After a very busy 45 days the 2021 legislative session has ended.
We were focused on three areas, protecting funding for Medicaid and Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) programs, and preventing bad tobacco legislation from passing. We are proud to share we were successful in all three areas!
Medicaid – There were no cuts proposed to the funding for this vital program as the legislature saw that there is an increased need for this program right now.
SNAP - Early in the session the legislature was considering cutting the funding for the SNAP program by 30%. At a time when so many Utahns need food assistance this greatly troubled us. Thankfully with your help we can report that the legislature did not cut any of the funding for this program.
Tobacco legislation – In the last session we saw legislation pass that eliminated a community’s ability to pass local tobacco control rules. This session there was a bill proposed that would limit the Department of Health’s ability to do the same and we are happy to share that we defeated that bill! We knew this would be a tough year to pass new tobacco control legislation so we focused our efforts on ensuring nothing that we thought would be harmful passed.
This session was unlike any other session but overall, with your help and that of other advocates we were able to do some good work. If you have questions about these issues, please feel free to reach out. While the session is over, we will continue our work in preparation for next year and on local issues that might come up over the next few months. Thank you for your support this session.
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