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Governmental Affairs
Governmental Affairs

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.

Key Pieces of Legislation

SB34 Affordable Housing Modifications (2019)

SB34 encourages local communities to plan for housing for residents of all income levels, and coordinate that housing with transportation. Communities are required to develop a moderate income housing (MIH) plan as part of their general plan. Communities that are required to annually report on their MIH plan implementation must satisfy these requirements to remain eligible for state transportation investments.

SB72 Transportation Governance and Funding Revisions (2019)

SB72 is a follow up to SB136 (2018) and addresses some policy and some technical issues, including making the allowable uses of local option sales taxes for transportation more flexible and consistent across the “quarters”; adjusting UTA and UDOT governance and nomination process; authorizing state transportation capital funds to be used for active transportation projects; establishing guidelines for the road usage charge program; and further describing Transportation Reinvestment Zones (TRZs).

SB136 Transportation Governance Amendments (2018)

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.

HB362 Transportation Infrastructure Funding (2015)

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.

Key Policies

Local Option Transportation Sales Taxes

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.

Transportation Reinvestment Zones (TRZ)

Utah State law authorizes the creation of a TRZ by two or more public agencies by interlocal agreement to capture increased property or sales tax revenue generated by a transportation infrastructure project. TRZs are a tool to assist local governments with the funding and implementation of transportation infrastructure.

New! Cache of Governmental Affairs Outreach
What to Expect During the Legislative Session
  1. Weekly Emails to our members that includes transportation and related legislation and other governmental affairs updates. To sign up for WFRC’s weekly emails, please contact LaNiece Davenport.
  2. Weekly Meetings during the session with our members and key partners to discuss and prioritize relevant legislation.
    When: Thursdays at 8am
    Where: State Capitol, Senate Building, Aspen Room
    New! First weekly meeting will be held FEBRUARY 6, 2020
  3. Tracking relevant transportation, economic development, air quality, and land use legislation and sharing on our Bill Tracker webpage, also available in a Google spreadsheet format.
Bill Tracker

WFRC tracks bills that especially impact transportation and communities along the Wasatch Front during the legislative session.

Legislative Session Wrap-Up

WFRC monitored relevant legislative activity related to transportation and its nexus to land use and economic development during the legislative session.



Contact Information

LaNiece Davenport
Governmental Relations Manager

Wasatch Front Regional Council
41 North Rio Grande Street
Salt Lake City, Utah 84101

Work: 801-363-4250  x 1136
Mobile: 801-809-6828

Header photo courtesy of the Utah Transportation Coalition and Salt Lake Chamber.

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