Utah Legislature 2020 Environmental Bill Tracker

Utah Legislature

The Department of Environmental Quality tracks environmental legislation before the 2020 Utah State Legislature as a service to the public. Bills and substitutions/modifications are updated daily.

H.B. 5 Natural Resources, Agriculture, and Environmental Quality Base Budget

Allocates appropriations for the Department of Environmental Quality for the fiscal year beginning July 1, 2020, and ending June 30, 2021. The legislation includes specific appropriations that shall not lapse at the end of FY 2020.

H.B. 10 Boards and Commissions Amendments

Repeals, places sunset provisions on, and amends provisions related to certain boards and commissions., including the State Advisory Council on Science and Technology, the Agricultural Water Optimization Task Force, the Great Salt Lake Advisory Council, the Snake Valley Aquifer Advisory Council, transportation advisory committees, and the Utah Health Advisory Council.

H.B. 26 Jordan River Recreation Area Funding Management

Clarifies that the Division of Forestry, Fire, and State Lands manages the money appropriated to programs related to the Jordan River Recreation Area and provides that the money appropriated to programs related to the Jordan River Recreation Area are non-lapsing.

H.B. 27 Waste Tire Recycling Act Amendments

Reduces the number of waste tires from 1,000 to 200 at one location to qualify as a waste tire pile. Increases the number of whole waste tires a person may transfer at one time to a landfill or any other location in the state authorized by the Director to receive waste tires. Addresses the storage of whole waste tires and extends the relevant sunset date.

H.B. 28 Legislative Water Development Commission Sunset Amendments

Extends the sunset date of the Legislative Water Development Committee. Repeals references to river districts and a 2016 report. Adds agricultural water needs to the water needs of the state. The commission makes rules subject to the Bear River Development Act and Lake Powell Pipeline Development Act in preparation to make loans to develop the state’s undeveloped share of the Bear and Colorado Rivers.

H.B. 39 Agricultural Water Optimization Task Force 

Expands the membership of the task force to include three individuals whose primary source of income comes from the production of agricultural commodities.

H.B. 41 State Water Policy Amendments

Outlines the water policies of the state, including the promotion of water conservation, efficiency, and the optimal use of water resources; water resource development and the creation of new water infrastructure necessary to meet the state’s growing demand and promote economic development; compliance with state statutes regarding Lake Powell pipeline development and Bear River development; the timely replacement of aging or inefficient water resource, drinking water, wastewater, and stormwater infrastructure; and water quality in rivers and lakes that complies with state clean water and safe drinking water statutes and protects public health.

H.B. 59 Tax Credit for Alternative Fuel Heavy-Duty Vehicles

Extends the availability of the income tax credit related to certain alternative fuel heavy-duty vehicles. The tax credit is reduced incrementally from 2020 to 2029.

H.B. 66 Wildland Fire Planning and Cost Recovery Amendments

Grants the Public Service Commission rulemaking authority to enact rules establishing procedures for the review and approval of a wildland fire protection plan.

H.B. 88 School and Child Care Center Water Testing

Requires testing drinking water for lead at schools and child care centers. Requires action if lead test results are above a certain level. Requires schools and childcare centers to keep records of testing results for at least five years and make them available to the public free of charge.

H.B. 92 Fire Amendments

Requires that certain fires be exempted from certain regulations. Prohibits a governmental agency from prohibiting fires being started when the U.S. National Weather Service clearing index for the area where the fire is to occur is above a certain level.

H.B. 105 Water Facilities Amendments

Outlines prohibited acts related to water facilities that are used for the diversion, transportation, distribution, measurement, collection, or storage of stormwater, wastewater, or sewage.

H.B. 129 Natural Gas Amendments

Amends the definition of rural gas infrastructure to include the acquisition, extension, or expansion of natural gas utility facilities to serve previously underserved rural areas of the state.

H.B. 133 Trail Improvements

Allows for the exercise of eminent domain for trails that are regionally significant. Regionally significant trails are defined as trails that cross the boundaries of two or more counties, two or more cities, or a county and municipality.

H.B. 138 Transportation Corridor Preservation Amendments

Modifies provisions applicable to the purchase of Greenbelt property for transportation corridor preservation.

H.B. 166 Watershed Councils

Enacts the Watershed Council Act to create the Utah Watersheds Council within the Department of Natural Resources. The Council will develop diverse and balanced stakeholder forums for discussion of water policy and resource issues at watershed and state levels that are not vested with regulatory, infrastructure financing, or enforcement powers or responsibilities; and use local expertise and resources found in universities and other research institutions or in regional, state, and federal agencies. the executive director of the Department of Environmental Quality is included as a member of the Council. the Council will facilitate communication and coordination between the Department of Natural Resources, the Department of Agriculture and Food, the Department of Environmental Quality, and other state and federal agencies in the administration and implementation of water-related activities.

H.B. 176 Vehicle Emissions Reduction Program

Creates the Vehicle Emissions Reduction Program Restricted Account and creates the Vehicle Emissions Reduction Program to provide financial assistance in the purchase of a motor vehicle that is model 2003 or older, failed its emissions inspection, is registered or regularly operates in a county that is located in a nonattainment area or is required to have an emissions inspection, among other criteria. Establishes certain criteria by which a person may participate in the program to receive funds to assist them with purchasing eligible replacement vehicles and requires certain local health departments to assist in administering the program. Requires the Air Quality Board to make rules for the administration of the program. Requires the Division of Air Quality under certain circumstances to conduct a public service campaign for the program.

H.B. 179 Recycling Market Development Zone Tax Credit

Modifies the carry-forward provisions of the recycling market development zone income tax credits by allowing a carry-forward for the amount of the credit that the claimant did not use during the taxable year and limiting the carry-forward to the credit allowed for purchases of machinery and equipment.

H.B. 180 Emission Inspection Revisions

Exempts electric motor vehicles from local emissions compliance fees.

H.J.R. 3 Proposal to Amend Utah Constitution –Water Resources of Municipalities

Proposes to amend the Utah Constitution to rewrite a provision relating to municipal water rights and sources of water supply, eliminate references to municipal waterworks, and specify the circumstances where they may supply water outside their boundary or water service area.

S.B. 19 Land Exchange Distribution Account Amendments

Repeals language related to the allocation of revenue to the Utah Geological Survey for air-quality monitoring in the West Desert.

S.B. 20  Hazardous Substances Mitigation Act Sunset Extension

Extends the repeal date of the Act to July 1, 2030.

S.B. 26 Water Banking Amendments

Enacts the Water Banking Act, including the objectives of a water banking system and how statutory and contract water banks will be established and amended. Water banks will be established, among other purposes, to promote optimal use of the public’s water and facilitate robust and sustainable agricultural production while meeting growing municipal and industrial water demands.

S.B. 29 Drug Disposal Program

Creates a program, administered by the attorney general, for the disposal of prescription and over-the-counter drugs; requires the attorney general to work with law enforcement, pharmacies, and other entities to establish a statewide network of drug disposal repositories or for the distribution of home drug disposal receptacles.

S.B. 50 Clean Energy Act Amendments

Amends the definition of “air quality standards” to mean that a vehicle’s emissions are equal to or cleaner than the standards established in Bin 4 Table S04-1 of 40 C.F.R. 86.1811-04(c)(6). Amends the definition of a “qualifying electric vehicle” to mean that the vehicle meets air quality standards, is not fueled by natural gas, draws propulsion energy from a battery with at least 10-kilowatt hours of capacity, and is an OEM vehicle as described. Amends the definition of “qualifying plug-in hybrid vehicle” to mean a vehicle that meets air quality standards, is not fueled by natural gas or propane, has a battery capacity that meets or exceeds the battery capacity described in Subsection 30D(b)(3), Internal Revenue Code, and is fueled by a combination of electricity and diesel fuel, gasoline, or a mixture of gasoline and ethanol.

S.B. 51 Secondary Water Requirements

Addresses the metering of pressurized secondary water and requires the metering of secondary water under certain circumstances. Defines a secondary water supplier as one that supplies pressurized secondary water to a commercial, industrial, institutional, or residential user. A secondary water supplier shall meter the use of the pressurized secondary water by December 31, 2040. If a secondary water provider acquires a metering device that has the ability to provide flow data, usage data, or both, in real-time, the secondary water provider shall make the data available to the user in an open-source format upon request.

S.B. 52 Agricultural Water Use Amendments

Requires the Division of Water Rights to prepare a report about the agricultural use of water.

S.J.R. 2 Joint Resolution Encouraging Action to Reduce the Number of Utah Children with Elevated Blood Lead Levels

Describes the known adverse health effects and concerns of childhood lead exposure and the known benefits of avoidance and interventions resulting from early detection of childhood lead exposure. Encourages Utah health care providers for children, pregnant women, and women of child bearing age to be knowledgeable about the risks of environmental lead exposure and the recommended federal and state guidelines for screening and testing children for lead exposure.

Originally posted: December 31, 2019 at 7:01 am
Last updated: January 24, 2020 at 1:17 pm
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