2014 Air Quality Bills

2014 is shaping up to be an interesting session up at the State Legislature, especially when it comes to air quality. We'll update this list regularly: Check back to see if new bills have been added, and what their status is. End of session update: Those bills that did pass are bolded in the final column.

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Type of Bills

Bill No.

Bill Name

Sponsor

Chamber

Notes

Status

Transit/Clean Vehicle Incentives Bills

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 SB0200

Tax Credit for Employer Purchase of Public Transit Pass

Weiler, T.

Senate

Offer incentives to businesses that pay for monthly transit passes for their employees.

Tabled

 

H.B. 74

Energy Efficient Vehicle Tax Credits

Snow, V. L.

House

State income tax credit to be allowed on the purchase or lease of a new electric, plug in electric hybrid, or CNG vehicle.

Passed House and Senate

 

H.B. 271S01 

Motor Vehicle Emissions

Perry, L.

House

Seeks to decrease the number of vehicles on that road that do not meet clean air standards, but allowing officers to find offending drivers.

Passed House; Failed to Get Senate Vote

 

 H.J.R. 23

Joint Resolution Endorsing Tier III Standards for Air Quality

Arent, P.

House

Joint Resolution to encourage implementation in Utah of Tier 3 fuel and vehicle emission standards.

Passed House; Failed to Get Senate Vote

 

H.B. 55

Income Tax Credit for Purchase of Transit Pass

Poulson, M.

House

Provides an individual tax credit for the purchase of monthly public transit passes

Failed in Full House

 

H.B. 19

Electric Vehicle Battery Charging Service Amendments

Arent, P.

House

Simple legal fix in law to allow commercial electricity resale at charging stations

Passed House & Senate

 

SB0099S01

State Vehicle Efficiency Requirements

Jenkins, S.

Senate

Requires that 50% or more of state vehicles used for the transportation of passengers are natural gas motor vehicles

Passed House & Senate

 

 

Air Emissions Amendments 

Hemingway, L.

 House

Forces "best available" control technologies on industry.

Never introduced

 

 

Air Quality Modifications

 Redd, E.

 House

 unclear

Never introduced

 

 

Clean Fuel Amendments and Rebates 

Handy, S. 

House 

Provides $2,500 rebate for conversion to CNG vehicles

Never introduced

 

HR0005

House Resolution on Clean Burning Renewable Fuels 

Anderson, Johnny 

 House

Encourages  recycling of waste products to create biodiesel

Passed House

 

 HB388

Amendments to Transportation Funding 

Anderson, Johnny 

 House

Authorizes a voter-approved increase of 0.25% in local transit tax to increase bus routes, frequencies, van pools, ride share, and bike share programs 

Passed House; Failed to Get Senate Vote

 

HB210

Sales and Use Taxes for Transportation Amendments

Briscoe, J.

House

Gives local governments the authority to have their residents vote to increase sales tax for mass transit upgrades; funds for increase in coverage and frequency of bus transit

Tabled (very similar to HB388)

Pollution Control Funds/Incentives Bills

 

 

 

 

 

 

 HB154

 HB 154

Wood Burning Amendments

Arent, P.

House

Gives DAQ funding for educating public, boosting enforcement, increasing fines and to convert homes to cleaner natural gas

Passed Both House & Senate

 

 

Amendments to Air Quality 

 Briscoe, J.

 House

unclear

 

Never introduced

 

H.B. 61

Clean Air Programs

Arent, P.

House

Allows electric-hybrid vehicles to qualify for funding; creates the Clean Air Retrofit, Replacement, and Off-road Technology (CARROT) Program to provide grants for heavy-duty diesel retrofits; encourages  replacement of landscaping, maintenance, and other equipment

Passed Both House & Senate

 

 

Medical Waste Incineration Amendments

Edwards, R. 

 House

 Awaiting text

Never introduced

 

SB0196S01

Medical Waste Incineration Prohibition  

Weiler, T. 

Senate 

 Awaiting text

Passed House & Senate

 

H.B. 41

Clean Fuel School Buses and Infrastructure

Handy, S.

House

Funds replacing dirty school buses. Bill institutes Herbert pledge of $14 million towards cleaner buses.

Passed House; Failed to Get Senate Vote

 

 

Air Quality Amendments

Weiler, T.

Senate

unclear

Never Introduced

 

H.B. 31

Pollution Control Amendments

Wilcox, R.

House

Cleans up messy array of pollution control tax incentives

Passed House & Senate

 

HB0121

Air Quality Revisions

Edwards, R.

House

Modifies language "stricter than the EPA" and allows state to make its own pollution safeguards

Passed House; Failed to Get Senate Vote

 

SB164S1

Environmental Protection Amendments

Davis, G.

Senate

Strikes language "tougher than the EPA" and allows state to make its own pollution laws

Failed in Full Senate

 

SB64

Air Quality Rules and Penalties

Robles, L.

Senate

Modified rules allowing regulators to make rules more stringent than federal regulations, increases penalties for emissions violations, prohibits medical waste incineration within a 5 mile radius of a residential area

Failed to pass Senate Natural Resources committee

State Agency Mitigation Efforts

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

HB0038S02

Resource Stewardship Amendments

Arent, P.

House

Creates state Sustainability Coordinator position

Passed House & Senate

Resolutions

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 HCR007

Joint Resolution Supporting A Plan to Meet the Clean Air Act’s Air Quality Standards

Briscoe, J.

House

Backs the SIP

Passed House; Failed to Get Senate Vote

 

 HJR23

Joint Resolution Endorsing Tier III Standards for Air Quality

Arent, P.

House

Backs very important regs requiring cleaner gas and cars which EPA will soon finalize.

Passed House; Failed to Get Senate Vote