SALT LAKE CITY -- A Salt Lake County lawmaker's bill requiring all public agencies to develop an air quality mitigation plan has passed a House committee and will now advance to the full House.
HB 168, sponsored by Rep. Patrice Arent, requires agencies in Salt Lake, Davis, Weber, Box Elder, Cache, Duchesne and Uintah counties to develop and report on a plan they will implement within a year to reduce emissions.
The bill recommends telecommuting, flexible work schedules to reduce driving during peak times and emphasis on using public transportation and alternative energy sources. It also recommends reductions in idling and low-maintenance landscaping, among the options districts should consider.
The measure faces an uphill battle, since House lawmakers will complete consideration of all House bills by Monday.