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2012 Legislative Scorecard

  1. 1. LEGISLATIVE 2012 “We stand ready to work with Utah’s SCORECARD elected officials in Five Outcomes that Strengthen Utah’s Economy the coming year to 1. Invested in our children and future workforce 4. Sustained investment further strengthen A strong economy requires well-educated, Mobility is key to our economy and the Chamber Utah’s economy.” skilled workers. As a supporter of the Prosperity continued its commitment to transportation 2020 movement, the Chamber took steps investment. Additionally, securing funding for to improve student assessments and better World Trade Center Utah will help the state’s — Lane Beattie, President prepare students for college while allocating record-setting export growth continue. and CEO, Salt Lake Chamber money to improve math instruction, fund enrollment growth and support educational 5. Bolstered Utah’s life science and excellence at colleges and universities. high tech economies The Chamber called for the Legislature to 2. Reduced the cost of doing business restore previously-cut USTAR funding to Lowering the unemployment insurance rate strengthen this proven economic winner. USTAR and rejecting costly state health care mandates accounts for $66 million in external research leaves more money for Utah businesses to funding to the state. Life science and high tech hire and expand. tax credits foster an industry that employs 25,000 Utahns and contributes $15 billion in 3. Upheld the Utah Solution for immigration revenue to the state. The Chamber was steadfast in its support of the Utah Solution, resolving to support the Utah Commission on Immigration and Migration as it makes recommendations to improve public safety and protect the Utah economy. Scorecard.indd 1 4/11/12 1:26 PM
  2. 2. A Bill-by-Bill Tally of the 2012 Legislative Season and the Impact on Utah Business. BILL DESCRIPTION BUSINESS IMPACT HB 15 Statewide Requires school districts and charter schools to administer computer adaptive tests Improves accountability in our education system for students, Adaptive Testing aligned with the common core. teachers and administrators. Foundational element of - Hughes Prosperity 2020’s 10-year education agenda. HB 28 Economic Creates economic development task force and directs the task force to consider the Provides broad business input on critical economic issues. Development Task impact of air quality on Utah’s economy. Provides an appointment to the task force to An opportunity for business to increase legislative awareness Force - Wilson be made by the Salt Lake Chamber. of key business issues. HB 46 Electronic Creates opt-out for data in the Clinical Health Information Exchange for recipients of Builds the state’s Clinical Health Information Exchange (CHIE) B ills supported b y t h e C h amber t h at P assed Personal Medical Medicaid and CHIP and for state employees and their dependents. database which increases access to clinical health data Records - Menlove facilitating health care advancements and reduces costs. HB 76 Pharmacy Audit Establishes certain pharmacy audit procedures. Protects Utah’s pharmacies from burdensome regulatory Rights - Vickers procedures. HB 98 Continuous Allows state Medicaid program to provide continuous medicaid eligibility for an indi- Allows health care providers to better manage Medicaid Eligibility for Medicaid vidual up to 12 months and to implement payment and delivery reform. population to control costs. Eliminates cost shifting from - Sanpei government to business. HB 173 Transportation Modifies the state bonding authorization and provides funding flexibility to UDOT. Honors Utah’s commitment to transportation infrastructure Funding Modifications by creating flexibility needed for ongoing investment in - Dee critical transportation projects. HB 365 Revisions to Enacts a sales and use tax exemption for certain construction materials used in a Incentivizes research and development, strengthening Tax - Dougall life science research and development facility. It also enacts a sales and use tax Utah’s life science and high tech industries. exemption for certain machinery and equipment used for research purposes. SB 12 Energy Authorizes an electric corporation to enter into a contract to supply electric service Expands Utah’s energy portfolio Amendments - Madsen from a renewable energy facility, under certain circumstances. SB 23 Life Science and Provides refundable tax credit for businesses generating tax revenue and investing at Strengthens life science and technology investments in Utah. Technology Tax Credit least $1 billion in capital expenditures in the state. Establishes tax credit for certain Amendments - Bramble life science businesses. SB 27 Amendments to Amends the circumstances under which a person who pays a tax, fee, or charge is able Increases transparency and fairness in taxation. Revenue and Taxation to receive a credit or refund. Title - Stephenson SB 64 Public Education Directs School Board to create more robust evaluation for employees; improves Improves accountability in our education system. Employment Reform - termination procedures for employees with unsatisfactory performance; requires Osmond salaries of certain administrators be contingent on evaluations. SB 97 Grants for Online Funds implementation of computer adaptive testing systems. Improves accountability in our education system for students, Testing - Osmond teachers and administrators. Foundational element of Prosperity 2020’s 10-year education agenda. SB 129 Unemployment Reduces the maximum unemployment insurance contribution rate for an employer Reduces tax burden on business. Insurance Modification - and caps the social unemployment insurance contribution rate of all employers for the Bramble calendar year 2012 only. SB 138 Health Insurance Requires state to evaluate cost of enacted insurance mandates and appropriate Creates additional accountability for what are essentially Mandate Accountability - the cost of implementing such mandates to participating employers in the state unfunded mandates on business. Weiler employees’ risk pools, public school districts, charter schools and state funded institutions of higher education. HB 134 Patient Access Would have inhibited health care providers’ ability to freely contract with health care The Chamber issued a Priority Vote to oppose this bill. Reform - M. Brown facilities that meet quality and cost standards. Government intrusion in private contracts compromises health care providers’ ability to manage quality and cost of care delivered. HB 199 Elimination of Day- Would have exempted the state from the observance of daylight saving time. This bill would have negatively impacted retail businesses. light Saving Time - Nielson B ills O pposed b y t h e C h amber t h at F A I L E D HB 211 Insurance Coverage Would have amended the Insurance Code to mandate coverage for the use of an amino The Chamber issued a Priority Vote to oppose this bill. HB 211 for Amino-Acid Base acid-based elemental formula. would have increased health care costs for businesses. Formula - Moss HB 242 Insurance Billing for Would have amended the Athletic Trainer Licensing Act to include athletic trainers as The Chamber issued a Priority Vote to oppose this bill. HB 242 Athletic Trainers - Ray health care providers for purposes of health insurance. would have increased health care costs for businesses. HB 300 Illegal Alien-Related This bill would have eliminated the Utah Solution that was implemented in 2011. Protected the Utah Solution to immigration and preserved the Amendments - Herrod Would have converted the Utah Immigration Accountability and Enforcement Act state’s reputation as a business friendly and pragmatic state. (Utah’s guest worker law) to the Utah Illegal Alien Family Transition Pilot Program. HB 303 Insurance Coverage Would have amended the Insurance Code to require a health benefit plan to cover The Chamber issued a Priority Vote to oppose this bill. HB 303 for Children with Hearing hearing aids for children with hearing impairments. would have increased health care costs for businesses. Impairments - Edwards SB 157 Utah Immigration Would have repealed Utah’s guest worker law. By opposing this bill, the Chamber protected the Utah Accountability and Solution to immigration and preserved the state’s reputation Enforcement - Urquhart as a business friendly and pragmatic state. SJR 022 Joint Resolution Would have established constitutional limitations on legislative spending. The Chamber opposed this bill that would have jeopardized on State Spending - Reid Utah’s stellar credit rating and created impediments for prudent management of our state. Scorecard.indd 2 4/11/12 1:26 PM