Herbert willing to call special session to stop UTA name change

SALT LAKE CITY — Gov. Gary Herbert said Wednesday he expects lawmakers to announce there won’t be a name change for the Utah Transit Authority and he is willing to call a special legislative session if necessary to stop it.

“I’ve always been opposed to the name change. I think it was not a smart thing to do. It has nothing to do with the operation of UTA,” the governor told the Deseret News. “There’s absolutely no reason that I can see to change the name of UTA.”

He said in the interview with the newspaper that while he has not been briefed by lawmakers about their intentions, he is glad to see them coming around “to what I think is mainly just common sense.”

The lawmakers behind the legislation passed this winter that overhauls UTA and renames it the Transit District of Utah have scheduled a 1 p.m. news conference at the state Capitol.

Rep. Mike Schultz, R-Hooper, the House sponsor of SB136, said they will announce that the name change for UTA will be put off until it can be taken out of the law in the 2019 Legislature.

Schultz, who said he would explain why lawmakers no longer see a need for a new name for UTA at the news conference, said there’s no need for a special session of the Legislature because there is already flexibility to delay.

House Republicans are scheduled to discuss the issue at the lunchtime caucus.

Sen. Wayne Harper, R-Taylorsville, the sponsor of SB136, said the law changing the name “is in place” and that lawmakers are “going to talk about expectations and clarify how UTA is moving forward.”

Harper said that may mean waiting on the name change until a new, three-member management team appointed by the governor before Nov. 1 is in place. The team was created by …read more

Source:: Deseret News – Business News


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