May 13, 2014 •
A new Utah state law requiring independent expenditure reporting for political spending became effective today. House Bill 39 requires all persons and entities, except political parties, to file independent expenditure reports with Utah’s chief election officer within 30 days after […]
A new Utah state law requiring independent expenditure reporting for political spending became effective today. House Bill 39 requires all persons and entities, except political parties, to file independent expenditure reports with Utah’s chief election officer within 30 days after the day on which a person or entity has made a total of at least $1,000 in independent expenditures during an election cycle.
Another provision of the new law is the requirement to retain records related to the filings for two years, including all independent expenditures, receipts, and donations described in the reports. New definitions concerning independent expenditures are now codified, including telephone bank, which is defined as “500 or more identical or substantially similar telephone calls within any 30-day period.” Fines from $100 to $1000 can be imposed for violations.
April 4, 2014 •
Beginning August 1, 2014, a lobbyist may not lobby a public official while at the Utah Capitol Hill complex unless the lobbyist is wearing a newly required name tag in plain view. House Bill 246, which Governor Gary Herbert signed […]
Beginning August 1, 2014, a lobbyist may not lobby a public official while at the Utah Capitol Hill complex unless the lobbyist is wearing a newly required name tag in plain view.
House Bill 246, which Governor Gary Herbert signed this week, will require all lobbyists be issued name tags bearing the word lobbyist and the lobbyist’s full name in at least 18-point type. The procedure to apply for name tags is being developed by the Lieutenant Governor’s Office and will be available before August 1, 2014. The Capitol Hill complex includes the grounds, monuments, parking areas, buildings, and other man-made and natural objects within the area bounded by 300 North Street, Columbus Street, 500 North Street, and East Capitol Boulevard, in Salt Lake City.
Additionally, the new law has raised the lobbyist registration fee from $100 to $110 and now requires lobbyists to inform public officials of the identity of whom the lobbyist is representing at the beginning of a lobbying communication.
March 14, 2014 •
The Utah Legislature adjourned its 2014 session sine die on March 13, 2014. Governor Gary Herbert has until April 2 to veto or sign legislation. The Governor does not possess a pocket veto. May 12 is the last day a […]
The Utah Legislature adjourned its 2014 session sine die on March 13, 2014.
Governor Gary Herbert has until April 2 to veto or sign legislation. The Governor does not possess a pocket veto. May 12 is the last day a veto-override session may begin.
The normal effective date for bills passed this year is May 13.
Photo of the Utah State Capitol by Scott Catron on Wikimedia Commons.
January 23, 2014 •
The gift policy for the Utah Office of Legislative Research and General Counsel has been updated. In the revised Policies and Procedures Manual, gifts having a value over $5 are prohibited. Some gifts are permitted within limited exceptions, including gifts […]
The gift policy for the Utah Office of Legislative Research and General Counsel has been updated. In the revised Policies and Procedures Manual, gifts having a value over $5 are prohibited. Some gifts are permitted within limited exceptions, including gifts not associated with the employee’s position or duties within the office. Additionally, the policy delineates what are permissible expenses for meals, tickets, reimbursements, and gifts when an employee attends a conference, seminar, training session, meeting, site visit, or other similar gathering connected with the employee’s employment.
Photo of the Utah State Capitol courtesy of Robert Cutts on Wikimedia Commons.
October 18, 2013 •
On October 16, the Utah Legislature adjourned its one-day special session sine die. The Legislature passed bills authorizing state funds to open and operate national parks, monuments, and recreation areas, to cover the benefits of certain unpaid furloughed employees, and to offset obligations caused by delays in federal funding to the Child Nutrition Program. Gov. Gary Herbert signed the bills Wednesday night.
October 14, 2013 •
On Friday, October 11, Utah Gov. Gary R. Herbert issued a proclamation convening a special session for the Legislature on October 16.
During this session the Legislature is expected authorize the appropriation of the use of state funds to open and operate national parks, national monuments, and national recreation areas; to offset obligations caused by delays in federal funding to the Child Nutrition Program; and to cover the benefits of certain unpaid furloughed federal employees. The Senate will also consider appointments made by the governor.
Herbert stated in his press release, “Issues related to the federal shutdown necessitate immediate action by our State Legislature. We can no longer wait.”
March 15, 2013 •
March 14, 2013
The Utah Legislature adjourned its 2013 session sine die on March 14, 2013.
Governor Gary Herbert has until April 3 to veto or sign legislation. The Governor does not possess a pocket veto.
The normal effective date for bills passed this year is May 14.
Photo of Utah’s Capitol by Scott Catron on Wikipedia.
April 2, 2012 •
Keep up with the latest lobbying news:
Federal: “Trade group CEOs enjoy hefty pay raises in a sluggish economy” by William McQuillen and Danielle Ivory in The Washington Post.
Federal: “GAO: Lobbyist disclosure compliance ‘similar’ compared to prior years” by Rachel Leven in The Hill.
Federal: “Calif. biotech firms spend $40 million on lobbying in 3 years” by Bernice Yeung on CaliforniaWatch.org.
Federal: “Tech companies new lobbying force in DC” by Garrett Sloane in the New York Post.
New Jersey: “Some of Christie’s biggest bills match model legislation from D.C. group called ALEC” by Salvador Rizzo in the Star-Ledger.
Utah: “Rolly: Lobbyist and legislator in one? Could happen” by Paul Rolly in the Salt Lake Tribune.
March 9, 2012 •
Five state legislatures report end to sessions
ARKANSAS: The fiscal session of the Arkansas General Assembly adjourned at noon on Friday, March 9, 2012.
OREGON: The Oregon Legislative Assembly has adjourned sine die for the 2012 regular session on March 5.
UTAH: The 2012 general session of the Utah State Legislature adjourned sine die on March 8, ending on its 45th day, the last permitted by the Constitution for annual general sessions. Governor Gary Herbert has until March 28 to sign or veto bills presented to him by the legislature.
WASHINGTON: The 2012 regular session of the Washington State Legislature adjourned sine die on March 8, 2012. Governor Gregoire has called for a special session to begin on March 12, 2012 to address a supplemental budget plan.
WYOMING: The State of Wyoming Legislature adjourned sine die on March 8. Governor Matt Mead has until March 26 to sign or veto legislation that reaches his desk.
Many thanks to our terrific Research Department for this update!
February 28, 2012 •
Utah Representative Kraig Powell has introduced a bill prohibiting anonymous cash contributions over $50 and requiring forfeiture of the contributions.
As written in HB 493, anonymous contributions over $50 to state and local candidates must be given to the governmental entity where the position the candidate is pursuing exists, such as to a school district’s general fund for a local school board candidate. Other beneficiaries of the anonymous political donations over $50 would be the state’s general fund, and county and municipality general funds.
Reporting by the candidates of the transferred anonymous contribution would not be required.
September 29, 2011 •
Governor Issues Proclamation
The Governor had earlier announced the date, but the proclamation formally outlines the purpose for the special session with seven legislative issues, including adding the presidential primary to the regular primary ballot, redistricting, and making changes to the workers’ compensation insurance requirements.
The Governor’s press release can be found here.
August 26, 2011 •
Salt Lake City 311 App Allows Citizens to Make Reports From Their Phones
A new 311 smart phone app for Salt Lake City, Utah allows a citizen to take a geo-coded picture with his or her smartphone and enter more detailed information about the problem. In response to the citizen’s entry, a real-time case is created that’s sent directly to the staff person who will handle the situation.
According to this article on GovTech, the app called Salt Lake City 311 transmits the request to the city’s GIS database, which then provides an address match for the city responder to answer the notification personally, with no middleman in between.
This app streamlines the process of fieldworkers responding to calls, as well as creating a convenient and easy way for everyday citizens to report problems.
This kind of 311 app is something that is likely to be seen in many other municipalities across the nation in the near future.
July 21, 2011 •
Amendment Resolution Passed
The special session of the Utah Legislature adjourned after one day, as expected.
Several items were passed including a resolution calling for a balanced budget amendment to the U.S. Constitution.
Photo of the Utah State Capitol by BigBen212 on Wikipedia.
July 19, 2011 •
“The items on the call are generally minor housekeeping items, some of which are time-sensitive,” the Governor is quoted as saying in his press release.
Photo of Governor Gary Herbert courtesy of Gw.hajduk on Wikipedia.
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