Week 5 of the 2017 Utah General Legislative Session was one of the most exciting weeks yet, with significant movement on our priorities and many other important bills advancing through. With less than two weeks left, many critical conversations continue to advance including the broader topic of tax reform and education funding.
The Chamber’s priority education bills took crucial strides this week as many advanced through the process. Including H.B. 168 – Kindergarten Supplemental Enrichment Program, which passed the House and moved onto Senate Education Committee, and S.B. 117 – Higher Education Performance Funding, which passed the Senate and moved onto House Education Committee.
Regulation and infrastructure have also continued to be at the forefront of our activities as H.B. 272 – Regulatory Impact Amendments, and S.B. 204 – Public Private Partnerships, will both be on their respective body’s floor in these final two weeks of the session.
Additionally, we are working with legislative leadership and the Governor’s Office as the discussions around tax reform continue to advance. We will keep you apprised of any major developments.
Lastly, we successfully defeated H.B. 81 – Post-employment Restrictive Covenants Amendments last Friday after our update. The bill was outside of our process and agreement with legislative leadership. This evening the results of our research on non-competes will be available at www.slchamber.com/noncompetestudy
We are also planning two open houses at the Salt Lake Chamber with the Cicero research team to review the data with those interested. Please click the date to register to attend.
- Tuesday, February 28: 2-4 PM – Salt Lake Chamber Board Room
- Wednesday, March 1: 2-4 PM – Salt Lake Chamber Board Room
As we enter the last two weeks of the session, we want to thank you for all your engagement and urge you to continue to reach out to representatives. As always the business community voice must be heard as the major issues are decided.
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. 392||Air Quality Policy Advisory Board||Rep. Hawkes||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
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