The 2019 Utah Legislative Session looks to be like many before it, busy. It will deal with some of the most crucial policies and issues facing the state today. From Tax reform to Medicaid expansion and everything in-between. Here is my agenda of bills this year.
First, I was appointed as vice-chair of the House Business and Labor Standing committee. I’m looking forward to working with Rep. Jim Dunnigan who is Chair along with the rest of the committee. We will be tackling some of the most significant issues in the state in this committee.
Here are the bills I’m working on:
Towing. In 2017, during my first legislative session, I was able to pass HB 393, Towing Amendments. The law established the Governor’s Towing Advisory Board and streamlined towing certification of towers under the state. The bill went a long way to better protect consumers from predatory towing while also making it easier for towing companies to work in multiple cities and areas throughout the state.
In 2019, I will be introducing the next phase of towing amendments that will again better protect consumers from predatory towing and help towing companies provide better service. Utilizing many of the discussions and recommendations from the Towing Advisory Board, this towing amendment bill will:
HB 114 – Self-defense amendments. This bill is back from last year. It received broad support but didn’t pass due to the session ending before it could be passed in the Senate. It was second on the list when the session ended.
Utah State Law is clear that when someone is assaulted by an aggressor, they can defend themselves without first fleeing. Someone who defends themselves is a victim of that violent aggression. This bill makes it clear that prosecutors cannot continue that victimization by asking questions such as “why didn’t you flee,” “why didn’t you first try to call the police,” etc. They were not required to do so before defending themselves. The bill does not allow people to use this law to be an aggressor.
Initiative Funding Amendments. Candidates for political office are required to provide information on who is paying for their campaign marketing activities. Those running a ballot initiative do not have this requirement. This bill will make it a requirement for them to disclose who is paying for their ballot-initiative campaign activities.
Driver License Suspension Amendments. Last year I passed a bill ending the practice of suspending someone’s driver license for a non-driving offense – specifically for drug-related charges that had nothing to do with driving. This bill extends that to include eliminating the suspension of a driver license for unpaid fines under $1,000. This ensures people who still need to drive to work, pick up children from school, etc. will still be able to do so. They will still be responsible for addressing their citations and paying fines, but they won’t lose their driver license while going through that process.
Second Amendment. I will be running a few bills in support of the Second Amendment. I will be aggressively opposing bills that are threats to the Second Amendment and blatant gun control bills including red flag and extreme risk protection order bills (ERPO).
A. Cory Maloy
A. Cory Maloy (R) was elected to the Utah House of Representatives for District 6 on Nov. 8, 2016