Homelessness has been a big issue for a couple of years at the legislature. The argument has been made repeatedly that the issue is not just a Wasatch Front issue, but a statewide issue. Today, a bill was introduced that would set aside upwards of $9 million from state and local sales tax revenues for the Homeless to Housing Reform Restricted Account.
HB 452 sets aside 0.55% of local and county option sales tax and 0.3% of the state sales tax to be used in combating homelessness. Based on some back of the envelope calculations, counties throughout the state would contribute just over $1 million through set aside revenues from local and county option sales tax. Utah’s cities would contribute $2.8 million and the state would contribute $5.3 million.
This is just one of a number of interesting policy issues that we’ll be discussing at our final UAC Legislative Committee meeting this Thursday, March 2 at 10:00 AM.
Looking Forward to Wednesday, March 1
- The House Judiciary Standing Committee may or may not debate civil asset forfeiture as the legislature’s version of the game of chicken continues in room 20 of the House Building at 4:10 PM.
- The House Natural Resources, Agriculture, and Environment Standing Committee should be sending a bill limiting local government’s authority to regulate oil and gas operations to the interim for study in room 445 of the State Capitol at 4:10 PM.
- The House Transportation Standing Committee is considering a compromised bill that will create a transit governance task force in room 450 of the State Capitol at 4:10 PM.
- The Senate Economic Development and Workforce Services Standing Committee is is hearing another compromised bill dealing with short-term rentals in room 215 of the Senate Building at 4:10 PM. Kudos to the League of Cities and Towns and the sponsor of the bill for shepherding the bill to its current state.
- The Senate Government Operations and Political Subdivisions Standing Committee is debating a handful of bills of county interest in room 415 of the State Capitol also at 4:10 PM.
- Review all the bills we’re tracking on committee agendas here.
- Three helpful election law bills (HB 230, SB 116, and SB 128) passed out of committee today and now are on the floor of the opposite bodies.
- Representative Noel’s HB 407–that would create a Utah State Department of Land Management should the state receive land from the federal government–passed out of committee and moves on to the house floor.
- SB 140 improves the process for annexing islands within a municipality. It passed out of committee today and now moves on to the house floor.
- The effort to remove affordable housing from tax increment projects suffered another hit today as a motion to recommend HB 424 failed in committee. Hopefully, this will put the issue to rest.
UAC Legislative Committee