Clean Air Caucus – Press Conference and Bill List

“We are not Congress…we work together to solve problems.”

The Clean Air Caucus held their first press conference to discuss and introduce some upcoming air quality legislation.

“It’s going to be quite an education process,” Layton Republican Rep. Stephen Handy, told KUER. “But I believe the public who values and wants to improve air quality will the their legislators know this is a top priority,” says Handy.

The Caucus produced a list of both numbered bills and those being drafted to display the ideas being discussed at this year’s legislative session, which begins Monday. This list is available below.

Proposed legislation includes the un-numbered bill, co-sponsored by Rep. Nielson and Rep. Arent, gives the Division of Air Quality better tools to educate the public on the dangers of wood smoke, and to have the resources necessary for enforcement of current law; HB41, Clean Fuel School Buses and Infrastructure, sponsored by Rep. Handy, stablishes a grant program through the Utah State Office of Education to help selected school districts replace up to 170 “dirty diesel” school buses; and the Air Quality Public Awareness Camapaign, sponsored by Rep. Dee, that provides funding for the Legislature to partner with Governor’s Office, UCAIR and Envision Utah to initiate an air quality public awareness program.

The Clean Air Caucus is a bipartisan effort started in January 2013, the Clean Air Caucus works on addressing Utah’s air quality concerns. The co-chairs of the caucus are: Reps. Lowry Snow, Patrice Arent, Jack Draxler, Rebecca Chavez-Houck, Edward Redd, and Joel Briscoe.

Here’s a few media reports from the press conference:

Deseret News


Salt Lake Tribune


Associated Press via the Daily Herald

Here’s the bill list, as of January 22nd, 2014.

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