Week 4 Updates: February 13-17
Dear Business Community, 
 
After today, week four is officially in the books for the 2017 Utah General Legislative Session. As appropriation subcommittees have now completed their work, the discussions around the budget hit high gear. Also, this afternoon the consensus revenue estimates for the budget will be released to the Executive Appropriations Committee.
 
While the budget takes shape, many important bills have begun to advance through the legislative process. This includes important education, regulation, and infrastructure bills that are all advanced out of committee this week. Our team has also been working diligently to protect small business interests by educating folks on the impact on our economy from expanding FMLA to small employers and increasing the minimum wage above $15.00/hour.
 
Next week we anticipate significant movement on many more of our priorities, the completion of the non-compete research project and further discussions on tax reform.

Call to Action:  H.B. 81, Post-employment Restrictive Covenant Amendments  will be voted on by the Full House. We are currently finalizing our shared research effort with the Legislature. As such, we urge you and all members of the business community to contact your House member   and ask them to defeat the bill to respect the process of making an informed decision on this issue.

We hope you will stay engaged,
 
Salt Lake Chamber Policy Team
Priority Votes 

During the legislative session, the Salt Lake Chamber Executive Board designates top priorities of the business community as Priority Votes. The Chamber's Priority Votes are considered the most critical bills during the legislative session and are used to determine the Chamber's Business Champion Awards. Below are the most recently declared priority votes.

Click "View Full List of Priority Votes" to view bill status and bill description on our internal bill dashboard. 

Most Recent Priority Votes:

Bill Number 
Bill Title 
Sponsor
Position
Kindergarten Supplemental Enrichment Program
Rep. Snow
Support
Joint Resolution Regarding Jobs in Rural Utah Sen. Van Tassell 
Support
Public-Private Partnerships Sen. Okerlund
Support
Sales Tax Collection Amendments
Sen. Bramble
Support
Post-employment Restrictive Covenant Amendments
Rep. Greene
Oppose

Bills Worth Watching

Each week, the Chamber's policy team tracks relevant bills by subject so you can stay up to date on legislation that impacts you and your business.

We encourage you to click on the sections below to view bill descriptions and status updates via the Chamber's internal bill dashboard.

My Education, Our Future

Envision Utah has been working with some of Utah's top education experts to identify specific actions that would make (or are already making) the biggest positive impact on Utah's students. 

From this, 'My Education, Our Future' was developed. The goal is to help everyone in Utah understand the specific actions we can take to ensure all Utahns get the kind of education that leads to lead to prosperous communities, strong families, and great quality of life.

In the News  
Policy Events 
Cybersecurity Conference

The Salt Lake Chamber is co-hosting a National Cybersecurity Conference with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce on Thursday, March 23rd, 2017 from 7:30am-1:30 pm at Marriott University Park. 

Register  Here
To see th e business community's other legislative prioritie s, visit sl chamber.com  
A b by Osborne
Director of Government Relations
801-831- 6116
M ichael Parker
Director of Public Policy 
801-541-8466