SALT LAKE CITY – (April 2, 2014) Gov. Gary R. Herbert wrapped up the bill signing period today by signing 43 bills, vetoing three and letting three go into law without his signature.
"I try to work with the Legislature during the session to help shape the bills and then conduct a thorough review when the bills come to my desk to ensure those that are signed into law are in the best interest of the people," said Gov. Hebert. "The people of our state have been very well served and I congratulate the Legislature on a productive session."
On the final day of the bill signing period, the governor vetoed three bills:
HB 414 - Legislative Subpoena amendments
The governor does not question the Legislature’s authority to seek information through subpoenas and to conduct investigations. The governor recognizes the bill was passed in response to the investigation of former Attorney General John Swallow, and was a result of the frustration the Legislature experienced in conducting that investigation. While sympathetic to that frustration, the governor believes history has repeatedly shown that government response to scandals is all too often excessive and overreaching.
"Regardless of the motives for passing HB 414, I cannot sign a bill that demands information of anyone, at any time, on any subject, for any purpose, and denies our citizens their fundamental constitutional rights of defense and due process," said Gov. Herbert.
SB 257 - Parent review of Instructional Materials and Curriculum
While the governor appreciates the sponsors’ call for increased parent participation in decisions related to curriculum and instructional materials, he believes the participation and dialog should happen with teachers and elected school board members, community councils, and charter officials – at a local level.
In discussions about this bill, the stakeholders, including members of the parent panel given the responsibility by the bill acknowledged the need for school districts and charter schools to have policies in place that outline a clear process to address parent concerns about curriculum issues. Gov. Herbert intends to work with the State Board of Education and the sponsors of this bill to assure that these policies are in place and implemented on a local level and in a way that will be truly meaningful.
HB 102 - Assessment Area Amendments
The original purpose of the bill was to reform and revise potential problems that exist in the creation of Special Assessment Areas (SAA). However, because of the complexity of these revisions and the time constraints of the session, a decision was made to amend HB 102 to place a one-year moratorium on the creation of new SAA.
The governor also issued a line-item veto on HB 3, lines 802-807. This corrects the unintentional double funding of SB 104, Improvement of Reading Instruction, which appropriates $100,000 from the Education Fund to the University of Utah to carry out the provisions of the bill. This bill, HB 3, includes a duplicate appropriation from the Education Fund to the University of Utah for the same purpose. This veto removes the duplicate appropriation.
No-Signature Bills Three bills will go into law without the governor’s signature:
HB 357 - Budgetary Amendments
The final bill did not include language the governor felt was important to clarify the practicalities around providing budget information to the Legislature. However, the sponsors have agreed to amend the bill and include the necessary language in a subsequent session. The governor has agreed to let the bill go into law with without his signature based on the agreement that those changes will be made.
SB 241 - County Jail Contracting Amendments
While the governor supports the purpose of this bill, which is to provide adequate funding for county jails for probationary inmates, the bill contains a drafting error that would allow a county sheriff to release a state parole inmate. That power belongs solely to the Board of Pardons and Parole. The governor was unwilling to sign the bill with the error but because the sheriffs have agreed not to release any state parole inmates and the sponsors have agreed to make the correction at the earliest possible opportunity, he allowed it to go into law.
SB 269 - Annual Leave Program for State Employees
This bill contains a delayed fiscal note that creates a $13.5 million structural budgetary imbalance for FY2016. The delayed implementation date provides an opportunity to work with the bill sponsors and leadership to identify the true cost of the bill before next session. The governor was not willing to sign his name to a bill that includes an unfunded fiscal note of this magnitude.
During the 2014 General Legislative Session, 486 total bills were passed by the Legislature and 453 will become laws. Only 459 of those bills required action by the governor who does not sign resolutions other than joint resolutions.
Remaining bills signed
|HB0003||ppropriations Adjustments (included a line item veto)||Rep. Brown|
|HB0034S01||Tourism Marketing Performance Account Amendments||Rep. Wilson|
|HB0097||Limitation on Local Government Regulation of Animals||Rep. King|
|HB0141S02||Health Reform Amendments||Rep. Dunnigan|
|HB0168S02||School and Institutional Trust Lands and Funds Management Provisions||Rep. Brown|
|HB0197||Daylight Saving Time Study||Rep. Menlove|
|HB0268S02||Dangerous Weapons Amendments||Rep. Greene|
|HB0347S01||Insurance Coverage for Infertility Treatment||Rep. Christensen|
|HB0356S01||New Convention Facility Development Incentive Provisions||Rep. Wilson|
|HB0367S02||Physical Therapy Scope of Practice Amendments||Rep. Hughes|
|HB0370||Canal Safety Amendments||Rep. Anderson, J.|
|HB0373S01||Firearm Transfer Certification Amendments||Rep. Wilcox|
|HB0379S03||Transparency of Ballot Propositions||Rep. Wilcox|
|HB0382S02||Limited Purpose Local Government Entities Amendments||Rep. Dee|
|HB0392S01||Delegate Responsibility Amendments||Rep. Powell|
|HB0399||Truancy Amendments||Rep. Gibson|
|HB0401S02||Utah Medicaid Program||Rep. Dunnigan|
|HB0405S01||Postsecondary School State Authorization||Rep. Dunnigan|
|HB0412||State of Utah Transportation Plan for the Dixie National Forest||Rep. Noel|
|HB0415S02||Local and Special Service District Elections Amendments||Rep. Eliason|
|HB0419||Charter School Revisions||Rep. Eliason|
|HB0422S01||Initiative and Referendum Impact Disclosure||Rep. Last|
|HB0426||Retirement Participation Modifications||Rep. Ipson|
|HB0433||Peace Officer Merit Amendments||Rep. Dee|
|HCR003||Concurrent Resolution on Unmanned Aircraft Systems||Rep. Peterson, V.|
|SB0093S02||Internal Audit Amendments||Sen. Stephenson|
|SB0113||Public Meetings Amendments||Sen. Mayne|
|SB0226||Professional Licensing Amendments||Sen. Valentine|
|SB0227||Exposure of Children to Pornography||Sen. Weiler|
|SB0229S04||Adoption Act Amendments||Sen. Weiler|
|SB0231||Agricultural Amendments||Sen. Hinkins|
|SB0232S01||School Safety Tip Line||Sen. Thatcher|
|SB0233S02||Economic Development and the Utah Small Business Jobs Act||Sen. Valentine|
|SB0237||Urban Farming Amendments||Sen. Adams|
|SB0242||Alternative Energy Amendments||Sen. Adams|
|SB0250||Public Duty Doctrine Amendments||Sen. Bramble|
|SB0253S01||Distracted Driver Amendments||Sen. Urquhart|
|SB0258||Educator Licensure Amendments||Sen. Stevenson|
|SB0263S02||Small Business Innovation Research||Sen. Stevenson|
|SB0270||Repeal of Prison Relocation and Development Authority||Sen. Stevenson|
|SB0274S01||Water Jurisdiction Amendments||Sen. Dayton|
|SB0275||Redevelopment Agency Modifications||Sen. Bramble|
|SCR009||Concurrent Resolution Concerning Proposed Greenhouse Gas Emission Standards||Sen. Hinkins|
To review the enrolled copy of each bill, visit www.le.utah.gov and enter the bill number into the search box.