Capitol RoundupFeb 08, 2021 10:34AM ● By Becky Ginos
HB82 Single Housing Modifications
Rep. Ray Ward’s bill on accessory dwellings for affordable housing has garnered a lot of attention. “Housing prices have gone up but wages have not,” said Ward. “Many homes had seven or eight people living in them at one time but now there are only two people. They should be allowed to rent part of that out.” HB82 calls for cities to amend ordinances that prevent a homeowner from renting. “There would be minimal impact,” said Ward. “It’s inside the existing footprint and there’s no new building. Cities don’t want the state to meddle, but people need someone to speak for them. Using the space we already have would be equivalent to 40,000 housing units we wouldn’t have to build.”
Bill to end permit requirement to carry concealed firearm passes in the House
Rep. Walt Brooks is running HB60 that would allow anyone 21 years and older to lawfully possess a firearm and may carry a concealed firearm in a public area without a permit. “Currently in Utah anyone 18 years or older can carry a gun without a permit,” said Todd Weiler, R-Woods Cross. “They can’t point it at you but they can carry it in their hand, they can stick it in their waistband or in a holster. They can walk into Walmart, or into Subway. That is legal in Utah and it has been legal since 1847. That’s never changed. The only thing that is illegal is if you put a coat on that covers it.” Weiler said 20 other states do not require a permit to put a coat on over a gun. “That’s all we’re talking about. I know there are organizations out there whipping up hysteria that somehow Utah’s gone crazy with their gun laws. Most people, including me, if I walk into Walmart I don’t want to look at your gun. I’d rather you have your coat on.”
HB266 Cosmetology Amendments
This bill creates an exemption from licensure under the cosmetology act for an individual who only dries, styles, arranges, dresses, curls, hot irons, shampoos, or conditions hair won’t need a license. They must also receive a safety permit and display it where they work. The bill is intended to allow more practitioners the opportunity to earn income. However, there has been some pushback from licenced cosmetologists.
The public can watch legislative proceedings on le.utah.gov.