POLITICS + GOVERNMENT

Utah Gov. turns 56 bills into new Utah laws, several involve Bears Ears

Mar 22, 2021, 6:40 PM | Updated: 7:00 pm

high transmission...

Hundreds of new Utah laws go into effect starting today. The changes in Utah policy range from police reform to pandemic response. (PHOTO: KSL file)

(PHOTO: KSL file)

CEDAR CITY, UT — Gov. Spencer Cox turned 56  bills into new Utah laws on Monday at a signing ceremony at the Governor’s rural office on the campus of Southern Utah University. 

Several bill sponsors attended the signing ceremony as well. They include Rep. Carl Albrecht, Rep. Scott Chew, Sen. Luz Escamilla, Sen. David Hinkins, Sen. Don Ipson, Rep. Steven Lund, Rep. Ashlee Matthews, Sen. Derrin Owens, Sen. Lowry Snow, and Sen. Evan Vickers.

“These legislative partners represent the interests of their communities and all Utahns admirably,” Gov. Cox said.

“We thank them for their service and look forward to continuing to serve Utahns together through meaningful and productive legislation.”

English in government documents, Bears Ears among subjects in new laws

Among the bills signed into new Utah laws are:

  • HB341, which creates an advisory committee comprised of the Ute Mountain Ute Tribe, Navajo Nation, Ute Indian Tribe of the Uintah Ouray, Hopi Nation, and the Zuni Tribe, the tribes included in the presidential proclamation made by President Obama in 2016;
  • HB279, which creates the Dixie State University Higher Education for Incarcerated Youth Program, which will provide certain higher education opportunities to students in certain types of custody;
  • HB217, creating the Utah Office of Regulatory Relief within the Governor’s Office of Economic Development. It also creates the General Regulatory Sandbox Program, which according to the Deseret News will make it easier for innovators to bend or avoid some standing state rules that would make it difficult for a new idea to receive a “real-world tryout;”
  • HCR12, a resolution that seeks to gives the state of Utah, including state and federal representatives, a seat at the table when it comes to the creation of national monuments. At issue is the varying treatments of Utah national monuments and their size by presidents from different political parties; and
  • SB114, which addresses the English language as it pertains to the government of the state of Utah. SB114 removes a provision requiring all official government documents to be in English.

Governor Cox has signed 446 bills since the end of the 2021 Legislative Session on March 5. And his signing deadline is on Thursday, March 25.

OTHER READING:

 

We want to hear from you.

Have a story idea or tip? Send it to the KSL NewsRadio team here.

Politics + Government

FILE: Sen. Mike McKell, R-Spanish Fork, and Rep. Jordan Teuscher, R-South Jordan, speak about their...

Aimee Cobabe

Bill allowing parents to sue social media companies moves closer to becoming law

HB464 gives Utah parents the power to sue a social media company if their child develops mental health issues after using the apps

13 hours ago

FILE: An Angel bike given to the family of Eli Mitchell in April, 2023. Mitchell was hit and killed...

Britt Johnson

Families of drunk driving victims fight possible new Utah liquor license legislation

The bill sponsored by Rep. Jefferson Burton would increase the number of liquor licenses issued by the state of Utah.

14 hours ago

Rep. Dan Johnson, R-Logan, was transported in an ambulance after an apparent medical issue in the H...

Bridger Beal-Cvetko

Utah representative transported in ambulance after apparent medical issue on House floor

Rep. Dan Johnson, R-Logan, was seated at his desk shortly after lawmakers convened for an afternoon session at 2 p.m. when the incident occurred.

15 hours ago

utah lake shown, a bill tackling a failed lake project has advanced...

Adam Small

A bill to undo law regarding controversial, failed Utah Lake project advances to the full House

The law that would be repealed through this bill is the same law that created the Utah Lake Restoration Act.

17 hours ago

Former president Donald Trump, Manhattan trial...

MICHAEL R. SISAK

With trial starting next month, Manhattan DA asks judge for a gag order in Trump’s hush-money case

The Manhattan DA's office asked that Trump be barred from making or directing others to make public statements about people involved in the case.

19 hours ago

FILE: The Utah attorney general’s office at the Capitol in Salt Lake City on Friday, Jan. 27, 202...

ANNIE KNOX AND DANIELLA RIVERA

5 things to know about KSL’s legal fight for transparency

KSL and the Utah Attorney General’s Office are squaring off in a legal fight over access to Attorney General Sean Reyes’ work calendar.

19 hours ago

Sponsored Articles

Mother and cute toddler child in a little fancy wooden cottage, reading a book, drinking tea and en...

Visit Bear Lake

How to find the best winter lodging in Bear Lake, Utah

Winter lodging in Bear Lake can be more limited than in the summer, but with some careful planning you can easily book your next winter trip.

Happy family in winter clothing at the ski resort, winter time, watching at mountains in front of t...

Visit Bear Lake

Ski more for less: Affordable ski resorts near Bear Lake, Utah

Plan your perfect ski getaway in Bear Lake this winter, with pristine slopes, affordable tickets, and breathtaking scenery.

front of the Butch Cassidy museum with a man in a cowboy hat standing in the doorway...

Bear Lake Convention and Visitors Bureau

Looking Back: The History of Bear Lake

The history of Bear Lake is full of fascinating stories. At over 250,000 years old, the lake has seen generations of people visit its shores.

silhouette of a family looking over a lake with a bird in the top corner flying...

Bear Lake Convention and Visitors Bureau

8 Fun Activities To Do in Bear Lake Without Getting in the Water

Bear Lake offers plenty of activities for the whole family to enjoy without having to get in the water. Catch 8 of our favorite activities.

Wellsville Mountains in the spring with a pond in the foreground...

Wasatch Property Management

Advantages of Renting Over Owning a Home

Renting allows you to enjoy luxury amenities and low maintenance without the long-term commitment and responsibilities of owning a home.

Clouds over a red rock vista in Hurricane, Utah...

Wasatch Property Management

Why Southern Utah is a Retirement Paradise

Retirement in southern Utah offers plenty of cultural and recreational opportunities. Find out all that this region has to offer.

Utah Gov. turns 56 bills into new Utah laws, several involve Bears Ears