Mar 27, 2015 07:32AM ● Published by Sandy Mayor Tom Dolan
Effective January 1, 2016, the bill will convert the current 24.5 cents per gallon state gas tax to a 12 percent tax. This is the equivalent of a five cents per gallon increase. This additional revenue is vital for cities and the state to make necessary improvements to roads.Authorizes a county to impose a local option sales and use tax to be used for broad transportation needs including roads, sidewalks, trails and transit.
Much attention continues to focus around improving our state’s air quality. This bill respects the need many have to use wood-burning heat sources to warm their house by prohibiting the Division of Air Quality from implementing a seasonal ban on burning.
This monumental bill is the result of seven years of consideration. It modifies the Utah Antidiscrimination Act and the Utah Fair Housing Act to address discrimination and religious freedoms by including sexual orientation and gender identity as prohibited for unequal treatment.
We are fully supportive of government transparency and have an easy process by which all people or agencies can access available government records. As such, we support this bill as it provides an additional level of appeals process at the state level, in addition to the local appeals already available.
Representative Lee Perry, a Utah Highway Patrol lieutenant, pushed the seat belt law bill, saying he investigated too many fatal accidents in which seat belts could have prevented death. This bill makes it easier to enforce seat belt laws.
This bill did not pass during the session, but was sent to Interim Committee, meaning it will continue to be discussed. All police agencies are examining this issue and working with the legislature to address issues such as activation and use of body cameras, privacy, recording archiving, use and disclosure of recordings, etc. We support this discussion and are actively looking at technologies to improve the safety of both our officers and the public.