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2016 Utah State Legislature

Updated: Thursday, March 31, 2016

THANK YOU to everyone that sent emails, texts, letters and placed phone calls to legislators. We know they heard from so many preservation supporters across the state. While we weren't successful at defeating the bill, we know that there is support across the state at the local level and plenty in the legislature for both historic preservation and retaining strong local governance without interference.

Priority Bill: 3rd Sub HB 223 - Local Historic District Amendments

Read our letter to Governor Gary Herbert, 18 Mar 2016

Read our letter to members of the Utah Senate, 2 Mar 2016

Read our letter to members of the House of Representatives, 24 Feb 2016

* See additional helpful links by scrolling down

Sponsor: Representative Brad Wilson (R-Kaysville); Sen. Stuart Adams (R-Layton)

Status: Governor signed on March 30th.

In Opposition: Utah League of Cities and Towns, Utah Cultural Alliance, K.E.E.P. Yalecrest, Utah Heritage Foundation, Salt Lake City Corp., Salt Lake County, National Trust for Historic Preservation

Letter to the Editor, The Salt Lake Tribune, 25 Feb 2016: Developer Driven Legislature

Op-ed, The Salt Lake Tribune, 25 Feb 2016: Legislators talk local control but want to micromanage my neighborhood

Read the letter in opposition to HB 223 from the National Trust for Historic Preservation to Utah State Senators

In Support: Property Rights Coalition

Helpful Links:

Historic Districts Aren't A Threat To Property Rights

Why Historic Preservation Districts Are Crucial To Cities by Stephanie Meeks, President, National Trust for Historic Preservation

Benefits of Historic Districts - Key Messages

Economic Impacts of Historic Preservation in Utah – Report with an entire chapter on the positive economic benefits of designating historic districts

Additional supporting documents and tools to protect local historic districts, provided by the National Trust for Historic Preservation

Other bills we are tracking:

HB 232 - Scenic Byway Amendments
Rep. Mike Noel (R-Kanab); Sen. David Hinkins (R-Orangeville)
Status: Signed by the Governor.
Utah Heritage Foundation opposes this bill.

Don't let legislators spoil Utah's scenic byways with billboards

Bill passes to ease restrictions on scenic byways (billboards)

3rd Sub. HB 310 - Tax Credit Review Amendments
Rep. Jeremy Peterson (R-Ogden); Sen. Curtis Bramble (R-Orem)
Status: Passed in the House and Senate; bill failed legislative review and was returned to the House.

SB 16 – Tax Credit Amendments
Rep. Deirdre Henderson (R-Spanish Fork)
Status: Governor signed.
Utah Heritage Foundation supports this bill.

SB 137 – County Option Funding for Botanical, Cultural, Recreational and Zoological Organizations and Facilities
Sen. Brian Shiozawa (R-Cottonwood Heights), Rep. Eric Hutchings (R-Kearns)
Status: Governor signed.
Utah Heritage Foundation supports this bill.

2nd Sub. SB 173 – State Fairpark Revisions
Sen. Kevin Van Tassell (R-Vernal), Rep. Mike McKell (R-Spanish Fork)
Status: Governor signed.
Utah Heritage Foundation supports this bill.

SCR 4 – Old Spanish Trail Designation
Sen. Ralph Okerlund (R-Monroe), Rep. Kay McIff (R-Richfield)
Status: Governor signed.
Utah Heritage Foundation supports this bill.