Friday, February 28, 2014

EGGS AND ISSUES Utah Valley Chamber of Commerce

Name: Eggs and Issues
Date: March 8, 2014
Time: 7:30 AM - 9:00 AM
Event Description:
Join us for "Eggs and Issues"! Meet with Legislators for breakfast to discuss important issues affecting business in Utah County. 


IHC Northwest Plaza, Clark Auditorium on the corner of 500 W. and Bulldog Blvd. in Provo.

House Bill 197 would look at ditching Daylight Saving Time in Utah. Antone Clark. Standard-Examiner.

SALT LAKE CITY - Bothered by the back-and-forth change in times from Daylight Saving Time, a Box Elder lawmaker is calling on the state to make a decision one way or another.  Rep. Ronda Menlove, R-Garland, is sponsoring legislation that would require the Governor's Office of Economic Development to hold a meeting to talk about the merits of the fluctuation in time schedules between the spring and fall and then provide a report on their findings for potential review and change to an interim committee
The bill, HB 197, received a favorable recommendation in committee this week and has been forwarded to the House for further consideration. Menlove said she is pushing the initiative for senior citizens in her area. "My constituents just want it to stay. They hate the change part.  We're just holding this meeting to allow those people who have been talking about this forever, some sort of validation," Menlove said.
The issue is not a new one for state lawmakers.  Menlove said a number of lawmakers have tried to amend the time change issue over her 12 years in the House. Rep. Brad Last, R-Hurricane, said he dislikes daylight saving time. He suggested the Creator had it right.  "When we go back and forth it makes it difficult on businesses and others. I wish we were as smart as Arizona and in not making the change in the first place," Last said.  

Arizona and Hawaii are the only states that do not have daylight saving time, which allows the clock to be move forward an hour in the spring to maximize daylight and to be moved back an hour in the fall.

SB190 gets amended to slam the door on new UTOPIA cities. Jesse Harris. Free Utopia.

Note at the time of this post this article has been updated:  UPDATED 2-27-2014 2:25PM: We won! Valentine has committed to UTOPIA mayors to pull Amendment 2. Now if it can just go through without any other trickery…  However I can't find anything on the bill link at the bottom to support this updated note.  It is based on a tweet.
Did you have a glimmer of hope that you’d be able to get UTOPIA service in your city once Macquarie comes in? Sen. John Valentine just smashed it with a hammer. His floor amendment to SB190 makes it so that only current UTOPIA cities can use a utility fee to finance construction of the network. Any new cities that join would be unable to do so at all.
Why does this matter? Because Macquarie has structured the entire deal around it. If future cities can’t do it, they can’t get the same terms that Macquarie is offering UTOPIA. This could derail their rumored plans to cover the entire state in gigabit fiber with over a dozen competing providers.

Right now, the bill is in the Senate and will come to a floor vote. It’s urgent that you contact members of the Senate, particularly your senator, to tell them to oppose this amendment. Sen. Valentine is working in bad faith by not involving UTOPIA cities either in this new amendment or the original bill.
Jesse Harris. Free Utopia.    (Note the link at the bottom to email Senators)

SB 190 Amended Pages Only Amendment ONE

Note:  On the right hand side of SB 190 on the Legislative Page under Bill Text
is the option for "Amended Pages Only."  This is the General Description of the
Amended Pages Only Link.
General Description:
LEGISLATIVE GENERAL COUNSEL 6 Approved for Filing: V. Ashby 6
S.B. 190
Chief Sponsor: John L. Valentine
House Sponsor: James A. Dunnigan
02-14-14 5:48 AM
This bill amends the general operating limitations on a municipality that provides a cable television service or a public telecommunications service.
Highlighted Provisions:
This bill:
Öo < authorizes a municipality, in certain circumstances, to enact a per address utility fee to cover costs related to the utility if the municipality has established a procedure for a person who is economically indigent to opt out of the fee; and »Ö
< clarifies that any other means by which a municipality may not cross subsidize its cable television services or its public telecommunications services includes a fee.
Money Appropriated in this Bill:
Other Special Clauses:
Utah Code Sections Affected:
Öo 10-8-14, as last amended by Laws of Utah 2013, Chapter 242 »Ö 10-18-303, as last amended by Laws of Utah 2009, Chapter 388


S.B. 190

Senator John L. Valentine proposes the following amendments:
1. Page 1c, Lines 23co through 23cr Senate Committee Amendments 2-24-2014:
93.   23co  (12) A municipality that { constructs } on or before January 1, 2014, was in the process of constructing telecommunication lines and related facilities, { and
94.   23cp  operates them } or was operating telecommunication lines and related facilities, as a communications utility that is open to providers, may enact a per address
95.   23cq  utility fee to cover costs related to the utility if the municipality has established a procedure for
96.   23cr  a person who is economically indigent to opt out of the fee.
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