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Legislative committee picks for the week

by Eric S. Peterson
- Posted // 2011-02-21 -

Picks for the next couple of days include a hearing to raise the sales tax on food, resolutions to de-list wolves from the endangered species list and new liquor law changes.

Senate Bill 270 will be heard tomorrow to continuing groans of dismay by low-income advocates who argue that Sen. J. Stuart Adams’ bill to raise the sales tax on food will unfairly burden poorer Utahns who spend more of their disposable income on groceries.

S.B. 270 will get its first hearing before the Senate Revenue and Taxation Committee, Tuesday, starting at 7:30 a.m. Utah State Capitol, 350 North State, Room 250 State Capitol. Check the Legislature’s main page for an audio link of the hearing.

Also Tuesday morning will be Senate Concurrent Resolution 15 sponsored by Rep. Lavar Christensen, R-Draper urging the delisting of wolves from the endangered species list. At that same committee another bill will be giving greenies cause for concern, Rep. Mike Noel, R-Kanab, will have his House Bill 399 heard. That bill would require any agency seeking to place a stay or injunction against a company in an environmental lawsuit to post a surety bond first. If the defendant prevails in court the bond would be used to compensate them. If the bond can’t be posted then the courts would not issue the stay or injunction.

SCR15 and HB399 will be heard Tuesday morning at the House Natural Resources, and Environment Committee meeting starting at 8 a.m., Utah State Capitol, 350 North State, Room 445, State Capitol. Check the Legislature’s main page for an audio link of the hearing.

Wednesday morning you can get the low-down on Senate Bill 314, by Sen. John Valentine, R-Orem that will likely be this session’s major rewrite of existing liquor laws. The discussion will include increased bar fees, new service hour changes, and new changes to how leadership of the Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control is appointed.

S.B. 314 will be heard Wednesday morning at the Senate Business and Labor Committee hearing starting at 7:30 a.m., Utah State Capitol, 350 N. State, Room 210 Senate Building. Check the Legislature’s main page for an audio link of the hearing.

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