Utah Legislature

Ron Winterton

Four Utah lawmakers attended a town hall meeting in Heber City with city officials and residents Thursday.

They talked about stimulus money from the federal government, impacts of growth at the local level and other topics.

Heber City manager Matt Brower used the town hall as an opportunity to ask legislators how $615 million Utah will receive from the American Rescue Plan Act will be allocated.

Senator Ron Winterton, representing Utah’s 26th district, said about 1/3 of the money has been allocated, and much of it will go to water and education grants.

  The discussion on whether transgender girls should play sports was revived during an interim legislative committee meeting.

Republican Summit County Rep. Kera Birkeland introduced a bill last legislative session that would have banned transgender girls from playing on school sports teams. After passing the House, it died in a Senate Committee meeting. 

During an interim committee meeting Tuesday, Birkeland promised there will be another bill on the topic in the future. Her reason for pursuing this topic hasn’t changed. 


Masks will not be required in schools this fall.




Utah legislators were called to Special Session earlier this week to figure out how to spend more than $1.6 billion in federal funding. Lawmakers have also introduced bills and resolutions on some of the hot-button issues concerning Utahns. 

Park City School District

Even though the Utah legislature passed two resolutions against teaching Critical Race Theory in K-12 schools Wednesday, the theory isn’t being taught locally or anywhere in the state.



The Utah School Board of Education released a statement earlier this week on Critical Race Theory in schools. CRT is an academic movement, which examines how racism has influenced American life and law.

Critical Race Theory is a hot-button issue, stirring up conversation throughout Utah and the nation. With the Utah Special Session now in full swing, lawmakers have proposed resolutions addressing the topic. 




Utah Gov. Spencer Cox called the legislators to meet for the first special session of 2021 earlier this week. Cox authorized 22 issues to be considered during the session and didn’t include Critical Race Theory on the list. 

Utah State Capitol
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The Utah State Legislature’s 2021 general session ended three weeks ago, but Summit County officials are still waiting to see how they’re impacted by the decisions handed down from the lawmakers.


Summit County Manager Tom Fisher said the county is still opposed to the implementation of House Bill 98, a bill allowing private contractors to bypass county officials and hire their own building inspectors that passed out of the legislature.



A bill banning transgender girls from playing on women’s sports teams in Utah was making headlines throughout the legislative session before it died in a Senate committee meeting.

Utah was one of many state this year to introduce legislation barring transgender atheletes from playing on schools sports teams. Summit County Rep. Kera Birkeland sponsored Utah’s bill. 

MIke Kohler

Republican state representative Mike Kohler, who represents Wasatch County and the municipal area of Park City as part of House District 54, gave a recap of this year’s legislative session.


In Kohler’s first general session as a state representative after being elected to the House of Representatives last November, one of his signature pieces of legislation, HB390, was passed and now waits to be signed into law by Governor Spencer Cox.


Ronald Winerton

The Utah Legislative Session finished business on Friday. With over 1,000 bills filed during the session, legislators were able to pass around 500 new laws all while navigating the COVID-19 pandemic.



Summit and Wasatch County Sen. Ron Winterton said all-in-all the session finished without a hitch.


Utah lawmakers wrapped up their 45-day session Friday.

After a rocky start to the legislative session with both a pandemic and the threat of possible protests. Lawmakers found their footing - working both on the hill and virtually. 

Two bills that received a lot of attention during the legislative session involved the pandemic. 

Military Installation Development Authority

At the 11th hour, the Utah legislature introduced a bill that would require state authorities to use a state fund to take out loans for future projects.

MIDA is the state authority building the Mayflower Resort adjacent to Deer Valley in Wasatch County. It is one of three land use authorities in the state along with Inland Port and Point of the Mountain Authority. 


The Utah State Legislative Session comes to an end Friday and some local officials have raised concerns about the legislature’s willingness to take authority away from Utah cities, towns, and counties. 


In only 45 days, the Utah Legislature conducts the business of the state each year. Hundreds of bills are considered each session, causing a whirlwind of committee hearings, votes, amendments, and more votes before it’s all over.



When the Old Town liquor store temporarily closed mid-January due to staff shortages, the Utah Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control said it would be a minimum of three weeks before they reopened. 

However, after more than six weeks, the DABC director of communications Terry Wood said they still don’t have a set opening date. 


A bill that would raise the film tax incentives in Utah has been making its way through the legislature. Its impacts could directly affect Summit County.

The popular drama TV series Yellowstone moved production last September to Montana. The key driving factor was economic incentives offered by the state.

Two bills regarding billboards and local regulations have failed the Senate Floor.




Under Senate Bill 61, billboard companies would’ve been able to transition existing displays to electronic sign faces regardless of local regulations. 

Here’s the bill’s sponsor Republican Sen. Scott Sandall: