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2024 Capitol Report: Final Week

We’re on the edge of our seats as the final stretch of the legislative session has officially started, with the clock ticking down to the midnight deadline on March 1st. Yes, you read that right, Midnight: the HEAL Utah team is gearing up for the all-nighter, fueled by determination (and probably a fair amount of coffee), committed to standing guard until the very last vote is cast. We’re here to ensure that no last-minute environmental surprises slip through as the session’s intensity peaks.

CONTACT UTAH LAWMAKERS TO ENSURE FAIR SOLAR CREDITS— SUPPORT S.B. 189

Utah residents served by Rocky Mountain Power are not receiving fair credit for the solar energy they send back to the grid for disbursement to other energy users. The current rate utilities pay Utah’s solar owners is too low and can vary from year to year. This creates too much uncertainty for current customers, and anyone trying to decide if they should invest in rooftop solar. 

2024 Capitol Report: Week Five

We hope everyone had an enjoyable President’s Day weekend, filled with relaxation and maybe a bit of reflection on our nation’s history.

This session, the spotlight has been on a concerning trend: a surge of legislation pushing for continued investment in fossil fuels. However, we must be crystal clear: this approach is wrong. Not only does the continual investment in fossil fuels harm our environment, but it also jeopardizes our economy and impedes our progress toward energy independence.

As we enter the final stretch with only 10 days left, the stakes are high, and every decision is crucial.

So, buckle up! It’s time to dive deep into the heart of the matter and stay informed about the legislation shaping our state’s future. Let’s make these last days count and ensure that Utah moves forward on a path that protects our environment and its health.

PROTECT UTAH’S CLEAN ENERGY FUTURE— CONTACT UTAH LAWMAKERS TO VOTE NO ON S.B. 224, H.B. 48, H.B. 374

As we navigate the 2024 Legislative Session, it’s crucial to spotlight bills that could significantly impact Utah’s clean energy future. Unfortunately these efforts could undermine the progress Utah has made transitioning to renewable sources, affecting our access to clean air, our investment in family-sustaining green jobs, and advancement of a clean energy economy.

SAVE PARLEYS CANYON – URGENT ACTION NEEDED AGAINST H.B. 502, H.B. 353, AND S.B. 172

For the past year, HEAL Utah and our partner organizations have been actively engaged in opposing the proposed 635-acre limestone quarry and gravel pit development in Parleys Canyon, a beloved natural area close to Salt Lake City. Unfortunately, at least three bills currently under consideration at the state legislature could pave the way for the approval of this disastrous mine by undermining local decision-making, limiting public engagement, and curtailing access to judicial review.

2024 Capitol Report: Week Four

Can you believe it? We’re officially past the halfway mark of the 2024 legislative session! Just like the halftime show at the Super Bowl, where Usher wowed us with his moves, we’ve wrapped up our own celebration with Transit Equity Day on the hill. With over 1,092 pieces of legislation on the table, it’s been a whirlwind of proposals and debates. HEAL Utah is keeping tabs on over 50 environmental bills, and we’ve got the highlights of the session – the touchdowns, the fumbles, and everything in between.

Utah Legislature Urged to Prioritize Community Connectivity and Air Quality Investments on National Transit Equity Day

Salt Lake City, UT (February 6) — In honor of National Transit Equity Day (February 4), advocates, residents, and the Healthy Environment Alliance of Utah (HEAL Utah) have united to call upon the Utah State Legislature to reconsider its funding priorities.

HEAL Utah Expresses Concerns Over Senate Bill 57, the Utah Constitutional Sovereignty Act

Salt Lake City, UT (February 1, 2024)  – HEAL Utah, a leading environmental advocacy organization dedicated to improving Utah’s air quality and safeguarding the well-being of our communities, is deeply concerned about the potential consequences of Senate Bill 57, also known as the Utah Constitutional Sovereignty Act. Sponsored by Senator Sandall, SB 57 seeks to grant Utah the authority to challenge presidential executive orders or federal regulations that are believed to infringe upon Utah’s sovereignty.