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2023 Legislative Session

Stay up to date with this year’s clean air, clean energy, and radioactive waste proposed legislation.

The 2023 General Session of the 65th legislature will convene at the Utah State Capitol from January 17, 2023, to March 3, 2023. During this 45-day session, Utah lawmakers will vote on and pass legislation to address some of our state’s most pressing issues.

 

This vote-a-rama period is filled with opportunities for you to speak face-to-face with your elected officials and bring attention to why they should vote in support or against proposed legislation.

 

Below is a tracker of the air quality, renewable energy, climate change, and radioactive waste-related bills that our team is watching.

2023 Bill Tracker

CategoryBill numberStanceBill NameDescriptionSponsor / Co-SponsorStatusBill Breakdown Fact Sheet
Clean Air S.C.R. 2SupportConcurrent Resolution Regarding the Environmental Impact of Vehicle IdlingThis bill encourages individuals to adopt the Turn Your Key, Be Idle Free. Sen. FillmoreSenate FloorWatch hereFact Sheet
Clean AirS.B. 62Watching Hydrogen AmendmentsThis bill directs the Department of Natural Resources to establish a hydrogen council within the Office of Energy Development which may advise on issues related to hydrogen.Senator HinkinsSenate Floor
Clean EnergySB 48WatchingEnergy Producers States' Agreement AmendmentsThis bill directs the state legislature to participate in The Energy Council and provides for the appointment and power and duties of members.Sen. Harper, Wayne A.Senate Floor
Toxic WasteS.B. 28 SupportRadon Related AmendmentsAmendments would require the development of an online radon gas test data collection mechanism and map.Sen. Sandall, Scott D. / Rep. Stratton, Keven J.Senate Natural Resources, Agriculture, and Environment Committee
Clean AirS.B. 92SupportGSL Special License PlateBill creates a special Great Salt Lake license plate and directs funds to research and education regarding the GSL.Senator Plumb / Representative CutlerHouse Rules Committee
Clean Air + Clean EnergyH.B. 217SupportSchool Energy and Water ReductionsThis bill would channel nearly $10 million to qualifying school districts to improve their conservation, with a priority for rural schools and districts or charter schools within the Great Salt Lake basin.Rep. Bennion, Gay LynnHouse Education Committee
Clean Air + Clean EnergyH.B. 220SupportEmissions Reduction AmendmentsBill would create incentive-based legislation intended to reduce air pollution in the Wasatch Front by 50% by 2030.Rep. Stoddard House Rules Committee
Clean Air + Clean EnergyS.B. 107AgainstOil and Gas Severance Tax AmendmentsBill allocates 20 million to the CIB to fund the highway for hydrocarbons project out of the Uinta BasinSen. Winterton, Ronald M.Senate Floor
Clean Air S.B 84Watching Housing and Transit Reinvestment Zone AmendmentsThis bill amends provisions related to housing and transit reinvestment zones.Sen. Harper/ Rep. Snider Senate Floor
Clean Energy + ClimateSB 96OpposeFiduciary Duty Modifications"Restricts government entities and subdivisions (i.e. cities) from being able to consider social, environmental, or governance practices of investment funds when making decisions about where to invest public money. "Sen. WilsonSenate Business and Labor Committee
Clean Energy + ClimateSB 97OpposePublic Contract Requirements"Restricts the ability of government entities and subdivisions (i.e. cities) to enter into contracts with companies that express certain political or social views. "Representative ShippOppose
Clean Air + EnergyH.B 217SupportSchool Energy and Water ReductionsThis bill would channel nearly $10 million to qualifying school districts to improve their conservation, with a priority for rural schools and districts or charter schools within the Great Salt Lake basin.Rep. Bennion, Gay LynnFailed in House Education Committee
Clean AirHB 272WatchingWater Efficient Landscaping AmendmentsThis bill addresses incentives to use water efficient landscaping.Representative OwensHouse Rules Committee
Clean AirHB 286SupportGreat Salt Lake Funding ModificationsChanges the recipient of the revenue generated from a 1/16% sales and use tax (the earmarked revenue) from the Water Infrastructure Restricted Account to the Great Salt Lake Account for five years.Representative BriscoeHouse Rules Committee
Air Quality H.B 319Support Uintah Basin Air Quality Research Project Repeals the July 2023 sunset date of the Uintah Basin Air Quality Research Project through the Bingham Entrepreneurship and Energy Research Center and places an appropriation request of $150,000. Rep. Chew House Natural Resources, Agriculture, and Environment Committee
Air QualityS.C.R 6Support Joint Resolution on GSL Elevation TargetsThis resolution: describes the current status of the Great Salt Lake; addresses the impacts of the Great Salt Lake on the state's economy; discusses the impacts of low lake levels; and recommends the adoption of a goal to devise and implement policies, incentives,and funding sources to return the Great Salt Lake to optimal levels.Sen. BlouinSenate Comm - Held
Clean Energy HJR 11SupportJoint Resolution on Social Cost on CarbonAddresses a state social cost on carbonRepresentative Dailey-ProvostHouse Rules Committee
Clean EnergyHB 301OpposeTransportation Tax AmendmentsImposes additional tax on EV chargingRepresentative Schultz House Rules Committee
Clean EnergySB 125WatchingTransportation Infrastructure Amendment$2 mil to the ASPIRE centerSenator WilsonSenate Transportation, Public Utilities, Energy, and Technology Committee

Resources

HEAL’s involvement in public policy stems from our mission to promote clean energy and clean air and protect communities from toxic and hazardous waste. Public policy advocacy also plays an essential role in creating systemic change and ensuring investment in the priorities that matter most to Utahns.

You’ll find HEAL up on the Hill advocating for bills that address our air quality crisis, support a just and equitable energy transition, and keep our communities safe from toxic and radioactive waste.  

To create systemic change through public policy, HEAL needs active participation from its members. As a community lobbyist, you can provide feedback and voice support or concerns for specific legislation, thus playing an essential role in ensuring your priorities are heard and reflected in public policies.

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