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Utah Education Association

With this year’s state legislative session about halfway over, Utah’s top education leader is cautiously optimistic about how funding next school year is looking so far.


If Senate Bill 61 makes it into law, municipalities would be required to allow bill-board companies to transition existing displays to electronic sign faces. The legislation has elevated a social media conversation in Wasatch County and drawn the ire of members of the Heber City Council.


A Summit County Representative’s bill banning transgender girls from playing on women’s sports teams in schools is making its way through the legislature.


The bill passed it’s first hurdle Thursday in a House Education Committee meeting with a vote of 8-6.

Republican Rep. Kera Birkeland is sponsoring the bill. During the committee meeting, she said the purpose of her bill is to preserve a women’s space in sports earned through the civil rights movement. 


A bill tackling affordable housing in Utah is making its way through the legislature. However, local representatives across the state have raised a number of concerns with the piece of legislation.



The bill, sponsored by Republican Rep. Raymond Ward, would allow single-family homes to build on accessory dwelling units - allowing people to rent out their basements. 

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A proposed gun bill, which allows anyone 21 years or older to carry a concealed firearm in public without a permit and required education, is all but sure to pass during this legislative session in Utah.



Summit County Republican Rep. Kera Birkeland has filed a bill that would ban transgender girls from playing on women’s sports teams, in schools, local education agencies and higher education institutions.

In an interview with KPCW last week, Birkeland said the purpose of her bill is to create a safe space for cisgender female students - meaning students who identify with the gender they were assigned at birth.

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Summit County, and its allies in the Utah Association of Counties, are monitoring bills in the Legislature that could affect Summit’s finances, or its ability to regulate development. The Council reviewed some of that legislation on Wednesday.


Among the items Summit County is watching, Senate Bill 18 is intended to make changes in tax law to help out business during the pandemic. But County Manager Tom Fisher said they’re concerned about it.



Students could soon be able to miss school for mental health days without a doctor’s note. Two bills that are currently making their way through the legislature address health and student attendance. 

One of the bills would add mental health as a valid reason to miss school. Republican Rep. Mike Winder is sponsoring the bill. During a House Education Committee meeting, he said mental health is something that needs to be addressed. 


Earlier this week a democratic state representative launched an impeachment probe of Utah’s Attorney General. Both Summit and Wasatch County's Representatives say they will not be supporting the legislation.

Rep. Andrew Stoddard - a democrat - opened a resolution to impeach Utah’s Attorney General Sean Reyes - due to Reyes’s ties to a GOP organization that issued robocalls urging people to storm the U.S. Capitol building Jan. 6.  

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During the first week of Utah’s 45-Day Legislative Session, Utah’s Governor gave a state of the state address, which covered key issues throughout the state. 




Utah Gov. Spencer Cox addressed the house and the senate jointly last Thursday for his first state of the state address. 

While Cox laid out plans to deal with concerns about public infrastructure and transportation, his address largely focused on education throughout the state.  

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The Utah Legislature will resume in person public participation beginning Monday, January 25th. 


Utah’s 45-day general legislative session starts Tuesday. Hundreds of bills have been listed and numbered over the last month, covering issues like health-care, police reform and education funding. There are also a number of bills regarding voting and ballots. 

Across the country, there’s controversy over the presidential election results due to mail-in ballots. 

Utah has offered a mail-in voting option since 2013, so last year’s presidential election didn’t force the state out of its comfort zone - despite the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. 


Utah educators and school staff are likely to be given a bonus this year due to a legislative proposal.


As the Utah Legislature recently met in special session, relooking at the state’s budget after only three months, a major question for the Park City Chamber/Bureau was the state’s tourism marketing dollars.

Chamber Director Bill Malone brought us up to speed in his latest visit with KPCW.        

Malone said the actions of the lawmakers left the tourism dollars pretty much at the same level—some $24 million.      



Summit and Wasatch County voters are looking ahead to the June 30 primary to decide the final matchups for many state and local races in November’s general election. Utah’s hotly-contested House District 54 is up for grabs this year and two Republicans hope to secure their party’s nomination next week.


Mike Kohler and Randy Favero both want to be the Republican candidate for Utah House District 54. The district covers Wasatch County and the Park City municipal area.