KAYSVILLE -- During a quick business trip Friday to Kaysville City Hall, Gov. Gary Herbert turned nine bills into law while recognizing a group of Davis lawmakers responsible for the legislation.
All of the bills signed in the Kaysville City Council chambers make "subtle" but important changes to Utah's laws, Herbert said.
The ceremonial bill-signing trip by Herbert was one of about a half-dozen trips the governor will make across the state to sign bills and recognize lawmakers for their hard work during the 2011 legislative session.
"Our legislators are the unsung heroes of the state," Herbert said.
Among the bills signed Friday were Senate Bill 256, a teacher evaluation "pay for performance" bill sponsored by Sen. Stuart Adams, R-Layton, and Senate Bill 146, sponsored by Sen. Jerry Stevenson, R-Layton, that codifies the impact fees cities assess.
Adams and Stevenson, along with Rep. Roger Barrus, R-Centerville, Rep. Brad Wilson, R-Kaysville, and Rep. Julie Fisher, R-Fruit Heights, attended Friday's event, which drew a crowd of about 30 people.
Stevenson said SB146 codifies the impact fees cities assess, making them "easier to understand, easier to administer."
"Over the years, it has become very confusing," he said.
Stevenson is a former mayor of Layton, which was one of the first cities in the state to implement impact fees for new development.
Adams was equally proud of SB256, a bill recognizing and rewarding teachers through an evaluation process.
"I have a passion for the teachers in the state," he said.
Wilson, a freshman legislator, was recognized for sponsoring House Bill 52, which protects the rights of crime victims.
"A lot of good things came out (of this year's legislative session)," Wilson said.
He was given, as a keepsake, the pen Herbert used to sign his bill.
Kaysville Mayor Steve Hiatt said he was pleased Herbert selected Kaysville as a place to hold one of the ceremonial bill signings.
"We are so grateful to have him here."
Herbert also made a brief appearance at Kaysville Elementary School for a D.A.R.E. graduation.
However, Friday was not Herbert's first visit to Kaysville. He made a special visit to the city on Jan. 4, 2010, to give Hiatt the mayoral oath of office.
"I have a great appreciation for local government," Herbert said. "It really is where the rubber meets the road."