Below is a list of bills that HEAL Utah is keeping an eye on this Legislative session. Please check the Support/Oppose column which indicates whether the bill is supported or opposed by HEAL. We put those which we think to be a higher priority towards the top. Appropriation amendments have a * at the beginning of their description. Check back regularly: We’ll do our best to keep the list up-to-date!
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2018 Legislative Bill Tracker
|Bill Number||Bill Name||Sponsor||Description||Support/Oppose||Status/Notes|
|HB169||Commercial Waste Fee Amendments||Rep. John Knotwell||Reduces annual fee paid by an owner/ operator of a commercial radioactive waste treatment/disposal facility that receives radioactive waste. Includes $1.7 million ongoing fiscal note which could require budget cuts to the Department of Environmental Quality.||Oppose||Passed House & Senate. On the way to the Gov.|
|SB136||Transportation Governance Amendments||Sen. Wayne Harper||This bill modifies governance of certain public transit districts, amends provisions related to registration fees, modifies taxes related to transportation, modifies the governance of the Department of Transportation, and makes other changes.||Neutral- Concerns with High EV Fees||Passed House & Senate. On the way to the Gov.|
|HB331||Air Pollution Mitigation Education Program||Rep. Michael Kennedy||Requires the Drivers Licence Division and the State Board of Education to create rules regarding the creation and implementation of educational materials to students in drivers education and to applicants for a drivers licence.||Support||Passed House & Senate. On the way to the Gov.|
|HB101||Air Quality Emissions Testing Amendments||Rep. Patrice Arent||Requires diesel emissions testing in all counties that already have implemented gasoline vehicle emissions testing.||Support||Passed House & Senate. On the way to the Gov.|
|HB171||Motor Vehicle Emissions Amendments||Rep. Angela Romero||Increases fine schedule for individuals who illegally tamper with vehicles emissions technology.||Support||Bill not passed and will not become law.|
|HCR7||Concurrent Resolution on Economic and Environmental Stewardship||Rep. Rebecca Edwards||Encourages the responsible stewardship of natural resources and reduction of emissions through incentives and support of the growth in technologies. It encourages the use of science-based decision-making, conservation and responsible management.||Support||Passed House & Senate. On the way to the Gov.|
|HCR1||Concurrent Resolution on Global Warming and Climate Change||Rep. Raymond Ward||Acknowledges that global temperature, and average Utah temperatures, have increased substantially over recent decades. Recognizes the scientific consensus that the substantial cause for these increases are human-cause emissions.||Support||Resolution not passed and will not become law.|
|HB211||Freight Switcher Emissions Mitigation||Rep. Stephen Handy||*Aims to upgrade about a dozen "Freight Switchers", the locomotives that move cargo in Utah's rail yards.||Support||Bill not passed and will not become law.|
|HB479||Zero Emission Vehicle Program||Rep. Steve Eliason||Increases opportunity to purchase low emitting vehicles, improves ambient air quality; and coordinates efforts with other states to improve air quality.||Support||Bill not passed and will not become law.|
|SB141||Electric Energy Amendments||Sen. Curtis Bramble||Pauses the solar tax credit in 2018-2019 at $1600, and phases out by $400/year from 2020-2023. This is part of the net metering settlement with Rocky Mountain Power, the solar industry, and advocates.||Support||Passed House & Senate. On the way to the Gov.|
|HB261||Renewable Energy Amendments||Rep. John Knotwell||Addresses the basis of setting rates for solar photovoltaic or thermal solar energy facilities.||Support||Passed House & Senate. On the way to the Gov.|
|HB403||Tax Modifications||Rep. Joel Briscoe||Addresses Department of Environmental Quality certifying emissions by certain taxpayers; collection of an administration charge by the State Tax Commission. Creates an individual income and corporate franchise tax credit for mining and manufacturing.||Neutral||Bill not passed and will not become law.|
|HB373||Waste Management Amendments||Rep. Lee Perry||Gives solid waste facilities the option to self-inspect, which is concerning. This could limit public access to facility data and create potential loopholes in the inspection process, including minimal training for the self-inspections. It also appropriates $200,000 of the fees paid by facilities to the DEQ to be able to spend on upgrades to inspection technology, which is positive. Overall, the concerns outweigh the benefits.||Oppose||Passed House & Senate. On the way to the Gov.|
|SB234||Utah Inland Port Authority||Sen. Jerry Stevenson||Economic initiative that would create the Utah Inland Port Authority, a body that would have "exclusive jurisdiction, responsibility and power" to coordinate the development of an inland port in the city's northwest quadrant.||Neutral- Concerns with air quality||Passed House & Senate. On the way to the Gov.|
|HCR9||Concurrent Resolution Supporting Rural Development of Wind, Solar, and Geothermal Energy||Rep. Patrice Arent||Encourages the Legislature and Governor to oppose any federal land designation that would prohibit the development of renewable energy on public lands||Oppose with current amendments included||Resolution not passed and will not become law.|
|HB38||Fireworks Restrictions||Rep. James Dunnigan||Cuts in half the number of days Utahan’s can ignite fireworks.||Support||Passed House & Senate. On the way to the Gov.|
|HB140||Air Quality Technical Amendments||Rep. Timothy Hawkes||Moves two sections and creates a new chapter of the Environmental Quality Code. Looks to be a technical wording bill, but HEAL will follow it closely just in case.||Neutral||Passed House & Senate. On the way to the Gov.|
|SJR11||Joint Resolution Authorizing Energy Solutions to Create a Landfill for Non-Radioactive Waste||Sen. Thatcher, D.||Allows Energy Solutions to develop a Class VI landfill that, according to the bill itself, "will enhance efficiencies for EnergySolutions clients by allowing EnergySolutions to receive nonhazardous, nonradioactive solid waste from the decommissioning of nuclear power plants that currently utilize the EnergySolutions licensed low level radioactive waste disposal facility.||Oppose||Passed House & Senate. On the way to the Gov.|