Bill Tracker

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Our tracker will be updated on a daily basis during the 2019 legislative session. 

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2019 Legislative Bill Tracker

HEAL Issue AreaBill NumberBill NameSponsorDescriptionStanceStatus
Clean AirHB0098Freight Switcher Emissions MitigationRep. Stephen HandyCreates procedures and terms for grants issued for the reduction of freight switcher locomotive emissions and requests $2 million to help repower existing switcher engines in the non-attainment areas.SupportDidn't make it through
Clean AirHCR003Concurrent Resolution Urging the Environmental Protection Agency to Update Switcher Locomotive Emission StandardsRep. Stephen HandyUrges the EPA to develop and make more stringent emission standards for switcher locomotives.SupportPassed the House and Senate!
Energy and ClimateHCR002Concurrent Resolution Supporting Renewable and Sustainable Energy Options to Promote Rural Economic DevelopmentRep. Patrice ArentPromotes the continued and increased development of renewable energy in rural areas of Utah.SupportPassed the House and Senate!
Clean AirHB0148Vehicle Idling RevisionsRep. Patrice ArentStrikes language that limits the ability of municipalities to enforce anti-idling ordinances.SupportPassed the House and Senate!
Clean AirHB0139Motor Vehicle Emissions AmendmentsRep. Angela RomeroTampering with a car's engine in order to spew stacks of black smoke on demand (known as "rolling coal," this is a trend that releases excessive vehicle emissions) is illegal. This bill would increase the penalties and improve the reporting system for those who tamper with engines to "roll coal."SupportPassed the House and Senate!
Energy and ClimateSB0146Sales Tax Exemption RevisionsSen. Derek KitchenGives a sales tax exemption for residential, commercial, and utility-scale energy storage SupportDidn't make it through
Radioactive WasteHB0220Radioactive Waste AmendmentsRep. Carl AlbrechtHas implications for depleted uranium, it's classification, and potentially for the Utah Department of Environmental Quality's seven-year long performance assessment on depleted uranium.OpposePassed the House and Senate
Clean AirHCR011Concurrent Resolution Encouraging the Purchase of Tier 3 GasolineRep. Suzanne HarrisonEncourages the purchase of Tier 3 gasoline by both retailers and consumers.SupportPassed the House and Senate!
Energy and ClimateSB0111Energy Storage Innovation, Research, and Grant Program ActSen. Lincoln FillmoreCreates a $5 million grant program for a person, company, research organization, or other for the development or deployment of energy storage in Utah.SupportDidn't make it through
Energy and ClimateHB0218Construction Code ModificationsRep. Mike SchultzMakes amendments to the residential building code to improve energy efficiency in newly-built homes, and adopts the 2018 commercial construction code.SupportPassed the House and Senate!
Clean AirSB0144Environmental Quality Monitoring AmendmentsSen. Luz EscamillaRequires the creation of a data baseline in the Utah Inland Port Authority area in order to track the inland port's environmental impact. SupportPassed the House and Senate!
Energy and ClimateHCR005Concurrent Resolution Urging Policies That Reduce Damage from WildfiresRep. Raymond WardUrges the pursuit of common sense policies to improve forest management practices in order to mitigate climate change's impacts on wildfires and help improve our air quality. SupportPassed the House and Senate!
Clean AirHB0353Reduction of Single Occupancy Vehicle Trips Pilot ProgramRep. Joel BriscoeCreates a 3-year pilot program to fund 15-20 days of free transit fares throughout the UTA service area during the winter inversion season. Includes data collection and reporting to the legislature on transit ridership and vehicles on the road.SupportPassed the House and Senate!
Clean AirHB0288Critical Infrastructure MaterialsRep. Logan WildeAllows gravel pits and mines to be classified as “critical infrastructure”, and affects the ability of local communities to weigh in on any expansion or changes to operations of these facilities.OpposePassed the House and Senate
Clean AirHB357Voluntary Wood Burning Conversion ProgramRep. Timothy HawkesIncentivizes homeowners to replace wood stoves and fireplaces.SupportPassed the House and Senate!
Clean AirHB295Vehicle Emissions Reduction ProgramRep. Jeffrey StenquistProvides incentives to help Utahns replace certain vehicles that fail emissions tests.SupportDidn't make it through
Energy and ClimateHB411Community Renewable Energy ActRep. Stephen HandyCreates mechanisms for cities to transition to renewable energy, including requirements meant to protect ratepayers.SupportPassed the House and Senate!
Clean AirHB413Tax Credit for Energy Efficient VehiclesRep. Raymond Ward Modifies and extends the corporate and individual income tax credits related to energy efficient vehicles.SupportDidn't make it through
Radioactive WasteSCR006Concurrent Resolution in Support of Advanced Nuclear Reactor TechnologySen. Curtis BrambleEncourages the development by and in Utah of advanced nuclear reactor technology. Throughout the debates on this bill, it is clearly referencing small modular nuclear reactors (SMNRs). OpposePassed the House and Senate
Clean AirHB433Inland Port AmendmentsRep. Francis GibsonMakes changes regarding the inland port, including dynamics between the port and cities, taxes, and potential renewable energy requirements.NeutralPassed the House and Senate
Energy and ClimateSB0248Throughput Infrastructure AmendmentsSen. Ralph OkerlundDiverts funds from the Community Impact Board to a Throughput Infrastructure Fund in order to build a bulk commodities ocean terminal, which may include a coal port out of the country.OpposePassed the House and Senate
Energy and ClimateSB0152Mineral Lease Funds AmendmentsSen. Ronald WintertonDiverts money from Utah’s Community Impact Board and gives it to the Seven County Infrastructure Coalition, which could use this money to build fossil fuel infrastructure, including a mechanisms to move Utah coal and oil.OpposeDidn't make it through
Energy and ClimateHB304Fossil Fuels Tax AmendmentsRep. Joel BriscoeCreates a tax on carbon dioxide emissions and includes, among other things, a grant program to fund air quality projects.SupportDidn't make it through

2019 Air Quality Appropriations

The Governor proposed $100 million for one-time air quality projects in order to reduce emissions by 25% by 2026. This money will be allocated in the form of appropriations, which are funding requests to support a proposed program.

In the end, air quality appropriations received $28.8 million. While the $28 million that the legislature approved is less than one-third of the Governor’s request, this is easily one of the largest amounts the legislature has ever given to air quality programs in a single year - so there’s definitely a reason to celebrate!

Below are the programs which received funding this year.
TitleDescriptionFunding Request
Free Transit on Mandatory Action DaysFunds 17 days of free transit ridership on mandatory action days.$500,000
Wood Stove ConversionProvides a 70% match for the cost of replacing wood stoves and fireplaces.$9 M
WeatherizationAssists with weatherization to reduce energy bills and NOX emissions.$1 M
Private Electric Vehicle ChargersProvides a 50% match for the installed cost of electric vehicle chargers at workplaces and businesses.$4.99 M
Air Quality Messaging CampaignsProvides additional funding for air quality messaging campaigns.$500,000
State Electric Vehicle ChargersProvides funding for electric vehicle charging stations at State facilities.$2 M
State Vehicle Replacement (Pre-2007)Replaces pre-2007 state-owned lightweight and heavy-duty vehicles, as well as UDOT snowplows.$4 M
Air Quality and Climate Research StudyFunds studies for the causes and impacts of air quality and climate in Utah$200,000
Inland Port Environmental Baseline MonitoringInstalls air and water quality monitors in the inland port area in order to get baseline environmental data in the area.$517,800
State TeleworkingFunds teleworking expenses for state employees, with opportunities for more rural Utah employment.$6.253 M
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