After today, week four is officially in the books for the 2017 Utah General Legislative Session. As appropriation subcommittees have now completed their work, the discussions around the budget hit high gear. Also, this afternoon the consensus revenue estimates for the budget will be released to the Executive Appropriations Committee.

While the budget takes shape, many important bills have begun to advance through the legislative process. This includes important education, regulation, and infrastructure bills that are all advanced out of committee this week. Our team has also been working diligently to protect small business interests by educating folks on the impact on our economy from expanding FMLA to small employers and increasing the minimum wage above $15.00/hour.

Next week we anticipate significant movement on many more of our priorities, the completion of the non-compete research project and further discussions on tax reform.

Call to Action: H.B. 81, Post-employment Restrictive Covenant Amendments will be voted on by the Full House. We are currently finalizing our shared research effort with the Legislature. As such, we urge you and all members of the business community to contact your House member and ask them to defeat the bill to respect the process of making an informed decision on this issue.

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
S.J.R. 14 Elementary School Counselor Pilot Program Rep. Eliason Support
S.B. 204 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

View Full List of Priority Votes

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.

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