2019 Utah Legislature

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Utah law forbids health educators in public and charter schools to advocate for the use of contraception. HB 71 has now passed the senate and is waiting to be signed by Governor Gary Herbert. It permits teachers to explain the different contraceptive methods available while still refraining from advocating its use.

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With one day to go in this year’s legislative session, Utah lawmakers reached a compromise deal to increase the amount of alcohol available in beer in grocery and convenience stores. 

Many of us are feeling the effects of the time change, after setting the clocks ahead an hour for daylight saving time. But Utahns might not have to worry about resetting their clocks, if legislation sponsored by a Utah representative gets enough support. 

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A bill that supports Park City, Summit County and Salt Lake City’s renewable energy goals received a second chance, after failing in its first legislative hearing. 

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The sales tax reform bill that has weighed heavy on the last half of the legislative session has met its end—at least for now. 

Utah Gov. Gary Herbert, flanked by House and Senate Leadership as well as bill sponsor Rep. Tim Quinn, announced Thursday afternoon that the tax modernization under House Bill 441 would be delayed.

The bill would have lowered the sales tax rate and placed sales tax on services, in an effort to fill a depleted state general fund.

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A bill based on three years of negotiations by Park City, Summit County, Salt Lake City and Rocky Mountain Power failed at its first hearing at the state Legislature Wednesday, but after some updates to the bill language and discussion with committee members, HB 411 will see another day at the Capitol.  

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The 45-day legislative session is nearing its end, keeping lawmakers busy as they try to debate and vote on hundreds of bills. District 53 Rep. Logan Wilde shared his thoughts on some legislation that Summit County and Park City have been watching. 

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A bill that would raise the alcohol content of beer in grocery and convenience stores from 3.2% to 4.8% was replaced Wednesday by a bill that creates a task force to study the availability and distribution of beer.

Senate Bill 132 sponsor Sen. Jerry Stevenson remarked that he was surprised the bill was being heard in the House Health and Human Services Committee because he views it as a commerce bill—not an alcohol bill. He figured it was for one reason: to kill the bill.

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After pressure by Gov. Gary Herbert and House and Senate leadership at the start of the 2019 general session, the Utah Legislature’s race to change state tax law in less than two weeks begins. 

The long-awaited tax reform bill had its first hearing Friday. Sponsored by Wasatch and Summit Counties Rep. Tim Quinn, House Bill 441 lowers the sales tax rate while adding sales tax to a wide variety of services. The Heber Republican has reportedly been working on the bill, with other key players, for months.

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The 45-day general session of the Utah Legislature draws all sorts of people and organizations to Capitol Hill to advocate for their cause—individual citizens, industry representatives, local government officials. This year, the progressive, government watchdog group Alliance for a Better Utah has set its sights on bills that affect the “will of the people.” 

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The House Natural Resources Committee voted 6-4 to advance House Bill 320 Monday. Spanish Fork Republican Rep. Mike McKell first presented the Container Regulation Act last Friday, but the committee ran out of time for discussion, and it was held for a later hearing.

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District 53 Rep. Logan Wilde, who represents a portion of Summit County, has come under fire for a perceived conflict of interest related to a bill he’s sponsoring this legislative session. 

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A controversial bill sponsored by Summit County Rep. Logan Wilde crossed its first legislative hurdle Friday. 

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A bill at the Utah Legislature prohibiting local governments from banning plastic bags and other containers was held for further discussion Friday, as there was little time left in the hearing for questions from the committee and to accommodate all the members of the public who planned to testify. 

Park City School District

The legislative committee for education appropriations recommended a 4% increase to the weighted pupil unit for this year’s budget. What does that mean for Park City schools? 

Park City School District Business Administrator Todd Hauber says that 4% increase in per-pupil spending—which shakes out to $128 million statewide—will bring about $600,000 into the Park City School District.  

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