Governor Acts on Remaining 52 Bills Today

Salt Lake City – Today is the final day Governor Gary R. Herbert may sign legislation passed during the 2011 General Session of the Utah State Legislature. The Governor took action on the following bills today:

The Governor signed:
General Obligations Bonds Authorizations
Gage Froerer

Clean Fuel Vehicle Decal
Julie Fisher

Restoration of the Right to Vote and Hold Elective Office
John Mathis

Campaign and Financial Reporting Amendments
Keith Grover

Public Education Regional Service Centers
Bradley Last

Mortgage and Real Estate Licensure Exemptions for Attorneys
LaVar Christensen

Teacher Salary Supplement Program Amendments
Marie Poulson

Health Reform Amendments
James Dunnigan

Public School Privacy Amendments
Steve Eliason

School District Leave Policies
Keith Grover

Clubs in Public Schools
Stephen Sandstrom

Commission on Civic and Character Education
LaVar Christensen

Public Education Annual Report Amendments
LaVar Christensen

Military Survivors – Tuition Waiver Amendments
Michael Morley

Land Use Revisions
Gage Froerer

Prison Relocation and Development Authority Act
Gregory Hughes

Revenue Bond and Capital Facilities Authorizations
J. Stuart Adams

Tax Revisions
Wayne Niederhauser

Extension of Recycling Market Development Zone Act and Related Tax Credits
John Valentine

Uniform Interstate Family Support Act
Lyle Hillyard

Construction Licensees Related Amendments
Karen Mayne

K-3 Reading Amendments
Karen Morgan

Driver License and Identification Card Amendments
Curtis Bramble

Amendments to Local Sales and Use Taxes for Botanical, Cultural, Recreational, and Zoological Organizations or Facilities
Lyle Hillyard

School Grading System
Wayne Niederhauser

K-3 Reading Improvement Program Accountability
Karen Morgan

Statewide Online Education Program
Howard Stephenson

Public School Teacher Tenure Modifications
Howard Stephenson

Ignition Interlock System Amendments
John Valentine

Legal Notice Amendments
Stephen Urquhart

Marketable Record Title Amendments
Stuart Reid

Shareholder Action Without Meeting
Benjamin McAdams

Motor Vehicle Insurance – Named Driver Exclusion Amendments
Lyle Hillyard

Utilities – Underground Facilities and Pipelines
Scott Jenkins

Career Service Amendments
Daniel Liljenquist

Driver License Qualification Amendments
Stephen Urquhart

State Charter School Board Amendments
Howard Stephenson

Negligent Credentialing
J. Stuart Adams

Motor Vehicle Insurance Coverage Amendments
Stephen Urquhart

Security Agency Qualification Amendments
Margaret Dayton

Charter School Students’ Participation in Extracurricular Activities
Karen Mayne

Teacher Effectiveness Evaluation Process
J. Stuart Adams

Secured Creditor Amendments
Daniel Liljenquist

Charter School Property Tax Amendments
Curtis Bramble

Grand Jury Modifications
Margaret Dayton

Specialty License Plate Amendments
Curtis Bramble

Amendments to Public Employee’s Benefit and Insurance Program
Daniel Liljenquist

Prostate Cancer Special Group License Plate
Benjamin McAdams
The Governor vetoed:

State Government Work Week
Michael Noel

Transportation Funding Revisions
J. Stuart Adams

Patient Access Reform
J. Stuart Adams

Economic Development Through Education / Career Alignment
Howard Stephenson
The Governor issued the following statements explaining his vetoes:

H.B. 328:
First, there would be costs involved with moving the state back to a five-day work week.  My office, as well as the Department of Human Resource Management, alerted the
Legislature that any bill proposing changes to the state work week would have to include monies to facilitate the change.  Despite this, the bill passed without funding.
Second, the bill constitutes an unwarranted intrusion on the power granted to the Governor in Article VII, Section 5 of the Utah Constitution to faithfully execute the law.  As such, H.B. 328 violates Article V, Section 1 of the Utah Constitution.
Third, the people of Utah have grown accustomed to extended Monday through Thursday hours.  Although H.B. 328 purports to permit those hours to continue, as a practical matter, the aforementioned lack of funding would require the State to abandon those extended hours.  Surveys have shown the public, as well as state employees, overwhelmingly support extended hours.  It would be too disruptive, and simply bad policy, to change them now.
We have been searching for ways to keep extended hours on Monday through Thursday, while making critical services available on Fridays.  The State has made great strides providing services on-line and has opened physical offices on Fridays where we have seen a need.  To ensure that the people of Utah can obtain such critical services on Fridays, I am today issuing an Executive Order mandating that by October 1, 2011, all state agencies will ensure that critical, public-facing services will be available on Fridays in one of three manners: (1) in-person; (2) on-line; or (3) with telephone support.
S.B. 229:
S.B. 229 would earmark a growing percentage of certain sales tax proceeds for transportation projects.  Although I agree that a modern and effective transportation system is vital to Utah’s economic success, I am concerned that S.B. 229’s automatic earmark will translate into decreased ability to fund other budget priorities, such as higher
education, human services, and economic development, in future years.  The recent past has taught us that economic tides can turn quickly.  To maintain our position as the best-managed state in the nation, Utah must be able to react quickly to changed financial circumstances.
S.B. 294:
The Utah Health Exchange is a nationally recognized effort to expand access to, and reduce the cost of, health care.  S.B. 294, which was publicly released in the waning hours of the 44th day of the session, would hurt the Exchange’s ability to operate effectively.  It would likely lead to a redistribution of premiums in a fashion that would negatively impact older Utahns.  S.B. 294 also carried a fiscal note the Utah Legislature did not fund.  At a time when we are challenging the federal government’s unconstitutional attempt to regulate health care, and asking that this be left to the states, it is imperative Utah have the tools it needs to provide an example to the nation of how reform should occur.
S.B. 305: is a web-based advisement tool launched by a number of State agencies, including the State Office of Education, the State Board of Regents, the Utah State Library, and the Division of Workforce Services.  I applaud the efforts of S.B. 305 to better align education with the business community.  Indeed, my Education Excellence Commission has recommended Utah align education with economic development and workforce needs.
S.B. 305, however, raises the possibility of legislators performing executive branch functions in violation of Article V, Section 1 of the Utah Constitution.  While this prevents me from signing S.B. 305, I will work with our state agencies to implement the intent of the bill by strengthening the education career alignment in