May 17, 2019 •

New Utah Lobbying Updates Effective

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House Bill 64, implementing the Local Government and Board of Education Lobbyist Disclosure and Regulation Act became effective on May 14, 2019. Additionally, House Bill 147, making changes to the existing Lobbyist Disclosure Act became effective on the same day. […]

House Bill 64, implementing the Local Government and Board of Education Lobbyist Disclosure and Regulation Act became effective on May 14, 2019.

Additionally, House Bill 147, making changes to the existing Lobbyist Disclosure Act became effective on the same day.

The Lieutenant Governor’s Office has released additional guidance on the new rules.

Guidance includes how online registration and reporting will be accomplished for local lobbyists.

The guidance also discusses the shift to annual registration for state level lobbyists.

Previously registered lobbyists choosing to renew their license in 2020 and new registrations will be required to pay a $60 fee and obtain new badges.

The new requirements also include completion of a workplace harassment and discrimination training.

Current, active lobbyists are not required to complete the new training until the license is renewed.

The lieutenant governor has asked that questions be directed to lobbyists@utah.gov or 801-538-1041.

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April 5, 2019 •

Utah Campaign Finance Bills Signed

Last week, Gov. Gary Herbert signed six bills amending the state’s campaign finance laws. Updates include amended registration and reporting requirements for political action committees (PACs) and political issues committees (PICs). Additionally, updates modify provisions relating to the statement of […]

Last week, Gov. Gary Herbert signed six bills amending the state’s campaign finance laws.

Updates include amended registration and reporting requirements for political action committees (PACs) and political issues committees (PICs).

Additionally, updates modify provisions relating to the statement of organization and naming requirements of a PAC.

Other changes include a provision banning PICs from contributing to PACs and clarifications on how to dissolve a PAC.

Regarding electioneering communications, House Bill 319 requires a person making an expenditure for certain advertisements relating to a ballot proposition to disclose the person’s identity in the advertisement.

All bills take effect on May 13, 2019.

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April 5, 2019 •

Governor Signs Utah Lobbying Bills

In the 2019 legislative session, legislators passed House Bill 64 and Senate Bill 147 amending the state’s lobbying provisions. Both bills were signed by Gov. Gary Herbert this month. House Bill 64 creates disclosure requirements for lobbying local government and […]

In the 2019 legislative session, legislators passed House Bill 64 and Senate Bill 147 amending the state’s lobbying provisions. Both bills were signed by Gov. Gary Herbert this month.

House Bill 64 creates disclosure requirements for lobbying local government and board of education members.

The new requirements include quarterly reporting and prohibit expenditures by lobbyists and principals over $10. Not included in the $10 limit are expenditures for food, beverage, travel, lodging, or admission to or attendance at a tour or meeting.

Senate Bill 147 follows a national trend in modifying requirements for lobbyist ethics and harassment training and adds a due date for completion as well as penalties for non-completion.

Both bills go into effect on May 13, 2019, 60 days after the adjournment sine die of the legislature.

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November 21, 2018 •

Utah Special Session to be Held on December 3

The Utah Legislature will meet in a special session on December 3 to discuss the voter-approved medical marijuana ballot measure passed by a majority of voters this month. This week, Senate President Wayne Niederhauser said his fellow senators needed to […]

The Utah Legislature will meet in a special session on December 3 to discuss the voter-approved medical marijuana ballot measure passed by a majority of voters this month.

This week, Senate President Wayne Niederhauser said his fellow senators needed to attend the session and he could compel their presence if necessary.

Gov. Gary Herbert vowed to call a special session to discuss medical marijuana regardless of the outcome of the bill. Gov. Herbert has been working with legislators and the Mormon church to find a compromise and tweak legislation based on the passed measure.

A two-thirds majority vote is necessary to make the legislation effective.

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November 8, 2018 •

Utah Special Session to Address Medical Marijuana

This week, Utah voters passed Proposition 2 legalizing medical marijuana. The highly controversial ballot initiative caused Gov. Gary Herbert to announce his intention to call a special session on medical marijuana regardless of the outcome of this week. The proposition […]

This week, Utah voters passed Proposition 2 legalizing medical marijuana.

The highly controversial ballot initiative caused Gov. Gary Herbert to announce his intention to call a special session on medical marijuana regardless of the outcome of this week.

The proposition will go into effect on December 1, 2018, and Gov. Herbert’s office announced its intent this week to convene a special session shortly thereafter.

Under state law, an initiative passed by statewide vote can be amended by the legislature after it becomes law.

Gov. Herbert has already discussed changes and compromises with lawmakers and proponents of Proposition 2. This will be the state’s third special session this year.

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November 7, 2018 •

Utah Voters Approve Amendment C

Utah voters passed Amendment C allowing the Legislature to call itself into a special session. This came after Gov. Gary Herbert refused to call lawmakers to set a special election to fill the vacancy created by the departure of U.S. […]

Utah voters passed Amendment C allowing the Legislature to call itself into a special session.

This came after Gov. Gary Herbert refused to call lawmakers to set a special election to fill the vacancy created by the departure of U.S. Representative Jason Chaffetz.

Amendment C will allow legislators to convene if two-thirds of the House and Senate agree it is necessary because of a fiscal crisis, war, natural disaster or emergency.

The amendment also allows the Legislature to hold a special session outside the Capitol if the building isn’t available.

Voters appear headed to approve Amendment C as unofficial vote totals show it winning 63.2 percent to 36.8 percent.

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October 11, 2018 •

Utah to Hold Special Session Following November Elections

Last week, Gov. Gary Herbert promised to call a special session of the legislature to address medical marijuana after the November election. In the election, Utah will vote on Proposition 2, an initiative to allow patients with certain medical conditions […]

Last week, Gov. Gary Herbert promised to call a special session of the legislature to address medical marijuana after the November election.

In the election, Utah will vote on Proposition 2, an initiative to allow patients with certain medical conditions to purchase medical marijuana.

No matter what voters decide in November, Utah lawmakers have proposed and agreed on an alternate medical marijuana plan.

No date for the session has been announced.

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July 20, 2018 •

Utah State Legislature Adjourns Special Session

The Utah State Legislature adjourned sine die its special session on Wednesday, July 18. Nine bills were passed, most notably a compromise between the Legislature and Salt Lake City Council on the controversial Utah Inland Port Authority project. Senate Bill […]

The Utah State Legislature adjourned sine die its special session on Wednesday, July 18.

Nine bills were passed, most notably a compromise between the Legislature and Salt Lake City Council on the controversial Utah Inland Port Authority project.

Senate Bill 2001 also passed, which requires businesses to collect online sales tax revenue for the state.

However, most of the expected revenue was earmarked earlier this year for tax breaks for manufacturers in anticipation of the U.S. Supreme Court ruling on online sales tax collection.

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July 16, 2018 •

Utah Governor Announces Special Session

Utah Gov. Gary Herbert announced a special session to begin Wednesday, July 18, 2018, to address more than 10 bills. A compromise was reached between the governor, state legislative leaders, and members of the Salt Lake City Council on Senate […]

Utah Gov. Gary Herbert announced a special session to begin Wednesday, July 18, 2018, to address more than 10 bills.

A compromise was reached between the governor, state legislative leaders, and members of the Salt Lake City Council on Senate Bill 234, which implements a planned massive shipping hub in Salt Lake City.

Gov. Herbert also said the Legislature will take a look at the state sales tax policy in response to the recent U.S. Supreme Court ruling on the collection of online sales tax revenue.

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April 19, 2018 •

Utah Adjourns Veto Session Sine Die

The Utah Legislature adjourned a veto session sine die on Wednesday after overriding a pair of vetoes from Gov. Gary Herbert. The Legislature resurrected and passed Senate Bill 171, allowing legislators to defend laws they pass in court instead of […]

The Utah Legislature adjourned a veto session sine die on Wednesday after overriding a pair of vetoes from Gov. Gary Herbert.

The Legislature resurrected and passed Senate Bill 171, allowing legislators to defend laws they pass in court instead of relying on the Attorney General’s office, and House Bill 198, requiring the Attorney General to give written legal opinions to the Legislature when requested.

A spokesperson for the Governor said he hopes for an opportunity to test the constitutionality of the new laws in court.

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March 21, 2018 •

Utah Governor Signs Bill Expanding Ban on Contributions During Sessions

Gov. Gary Herbert signed House Bill 320 this week, putting it into effect immediately. The bill expands the existing prohibition on contributions to legislators during a legislative session to also cover contributions to the lieutenant governor, attorney general, state auditor, […]

Gov. Gary Herbert signed House Bill 320 this week, putting it into effect immediately.

The bill expands the existing prohibition on contributions to legislators during a legislative session to also cover contributions to the lieutenant governor, attorney general, state auditor, and state treasurer.

The prohibition extends to contributions to the personal campaign committees and political action committees (PACs) of the covered candidates. Previously, only contributions to legislators were banned during sessions.

Parties prohibited from contributing during session include persons, lobbyists, principals, and political committees.

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March 8, 2018 •

Elections Bill Signed as Utah Session Winds Down

A bill passed by the Utah Legislature last month amending parts of the state’s election code was signed by Gov. Gary Herbert this week and is effective immediately. House Bill 20, introduced and sponsored by Rep. Jeremy Peterson and Sen. […]

A bill passed by the Utah Legislature last month amending parts of the state’s election code was signed by Gov. Gary Herbert this week and is effective immediately.

House Bill 20, introduced and sponsored by Rep. Jeremy Peterson and Sen. Wayne Harper, modifies provisions relating to filling a State Board of Education candidate vacancy and a State Board of Education office vacancy.

The bill also addresses the handling of, and access to, a financial disclosure form filed by a candidate and shortens the deadline for a filing officer to forward a financial disclosure form to the lieutenant governor in certain situations. Included in the bill was also a clarification of the definition of expenditure under the Lobbyist Disclosure and Regulation Act.

The Utah Legislature is set to adjourn its regular session today. A number of bills passed by the Legislature have yet to be signed by Gov. Herbert.

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February 22, 2018 •

2018 Utah Lobbying Bills

In the 2018 regularly scheduled legislative session, the Utah Legislature has introduced a handful of bills modifying the Lobbyist Disclosure and Regulation Act. Following a trend in state legislatures, House Bill 110 requires lobbyists to take an annual training course […]

In the 2018 regularly scheduled legislative session, the Utah Legislature has introduced a handful of bills modifying the Lobbyist Disclosure and Regulation Act.

Following a trend in state legislatures, House Bill 110 requires lobbyists to take an annual training course on unlawful harassment and creates a penalty requiring fines and revocation if the training is not completed in the prescribed amount of time.

Additionally, House Bill 20 exempts from the definition of reportable expenditures food or beverage provided to a public official at an event, tour, or meeting when the public official is giving a speech, participating in a panel discussion, or presenting or receiving an award at the event, tour, or meeting.

Lastly, House Bill 206 exempts from the expenditure provisions of the Lobbyist Disclosure and Regulation Act a gift received by a public official on behalf of the state and establishes provisions for the retention or disposal of a gift that a public official accepts on behalf of the state.

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February 2, 2018 •

Utah Bill Would Prevent Lobbyist Spending

A bill was introduced in Utah restricting funds from a campaign account owned by a lobbyist. House Bill 213 prohibits a lobbyist from using his or her own campaign account money for political purposes, unless the expenditure is in support […]

A bill was introduced in Utah restricting funds from a campaign account owned by a lobbyist.

House Bill 213 prohibits a lobbyist from using his or her own campaign account money for political purposes, unless the expenditure is in support of the candidacy of that lobbyist.

The bill passed the first reading and is currently in the House Business and Labor Committee.

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