Legislative Activity

Utah - 2018


HCR 07 - Concurrent Resolution on Economic and Environmental Stewardship

Sponsored By: Representative Rebecca Edwards and Senator Todd Weiler

Bill Summary

This House Concurrent Resolution commits the Legislature and the Governor to the “use of sound science to address causes of a changing climate and support innovation and environmental stewardship in order to realize positive solutions.” This represents a significant step forward in our policymaker’s discussion of the challenges that climate change poses and the need for state solutions to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

SWEEP’s partner in Utah, Utah Clean Energy, supported this Resolution. 

Bill Activity

  • This bill was passed by the Utah Legislature and signed by Governor Herbert on March 20, 2018.

SB 136 - Transportation Governance Amendments

Sponsored By: Senator Wayne Harper and Representative Mike Schultz

Bill Summary

This bill imposes new fees on electric and hybrid vehicles, and also allows the Utah Department of Transportation to invest in transit projects and provides a new pathway for local governments to help increase transit funding.

The final bill that passed includes some changes that improved the bill’s treatment of electric vehicles. The fees for electric vehicles fell from $156 to $120 and are phased in over three years, while the fees from plug-in vehicles fell from $80 to $52. Moreover, House Bill 3 - Appropriations Adjustments was passed, directing the Utah Department of Transportation to invest up to $200,000 (roughly equal to the amount collected through the new fees from EVs each year) in new EV charging infrastructure.

SWEEP and our partner in Utah, Utah Clean Energy, opposed the new registration fees on electric vehicles and Utah Clean Energy led negotiations to lower the EV registration fees and support an appropriation to invest in expanded EV charging infrastructure.

SWEEP opposed this bill.

Bill Activity

  • This bill was passed by the Utah Legislature and signed by Governor Herbert on March 22, 2018.