The Latest: Food trucks, sex ed bills among 80 signed Monday

Monday , March 20, 2017 - 4:43 PM

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — The Latest on bills signed by Gov. Gary Herbert (all times local):

4:45 p.m.

Gov. Gary Herbert has signed nearly four dozen more bills, including measures that simplify licensing for food trucks and get rid of a state law that bans the “advocacy of homosexuality” in schools.

Herbert’s office said late Monday afternoon that the Republican governor had signed 80 bills Monday, and 183 so far this year.

The food truck law aims to prevent the trucks from needing to obtain multiple licenses from different cities in order to stage their mobile businesses around various urban areas.

The measure stripping the “advocacy of homosexuality” from Utah’s sex education law was driven by a court challenge from LGBT-rights groups.

The National Center for Lesbian Rights and Equality Utah sued the state education board last fall, saying the law creates a “chilling culture of silence that stigmatizes LGBTQ students.”

11:40 a.m.

Gov. Gary Herbert has signed 33 more bills, including a measure phasing out a tax credit for installing solar panels that legislators said was eating away at money for public schools.

Herbert’s office announced Monday that the Republican governor had signed off on a bill that gradually winds down the $2,000 tax credit that homeowners can receive when they install rooftop solar panels. The credits apply to income taxes, which are the main source of funding for education in Utah.

The measure from Republican Rep. Jeremy Peterson limits the credit to $1,600 next year and scales it back every year until it hits $400 in 2021. Panels installed after 2021 not be eligible for the credit.

Peterson says that as more residents have installed the panels, the state missed out of $20 million in tax revenue last year.

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