“That (the wording) is what the bill said from the beginning,” said Sen. Greg Bell, R-Fruit Heights, who ran the bill in the Senate.
“There are different categories. The bill says a former legislator cannot become a lobbyist for hire (a contract lobbyist). You can provide government relations for a business.”
HB345 was initiated by Rep. Brad Dee, R-Washington Terrace, to prevent former legislators from leaving office and bouncing right back as a lobbyist. Concern over the wording that would still allow for former legislators to lobby for businesses caused Joe Demma, the Lt. Gov. Gary Herbert’s chief of staff, to question the bill.
Bell said the bill’s content was very clear and that he presented it that way on the floor.
“That’s what we had to do to get the votes (for the bill),” said Bell. “There was not dark or hidden meaning in it.”
Popular green waste cleanup returns
CENTERVILLE — Everyone likes help with their spring cleaning, especially when it’s free.
Once again, Centerville City will be offering free door-to-door green waste pickup for residents on Monday, April 13, for people south of Chase Lane and Monday, April 20, for people north of Chase Lane. Though the order (south, then north) is the opposite of what it was last year, the practice is well on its way to being a tradition for the city.
“It’s really well received,” said Centerville City Treasurer Jolene Jackson. “We always get a lot of calls asking about it. When asked if any of those calls are the occasional complaint, she laughs. “Nope. It’s free.”
The pickup is for clean green waste items such as tree trimmings, bushes and leaves. If there is other waste, or any of the green material is boxed or bagged in any way, city officials are specifically reminding residents that Bland Tree Experts won’t be able to pick up anything. They are a green waste only service, and aren’t equipped to handle other types of waste.
Materials must be placed outside the day before pick-up, in the gutter close to the curb so that the waste can be scooped up by the trucks. The Bland trucks will only drive by once, so residents wanting to use the service must have their items out on time.
Parked vehicles can hinder the collection process. Residents are limited to one dump truck load per household.
The city’s current free green waste cleanup program began three years ago as an experiment. For the last two years, the money has come from the city’s general fund.