How Utah Bills Become Law:

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How to Find your Legislators

Go to le.utah.gov
Click “Find Your Legislator”
Click “View Map” & type in your address. The map will zoom in & show your House Rep & State Senator. Click to find info (contact info, legislation they are sponsoring, committee assignments, etc)
You can also view the full Roster in both the House and the Senate by going to “Legislators” at the top of the website & clicking “Roster”.

How to Find Bills

Go to le.utah.gov
Click “Bills” (at the top), click “View Bills”
Click “Bills/Bill Requests”
Search by the bill sponsor (Senator/Representative); or, search by Subject
Pick a bill that interests you & start reading!

How to Read Bills

Language with no formatting is EXISTING LAW included in the bill for context
Language that is underlined is being ADDED to existing law
Language that is struck through is being DELETED from existing law.

How to Track Bills

Go to le.utah.gov
Click “Bills” (at the top), click “Tracking Service”
Follow the steps to Create a New Account or Login
Once you are on your Tracking page, click “Bills by Legislator, Subject, Subject, or Committee” to find bills to track.
Search for bills by Bill Sponsor or by Subject.
Click the checkbox next to the bill you want to track, or click the link to view the bill, then click the “Track This” button.

How to Access your Tracking Page and How to Use It

Go to le.utah.gov
Click “Bills” (at the top), click “Tracking Service”
Login, if needed.
CHECK IT DAILY!
Look for notifications in green to find which bills will be heard in committee.
Notifications in red show bills currently on the Reading Calendars waiting for a vote on the Floor.
#’s in (purple) indicate place on agenda/list
Turn on email notifications for any bill by clicking the email icon to the left of the bill. You will be notified each time the bill’s status changes.
Click the “Committees” tab to track committees you watch most often.

How to Check Votes and Listen to Past Debates on Bills

Go to le.utah.gov
Find the bill (see above for instructions, or type the bill # or keyword in the search bar)
Click on the bill to view it, click the “Status” tab
Click on the votes to view them
Click on the “Hearings/Debates” tab to listen to the debate.

How to Watch Floor Debates

Go to le.utah.gov
Click “Legislators”, click “Reading Calendars” (you can also click “Now Playing (Live Streams)” in the Quick Links section to watch the video only)
To view the LIVE video of the debate, click the + symbol next to “Video” underneath the House or the Senate.
To find out what bills are being debated & follow along, the most important screens to keep expanded are:
House side: “3rd Reading” & “Senate bills”
Senate side: “2nd Reading” & “3rd Reading”
“Voting Board” shows you in real time the votes of each member of the body. While voting is taking place, you will see the name of each rep/senator turn green (for a yes vote) or red (for a no vote)
“Consent” & “Concurrence” are only used if a bill is changed in the other house & the changes must be approved before the bill can pass
“Time Certain” is when a bill will be debated at an exact time during the day. All other business will be put aside while that bill is debated.

How to Watch Committees

Go to le.utah.gov
Click “Committees”
Click “Standing”
Find the committee; or, click “Now Playing” to listen to LIVE committee hearings
Check meeting date/time/agenda Listen to LIVE meetings
Click “Members” tab for member contact info.

How to Testify in Committee

You may be able to testify virtually. Here is a document explaining the process: Document
Prepare a 2-3 minute speech ahead of time, but be prepared to shorten it to 1 min. Address specifics in the bill you support or oppose.
During the meeting, public comment is taken after the bill has been presented & before the committee votes. The Committee Chair will announce the rules for the public comment period.
When it is your turn to testify, state your name & who you represent (an organization, if applicable, or say “I am speaking on behalf of myself”).
Be courteous. Be to the point. Ask the committee to vote in favor or to oppose the bill. Thank the committee members.

How to Find Current Utah Law

Go to le.utah.gov
Click “Code” (top of the page menu bar)
Click “Code and Constitution”
Option 1: Click “Utah Code – by Title, Chapter, and Section”, then search by Title subject or specific code (Example: 20A-2-101 election code / voter registration requirements) <– use this option if you have an idea of where you need to search
Option 2: Click “Utah Code and Constitution – by Keyword”, then use the Keyword Search box (also found on the homepage) <– use this option if you don’t know which section of code to look in & need to find a specific word or phrase.