One more day, one more day, one more day…
Today a couple of issues of county interest passed out of the legislature:
- After receiving a committee hearing yesterday, SB 155 passed on the House floor 74-1. SB 155 creates an indigent defense commission that will advise the legislature and counties and cities on best practices for Utah’s indigent defense system. The commission will also administer $1.5 million in grants to assist counties and cities in their efforts to provide indigent defense.
- SB 122 and its companion bill SB 212 also passed out of the legislature. These bills revisit the relationship between the counties and state in dealing with wildland fires by adding cities to the mix. They also appropriate another $2 million for wildland fire suppression.
Over the course of the 2016 legislative session UAC staff has been able to help our affiliate groups with a number of high priority bills that either we’ve shepherded through the process or helped amend or kill. Below is a partial list of these bills.
- HB 376 – Property Tax and Fair Market Value (sent to interim)
- HB 459 – Golf Course Property Tax Amendments (sent to interim)
- SB 41 – Appointment of County Assessors
- HB 198 – Ballot Proposition Amendments
- SB 25 – Ballot Amendments
- SB 26 – Election Notice Amendments
- SB 27 – Absentee Ballot Amendments
- HB 60 – Class B and Class C Road Fund Amendments
- HB 183 – County Option Sales and Use Tax for Highways and Public Transit Amendments
- HB 219 – Resource Management Planning (on its way to passage)
- HB 199 – Uniform Real Property Transfer on Death Act (sent to interim)
- HB 300 – Body-worn Cameras for Law Enforcement Officers (on its way to passage)
- SB 164 – Local Government Modifications (on its way to passage)
We’ve still got plenty to do, but with just over a day left to go things are looking good.
Arie Van De Graaff