Recent Legislation

The Utah State Legislature is in session once a year from January to March, and passes legislation that may affect you directly now or in the future. This page provides some significant highlights. For a link to the Utah State Legislature website, click here.

Note: In Utah, you can’t vote while you are incarcerated, but it’s important to know that you do not lose your right to vote if you are convicted of a felony.

HB 11 Overdose Reporting Amendments (2014) provides immunity from simple possession and use charges if a person calls for help when they believe someone they are with is at risk of overdosing. If a person who calls for help is subsequently charged for more serious offenses, the fact that they called for help will be considered a mitigating factor in sentencing.

HB 212 DNA Collection Amendments (2014) as of January 1, 2015, requires law enforcement agencies to collect DNA samples at the time of booking for any person arrested for any felony offense.

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