This past week has been the busiest and most successful yet of the session. We made major milestones to  define a clear path forward on tax reform and witnessed the signing of a new executive order  and  the introduction of  H.B. 272 Regulatory Impact Amendments, both of which address our recommendations on regulation. Taken together, this executive order and H.B. 272 show the shared commitment by the Executive and Legislative branches to carry out the most extensive overhaul of regulatory policy in state history.

We also hosted our legislative reception, Chamber of Commerce day on the hill and Leadership Utah. Thanks to all involved.

Most importantly, this week H.B. 81, Post-employment Restrictive Covenant Amendments  advanced to the full House. As we are currently in the process of a comprehensive study about non-compete agreements, we will work against the bill on the House floor.

This is a complex issue that has the potential, if not handled diligently, to undermine Utah’s years of effort to promote the best business environment in the nation. The value of the study is to ensure that all parties have data to make an informed decision.

The business community must be united and vocal on this. As such, we urge you to contact your House member and ask them to defeat the bill.

Priority Votes

During the legislative session, the Salt Lake Chamber Executive Board designates top priorities of the business community as Priority Votes. The Chamber’s Priority Votes are considered the most critical bills during the legislative session and are used to determine the Chamber’s Business Champion Awards. Below are the most recently declared priority votes.

Most Recent Priority Votes:

Bill Number
Bill Title
Sponsor
Position
H.B. 168   Kindergarten Supplemental Enrichment Program Rep. Snow
Support
H.B. 223  Elementary School Counselor Pilot Program Rep. Eliason
Support
H.B. 272 Regulatory Impact Amendments Rep. Wilson
Support
S.B. 110 Sales Tax Collection Amendments Sen. Bramble
Support
H.B. 81 Post-employment Restrictive Covenant Amendments Rep. Greene
Oppose
H.B. 147 Living Wage Amendments Rep. Hemmingway Oppose

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Bills Worth Watching

Each week, the Chamber’s policy team tracks relevant bills by subject so you can stay up to date on legislation that impacts you and your business.

2017 Policy Guide

The Salt Lake Chamber’s annual Public Policy Guide outlines the pressing policy challenges facing Utah’s business community and our agenda to solve them. VIEW GUIDE.

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