare patients’ access to ‘Breakthrough’ medical products
Representative Blake Moore (R-UT), joined by Representatives Brad Wenstrup (R-OH), Suzan DelBene (D-WA), Gus Bilirakis (R-FL), Tony Cárdenas (D-CA), Terri Sewell (D-AL), Brett Guthrie (R-KY), and Anna Eshoo (D-CA), introduced the Ensuring Patient Access to Critical Breakthrough Products Act of 2023, legislation that would provide Medicare beneficiaries with faster access to Food and Drug Administration (FDA)-approved breakthrough medical devices. If enacted, this bill would require Medicare to temporarily cover breakthrough products for four years while the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) would be required to make a permanent coverage determination. (Read More)
Amid LA teacher strike, Owens pushes for legislation to expand school choice to low-income students affected by school closures
Rep. Burgess Owens (UT-04) introduced the Kids in Classes Act, legislation to allow families with children in Title I schools to put unused federal education funds toward in-person education should their school close due to a teachers union strike. Sen. Tim Scott (R-SC) introduced the companion legislation in the Senate. (Read More)