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WFRC Bill Tracker
2022 General Session, Utah Legislature

2022 WFRC Bill Tracker

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Notes on Priority and Position columns:

  • Priority 1 – top priority with potentially significant or direct impacts to WFRC and its members.
  • Priority 2 – mid-level priority with potentially significant or indirect impacts to WFRC and its members.
  • Priority 3 – important but not a top priority with significant or direct impacts to WFRC and its members.
  • WFRC will “support”, “neutral”, or “oppose” legislation. Bills for which a position has not yet been taken will be indicated as such with “TBD”. Positions are established by Council members who choose to participate in informal discussions held during the legislative session when WFRC does not have a regularly scheduled meeting. The unofficial positions do not necessarily reflect the views of any individual Council member or organization represented on the Council.
  • Positions on legislation that are staff recommendations that have not yet been considered by WFRC members are noted below with an asterisk (*).
CategoryBill NbrBill Title/DescriptionPrimary SponsorPositionPriorityStatus/Notes
Air QualitySB0136S2Air Quality Policy Amendments
This bill adds the Director of The Utah Department of Transportation, or their designee to the Air Quality Policy Advisory Board. It also requires the Department of Environmental Quality to complete a study and make recommendations on how to implement a diesel emissions reduction program. The program shall include diesel emission reduction goals, financial incentive programs, funding for the program, and various provisions of implementation of the program. It also includes analysis of the potential environmental mitigation projects at the inland port.
Sen. EscamillaNeutral3Passed
Air QualitySB0188S2Energy Efficiency Amendments
This bill makes a number of changes, including: (1) Directing the Point of the Mountain State Land Authority to research and explore the feasibility of establishing a research facility focused on improving energy efficiency and air quality, (2) Allows the Clean Fuels and Vehicle Technology fund to accept federal funds from the federal infrastructure bill (IIJA) for a grant or loan for electric vehicles, (3) Expands the low-income assistance energy programs , and (4) Provides a sales and use tax exemption for certain electric storage facilities.
Sen. CullimoreSupport3Passed
Air QualityHB0221Tax Credit for Alternative Fuel Vehicles
This bill would provide a nonrefundable corporate and individual income tax credit for the purchase or lease of an alternative fuel vehicle, including electric, hydrogen, or plug-in. The bill adjusts the amount of the tax credit based on whether the vehicle is new, used, leased, or a motorcycle. The bill also allows an individual to assign the tax credit to a dealer.
Rep. HarrisonNeutral2Did Not Pass
Air QualityHB0275Vehicle Emissions Reduction Program
This bill creates a Vehicle Emissions Reduction Program, which allows individuals with certain low-efficiency, high-emitting eligible vehicles in a nonattainment area to trade-in their existing vehicles for a reimbursement amount of up to $5,500 (depending on their vehicle) to purchase an eligible replacement vehicle. It also creates a restricted account for the program, with an appropriation limit of up to $6.5 million, and requires a public service campaign to educate the public about smog ratings, the benefits of lowering emissions, financial assistance available with the program, etc.
Rep. StenquistNeutral2Did Not Pass
Air QualityHB0405Switcher Amendments
This bill requires that by January 2028, all switchers, or railroad car designed to propell railroad cars a short distance, are powered wholly by a hydrogen fuel cell or battery-electric power if located at a rail yard in the state with four or more switchers.
Rep. SchultzNeutral3Did Not Pass
Air QualityHB0432State Vehicle Use and Purchasing Amendments
This bill directs the Division of Fleet Operations to annually review the replacement of state vehicles, and when prudent, replace a state vehicle with an electric, hybrid, or alternative fueld vehicle.
Rep. WardNeutral3Did Not Pass
Air QualitySB0187Fossil Fuels Tax Amendments
This bill makes a number of changes, including: (1) Creating a carbon emissions tax, (2) Prohibiting the Utah Transit Authority from charging fares, (3) Requires the Department of environmental quality to certify certain carbon emissions from large carbon emitters, (4) creates a refundable state earned income tax credit, (5) Eliminates the state sales and use tax on food, (6) Eliminates the state sales and use tax on residential and commercial fuel, (7) modifies earmark calculations to include the deposit of emissions carbon tax revenue.
Sen. KitchenNeutral2Did Not Pass
Air QualityHCR0007Concurrent Resolution Regarding Improving Air Quality Through Enhanced Zero Emission Rail
The bill encourages the introduction of new zero emission locomotives operated by short lines and industrial plant railroads in nonattainment areas, a continued shift of freight transportation growth to rail, phasing out legacy locomotive engines, and phasing in the use of zero emission engines including hydrogen fuel cell-electric systems to meet the State's air quality goals. It would also phase in in zero-emission engines gradually until 100% of short line and industrial plant locomotives use a zero emission engines by 2050.
Rep. BallardNeutral2Passed
Air QualityHJR0003Joint Resolution Supporting Federal Carbon Fee and Dividend Program
This resolution addresses the impact of CO2 pollution impacts on the environment, and ways to efficiently promote clean air technology, including border adjusted carbon fees and dividends. It also opposes any requirement of reparations from the fossil fuel industry and supports loosening federal requirements placed on the mining industry to acquire minerals needed for clean energy technology.
Rep. WardNeutral2Did Not Pass
AppropriationsSB0006S01Infrastructure and General Government Base Budget
Includes UDOT base budget. Also includes $294 million in General Fund appropriations to the Transit Transportation Investment Fund (TTIF) to replace authorized bonding for FrontRunner doubletracking ($232M), and additional transit projects($64M) which would have otherwise been bonded for.
Sen. WilsonSupport1Passed
AppropriationsHB0006Executive Offices and Criminal Justice Base Budget
Includes GOMB base budget to include WFRC $140,000 ongoing line item to MAG and WFRC.
Rep. ActonSupport1Passed
AppropriationsHB0003Appropriation Adjustments
The "bill of bills" appropriates funding for bills with fiscal notes, and includes $1 billion transportation infrastructure investment.
Rep. LastSupport1Passed
AppropriationsSB0003Current Fiscal Year Supplemental Appropriations
This bill supplements or reduces appropriations otherwise provided for the support and operation of state government for the fiscal year beginning July 1, 2021 and ending June 30, 2022.
Sen. StevensonSupport1Passed
AppropriationsHB0002New Fiscal Year Supplemental Appropriations Act
This bill supplements or reduces appropriations otherwise provided for the support and operation of state government for the fiscal year beginning July 1, 2022 and ending June 30, 2023.
Rep. LastSupport1Passed
AppropriationsHJR19S01Appropriations Procedures Joint Resolution
This resolution defines "request for appropriation" or RFA, and prohibits a committee from prioritizing a RFA that has not been registered, unless the request is brought to the Executive Appropriations Committee in a public meetings.
Rep. MossSupport3Passed
Economic DevelopmentHB0035S03Economic Development Modifications
This bill makes various economic development changes, including: requiring the Unified Economic Opportunity Commission (UEOC) to identify targeted industries for economic development, modifying provisions related to economic development tax credits by defining and modifying terms, limiting tax credit eligibility to certain targeted industries, repealing provisions allowing a local government entity or CRA to receive a tax credit, allowing a local government entity to create economic development zones, allowing GOEO to issue tax credits for projects that establish remote work opportunities, establishing requirement's for agreements with a business entity, modifying provisions allowing a business entity to claim tax credits, and taking into account the location and impact of a commercial project on existing and planned transportation, housing and public infrastructure. The second substitute includes a second class county municipality with 10,000 residents or less as it relates to a new commercial project. The third substitute adds an effective date.
Rep. HandySupport2Passed
Economic DevelopmentHB0151S2Retail Facility Incentive Payments Amendments
Prohibits public entities from providing certain incentive payments for retail business facilities with gross floor sales areas greater than 20,000 square feet, except in the case where the retail facility: (1) is located in a census block where the AMI is less than 70% State Median Income, (2) Is part of a mixed use development with one housing unit for every 1,250 square feet of retail space and 10% of new units qualify as moderate-income housing, (3) Is located in a county of the fourth, fifth or sixth class, (4) Is a small business, (5) Is part of a main street or historic preservation program or is for the development, construction, renovation, or operation of public infrastructure or a structured parking facility, (6) Is for environmental mitigation or sanitation or is under a water conservation or energy efficiency program, (7) Is for emergency assistance if other businesses are eligible or is for assistance under public safety or security program.
Rep. SchultzNeutral2Passed
Environmental QualityHB0173Jordan River Recreation Area Amendments
Adjusts the zone boundary for the Jordan River Recreation Area from 4800 south to 5400 south (Taylorsville and Murray), and appropriates $475,000 ongoing (through 2030) to the Division of Forestry, Fire, and State land for them to administer a 5-year grant to a zoo, aviary, nature center, or other educational program in the zone.
Rep. WinderSupport2Passed
Environmental QualitySJR009Joint Resolution Supporting Environmental Protections for Little Cottonwood Canyon
The resolution encourages UDOT to pursue the least impactful transportation solutions for Little Cottonwood Canyon that: (1)balance year-round dispersed recreation users with that of ski resort users, (2)preserves the canyon's natural aesthetic with the least possible visual and auditory impact, and (3)limits the destruction of climbing and bouldering sites and protects water resources.
Rep. AndereggNeutral2Did Not Pass
Environmental QualityHCR10Concurrent Resolution Regarding an Interlocal Agreement Creating the Jordan River Commission
This concurrent resolution would require the Governor and the Legislature to give approval to the Utah Department of Transportation to enter into an agreement with the Jordan River Commission. The agreement would include UDOT providing signage when state roads cross over the river, improving pedestrian and bike access from the state roads, improving water quality impacts from the state roads into the river, and developing and implementing other shared goals.
Rep. ActonNeutral2Passed
Environmental QualityHB0319Jordan River Improvement Amendments
This bill directs the Utah Department of Transportation to work with the Jordan River Commission on issues regarding state highways. The two entities would need to coordinate on providing signage when state roads cross over the river, improving pedestrian and bike access from the state roads, and improving water quality impacts from the state roads into the river.
Rep. ActonNeutral2Passed
GovernmentalSB0022Public-private Partnership Amendments
This bill encourages entities to use services of a facilitator when considering public-private partnerships (P3s), modifies provisions relating to the functions and responsibilities of a facilitator, and allows the Governor's Office of Economic Opportunity to act as a facilitator and contract with other persons to perform facilitator responsiblities, eliminates a repeal date for the P3 act, requires GOEO to provide an annual interim report on the facilitator's work.
Sen. MillnerNeutral3Passed
GovernmentalHB0082S1State Debt Review Commission
This bill would create the State Debt Review Commission, which would require certain State agencies and authorities to submit information on outstanding bonds, obligations, or revolving loan funds to be reviewed by the Commission. It also would prohibit "bonding political subdivisions", including a large public transit district, the Utah Inland Port Authority, the Military Installation Development Authority, or the Point of the Mountain State Land Authority from issuing bonds or entering into a public private partnership (where the legal agreements may require payments from state funds) unless the Commission has approved the bond or agreement, and requires the Commission to provide training and information on debt management practices to certain entities. It also requires GOPB and LFA to submit annual debt affordability reports to the Revenue and Taxation interim committee.
Rep. StenquistNeutral3Passed
HousingHB036S2Commission on Housing Affordability Amendments
This bill establishes the Housing Affordability Subcommittee under the Unified Economic Opportunity Commission (UEOC), which was formerly the Commission on Housing Affordability. It also modifies membership of the subcommittee.
Rep. WaldripSupport3Passed
HousingHB0407Short Term Rental Enforcement Amendments
This bill allows a local legislative body to enforce an ordinance to regulate uses and locations of short-term rentals, and impse a criminal penalty for violation of the ordinance.
Rep. BennionNeutral3Did Not Pass
HousingHB0462S3Utah Housing Affordability Amendments
This bill is from the the Commission on Housing Affordability, Utah League of Cities and towns, and WFRC. It is formerly known as SB34+ and includes station area planning requirements. It makes the following changes: (1) Changes to accessory dwelling unit (ADU's), such as prohibiting impact fees for construction of internal ADUs, requires that political subdivisions require owners to have a business license for rentint internal ADUs, and allows rpolitical subdivisions to require certain physical changes to internal ADUs. (2) Makes changes to the Housing and Community Development Division (HCDD) by modifying membership of the Olene Walker Housing Loan Fund Board, establishing a "Rural Housing Fund", requiring a statewide databe of moderate income housing, and other changes. (3) Requires the Point of the Mountain Authority to incorporate housing affordability into their strategic planning, and (4) Makes various changes to Moderate income housing plans, including (a) modifying and expanding new menu items and requiring municipalities review their MIHP plans and update with implementation elements by October 1, 2022. (b) Changes reporting forms and the reporting period, (c) requires that the implementation timeline has specific benchmarks for each strategy, (d) will include a station area plan requirement for cities with fixed guideway, (e) provides enhanced prioritization for state funds if cities include more strategies, (f) requires DWS to create a moderate income housing database and providing housing data to municipalities. This bill also includes requirements for cities with fixed guideway public transit to develop a station area plan (SAP) and update general plan and zoning to implement the plan. Plans are intended to promote shared objectives such as housing availability and affordability, access to opportunities, sustainable environmentla conditions, and transportation choices and connections. Plans are reviewed by MPOs and transit districts, and the SAP requirement ties into the MIHP menu items. See WFRC website for a comprehensive summary on this bill.
Rep. WaldripSupport1Passed
Land UseSB0110S01Water as Part of a General Plan
This bill requires a water use and preservation element to be part of a municipal or county general plan, coordinating and integranting land use with water use, preservation, and demand. It should also include the effect of permitted development patterns on water demand and infrastructure, methods for reducing demand and per capita consumption for future and existing development, and opportunities for the municipality to eliminate practices or conditions that wate water. It should also include recommendations for conservation policies, landscaping options for public streets, changing inefficient water ordinances, sustainable landscaping, reduction of lawn or turf, and demand reduction strategies to name a few. The first sub excludes a town or city of the fifth class, and requires consultation with public water system serving the municipality.
Sen. McKellNeutral3Passed
Land UseHB0085Eminent Domain Amendments
This bill would remove creation of a public park as a public use for which eminent domain may be used.
Rep. PetersenOppose2Did Not Pass
Land UseHB0303S03Local Land Use Amendments
This bill is formerly known as the Downzoning Notice Amendments bill, was substituted with the technical clean up bill from the Land Use Task Force (also known as the LUDMA bill). The bill makes changes to annexations, subdivision improvements, non-conforming uses, subdivisions and boundary adjustments, and inclusionary zoning. ULCT has a comprehensive summary available of this bill.
Rep. PetersonSupport2Passed
Land UseHB0416Property Rights Ombudsman Amendments
This bill would require the Office of the Property Rights Ombudsman to annually review for compliance with state law each local government's land use or land development ordinance or policy, written action pertaining to land use, and provide a report to the Executive Appropriations Committee. It also allows a person to request a written advisory opinion regarding the ordinance or policy.
Rep. PetersonOppose3Did Not Pass
Land UseHB0438S2Point of the Mountain Land Authority Amendments
This bill makes changes to the Point of the Mountain State Land Authority, including the following: (1) allowing the authority to impose an energy sales and use tax and an energy tax and allows collection of impact and other development fees, (2) moves the ability to approve a loan to the authority board and requires approval from the executive appropriations committee to approve the loan, (3) allows the authority to develop publicly owned infrastructure and infrastructure improvements, (4) requires a lessee at POM to pay an annual fee, (5) requires that the authority be paid a portion of increased property tax revenue from land transferred to a private owner, and (6) clarifies board membership and close meetings of the authority
Rep. SnowNeutral3Passed
Land UseHB0474Municipal and County Land Use and Development Revisions
Rep. Waldrip---
Outdoor RecreationHB0409S1Recreation Infrastructure Amendments
This bill creates the Outdoor Adventure Infrastructure Restricted Account which diverts 1% of state sales tax revenue generated from the sale of vehicles and vehicle related products into the fund (note the bill also increases this tax from 17% to 18%). Subject to appropriation, the account may be used for new construction, upgrades, repairs, and acquisition of outdoor recreation infrastructure. Infrastructure means anything from water sports to golf courses to trails. The account appropriates $15M to the DNR Division of State Parks, $5M to the DNR Division of Recreation, and $16.2M to the UDOT TIF Capacity Program. $10M of the funding to UDOT is to be used for active transportation projections.
Rep. SniderSupport3Passed
Outdoor RecreationHB0227Recreational Trails
This bill facilitates the categorization of recreational trails, including cross-state, water-oriented, service-access, urban, and interpretive. It also requires that the recreational trails advisory council ensures the recreational trail balances requirements for multi-uses of the trails, establishes a complaint process to determine whether trails comply with the approved trail application, adds federal money to the matching funds requirement, and repeals state guidlines for established trails.
Rep. Dailey-ProvostNeutral3Did Not Pass
OlympicsSJR10Joint Resolution Emphasizing Desire and Readiness to Host a Future Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games
This joint resolution emphasizes the State of Utah and Salt Lake City's desire to host a future Olympic and Pralympic games.
Sen. KitchenSupport3Passed
OlympicsHJR12Joint Resolution Recognizing the Utah Olympic Legacy
This resolution recognizes contributions of the Utah Olympic Legacy Foundation and Salt Lake Organizing Committee in making the 2002 games succesful. It also recognizes the ongoing role of the legislature in guiding olympic efforts, and recognizes efforts to develop and maintain olympic venues throughout the state.
Rep. HawkinsSupport3Passed
PlanningHB0379Association of Governments Amendments
This bill creates the Regional Development Grant Program within the Governor's Office of Economic Opportunity (GOEO). Grants would be available to qualifying associations of governments whose members are any combination of fourth, fifth, or sixth class counties. The objectives of the grant program is to provide funding to support expansion of regional transportation, infrastructure, housing, or economic development projects. Projects may be prioritized if there is a comprehensive planning of the project in cooperation with partners.
Rep. WatkinsNeutral2Did Not Pass
Revenue and TaxSCR0007Concurrent Resolution Calling on Local Governments to Treat Above-trend Revenue Growth as One-time Revenue
As the State Legislature considers treating above-trend revenue growth as one-time money, this resolution encourage counties, cities, towns, and metro townships to consider treating above-trend revenue growth as one-time revenue instead of ongoing revenue in order to mitigate unintended economic and fiscal impacts.
Sen. FillmoreNeutral3Passed
TransportationSB0013S01State Road Jurisdiction Amendments
This bill adds certain roads (including SR-7, SR-85, SR-138, SR-194, and designates the Midvalley Highway as SR-179) to the state highway system. It also requires UDOT to recommend to the Legislature adding certain roads to the system upon their construction completion.
Sen. HarperSupport3Passed
TransportationSB0051S01Transportation Amendments
Transportation "omnibus" that makes numerous, mainly technical modifications, including: (1) allowing the tax commission to delay the expiratio nof vehicle registrations when registration decals are temporarily unavaialable, (2) requiring vintage vehicles with a model year of 1981 or newer to provide emissions inspection, proof of insurance for a collector vehicle, increase the registration fee by 50 cents which would allow the tax commission to cover the administrative costs of the vintage vehicle registration, (3) amends provisions of the Office of Attorney General in prosecution of certain cases related to motor vehicle enforcement, (4) allows the Department of Publi cSafety to establish a pilot program to for a public-private-partnership for tow rotation dispatch services, (5) amends allocations of funding for the County of The First Class Highway Projects fund by adding $2.3M in total to Sandy, Bluffdale, and Taylorsville, and (6) Clarifies a definition related to local option sales and use taxes for public transit.
Sen. HarperSupport3Passed
TransportationSB0066S3Electric Assisted Bicycle Use Amendments
This bill would require local authorities or state agencies to consider accommodations and increased trail access by a person with a mobility disability when enacting ordinances or making rules related to the use of a pathway or soft-surface trail, and during the planning or construction of a pathway or soft-surface trail.
Sen. WeilerNeutral2Passed
TransportationSB0140S3Housing and Transit Reinvestment Zone Amendments
This bill makes various changes to Housing and Transit Reinvestment Zone (HTRZ) provisions as established in SB217 (2021 general session). The bill would now allow for a limited number of proposed HTRZ around light-rail and bus rapid transit (BRT) stations, limiting the size of a light rail and BRT HTRZ to 1/4 mile and limiting the tax increment capture to 15 years. The bill also adjusts the maximum tax increment capture allowed to 60% if there are 39-49 units/acre proposed, requires a parking analysis, requires cities to participate their increment at the same rate as the county, modifies the HTRZ committee composition, requires that zoning be in place before the HTRZ committee makes final approval, requires that the gap analysis evaluate for a reasonable rate of return on the project, and ensures no direct subsidies are given.
Sen. HarperSupport1Passed
TransportationSB0255Transportation Revisions
This bill transfers $35 million from the Cottonwood Canyons Transportation Investment fund to the State Infrastructure Bank. It would require that a repayment of a loan using the transferred CCTIF funds, that the amount repaid should be be to the CCTIF.
Sen. CullimoreNeutral2Did Not Pass
TransportationHB0010Lane Filtering Amendments
Extends the sunset date of provisions related to lane filtering.
Rep. BrooksSupport3Passed
TransportationHB0015Child Care Amendments
This bill makes various changes to child care agencies, providers, and rules. However, the transportation related change the bill makes is requiring that a proposal for a housing and transportation reinvestment zone (HTRZ) promote the objective of increasing access to child care.
Rep. PulsipherNeutral2Passed
TransportationHB0164Public Transit Fares
This bill prevents a large public transit district from charging passenger fares, with the intent to make Utah Transit Authority (UTA) service "fare-free".
Rep. BriscoeNeutral1Did Not Pass
TransportationHB0181Railroad Crossing Maintenance Amendments
This bill allows the Utah Department of Transportation to allocate responsibility for maintenance at railroad crossings based on ownership and control of the right-of-way. Railroad crossing improvements and new crossings may be authorized by UDOT based on a determination if the new crossing will improve the overall safety of the public. This bill would require railorad companies to fund the maintenance of the crossings as opposed to the local municipalities. The substitute would allow a railroad company to seek reimbursement for reviewing plans for an improved crossing.
Rep. SchultzNeutral3Passed
TransportationHB0186Vehicle Registration Amendments
This bill (1) adjusts the annual and 6-month registration fees for electric and hybrid vehicles, (2) Makes various changes to the road usage charge (RUC) program including adjusting the RUC rate and charge-cap based on the percentage of motor vehicle registrations in the state that are alternate fuel and by CPI-adjusting the rate. Additionally, the bill repeals the RUC charge and cap rates by 2033 which would then allow UDOT to set the rate and cap for vehicles enrolled in the program.
Rep. WardNeutral2Passed
TransportationHB0189Electric Vehicle Charging Modifications
Allows a property owner or renter in a condominium association, or community association to install and use an electric vehicle charging system.
Rep. BriscoeNeutral2Did Not Pass
TransportationHB0322Public Transit Capital Development Modifications
This bill would require the Utah Department of Transportation (UDOT) to manage and oversee all fixed guideway transit capital development projects for which the state has provided state funding. It would further require UDOT to coordinate with the Utah Transit Authority (UTA) on the project development, outreach and coordination with MPOs, corridor and area planning, programming and prioritization of fixed guideway projects, environmental studies and impact statements, impacts on public transit operations, public private partnership opportunities, and construction. Specifically, the bill would apply to the double-tracking of FrontRunner and the Point of the Mountain State Land Authority. It would also require UTA to pay UDOT $5million for 15 years to purchase zero emission rail engines or train cars.
Rep. ChristoffersonNeutral1Passed
TransportationHB0349Recreation Activity Funding Amendments
This bill would create the Recreation Activities Restricted Account which would require 40% of sales and use tax remitted from sporting good sellers to be deposited into the fund. It also would allow the legislature to make appropriations from the fund for the acquisition of property and physical assets to support recreation that is primarily non-motorized.
StenquistNeutral2Did Not Pass
TransportationHB0404S1Large Public Transit District Amendments
This bill requires the Utah Transit Authority in their procurement process to compare costs of different types of zero emissions propulsion systems for passenger railcar or 10 or more passenger buses for a zero emissions project, and consider various factors.
Rep. BallardNeutral2Passed
UkraineHCR21Concurrent Resolution Concerning the Conflict in Ukraine
Calls upon the Russian Federation to cease fire and vacate the sovereign territory of Ukraine, and urges the United States federal government to take action against the Russian Federation and restore peace in Europe.
Rep. StrattonSupport-Passed
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