SALT LAKE CITY -- Boaters who leave the scene of an accident could face harsher penalties, according to bill sponsored by a local lawmaker.
"In the current code there is no provision for boaters who leave the scene of an accident," said Rep. Richard Greenwood, R-Roy.
The House approved 69-0 with six absent, on Wednesday, House Bill 92, sponsored by Greenwood. The bill now goes to the Senate for further consideration.
If the bill becomes law, a person who is operating a boat and leaves the scene of an accident where a death or serious injury has happened can be charged with a third-degree felony.
If a person leaves the scene of an accident where property damage has occurred, that person can be charged with a class B misdemeanor.
Greenwood said Weber County Sheriff's officers who investigated the accident at Pine View Reservoir in August 2011. Esther Fujimoto, 49, died after a boat propeller cut into her torso and abdomen while she was swimming in the reservoir. The boat's operator and occupants left the scene.
Bill would make driving through cone, barricade a misdemeanor
SALT LAKE CITY -- Driving through a cone or other barricade on the interstate could bring the driver a class B misdemeanor.
House Bill 297, sponsored by Rep. Lee Perry, R-Perry, was approved, 70-0, with five absent, by the House on Wednesday. It now goes before the Senate for further consideration.
Perry said the current law does not make it illegal for a person to drive through cones or other barricades on the interstate unless signs are put up warning drivers that an area is closed.
"That is not practical in the real world of emergencies," Perry said.
Perry said the bill allows troopers to put the cones or other barricades up as a temporary road closure without using signs to warn motorists a mile away about a road closure.
Petition packet SB16 moves to governor
SALT LAKE CITY -- Petition initiative packets will need to be stapled or sewn in three places at the top in the future.
Senate Bill 16, sponsored by Sen. Scott Jenkins, R-Plain City and Rep. Brad J. Galvez, R-West Haven, was approved 71-0, with four absent, by the House on Wednesday. The bill now goes to the governor for further consideration.
Besides adding two more staples at the top of the petition packets, it allows the verifier of the signatures to sign just once on the back page of the packet, instead of on each page of the packet.
Also if a Utah resident is out-of-state temporarily and wants to sign a petition, the person verifying the signature does not need to be a Utah resident, according to the bill.