Governor Cox Signs Historic Education Funding

SALT LAKE CITY (March 24, 2022) – Governor Spencer J. Cox signed 78 bills into law today and allowed one bill to become law without his signature. This brings the total number of signed, vetoed and unsigned pieces of legislation from the 2022 general legislative session to 499.

SB 2, which sets the education budget, includes a 6% increase for the Weighted Pupil Unit (WPU), sets the estimated base levy rate, and allocates new funds for various education purposes public, including the following notable items:

  • $10 million one-time bonuses of $100 for teachers who accepted additional assignments;
  • $8.7 million for the Teacher and Student Success Program;
  • $8.6 million one-time base funding for small districts and charter schools;
  • $8 million one-time for the K-12 IT initiative;
  • $4 million for updating the calculation of the WPU supplement for special education; and
  • $3.5 million for scaling up teen centers to support homeless students.

“We applaud the record support for education this year,” Governor Cox said. “This legislation represents a tremendous investment in our students, our teachers and our future, and we are delighted to show our schools the love they deserve.”

Below is information about other bills signed today.

  • HB3: Credit adjustments
  • HB8: State Agency Fee Rate and Internal Service Fund Authorization and Credits
  • HB33: Changes to reserved water flow
  • HB191: Changes to Revenue Obligations and Fixed Assets
  • HB193: Full-time kindergarten
  • HB293: Land Ambulance Inter-Facility Transport License
  • HB294: Charter School Admissions Amendments
  • HB301: Amendments relating to drug dispensers
  • HB302: Changes to Educational Language Services
  • HB303: Local Land Use Changes
  • HB318: Dental Provider Malpractice Amendments
  • HB320: Declaration of guardianship rights
  • HB321: Restitution changes
  • HB323: Transitional Room Tax Changes
  • HB326: State Innovation Changes
  • HB 333: Economic Development and Workforce Changes
  • HB350: State Historic Preservation Office Modifications
  • HB369: Medical Group Government Immunity Changes
  • HB373: Tourism and Convention Business Assessment Area Act
  • HB374: Sensitive materials in schools
  • HB389: Nursing Curriculum Modifications
  • HB390: Concurrent and Early College Enrollment Program Changes
  • HB392: Changes to Delisting Fees
  • HB394: Recycling Transparency Changes
  • HB396: Paid Professional Hours for Educators
  • HB412: Probation and Parole Employment Incentive Program
  • HB419: Changes to audit committee powers
  • HB441: Community paramedical modifications
  • HB456: Digital User Asset Payment Changes
  • HB462: Housing Affordability Changes in Utah
  • HB475: Use of one-time funding from the Public Education Stabilization Account
  • HB481: Changes to Education Reports
  • UNHCR4: Concurrent resolution calling for the protection of archaeological sites
  • UNHCR15: Concurrent resolution condemning anti-Semitism
  • UNHCR16: Concurrent Resolution Recognizing Student-Athletes’ Right to Freedom of Religion and Modesty
  • UNHCR17: Simultaneous Resolution Supporting Utah’s Economic and Cultural Relations with Taiwan
  • SB2: Amendments to the Public Education Budget
  • SB3: Additional appropriations for the current fiscal year
  • SB8: State Agency and Higher Education Compensation Credits
  • SB14: Purchases of alcoholic beverages by consumers
  • SB16: Licensing Changes
  • SB21: Extension of the end of the mandate of the school standards review committee
  • SB43: Business and Professional Licensing Changes
  • SB44: Amendments to the Mental Health Professional Practice Act
  • SB60: Agreements to Provide State Services
  • SB80: Changes to Real Property Registration
  • SB82: State Facility Management Changes
  • SB92: Project Entity Oversight Changes
  • SB95: Limitations of Employer Liability
  • SB97: Amendments relating to solid and hazardous waste
  • SB100: Changes to Paid Leave
  • SB111: Permanent Community Impact Fund Board Amendments
  • SB115: Firearm Pre-emption Changes
  • SB119: Changes to pre-construction and construction privileges
  • SB124: Cross-References for Recodification of the Criminal Code
  • SB147: Utah Communications Authority Changes
  • SB148: Building Registry Changes
  • SB151: Advanced Practice Registered Nurses Compact
  • SB152: Changes to the Community Associations Regulation
  • SB154: Modifications for Naturopathic Physicians
  • SB155: Changes Relating to Trusteeship and Guardianship
  • SB164: Amendments to Solemnization of Marriage
  • SB171: Behavioral Health Training Program
  • SB173: Alarm System Modifications
  • SB176: Amendments to the Liquor Control Act
  • SB182: Digital Asset Changes
  • SB 195: Changes Related to Access to Medical Cannabis
  • SB201: Liquor Control Law Enforcement Fund
  • SB204: Automotive Modifications
  • SB213: Trade Name Prohibitions
  • SB214: Utah Broadband Center Advisory Board
  • SB232: Military Installations Development Authority Revisions
  • SB244: Ethnic Studies Changes
  • SB246: Statute of limitations for criminal conduct modifications
  • SB249: Changes to the Public Employee Health Program
  • SB251: Your Own Teacher and Counselor Development Pipeline Program
  • SB258: Changes to Rocky Mountain Center for Occupational and Environmental Health
  • SCR9: Simultaneous Resolution Honoring the Life and Achievements of Helen Foster Snow

The governor allowed a bill to become law without his signature:

  • HB146: Local License Changes

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