Legislation

UNA's State of Utah Legislative Session Tracker

UNA is currently monitoring the following bills during the 2020 legislative session:

  1. H.B. 0031: Local Government and Limited Purpose Entity Registry Amendments

Summary: "This bill amends provisions governing the local government and limited purpose entity registry." (H.B. 0031, 2020)

Nonprofit Impact: Nonprofits who receive over $25,000 in government money (i.e. federal pass-through, state grants/contracts, local grants/contracts) will now need to register their organization and submit yearly accounting reports with the Lt. Governor's office within 6 months after the close of their fiscal year. 

UNA Action: UNA understands it takes more than 6 months to close an organization's books. We are currently working with the bill sponsor to get it fixed. 

Status: PASSED; AWAITING GOVERNOR'S SIGNATURE

2. S.B. 0171S02: Nonprofit Entities Amendments

Summary: "This bill prohibits a public entity from, subject to certain exceptions, disclosing information that identifies a person as affiliated with an entity exempt from federal income tax under Section 501(c) of the Internal Revenue Code."  (S.B. 0171, 2020)

Nonprofit Impact: Strengthens protections around donor data a nonprofit retains for fundraising purposes. 

UNA Action: Monitoring

Status: PASSED IN THE SENATE; PASSED HOUSE BUSINESS AND LABOR COMMITTEE

3. S.B. 0164S01: Poverty Mitigation Services

Summary: "This bill provides for county poverty mitigation services." (S.B. 0164S01, 2020)

Nonprofit Impact: Much narrower in scope than the original draft, SB 164 provides counties with the ability to set a poverty mitigation property tax. This tax provides earmarked money for poverty mitigation services that seel to help those experiencing homelessness and intergenerational poverty. The bill would also give counties the power to contract with poverty mitigation organizations to provide those services.  

UNA Action: Monitoring

Status: HELD IN SENATE REVENUE AND TAXATION COMMITTEE 

4. H.B. 0047S01: Property Tax Amendments

Summary: Amends a bill passed in 2019 allowing educational and charitable institutions to claim property tax exemptions on all the properties they own. It adds clarifying definitions and what disqualifies an organization from claiming a property tax exemption.

Nonprofit Impact: All nonprofits and educational institutions will be able to claim property tax exemptions, helping nonprofits devote more of their resources to their missions. 

UNA Action: Monitoring

Status: PASSED; AWAITING GOVERNOR'S SIGNATURE

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