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.
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||
|H.B. 168||Kindergarten Supplemental Enrichment Program||Rep. Snow||
|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|
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.
- Business Climate, Taxes & Regulation
- Economic Development, Entrepreneurship
- Education, Workforce & Health Care
- Infrastructure & Transportation
- Natural Resources & Environment
In the News
- Monumental Decision: Outdoor Retailer Show Leaving Salt Lake
- Downtown Rising Wish List Revealed, Includes a New School
- Salary Bonuses Proposed for Teachers in High-Poverty Schools
- Bills Raising Minimum Wage in Utah to $10.25 an Hour Held by Committee