Governor vetoes Becky Lockhart Memorial Highway bill

Posted at 4:45 PM, Apr 01, 2015
and last updated 2015-04-01 23:28:14-04

SALT LAKE CITY -- Governor Gary Herbert has vetoed a bill that would have renamed a portion of I-15 after former House Speaker Becky Lockhart.

The governor said he did not do it in response to the protests by some veterans groups, but at the request of the late-Speaker's family.

"This afternoon, I received a phone call from Stan Lockhart who requested I veto the bill and I have opted to honor his wishes. While I am disappointed by the controversy that seemed to diminish the Legislature’s recognition of Speaker Lockhart, I am committed to working with lawmakers and the Lockhart family to find an appropriate memorial to honor the memory of this historic leader," the governor said in a statement.

The legislature voted unanimously to pass House Bill 385, which would have renamed a chunk of freeway from Lehi to Spanish Fork in honor of Lockhart, the first woman Speaker of the House in Utah, who died earlier this year from an extremely rare neurodegenerative brain disorder. But I-15 is already named Veterans Memorial Highway, and some groups led demonstrations saying they felt it was disrespectful.

HB385 wasn't the only bill the governor vetoed on Wednesday:

Bill Number

Bill Name

Bill Sponsor


Educator Licensing Amendments

Coleman, K.


Memorial Highway Designation

Stratton, K.


Corporate Franchise and Income Tax Amendments

Stephenson, H.


Trax Crossing Bars Operations Amendments

Jenkins, S.


Motion Picture Incentive Amendments

Bramble, C.


Appropriations Adjustments

Hillyard, L.

He signed these remaining bills into law:


Annexation Amendments

Westwood, J.


Public Safety Retirement for Dispatchers

Powell, K.


Procurement Changes

Stratton, K.


Mountainous Planning District Amendments

Dee, B.


Natural Gas Vehicle Amendments

Handy, S.


New Fiscal Year Supplemental Appropriations Act

Hillyard, L.


Impeachment Amendments

Adams, J.S.

The governor also allowed some bills to become law without his signature, including one that gives executive branch members a pay raise beginning in 2017.

Bill Number

Bill Name

Bill Sponsor


Executive Office Compensation

Wilson, B.


Tax Commissioners' Compensation

Weiler, T.


Public School Dropout Recovery

Osmond, A.

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