Gov. Gary Herbert signed 51 more bills Thursday and Friday that were passed during the recent legislative session, including a measure that will allow transportation officials to raise the speed limit along stretches of interstates and five bills relating to veterans issues.
HB80 expands on an experiment begun last year, wherein the state added 289 miles of 80-mph speed zones on rural freeways. The House sponsor of the bill, Rep. Jim Dunnigan, R-Taylorsville, said during legislative hearings that along those stretches the average speed being traveled only increased by 1 to 2 mph.
Officials could raise the speed along the 75 mph stretches to 80 mph, or increase the 65 mph speed limits to anywhere from 70 mph to 80 mph, as they see fit.
Air quality officials testified that such an increase makes almost no difference in emissions
Herbert signed five bills relating to veterans issues, including a HB275, declaring March 29 as Vietnam Veterans Recognition Day. The governor has a ceremonial signing of the bill scheduled for Saturday to mark the date.
SB16 creates a state grant program for veterans to attend college, SB68 creates a study on how the state could establish veterans centers at Utah’s higher education institutions, and SB96 sets up a system where donors can contribute goods to veterans and their families.
The governor also signed HB39, sponsored by Rep. Douglas Sagers, R-Tooele, requires anyone spending more than $1,000 on an election campaign to report that expenditure to the lieutenant governor’s office.
SB40, sponsored by Sen. Pat Jones, D-Holladay, establishes a financial literacy course to be taught to Utah high school students as part of the school curriculum.
SB58, sponsored by Sen. Jim Dabakis, D-Salt Lake City, requires schools to be equipped with carbon-monoxide detectors. Last year, dozens of children were sickened by a carbon-monoxide leak at Montezuma Creek Elementary School.
And SB70, sponsored by Sen. Deidre Henderson, R-Spanish Fork, directs state government to create a central portal for all records requests submitted to executive branch agencies, school districts, municipalities and special service districts.
Herbert has now signed 117 of the 486 bills passed by the Legislature during its recent 45-day session.
Other bills signed by the governor Thursday and Friday are:
• HB14 - Administrative Rulemaking Amendments by Rep. Curt Oda, R-Clearfield;
• HB18 - Driver License Amendments by Rep. Steve Handy, R-Layton;
• HB25 - Eminent Domain Amendments by Rep. Lee Perry, R-Perry;
• HB62 - Recreational Vehicle Title Amendments by Rep. Don Ipson, R-St. George;
• HB92s1 - Utah Education and Telehealth Network Amendments by Rep. Ronda Menlove, R-Garland;
• HB111 - School Building Costs Reporting by Rep. Jon Knotwell, R-Herriman;
• HB273 - Property Tax Residential Exemption Amendments by Rep. Lowry Snow, R-St. George;
• HB339 - County Budget Amendments by Rep. Jennifer Seelig, D-Salt Lake City;
• HB346 - Foster Children Amendments by Rep. Johnny Anderson, R-Taylorsville;Next Page >
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