Bill seeks to strengthen local control
HB181 • A Salt Lake City Democrat unveiled a bill Monday that would make it more difficult for state lawmakers to overturn city or county laws.
HB181, sponsored by Rep. Brian Doughty, proposes a two-thirds threshold in both chambers of the Legislature for any bill that seeks to amend or repeal a political subdivision's existing ordinance.
It comes toward the end of a session that has seen state lawmakers target a series of Salt Lake City initiatives, including restrictions on vehicle idling and electronic billboards.
Salt Lake City officials had input in the measure, considered, insiders say, to be a long shot in the Republican-dominated Legislature.
Derek P. Jensen