Gov. Herbert calls special session of Utah State Legislature

SALT LAKE CITY (July 11, 2016) – Gov. Gary R. Herbert has issued a call for a special session of the Utah State Legislature. The session will be held on July 13 to consider measures related to unmanned aircrafts near wildland fires, the Utah State Fairpark and other issues.

“This summer, wildfires in the state have become significantly worse due to drones interrupting air operations,” Gov. Herbert said. “It is dangerous and completely unacceptable, and this legislation takes steps to ensure that our emergency management personnel are safe and empowered to do their jobs effectively.”

Issues to be addressed during the special session include the following:

  • A measure that would enhance penalties for flying unmanned aircrafts over restricted wildfire airspaces
  • Legislation regarding a grandparent’s rights to visits grandchildren adopted by a family member of the child
  • Economic development legislation that would provide sales and use tax exemptions for a qualifying data center
  • A technical correction to the controlled substance database for probationers and parolees
  • Amendments to the security of investments in continuing care facilities
  • The addition of an enacting clause to 2016 House Bill 310, Tax Credit Review Amendments
  • Changes to the Judicial Nominating Commission which would allow additional nominees to be considered when simultaneous appointments are made
  • Reporting changes to the Justice Reinvestment Initiative
  • An appropriation of funds for the purpose of constructing an arena at the Utah State Fairpark

“The state fair is an important event for Utahns from every corner of our state, particularly residents of Salt Lake City’s west side,” Gov. Herbert said. “I appreciate the partnership between the state, local governments, and the private sector to make this important facility possible.”

Full text of the letter issuing the call is available here.