2019 Utah Legislature

The Trump administration on Friday evening made clear to the Utah legislature and governor that it would not approve a waiver for a partial Medicaid expansion, before the state even submitted the waiver request. 

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It looks like Summit County isn’t quite done with assessing the impacts of the 2019 Utah Legislature.

County manager Tom Fisher said a bill that came to their attention may set tighter regulations on how government employees use their resources on the job. The County attorney’s office is reviewing the law.

Utah Politics Now returned to the airwaves with a post-2019 legislative session recap. State Sen. Ron Winterton (R-Dist. 26), Rep. Tim Quinn (R-Dist. 54)  and Rep. Brian King (D-Dist. 28) join KPCW’s Leslie Thatcher and Emily Means in a wide-ranging, roundtable discussion on tax reform, education, affordable housing and ballot initiatives.

Utah Politics Now returned to the airwaves with a post 2019 legislative session recap. State Senator Ron Winterton (R-Dist. 26), Rep. Tim Quinn (R-Dist. 54)  and Rep. Brian King (D-Dist. 28) join KPCW’s Leslie Thatcher and Emily Means in a wide-ranging, roundtable discussion on tax reform, education, affordable housing and ballot initiatives.

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At Thursday's Council meeting, Councilmember Tim Henney brought up the failed attempt to prohibit Park City’s plastic bag ordinance in the context of local control. Quinn there’s an argument to be made for cities and counties being political subdivisions of the state, and that some policies—like income tax—shouldn’t be left to local municipalities. In general, though, Quinn says he’ll fight for local control.

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Utah Gov. Gary Herbert signed House Bill 411 into law Friday, setting up a framework for communities to move towards using net-100% renewably sourced electricity. 

Park City and Summit County backed HB 411, the Community Renewable Energy Act, along with Salt Lake City and Rocky Mountain Power. HB 411 creates guidelines for establishing a renewable energy program between a community and an electric utility, including rates and terms of service. The bill passed in the final hours of the 2019 legislative session.

The 2019 Utah legislature wrapped up last night. Summit County Council member Kim Carson said on Thursday that, overall, the county came out fairly well.

On the less positive side, Senate Bill 139, governing e-scooters, passed through the Legislature. Carson said the county’s concern is that it limits the ability of local governments to regulate the scooters.

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House Bill 148 allows law enforcement to give only one warning before imposing a fine on drivers who leave their engines running, as opposed to the three warnings that state law previously required.

Bill sponsor Rep. Patrice Arent, a Democrat from Millcreek and co-chair of the Legislature’s Clean Air Caucus, said vehicle emissions contribute to almost half of the state’s air quality issues, and HB 148 would help curb that.

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A bill that would have prohibited local governments from banning plastic bags and other containers failed to advance in the state Legislature. 

A bill that creates a framework for communities to move towards using 100% renewably sourced electricity passed in the final hour of the Utah Legislature’s 2019 general session. 

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The state Senate gave final passage Thursday to a bill that would raise the alcohol limit of grocery and convenience store beer from 3.2% to 4%—with a few added conditions. 

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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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