Governor signs prison development bill, enhancements to benefits for fallen police, firefighters

SALT LAKE CITY (March 25, 2015) – Gov. Gary R. Herbert signed 56 bills into law today bringing the total number of bills signed from the 2015 General Legislative Session to 200. The Legislature passed 528 bills this session, 495 of which require action by the governor.

Among the bills signed by the governor today is HB 454, Prison Development Amendments. This bill establishes the process to finalize the location of the new state penitentiary and enacts a local option sales and use tax for a city or town where the prison will be located. No site has been chosen for the site of the new prison at this time.

“The state prison facility in Draper is outdated and needs to be replaced,” said Gov. Herbert. “The construction of a new prison–regardless of where it is located–provides us with a tremendous opportunity to build a facility that will help us reduce recidivism while enhancing public safety.”

The bill also ensures both the legislative and executive branches will play a role in the final decision. Once the Prison Relocation Commission makes a recommendation, the full Legislature will vote on the recommendation. The governor will then have the opportunity to review the bill and sign or veto it.

The governor also signed HB 288, Line-of-duty Death Benefits for Peace Officers and Firefighters. This bill clarifies and enhances the amount of money paid to the surviving spouses of police and firefighters killed in the line of duty, as well as allowing their health coverage to continue.

“When police officers and firefighters are lost in the line of duty, we owe them more than just a debt of gratitude,” said Gov. Herbert. “I am pleased to see such strong support for their family members who have paid such a heavy price.”

The full list of bills signed by the governor today is as follows:

Bill Number Bill Name Bill Sponsor
HB 36 Veterans Definition Ray, P.
HB 39 Emergency Placement of Children Anderson, J.
HB 65 Workforce Services Amendments Edwards, R.
HB 80 Transportation Project Amendments Snow, L.
HB 141 Insurance Related Inducements Knotwell, J.
HB 160 Drive-through Service Usage Amendments Anderson, J.
HB 184 Victim Restitution Amendments Wilson, B.
HB 193 Continuing Education for General Contractor Licensing Gibson, F.
HB 198 Strengthening College and Career Readiness Arent, P.
HB 213 Safe Technology Utilization and Digital Citizenship in Public Schools Stratton, K.
HB 214 Misrepresentation of Telephone and Text Identification Lifferth, D.
HB 217 Uniformed Services Amendments Ray, P.
HB 228 Appellate Bond Amendments Sagers, D.
HB 229 Air Quality Modification Edwards, R.
HB 239 Human Resource Management Market Research Amendments Hutchings, E.
HB 242 State and Local Government Employee Policies Miller, J.
HB 245 Incorporation Process for Cities and Towns Brown, M.
HB 246 Amendments to Fire Code Kennedy, M.
HB 249 Rights of Children Conceived Through Artificial Insemination Pritcher, D.
HB 252 Human Trafficking Amendments King, B.
HB 254 Livestock Branding Amendments Noel, M.
HB 256 Revenue Review for Certain Funds Eliason, S.
HB 259 Amendments to Powers and Duties of State Parks Powell, K.
HB 273 Interest Rate Swap Amendments Knotwell, J.
HB 284 Minor Alcohol or Drug Related Offenses and Driving Privileges Redd, E.
HB 288 Line-of-duty Death Benefits for Peace Officers and Firefighters Ray, P.
HB 292 Emergency Medical Service Providers Amendments McCay, D.
HB 299 Attorney Lien Amendments Hawkes, T.
HB 310 Vintage Motorcycle Amendments Peterson, J.
HB 311 Private Investigator and Bail Recovery Licensure Amendment Oda, C.
HB 314 Money Management Act Amendments Cunningham, R.
HB 317 Destruction of Livestock Nelson, M.
HB 321 Vote by Mail Revisions Westwood, J.
HB 338 Resolving Government Record Disputes Chavez-Houck, R.
HB 341 Constitutional Debt Knotwell, J.
HB 347 Retirement Window Amendments Cunningham, R.
HB 349 School and Institutional Trust Lands Budget Amendments Brown, M.
HB 361 Investigation Protocols for Peace Officer Use of Force Roberts, M.
HB 379 Underground Storage Tank Amendments Eliason, S.
HB 390 Local Health Department Emergency Funding Ray, P.
HB 410 State and Local Energy Efficiency Programs Draxler, J.
HB 454 Prison Development Amendments Wilson, B.
HCR 3 Concurrent Resolution Recognizing the 100th Anniversary of the Settlement of Clarion, Utah Cox, J.
HCR 8 Concurrent Resolution on Carbon Sequestration on Rangelands Noel, M.
SB 10 Compact for Interstate Sharing of Putative Father Registry Information Escamilla, L.
SB 16 Certificate of Stillbirth Amendments Vickers, E.
SB 22 Fire Code Amendments Bramble, C.
SB 26 Occupational Therapy Practice Act Reauthorization Harper, W.
SB 27 Health Facility Administrator Act Reauthorization Mayne, K.
SB 31 Lobbyist Disclosure and Regulation Act Amendments Weiler, T.
SB 42 General Assistance Program Changes Escamilla, L.
SB 47 Temporary Assistance for Needy Families Christensen, A.
SB 54 Credit Monitoring for Minors Osmond, A.
SB 68 Eminent Domain Amendments Hillyard, L.
SB 73 Office of State Debt Collection Amendments Hillyard, L.
SB 101 Adoption Amendments Weiler, T.