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2019 Legislative Bill Tracker
|HEAL Issue Area||Bill Number||Bill Name||Sponsor||Description||Stance||Status|
|Clean Air||HB0098||Freight Switcher Emissions Mitigation||Rep. Stephen Handy||Creates 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.||Support||Senate/ 1st reading (Introduced)|
|Clean Air||HCR003||Concurrent Resolution Urging the Environmental Protection Agency to Update Switcher Locomotive Emission Standards||Rep. Stephen Handy||Urges the EPA to develop and make more stringent emission standards for switcher locomotives.||Support||Senate/ 1st reading (Introduced)|
|Energy and Climate||HCR002||Concurrent Resolution Supporting Renewable and Sustainable Energy Options to Promote Rural Economic Development||Rep. Patrice Arent||Promotes the continued and increased development of renewable energy in rural areas of Utah.||Support||Draft of Enrolled Bill Prepared|
|Clean Air||HB0148||Vehicle Idling Revisions||Rep. Patrice Arent||Strikes language that limits the ability of municipalities to enforce anti-idling ordinances.||Support||Senate/ received from House
|Clean Air||HB0139||Motor Vehicle Emissions Amendments||Rep. Angela Romero||Tampering 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."||Support||House/ 2nd reading
|Energy and Climate||SB0146||Sales Tax Exemption Revisions||Sen. Derek Kitchen||Gives a sales tax exemption for residential, commercial, and utility-scale energy storage||Support||Senate/ to standing committee|
|Radioactive Waste||HB0220||Radioactive Waste Amendments||Rep. Carl Albrecht||Allows exceptions to the current ban on the disposal of Class B and C radioactive waste in Utah to be made by the Director of the Division of Waste Management and Radiation Control.||Oppose||LFA/ fiscal note sent to sponsor
Senate 2nd Reading Calendar
|Clean Air||HCR011||Concurrent Resolution Encouraging the Purchase of Tier 3 Gasoline||Rep. Suzanne Harrison||Encourages the purchase of Tier 3 gasoline by both retailers and consumers.||Support||Senate/ 1st reading (Introduced)|
|Energy and Climate||SB0111||Energy Storage Innovation, Research, and Grant Program Act||Sen. Lincoln Fillmore||Creates a $5 million grant program for a person, company, research organization, or other for the development or deployment of energy storage in Utah.||Support||Senate/ to House
LFA/ fiscal note publicly available
|Energy and Climate||HB0218||Construction Code Modifications||Rep. Mike Schultz||Makes amendments to the residential building code to improve energy efficiency in newly-built homes, and adopts the 2018 commercial construction code.||Neutral||Senate/ received from House
Senate/ 1st reading (Introduced)
|Clean Air||SB0144||Environmental Quality Monitoring Amendments||Sen. Luz Escamilla||Requires the creation of a data baseline in the Utah Inland Port Authority area in order to track the inland port's environmental impact.||Support||Senate Comm - Favorable Recommendation|
|Energy and Climate||HCR005||Concurrent Resolution Urging Policies That Reduce Damage from Wildfires||Rep. Raymond Ward||Urges 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.||Support||House/ 2nd reading|
|Clean Air||HB0353||Reduction of Single Occupancy Vehicle Trips Pilot Program||Rep. Joel Briscoe||Creates 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.||Support||House/ 1st reading (Introduced)
LFA/ fiscal note publicly available
|Clean Air||HB0288||Critical Infrastructure Materials||Rep. Logan Wilde||Allows 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.||Oppose||House Comm - Held
LFA/ fiscal note sent to sponsor
2019 Air Quality AppropriationsThe 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. Appropriations are debated on throughout the session within appropriation committees and try to make their way to the final budget.
|Free Transit on Mandatory Action Days||Funds 17 days of free transit ridership on mandatory action days.||$1,200,000|
|Wood Stove Conversion||Provides a 70% match for the cost of replacing wood stoves and fireplaces.||$14,000,000|
|Freight Switcher Locomotive Repower||Provides a 35% state match for the total cost of switch locomotive repowers.||$2,100,000|
|Weatherization||Assists with weatherization to reduce energy bills and NOX emissions.||$1,500,000|
|Air Quality Solution Innovation||Funds air quality innovation incentives.||$1,500,000|
|Yard Equipment Exchange||Provides an 80% match for replacing gasoline-powered yard equipment with comparable electric models.||$3,710,000|
|On-road Heavy-duty Replacement||Provides a 50% match for private sector and non-State public sector heavy-duty vehicle replacements.||$15,000,000|
|Private Electric Vehicle Chargers||Provides a 50% match for the installed cost of electric vehicle chargers at workplaces and businesses.||$4,990,000|
|Vehicle Replacement Assistance||Provides a 50% match to federally-funded income-based incentives to assist those with Tier 0 and Tier 1 vehicles that fail emissions tests to purchase a newer, cleaner vehicle.||$6,500,000|
|Air Quality Messaging Campaigns||Provides additional funding for air quality messaging campaigns.||$1,000,000|
|Increase U-Save Revolving Fund||Establishes revolving loan funding for building energy efficiency improvements, including associated NOx reductions at schools.||$10,000,000|
|State Electric Vehicle Chargers||Provides funding for electric vehicle charging stations at State facilities.||$5,830,000|
|State Vehicle Replacement (Pre-2007)||Replaces pre-2007 state-owned lightweight and heavy-duty vehicles, as well as UDOT snowplows.||$26,500,000|
|Tier 2 - Tier 4 Generators||Upgrades four Tier 2 backup diesel generators to Tier 4 standards.||$1,620,000|
|Accountable Telework||Retrofits buildings to accommodate communication requirements to allow State employees to telework.||$6,050,000|