Feb 24, 2023
The Utah House of Representatives voted down proposed legislation, HB 142, which aimed to establish a government-sponsored Kidney Health Task Force to improve kidney health for all Utahns.
"...provide recommendations on how to improve kidney health in Utah."
He expressed his disappointment that the bill did not advance. He highlighted that the bill had passed Committee 11 to 1 with no objections.
Opponents of the bill, including Rep. Norm Thurston, argued that creating another task force would not necessarily address the kidney health issue, and the administrative burden on the governor’s office would increase. Thurston suggested that people could already meet, find solutions, and work together to address the issue.
Thurston also said during the House session that he didn’t think a government-sponsored Kidney Health Task Force would accomplish its goal of fully addressing the kidney health of all Utahns.
“I appreciate the intent. I appreciate the seriousness of the issue. But I also resist the idea that creating another task force is going to make any difference. If people wanted to meet and find solutions and get together and work this issue, they already can, and they already have.” - Rep. Norm Thurston
Wheatley, on the other hand, believed that a government-sponsored task force would have the necessary credibility to make a significant impact. He argued that involving the state adds legitimacy to the task force and demonstrates a commitment to combat the disease.
In his text response to St. George News following the bill’s defeat, Wheatley added that he
“had a conversation with the director of Legislative Research and General Counsel [John Cannon] and he said a task force would have minimal impact on staff.”
The proposed legislation would have incurred costs for the Senate and House of Representatives and the Department of Health and Human Services. According to the HB142 Fiscal Note, enactment of this legislation could cost the Senate and House of Representatives $2,400 each from the General Fund ongoing beginning in FY 2024 for compensation of legislators on the Kidney Health Task Force. Enactment could also cost the Department of Health and Human Services $4,200 ongoing from the General Fund ongoing beginning in FY 2024 for per diem, travel expenses, and staff costs for the Kidney Health Task Force.
The defeat of the bill means that Utahns who suffer from kidney disease will not benefit from a state-sponsored Kidney Health Task Force that would make recommendations on how to improve kidney health in Utah. To watch the full House discussion and vote, click here.
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