Gov. Herbert takes action on remaining bills to conclude signing period

SALT LAKE CITY (March 30, 2016) – On the final day of the bill signing period, Gov. Gary R. Herbert finalized work on the remaining 33 bills, taking veto action on six bills, including nine line item vetoes. One law will take effect without the governor’s signature. In total, 453 bills were passed during the 2016 General Legislative Session that required action by the governor.

“Overall, I am very pleased with the results of this session, especially the substantial increase in education funding,” Gov. Herbert said. “It has been my experience that it is far more productive to work closely with legislators during the session so the bills that come to my desk represent consensus legislation. I believe we have again accomplished that goal this session.”

Among the line-item vetoes included the following budget items:

  • $275,000 for the Utah ProStart Teen Chef Masters program, a reality television cooking competition
  • $25,000 for H.B. 430, Hole in the Rock State Park Designation, a bill which did not pass the Legislature and will not become law
  • $75,000 for S.B. 43, Firearm Safety and Violence Prevention in Public Schools, which carried its own appropriation
  • $150,600 for S.B. 90, Falsification of Information in a Protective Order Proceeding, which did not pass the Legislature and will not become law
  • $99,100 for S.B. 90, which did not pass the Legislature and will not become law
  • $66,300 for H.B. 221, Immunization of Student Amendments, which did not pass the Legislature and will not become law
  • $6,400 for H.B. 441, Child Placement Amendments, which did not pass the Legislature and will not become law
  • $1.5 million for the UPSTART Early Childhood Education Program
  • $3 million for the K-3 Early Intervention Program

The governor maintains his support of expanded early childhood education programs. He believes better alignment could be achieved by focusing on those programs with proven results while avoiding the duplication of existing services.

The governor vetoed the following bills:

Bill Number Bill Name Bill Sponsor
H.B. 258 Solid Waste Amendments Rep. Curtis Oda
S.B. 87 Administrative Rulemaking Act Modifications Sen. Howard Stephenson
H.B. 377 Grandparent Rights Amendments Rep. LaVar Christensen
*H.B. 2 New Fiscal Year Supplemental Appropriations Act Rep. Dean Sanpei
*H.B. 3 Appropriations Adjustments Rep. Dean Sanpei
*S.B. 2 Public Education Budget Amendments Sen. Lyle Hillyard

*contains line item vetoes
Corresponding letters are included for all bills the governor vetoed.

The governor signed the following bills:

Bill Number Bill Name Bill Sponsor
H.B. 8 State Agency Fees and Internal Service Fund Rate Authorization and Appropriations Rep. Brad Dee
H.B. 57 Alternative Dispute Resolution Sunset Date Amendment Rep. LaVar Christensen
H.B. 67 Weapons on Public Transportation Rep. Norman Thurston
H.B. 101 Disabled Adult Guardianship Amendments Rep. Fred Cox
H.B. 106 Securities Amendments Rep. Rich Cunningham
H.B. 194 Milk Sales Amendments Rep. Jacob Anderegg
H.B. 223 Local Historic District Amendments Rep. Brad Wilson
H.B. 236 Charitable Prescription Drug Recycling Program Rep. Gage Froerer
H.B. 248 Municipal Disconnection Amendments Rep. Melvin Brown
H.B. 265 Mental Health Practitioner Amendments Rep. Steve Eliason
H.B. 287 Commission for the Stewardship of Public Lands and Private Donations for Public Lands Litigation Rep. Kay Christofferson
H.B. 290 Campaign Finance Reform Amendments Rep. Robert Spendlove
H.B. 300 Body-worn Cameras for Law Enforcement Officers Rep. Daniel McCay
H.B. 348 Mountainous Planning District Amendments Rep. Brad Dee
H.B. 355 Peace Officer Situational Training Rep. Francis Gibson
H.B. 439 Retirement Amendments for Felony Conviction Rep. Daniel McCay
H.B. 471 Powersport Vehicle Franchise Amendments Rep. Mike Schultz
H.C.R. 12 Concurrent Resolution Honoring Lin-manuel Miranda, Composer of the Musical Hamilton Rep. Ken Ivory
S.B. 3 Current Fiscal Year Supplemental Appropriations Sen. Lyle Hillyard
S.B. 8 State Agency and Higher Education Compensation Appropriations Sen. Jerry Stevenson
S.B. 114 Municipal Utilities Amendments Sen. Jerry Stevenson
S.B. 134 Oil and Gas Conservation Account Amendments Sen. Ralph Okerlund
S.B. 157 Pawnshop Amendments Sen. Daniel Thatcher
S.B. 206 Cohabitant Abuse Procedures Act Revisions Sen. Lyle Hillyard
S.B. 232 Rescue Medication in Schools Sen. Stephen Urquhart
S.B. 79 Child Welfare Revisions Sen. Alvin Jackson
*H.B. 2 New Fiscal Year Supplemental Appropriations Act Rep. Dean Sanpei
*H.B. 3 Appropriations Adjustments Rep. Dean Sanpei
*S.B. 2 Public Education Budget Amendments Sen. Lyle Hillyard

*contains line item vetoes

The governor allowed the following bill to go into law without his signature:

Bill Number Bill Name Bill Sponsor
H.B. 220 Legislative Organization Amendments Rep. LaVar Christensen