Miracle Max: He probably owes you money huh? I’ll ask him.
Inigo Montoya: He’s dead. He can’t talk.
Miracle Max: Whoo-hoo-hoo, look who knows so much. It just so happens that your friend here is only MOSTLY dead. There’s a big difference between mostly dead and all dead. Mostly dead is slightly alive. With all dead, well, with all dead there’s usually only one thing you can do.
Inigo Montoya: What’s that?
Miracle Max: Go through his clothes and look for loose change.
The above exchange, from the classic movie The Princess Bride, aptly describes the legislative process. As we prepare for the final four days of the legislative session, I thought it might be helpful to discuss the bills we’ve been tracking that are mostly dead and those that are all dead.
- HB 014 – Uniform Real Property Transfer on Death Act
- HB 020 – Political Activities of Public Entities Amendments
- HB 078 – Nonbinding Opinion Questions
- HB 213 – Workplace Discrimination Amendments
- HB 221 – Election Law Modifications
- HB 224 – Specie Legal Tender Amendments
- HB 256 – Assessors in Rural Counties
- HB 260 – Drug and Alcohol Treatment Related to Bail Amendments
- HB 285 – Voter Registration Amendments
- HB 364 – Removal of Local Elected Officials
- HB 383 – Property Assessment Revisions
- HB 403 – Electronic Signature on Petitions
- HB 424 – Community Reinvestment Agency Revisions
- HB 437 – State Training and Certification Requirements
- HB 458 – Local Government Snow Removal
- HJR 02 – Joint Resolution – Nonbinding Opinion Question on Daylight Saving Time
- SB 023 – Sales Tax Exemption for Guides and Outfitters
- SB 029 – Utah Marriage Commission Amendments
- SB 043 – Property Assessment Amendments
- SB 072 – Victim Selection Penalty Enhancements
- SB 139 – Tax Increment Financing Revisions
- SB 142 – Redevelopment Agency Amendments
- SB 146 – Constable Amendments
- SB 151 – Property Tax Relief Modifications
- SB 189 – Oil and Gas Operations Amendments
- (Check back Friday, March 10 at 12:01 AM)
Looking Ahead to Monday, March 6
- Monday is the last scheduled day for committee meetings (the legislature has pretty consistently scheduled one or two more after the deadline to squeeze in an important bill here or there). Every bill has to have at least one committee hearing before it can pass–barring a serious suspension of the rules. As a result, there will be a lot of committee meetings Monday.
- The Senate Judiciary, Law Enforcement, and Criminal Justice Standing Committee is discussing the creation of a child abuse registry in room 25 of the House Building at 8:00 AM.
- The Senate Natural Resources, Agriculture, and Environment Standing Committee is considering the administration of the prospective Division of Public Lands in room 415 of the State Capitol also at 8:00 AM.
- The Senate Government Operations and Political Subdivisions Standing Committee is considering the two major elections bills still working through the process in room 415 of the State Capitol at 9:40 AM.
- The House Government Operations Standing Committee is the Curt Bramble show with three of his bills for review in room 30 of the House Building at 2:00 PM.
- The House Political Subdivisions Standing Committee is debating legislation that would only allow law enforcement to enforce municipal regulations in room 450 of the State Capitol at 2:00 PM.
- The House Revenue and Taxation Standing Committee is considering a bill that would help fund Utah’s homelessness initiative with a combined $3M coming from local government in room 445 of the State Capitol at 2:00 PM. I wrote about this bill before. Apparently, there will be likely be a different version of the bill before all is said and done.
- The Senate Business and Labor Standing Committee once again has solid waste on its agenda in room 215 of the Senate Building also at 2:00 PM.
- You’ll find a list of all the bills we’re tracking in committee Monday right here.
- Earlier today, HB 314 would have made the list of mostly dead bills. The bill would have moved the deadline for absentee ballots to be counted towards an election from a postmark the day before the date of an election to in the possession of the election officer at the end of the election date. This morning it was voted upon on the house floor and failed to pass. This afternoon, the house reconsidered the bill, substituted it, and passed it out to the senate. The new version of the bill doesn’t change the deadline for absentee ballots, but requires counties to provide drop boxes in addition to mailboxes.
- The state is one step closer to getting into the transient room tax business with SB 264 passing out of a house committee hearing. The state’s portion of the tax (which would in no way interfere with the county TRT) will go towards a grant program for outdoor recreation.
- Our food truck regulation compromise bill passed out of a house committee hearing today! Treat yourself to a street taco.
Enjoy your weekend, everyone.
Arie Van De Graaff