The Wasatch Front Regional Council (WFRC) works closely with the local, regional, state, and federal governments to promote legislative priorities and implement policies. WFRC works with its members and partners to support sound policies that are centered around or tied to transportation, such as land use, economic development, and air quality.
For additional information regarding governmental affairs, please contact LaNiece Davenport.
Following is what you can expect from WFRC during the 2019 legislative session.
- Weekly email: A weekly email is distributed to our members and includes transportation and related legislation, as well as other governmental affairs updates. To sign up for WFRC’s weekly emails, please contact LaNiece Davenport.
- Weekly meeting: Join the members and key partners of WFRC at our weekly legislative meetings. WFRC requests Council members to attend this informal meeting to discuss and prioritize relevant legislation. The meetings are held every Thursday at 8:00 am in the Aspen Room in the Senate Building at the Utah State Capitol.
- Bill tracker and summaries: WFRC staff will monitor and summarize relevant transportation, economic development, air quality, and housing legislation.
Utah State law authorizes the imposition of local option sales taxes for transportation, which is sometimes referred to as “quarters” because generally they are 0.25% tax rates. These local options provide funding for city and county roads and active transportation needs, as well as public transit.
Senate Bill (SB) 136, co-sponsored by Senator Wayne Harper and Representative Mike Schultz, is a significant, positive step forward for the future of the Wasatch Front region and state. Utah is growing and changing, and with that comes the need to efficiently use resources to provide transportation choices for our communities. SB 136 provides efficient use of limited resources, as well as a systematic approach to transportation planning that considers both land use and economic development throughout the state.
On March 12, 2015, the Utah State Legislature passed House Bill (HB) 362 Transportation Infrastructure Funding, and on March 27, Governor Gary Herbert signed the bill into law. This law reformed the state fuel tax to keep pace with inflation and provided local communities with the tools to help address their transportation needs. HB 362 was the first law in 18-years to modify the state fuel tax and the first in state history to comprehensively fund road, transit, bike, and pedestrian infrastructure. HB 362 contained two main provisions: 1) reform and increase of the state fuel tax and 2) local option sales tax for transportation.