Critical Bills Move Forward on Life and Adoption Rights

Newly-elected President Pro Tempore Greg Treat is the author of an important faith-based adoption protection bill, SB1140, which allows faith-based adoption agencies to continue operating according to their principles of faith without fear of legal threat.

The bill passed out of the Senate on Tuesday 35-9 with two Democrats defecting to vote for it. It now heads to House committee next week. If it passes out of committee, the bill will head to the House floor in the first two weeks of April.

Senate Bill 1267, also authored by Treat, passed out of the Senate 44-0, which is very rare. The bill prohibits a medical provider from receiving Medicaid funds through the state if that medical provider has trafficked in baby body parts. It will be heard in House committee in the next week or two.

House Bill 3447, authored by Rep. Kevin Calvey,  prohibits funds for any organization complicit in the failure to report statutory rape. This passed the House in the final hours on Thursday 54-10 with a bipartisan vote. It heads to Senate committee next week.

Also authored by Calvey, House Bill 3676 routes a small percentage of federal funding for family aid to pregnancy resource centers. It also passed in the final hours 54-15 and heads to the Senate side in the next couple weeks.