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Utah House committee to discuss e-cigarettes in schools

Utah House committee to discuss e-cigarettes in schools

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SALT LAKE CITY — The topic of e-cigarettes in schools will be discussed by lawmakers on a House committee Thursday afternoon.

HB58 goes before the House Education Committee and addresses student use of alcohol, tobacco, electronic cigarette products and other substances through education and prevention programs as well as discipline policies.

Among other things, the bill would require local school boards to adopt discipline policies to address possession and use of electronic cigarette products on school grounds; rename the Underage Drinking Prevention Program the Underage Drinking and Substance Abuse Prevention Program; and add a requirement to teach a school-based prevention program for students in fourth and fifth grades.

Other bills of note in committee include:

• Members of the Senate Natural Resources, Agriculture and Environment Committee are hearing SB51, which requires metering of secondary water. It would also restrict the use of culinary water for regular irrigation.

• The Senate Transportation, Public Utilities, Energy and Technology Committee is scheduled to discuss SB110, which would create a pilot program for the development of a program to issue an electronic driver’s license certificate, and later a permanent process for obtaining an electronic license.

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