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3 03, 2023

Business Watch Legislative Updates: Week 7 – February 27-March 3

By |2023-03-09T10:54:15-07:00March 3rd, 2023|Blog, Policy|0 Comments

The Utah Legislative Session ends tonight, March 3rd, and will run up to 11:59 p.m. if deemed necessary by the legislature. BILLS OF NOTE: A bill that we have been watching closely is HB 499, Homeless Services Amendments, sponsored by Rep. Steve Eliason. WHAT IT DOES: The bill requires the Utah Department of Health and Human [...]

17 02, 2023

Business Watch Legislative Updates: Week 5 – February 13-17

By |2023-02-21T19:58:11-07:00February 17th, 2023|Blog, Policy|0 Comments

Welcome to the end of week five of the legislative session, which wraps up on March 3rd. We have identified our priority bills and look forward to working with our lawmakers in moving these bills forward: HB 42, Technology Commercialization Amendments, sponsored by Rep. Jeffrey Stenquist SB 185, Transportation Amendments, sponsored by Sen. Wayne [...]

10 02, 2023

Business Watch Legislative Updates: Week 4 – February 6-10

By |2023-02-13T15:31:55-07:00February 10th, 2023|Blog, Policy|0 Comments

We are more than halfway through the 7-week Legislative Session and so far the legislature has released about 600 bills. Several issues stand out as top priorities for the Salt Lake Chamber, one of which is housing affordability. It is a critical factor in the economic well-being of all Utahns, the businesses that employ [...]

8 03, 2022

Business Watch: 2022 Legislative Updates – Recap

By |2022-03-10T07:54:44-07:00March 8th, 2022|Blog, Policy|0 Comments

As the legislative session concluded last Friday, passed bills are now making their way to Governor Cox for his signature or veto. Over the past 45-days, the legislature passed 513 bills and a record $25 billion budget, with a significant increase in education funding, historical investment in infrastructure and water conservation, notable social services, and [...]

25 02, 2022

Business Watch: 2022 Legislative Updates – Week 6

By |2022-02-24T22:13:34-07:00February 25th, 2022|Blog, Policy|0 Comments

We are 86% through the legislative session, and the last day – March 4th – will soon be upon us. The bottom line is bills are moving very fast through both the House and the Senate toward quick final passage. Governor Cox continues to sign some bills into law, and a sense of urgency [...]

18 02, 2022

Business Watch: 2022 Legislative Updates – Week 5

By |2022-02-25T07:59:34-07:00February 18th, 2022|Blog, Policy|0 Comments

As we complete week five of the legislative session, bills are moving fast through committees and onto the House and Senate floors for votes. One bill of business importance is HB 60 S2, Vaccine Passport Amendments, as it would prohibit an employer from requiring proof of immunity status in employment. After discussion in the House [...]

11 02, 2022

Business Watch: 2022 Legislative Updates – Week 4

By |2022-02-25T08:00:47-07:00February 11th, 2022|Blog, Policy|0 Comments

We reached the halfway point of the 2022 Legislative Session this week, and much debate was had in committees. Also, the legislature passed another tax cut with a historic inclusion of the earned income tax credit (EITC) for Utah. Derek Miller, president and CEO of the Salt Lake Chamber, published an op-ed this week [...]

4 02, 2022

Business Watch: 2022 Legislative Updates – Week 3

By |2022-02-04T14:39:17-07:00February 4th, 2022|Blog, Policy|0 Comments

We have reached week three of the legislative session and continue to make progress in policy discussions with legislators. There was some policy debate on SB 139, Prescription Cost Amendments, sponsored by Sen. Vickers, and it is viewed as a patient friendly bill. It would make prescription drug costs, even those recouped through a pharmaceutical coupon, [...]

15 01, 2022

2022 Legislative Priority: Technology & Cybersecurity

By |2022-02-01T15:18:58-07:00January 15th, 2022|Blog, Policy|0 Comments

A new focus on technology and cybersecurity policy will be foundational to our continued growth and modernization of business operations, critical infrastructure and connected communities. The rise of a data-driven approach to economic growth needs to be led by innovation in policy responses to ensure it matches technology’s capability. The increase in cyber attacks [...]

15 01, 2022

2022 Legislative Priority: Taxes & Budget

By |2022-02-01T15:14:36-07:00January 15th, 2022|Blog, Policy|0 Comments

The economic landscape of Utah shifted dramatically during the pandemic as small business owners faced unprecedented challenges with safety concerns and customer traffic. As a state, small businesses make up nearly 90% of all businesses and include many women and minority entrepreneurs. The Salt Lake Chamber houses the Women’s Business Center of Utah and [...]

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