OP-ED: Guest opinion: Good clean air progress; more needs to be done

Rep Steve Handy UtahPolicy.com March 19th, 2018 When I began my legislative service, I asked one of the senior legislators how he thought I could make a difference? His answer, “Just listen to your constituents, they’ll tell you what to do.” So I have listened and what I continually hear,…

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EDITORIAL: Utah’s Legislature passes a win, and a loss, for the environment

Salt Lake Tribune Salt Lake Tribune March 9th, 2018 In very anticlimactic fashion, the Legislature passed a resolution this session that recognizes “the impacts of a changing climate” and our stewardship over it. Yes, the Utah Legislature. Rep. Rebecca Edwards sponsored House Joint Resolution 7, which is a nonbinding resolution to commit the…

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NEWS: Lawmakers make vehicle-emissions tests more common in Utah, but penalties for ‘rolling coal’ are unchanged

Emma Penrod Salt Lake Tribune March 9th, 2018 Although one of two key bills aimed at reducing pollution from cars failed to pass on Utah’s Capitol Hill, environmentalists say the 2018 legislative session was largely a success for air quality. HB171 — which would have doubled penalties for Utah drivers caught…

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NEWS: Clean air bills sparse this Legislative session, 2 still being considered

Cathy McKitrick Standard Examiner March 8th, 2018 SALT LAKE CITY — Utah’s bad air days due to wintertime inversions typically coincide with the state Legislature’s 45-day session, providing a visual backdrop that underscores the need to take action. But this year’s weather failed to provide that sense of urgency. Bo…

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That’s a Wrap! End of the 2018 Utah Legislative Session

It’s Friday. We made it! The 2018 legislative session ended precisely at midnight last night!Though the Utah Legislature passed some bills we weren’t too happy with, they also did a lot of good – including passing the very first resolution recognizing climate change! See below and our Bill Tracker for a breakdown…

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NEWS: After a year of hearings and work, Utah House passes bill to rename, revamp and restructure UTA

Lee Davidson Salt Lake Tribune March 6th, 2018 After a year of work and myriad revisions, the House passed Tuesday a transportation overhaul bill that renames and restructures the scandal-tainted Utah Transit Authority. It also quadruples the registration fees on electric vehicles, which now escape gasoline tax, to help raise…

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