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The first legislative policy committee meeting of the new year (and the last before the legislative session begins) will be held on Monday, January 7th at noon. Join us at the Utah Local Governments Trust or online via Zoom. See the AGENDA for more details. You can also review MINUTES from the December 10th LPC meeting.

The 2019 Local Government Legislative Guide, a collaborative effort from ULCT and The Utah Association of Counties (UAC), is now available. The document provides tools for evaluating legislation and outlines the basic responsibilities of local governments in the state of Utah. In addition to this guide, ULCT and UAC are producing several supplemental policy primers to explain local governments’ policy stances on various issues. You can view the tax policy primer here.

This week Governor Herbert released his 2019 budget recommendations. You can find the overview here, the planning for growth section here, and the full budget here.


Though you’re probably tired of hearing this by now, 2019 is shaping up to be a BIG year for housing policy. During the 2018 general session, the state legislature created the Commission on Housing Affordability to study strategies that mitigate the rising costs of housing. Though the commission will continue to meet for another 4 years, the first group of policy recommendations have been compiled into a BILL FILE. A draft was presented to the Economic Development and Workforce Services Interim Committee on November 14th. Since the bill is 45 pages long and somewhat complicated, ULCT produced a BRIEF SUMMARY explaining how the bill builds on last year’s HB 259 and SB 136.

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The ULCT Board of Directors and the Legislative Policy Committee will NOT be meeting on November 19, 2018.

Marie Owens, Director of the Division of Drinking Water, requested the opportunity to discuss a proposed rule change with municipal water suppliers relating to the terminus of a drinking water system and liability for drinking water delivery to residents behind master meters. She indicated that several municipalities had communicated concerns about the proposed rule change to the Division and she wanted to share the details about the change and seek comments. On October 29th, Marie made a ULCT Video Conference presentation and provided an in-depth overview of the issue. In the event that you, or a representative from your city, were not able to watch the ULCT Video Conference, we are sharing with you a link to the presentation as well as the PowerPoint and language for the proposed rule change.



Questions or comments can be directed to:

Colton Smith – Rules
Division of Drinking Water
(801) 536-4155

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