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Salt Lake City – Today is the final day Governor Gary R. Herbert may sign legislation passed during the 2011 General Session of the Utah State Legislature. The Governor took action on the following bills today:

The Governor signed:
 
HB004
General Obligations Bonds Authorizations
Gage Froerer

HB0024S1
Clean Fuel Vehicle Decal
Julie Fisher

HB0031
Restoration of the Right to Vote and Hold Elective Office
John Mathis

HB0032S1
Campaign and Financial Reporting Amendments
Keith Grover

HB0092S1
Public Education Regional Service Centers
Bradley Last

HB0093
Mortgage and Real Estate Licensure Exemptions for Attorneys
LaVar Christensen

HB0110S1
Teacher Salary Supplement Program Amendments
Marie Poulson

HB0128S2
Health Reform Amendments
James Dunnigan

HB0145
Public School Privacy Amendments
Steve Eliason

HB0183S1
School District Leave Policies
Keith Grover

HB0218
Clubs in Public Schools
Stephen Sandstrom

HB0269S1
Commission on Civic and Character Education
LaVar Christensen

HB0327S1
Public Education Annual Report Amendments
LaVar Christensen

HB0335
Military Survivors - Tuition Waiver Amendments
Michael Morley

HB0412
Land Use Revisions
Gage Froerer

HB0445S1
Prison Relocation and Development Authority Act
Gregory Hughes

SB0005
Revenue Bond and Capital Facilities Authorizations
J. Stuart Adams

SB0021S2
Tax Revisions
Wayne Niederhauser

SB0030S1
Extension of Recycling Market Development Zone Act and Related Tax Credits
John Valentine

SB0034
Uniform Interstate Family Support Act
Lyle Hillyard

SB0035S2
Construction Licensees Related Amendments
Karen Mayne

SB0038
K-3 Reading Amendments
Karen Morgan

SB0047
Driver License and Identification Card Amendments
Curtis Bramble

SB0051
Amendments to Local Sales and Use Taxes for Botanical, Cultural, Recreational, and Zoological Organizations or Facilities
Lyle Hillyard

SB0059S1
School Grading System
Wayne Niederhauser

SB0063
K-3 Reading Improvement Program Accountability
Karen Morgan

SB0065S1
Statewide Online Education Program
Howard Stephenson

SB0073S1
Public School Teacher Tenure Modifications
Howard Stephenson

SB0077
Ignition Interlock System Amendments
John Valentine

SB0085S3
Legal Notice Amendments
Stephen Urquhart

SB0087
Marketable Record Title Amendments
Stuart Reid

SB0095
Shareholder Action Without Meeting
Benjamin McAdams

SB0099
Motor Vehicle Insurance - Named Driver Exclusion Amendments
Lyle Hillyard

SB0111
Utilities - Underground Facilities and Pipelines
Scott Jenkins

SB0120S2
Career Service Amendments
Daniel Liljenquist

SB0138S5
Driver License Qualification Amendments
Stephen Urquhart

SB0140
State Charter School Board Amendments
Howard Stephenson

SB0150
Negligent Credentialing
J. Stuart Adams

SB0174
Motor Vehicle Insurance Coverage Amendments
Stephen Urquhart

SB0177
Security Agency Qualification Amendments
Margaret Dayton

SB0235S1
Charter School Students' Participation in Extracurricular Activities
Karen Mayne

SB0256S2
Teacher Effectiveness Evaluation Process
J. Stuart Adams

SB0272
Secured Creditor Amendments
Daniel Liljenquist

SB0278
Charter School Property Tax Amendments
Curtis Bramble

SB0279
Grand Jury Modifications
Margaret Dayton

SB0287
Specialty License Plate Amendments
Curtis Bramble

SB0308S1
Amendments to Public Employee's Benefit and Insurance Program
Daniel Liljenquist

SB0313
Prostate Cancer Special Group License Plate
Benjamin McAdams
 
 
The Governor vetoed:

HB0328
State Government Work Week
Michael Noel

SB0229
Transportation Funding Revisions
J. Stuart Adams

SB0294S2
Patient Access Reform
J. Stuart Adams

SB0305S2
Economic Development Through Education / Career Alignment
Howard Stephenson
 
The Governor issued the following statements explaining his vetoes:

H.B. 328:
 
First, there would be costs involved with moving the state back to a five-day work week.  My office, as well as the Department of Human Resource Management, alerted the
Legislature that any bill proposing changes to the state work week would have to include monies to facilitate the change.  Despite this, the bill passed without funding.
 
Second, the bill constitutes an unwarranted intrusion on the power granted to the Governor in Article VII, Section 5 of the Utah Constitution to faithfully execute the law.  As such, H.B. 328 violates Article V, Section 1 of the Utah Constitution.
 
Third, the people of Utah have grown accustomed to extended Monday through Thursday hours.  Although H.B. 328 purports to permit those hours to continue, as a practical matter, the aforementioned lack of funding would require the State to abandon those extended hours.  Surveys have shown the public, as well as state employees, overwhelmingly support extended hours.  It would be too disruptive, and simply bad policy, to change them now.
 
We have been searching for ways to keep extended hours on Monday through Thursday, while making critical services available on Fridays.  The State has made great strides providing services on-line and has opened physical offices on Fridays where we have seen a need.  To ensure that the people of Utah can obtain such critical services on Fridays, I am today issuing an Executive Order mandating that by October 1, 2011, all state agencies will ensure that critical, public-facing services will be available on Fridays in one of three manners: (1) in-person; (2) on-line; or (3) with telephone support.
 
 
 
S.B. 229:
 
S.B. 229 would earmark a growing percentage of certain sales tax proceeds for transportation projects.  Although I agree that a modern and effective transportation system is vital to Utah’s economic success, I am concerned that S.B. 229’s automatic earmark will translate into decreased ability to fund other budget priorities, such as higher
education, human services, and economic development, in future years.  The recent past has taught us that economic tides can turn quickly.  To maintain our position as the best-managed state in the nation, Utah must be able to react quickly to changed financial circumstances.
 
 
 
S.B. 294:
 
The Utah Health Exchange is a nationally recognized effort to expand access to, and reduce the cost of, health care.  S.B. 294, which was publicly released in the waning hours of the 44th day of the session, would hurt the Exchange’s ability to operate effectively.  It would likely lead to a redistribution of premiums in a fashion that would negatively impact older Utahns.  S.B. 294 also carried a fiscal note the Utah Legislature did not fund.  At a time when we are challenging the federal government’s unconstitutional attempt to regulate health care, and asking that this be left to the states, it is imperative Utah have the tools it needs to provide an example to the nation of how reform should occur.
 
 
 
S.B. 305:
 
UtahFutures.org is a web-based advisement tool launched by a number of State agencies, including the State Office of Education, the State Board of Regents, the Utah State Library, and the Division of Workforce Services.  I applaud the efforts of S.B. 305 to better align education with the business community.  Indeed, my Education Excellence Commission has recommended Utah align education with economic development and workforce needs.
 
S.B. 305, however, raises the possibility of legislators performing executive branch functions in violation of Article V, Section 1 of the Utah Constitution.  While this prevents me from signing S.B. 305, I will work with our state agencies to implement the intent of the bill by strengthening the education career alignment in UtahFutures.org.

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