Newsletter and Updates
2016 Utah - Fall MagazineFall 2016
The 2016 UPMRA Convention and Trade Show begins Wednesday, September 14, with a Board Meeting and all convention attendees are invited to attend; followed by an early evening reception and Supplier Hospitality.
Thursday is the day you don't want to miss, with a full morning of education, including Lt. Governor Spencer Cox, as our invited lunch speaker. The Trade Show is in the afternoon, followed by dinner and our keynote speaker, Peter Johnson, President of Sinclair Oil, celebrating 100 years in business. Read More...
2016 Utah - Summer MagazineSummer 2016
On Thursday, June 23, join UPMRA members and associates at Mountain Dell Golf Course in Parleys Canyon, ten minutes from Salt Lake. We begin at 6:45 a.m. with continental breakfast and range balls before a shotgun tee time at 7:30 a.m. Take a shot at winning $10,000 with a hole-in-one. Enjoy prizes galore and a delicious lunch of chicken and ribs after the round! Read More...
Utah Update - March 2016March 2016
UPMRA members and State Legislators met together on February 24, for our "Day on Capitol Hill" lunch, which we hold annually during the legislative session. This year, Rep. Paul Ray spoke about his attempt to tax e-cigarettes (HB333) as a tobacco product, where there currently is only a sales tax. The issue has elicited social media threats against Rep. Ray's student coalition, and the bill has not even had a committee hearing. A separate bill attempting to increase to 21, the legal age to purchase tobacco products, failed in committee late in the session. Read More...
Utah Update - November 2016November 2015
Thanks to contributions from many of you, and the tenacity of PMAA Director Larry Hansen, UPMRA surpassed its 2015 PMAA PAC Fund goal by nearly 50%, raising a total of $2,785.
For next year, WPMA President Brad Bell, who is also serving as PMAA PAC Co-Chair, has challenged all states to up their game and raise a combined, goal-busting $250,000 in individual PAC contributions for 2016! Read More...
2015 Utah - Summer MagazineSummer 2015
On July 1, Mike Sullivan, owner/operator of Mike's Chevron in Orem will become president of UPMRA after serving on the State board for the past seven years Read More...
2015 Utah - Fall MagazineFall 2015
While the new UST rules are still not published in the Federal Registry, we have been provided an overview of the new tank requirements by Utah's DEQ, which must seek legislative approval of the new regulations, which will likely be a 3-4 year process. Read More...
2015 Utah - Spring MagazineSpring 2015
On February 25, UPMRA held its annual legislative Day on Capitol Hill in Utah's State Capitol. We had good attendance by UPMRA members and board members. We heard presentations by Senator Stevenson on Flavored Malt Beverages, and Senator Van Tassell on the two competing motor fuel tax bills. Rep. Don Ipson also attended and joined in on the motor fuel discussion. In addition, Rep. Paul Ray spoke about his e-cigarette licensing legislation. Those in attendance had a good discussion about these legislative proposals and other bills of potential interest to UPMRA members. Read More...
2014 Utah - Winter MagazineWinter 2014
The Utah State Legislature did not waste any time when, two days after the mid-term election, the Republicans elected their leadership for the 2015-2016 legislative sessions.
The Senate Republicans stayed with the same team as 2013-2014 with Wayne Niederhauser as Senate President; Ralph Okerlund, Majority Leader; Stuart Adams, Majority Whip; and Peter Knudson, Assistant Majority Whip. The House Republicans elected Greg Hughes as Speaker of the House; Jim Dunnigan, Majority Leader; Francis Gibson, Majority Whip; and Brad Wilson, Assistant Majority Whip. Read More...
Utah State Report - Success Through Change - Fall 2014Fall 2014
UPMRA is a charter member of the Utah Business Coalition (UBC), whose members, this summer, met one-on-one with 18 new candidates for the State Legislature. After introductions, the discussion shifted to the importance to UBC members that future State Legislators are pro-business, and what that means in order to garner our campaign support. Read More...
Utah Update - June 2014June 2014
The 2014 UPMRA Convention and Trade Show begins on Wednesday evening, September 10th, with a Welcome Reception at the Park City Marriott in Park City, Utah, followed by a night of Supplier Hospitality. Read More...
Utah Update - August 2013April 2014
On February 26, UPMRA held its annual legislative Day on Capitol Hill in Utah's State Capitol. We had good attendance by UPMRA members and board members. We heard presentations by Rep. Johnny Anderson and Sen. John Valentine concerning their different motor fuel tax bills. Rep. Don Ipson also attended and joined in that discussion. In addition, Rep. Steve Eliason spoke about his UST legislation. Those in attendance had a good discussion about these legislative proposals and other bills of potential interest to UPMRA members, and discussed member concerns. Read More...
2013 Holiday Greetings - Utah State ReportDec 2013
The final report from the Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) Privatization of the Petroleum Storage Tank Fund study was presented on November 20 in the Natural Resources, Agriculture and Environment Interim Committee. Representative Steve Eliason intends to run legislation that proposes various changes to the fund. Read More?
Utah Update - August 2013Aug 2013
In 2013, the Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) was charged with studying Privatization of the Petroleum Storage Tank Fund to determine if moving in that direction, or adding a risk-based criteria to the current fund, makes more sense for the long term health of the Fund. UPMRA is concerned about small and medium sized independent retailers who depend on the Fund to maintain their EPA required pollution mitigation insurance that helps protect the environment. Read More...
2012 Legislative Report2012
Grass Roots Lobby - UPMRA Day of the Hill
Eighteen UPMRA members and friends came to UPMRA's 3rd Annual "Legislative Day on Capitol Hill." We had Representatives Don Ipson and Steve Eliason talk about the struggles we are facing getting HB325, the Re- authorization of the Motor Fuel Marketing Act, through the House.
Additionally, Rep. Eliason spoke about HB150 that proposes a study of the PST Fund (see below) and Representative Paul Ray addressed HB95 that targets Smoke shops and the State of Utah's attempt to eliminate the illegal sell of spice, a synthetic drug with marijuana effects.
Motor Fuel Marketing Act's Fight in the Legislature
During the State Legislature's September Business and Labor Interim Committee meeting, UPMRA members were successful in convincing the legislators to reauthorize the Motor Fuel Marketing Act for an additional five years. During the legislative session, HB325 passed out of committee on a 9 to 4 vote; however, reauthorization of the act has continued to face an uphill battle with "free market" legislators, the Sutherland Institute, and faceless bloggers working hard to sunset the law.
The attorney general's office is also opposed to reauthorization, claiming they have no funding to pursue violations. The bill passed the House on a 41 to 31 vote and was not prioritized high enough by House Leadership, which let to the bill not being heard by the Senate.
UPMRA members have explained to State legislators that the law protects competition, not inefficient competitors, which helps keep pump prices down in Utah. Because the MFMA was not reauthorized, the law will sunset in July 2012.
Underground Storage Tank Bills
There were three Underground Storage Tank bills debated on Capitol Hill in 2012, two of which UPMRA supported, while one bill: HB150 is more problematic for our members... in summary:
HB195 transfers the responsibility to determine the actuarial soundness of the underground storage tank fund from the State Risk Manager to the Executive Director of the Department of Environmental Quality and it authorizes the Executive Director to recommend the fee structure to the Legislature to maintain a solvent cash balance for the PST Fund. This bill died on the Senate floor calendar on the last day of the 2011 session; it passed easily this year.
HB 343 modifies the definition of ?certified underground storage tank consultant?, grants rulemaking to the DEQ relating to the registration of underground storage tank operators, and most importantly, provides for the identification of underground storage tanks that do not qualify for a certificate of compliance to be ?red-tagged.? The UST Taskforce took up this issue that should reduce the number of driver errors; dropping fuel into non-compliant tanks. Instead of every tank that is in compliance needing a tag, now only the non-compliant tanks will be tagged. HB343 also passed
HB 150 did not pass, dying on the Senate second reading calendar. It provided for the DEQ to study the financial viability of the underground storage tank fund, and would have required that a report be made to the Legislature no later than November 30, 2012. The sponsor, Representative Eliason's stated intent is to reduce the State?s unfunded liability (equity balance), which would likely have required putting in place a risk based program based on age and construction of the tank. If that approach were to have proved unworkable, moving all USTs to private insurance would have been debated by all interested parties during the 2013 legislative session. We will likely see this bill again next year.
The 2012 legislative session saw only one cigarette related bill pass: HB95, which defines what a "smoke shop" is, and where smoke shops can legally operate. This effort by Representative Paul Ray is to stop the illegal sell of "spice" (synthetic marijuana). A Roll-Your-Own cigarette taxation bill (SB276) was drafted but never heard. Many states have debated similar bills and there is talk at PMAA of federal legislation. We will continue to keep an eye on this issue and report future action.
90% of Utah's UST Operators In Compliance!
As of March 1, 2012, the State of Utah DEQ reports that over 90% of all UST operators have registered and passed the operator training exam. For the most part, those not yet in compliance (approximately 150 tank operators) own nonoperating sites with tanks still in the ground. The DEQ is sending letters outlining two options: remove the tanks, or comply with EPA's Operator Training requirements, which have a deadline of August 1, 2012.
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