MINUTES OF THE SENATE ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT & WORKFORCE
SERVICES STANDING COMMITTEE
Room 215, Senate Building
March 5, 2013
Members Present: Sen. Aaron Osmond, Chair
Sen. Patricia W. Jones
Sen. Peter C. Knudson
Sen. Karen Mayne
Sen. Ralph Okerlund
Sen. Stuart C. Reid
Sen. Jerry Stevenson
Staff Present: Mr. Ben Christensen, Policy Analyst
Ms. Karen Allred, Committee Secretary
A list of visitors and a copy of handouts are filed with the committee minutes.
Chair Osmond called the meeting to order at 4:06 p.m.
Approval of Minutes
MOTION: Sen. Reid moved to adopt the minutes of March 4, 2013. The motion passed
unanimously with Sens. Knudson and Stevenson absent for the vote.
1st Sub. S.B. 177 Highway Designation Amendments (S Reid)
Sen. Reid introduced and explained the bill.
MOTION: Sen. Reid moved to transmit 1st Sub. S.B. 177 favorably. The motion passed
with Sen. Mayne voting in opposition to the bill and Sens. Knudson and Stevenson
absent for the vote.
S.B. 267 New Convention Hotel Development Incentive Act (J. S. Adams)
Sen. Adams introduced and explained the bill assisted by Jeff Sachs, Strategic Advisor Group.
MOTION: Sen. Stevenson moved to amend the bill as follows:
5, Lines 140 through 143
(a) includes at least 850 guest rooms;
includes at least 85 square feet of convention and meeting space
per guest room;
is located within 1,000 feet of a convention center that contains at
The motion passed unanimously.
Spoke in favor of the bill: Terry Schow, Director, Utah Veterans Affairs
David Webster, Partner, Western States Lodging
Linda Wardell, General Manager, City Creek Center
Carlene Walker, Past Chair, Visit Salt Lake
Bill Knowles, Downtown Ombudsman
Jeffrey Edwards, President & CEO, EDCUtah
Ryan Kelly, Digital Rights Management
Spoke in opposition to the bill: Connor Boyack, President, Libertas Utah
Jordan Garn, Utah Hotel and Lodging Association
Royce Van Tassell, Utah Taxpayers Association
Ron Mortensen, Citizens for Tax Fairness
Melva Sine, Utah Restaurant Association
Clint Ensign, Senior Vice President, C.E.O., Sinclair
MOTION: Sen. Reid moved to transmit S.B. 267 favorably as amended The motion passed
passed with Sen. Jones voting in opposition.
1st Sub. H.B. 336 Amendments to Economic Development(R. Wilcox)
Rep. Wilcox introduced and explained the bill.
MOTION: Sen. Jones moved to transmit 1st Sub. H.B. 336 favorably. The motion passed
unanimously with Sens. Okerlund and Reid absent for the vote.
MOTION: Sen. Jones moved to place 1st Sub. H.B. 336 on the Consent Calendar. The motion
passed unanimously with Sens. Okerlund and Reid absent for the vote.
Sen. Stevenson moved to adjourn. The motion passed unanimously with Sens.
Okerlund and Reid absent for the vote. Chair Osmond adjourned the meeting at
Sen. Aaron Osmond, Committee Chair