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Utah legislative committee to discuss final disposition of aborted fetuses

Utah legislative committee to discuss final disposition of aborted fetuses

(Carter Williams,, File)

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SALT LAKE CITY — As the Legislature ends its first week of the 2020 session, a Senate committee is expected to discuss the handling of fetal remains in cases of abortions.

Sen. Curt Bramble, R-Provo, is sponsoring SB67, which will be heard by the Senate Health and Human Services Committee Friday afternoon. The bill requires a health care facility having possession of an aborted or miscarried fetus to provide for the final disposition of the fetal remains and requires a health care facility to inform a woman of the options regarding final disposition of an aborted fetus before performing an abortion.

In other committee hearings:

  • Members of the Senate Business and Labor Committee will consider SB31 regarding safety inspections for used vehicles. It was require a car dealer to undergo a safety inspection before issuing a temporary permit for a used vehicle.
  • The House Government Operations Committee will discuss how to fill congressional vacancies in HB17, which sets rules for temporary appointments for a U.S. Senate seat as well as the special election process for vacant House and Senate seats. One change would move the authority to provide three candidates for temporary senator from a party’s state central committee to the Legislature itself. The governor would then appoint one.
  • Members of the House Economic Development and Workforce Services Committee are considering HB160 that would create an education program for refugee students within the Refugee Services Office of the Department of Workforce Services. The program would assist adult refugee students who are no longer eligible for traditional high school in obtaining a high school diploma or its equivalent.

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