SALT LAKE CITY — With minutes to spare before the midnight deadline, Utah Governor Gary Herbert vetoed six bills — including some dealing with education funding.
In letters to House Speaker Greg Hughes and Senate President Wayne Niederhauser, the governor explained that some of the things lawmakers passed were already funded. He also objected to taxpayers spending $275,000 for a reality-TV show for teens.
“I do not believe this is an appropriate use of taxpayer dollars,” the governor wrote.
Governor Herbert also vetoed a bill that dealt with grandparents’ rights in adoption proceedings. The bill, sponsored by Rep. LaVar Christensen, R-Draper, “could be jeopardizing the rights of adoptive parents and discouraging adoption by family members,” Herbert wrote.
Read the governor’s veto letters here:
In addition to the six bills, the governor exercised nine line-item vetoes in the budget. Some of the items, he said, were funding for things lawmakers didn’t pass as bills. Others were education items he believed had existing funding or duplicated existing services.
- $275,000 for the Utah ProStart Teen Chef Masters program, a reality television cooking competition
- $25,000 for H.B. 430, Hole in the Rock State Park Designation, a bill which did not pass the Legislature and will not become law
- $75,000 for S.B. 43, Firearm Safety and Violence Prevention in Public Schools, which carried its own appropriation
- $150,600 for S.B. 90, Falsification of Information in a Protective Order Proceeding, which did not pass the Legislature and will not become law
- $99,100 for S.B. 90, which did not pass the Legislature and will not become law
- $66,300 for H.B. 221, Immunization of Student Amendments, which did not pass the Legislature and will not become law
- $6,400 for H.B. 441, Child Placement Amendments, which did not pass the Legislature and will not become law
- $1.5 million for the UPSTART Early Childhood Education Program
- $3 million for the K-3 Early Intervention Program
“The governor maintains his support of expanded early childhood education programs. He believes better alignment could be achieved by focusing on those programs with proven results while avoiding the duplication of existing services,” Herbert’s office said in a statement.
In all, the Utah State Legislature passed 453 bills. The governor signed the last 33 on Wednesday night, including a bill that provides policies for police body cameras, another that allows for firearms on public transportation and the bulk of education funding.
The governor did not sign House Bill 220, which changes the make up of some previously bi-partisan committees to a majority party control. Herbert allowed it to become law without his signature.
Lawmakers will be polled in the next week about whether to convene an override session for any of the vetoed bills. It takes a two-thirds majority to do it.
Here’s the final bills signed by Governor Herbert:
|Bill Number||Bill Name||Bill Sponsor|
|H.B. 8||State Agency Fees and Internal Service Fund Rate Authorization and Appropriations||Rep. Brad Dee|
|H.B. 57||Alternative Dispute Resolution Sunset Date Amendment||Rep. LaVar Christensen|
|H.B. 67||Weapons on Public Transportation||Rep. Norman Thurston|
|H.B. 101||Disabled Adult Guardianship Amendments||Rep. Fred Cox|
|H.B. 106||Securities Amendments||Rep. Rich Cunningham|
|H.B. 194||Milk Sales Amendments||Rep. Jacob Anderegg|
|H.B. 223||Local Historic District Amendments||Rep. Brad Wilson|
|H.B. 236||Charitable Prescription Drug Recycling Program||Rep. Gage Froerer|
|H.B. 248||Municipal Disconnection Amendments||Rep. Melvin Brown|
|H.B. 265||Mental Health Practitioner Amendments||Rep. Steve Eliason|
|H.B. 287||Commission for the Stewardship of Public Lands and Private Donations for Public Lands Litigation||Rep. Kay Christofferson|
|H.B. 290||Campaign Finance Reform Amendments||Rep. Robert Spendlove|
|H.B. 300||Body-worn Cameras for Law Enforcement Officers||Rep. Daniel McCay|
|H.B. 348||Mountainous Planning District Amendments||Rep. Brad Dee|
|H.B. 355||Peace Officer Situational Training||Rep. Francis Gibson|
|H.B. 439||Retirement Amendments for Felony Conviction||Rep. Daniel McCay|
|H.B. 471||Powersport Vehicle Franchise Amendments||Rep. Mike Schultz|
|H.C.R. 12||Concurrent Resolution Honoring Lin-manuel Miranda, Composer of the Musical Hamilton||Rep. Ken Ivory|
|S.B. 3||Current Fiscal Year Supplemental Appropriations||Sen. Lyle Hillyard|
|S.B. 8||State Agency and Higher Education Compensation Appropriations||Sen. Jerry Stevenson|
|S.B. 114||Municipal Utilities Amendments||Sen. Jerry Stevenson|
|S.B. 134||Oil and Gas Conservation Account Amendments||Sen. Ralph Okerlund|
|S.B. 157||Pawnshop Amendments||Sen. Daniel Thatcher|
|S.B. 206||Cohabitant Abuse Procedures Act Revisions||Sen. Lyle Hillyard|
|S.B. 232||Rescue Medication in Schools||Sen. Stephen Urquhart|
|S.B. 79||Child Welfare Revisions||Sen. Alvin Jackson|
|*H.B. 2||New Fiscal Year Supplemental Appropriations Act||Rep. Dean Sanpei|
|*H.B. 3||Appropriations Adjustments||Rep. Dean Sanpei|
|*S.B. 2||Public Education Budget Amendments||Sen. Lyle Hillyard|