- Associated Press - Tuesday, January 21, 2014

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - Utah Democrats are planning to make education, health care and air quality some of their priorities for the upcoming legislative session.

More than a dozen Democratic members of the Utah House and Senate held a news conference at the state Capitol on Tuesday to broadly outline their priorities.

Democrats, who are the minority party at the Legislature, will need Republican support for their proposals to pass.

Democratic leaders said they’re focused on issues such as air quality and health care because they’re vital to the security and well-being of Utah families.

Sen. Gene Davis, a Salt Lake Democrat and the Senate minority leader, said the issues are also important for vulnerable populations such as senior citizens.

Many proposals are still in the drafting stages, and Democrats on Tuesday did not dive into specific bills during their news conference.

Rep. Marie Poulson of Salt Lake City said after the news conference that she is planning a bill to fight so-called “revenge porn,” where people share sexually explicit photos and videos of former romantic partners online in order to humiliate them.

The proposal she’s working on right now would make it a felony to share the images without the person’s consent, Poulson said.

California and New Jersey have passed laws punishing those who post the materials, and similar proposals have been introduced or announced in at least half a dozen other states in the last year.

Democratic lawmakers are also planning legislation to tackle campaign finance and election reporting requirements.

Rep. Patrice Arent, a Salt Lake City Democrat, said a proposal she’s working on will require candidates to specify on their disclosure forms where they get their money and how they spend it.

For example, a candidate would not be able to simply list an organization that gave them money. They would instead be required to name the person at the organization giving the donation, she said.

The Legislature convenes Monday for a five-week session that is scheduled to wrap up on March 13.

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