Governor signs historic funding for education

He also signs final bills of the 2022 General Legislative Session and allows one bill to become law without his signature

Today, Gov. Spencer J. Cox signed 78 bills and allowed one bill to become law without his signature. This brings the total number of signed, vetoed or law-without-signature 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 basic levy rate, and appropriates new funding for a variety of public education purposes, including the following notable items:

  • $10 million one-time for $100 bonuses for teachers that have taken on extra assignments;
  • $8.7 million for the Teacher and Student Success Program;
  • $8.6 million one-time for small district and charter school base funding;
  • $8 million one-time for the K-12 computer science initiative;
  • $4 million for updating the special education WPU add-on calculation; and
  • $3.5 million for scaling teen centers to support students experiencing homelessness.

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

Information on other bills signed today can be found below. 

HB 3Appropriations Adjustments. Last, B.
HB 8State Agency Fees and Internal Service Fund Rate Authorization and Appropriations. Spendlove, R
HB 33Instream Water Flow Amendments. Ferry, J.
HB 191Revenue Bond and Capital Facilities Amendments. Sagers,D.
HB 193Full-day Kindergarten. Waldrip,S.
HB 293Ground Ambulance Interfacility Transport Licensing. Wilcox,
HB 294Charter School Admissions Amendments. Pulsipher, S.
HB 301Medication Dispenser Amendments. Ward, R.
HB 302Educational Language Services Amendments. Johnson,D.
HB 303Local Land Use Amendments. Peterson, V.
HB 318Dental Provider Malpractice Amendments. Teuscher, J.
HB 320Guardianship Bill of Rights. Abbott, N.
HB 321Restitution Amendments. Abbott, N.
HB 323Transient Room Tax Amendments. Last, B.
HB 326State Innovation Amendments. Spendlove, R.
HB 333Economic and Workforce Development Amendments. Hawkes,T.
HB 350State Historic Preservation Office Amendments. Hawkes, T.
HB 369Medical Panel Governmental Immunity Amendments. Dunnigan, J.
HB 373Convention and Tourism Business Assessment Area Act. Spendlove,R.
HB 374Sensitive Materials in Schools. Ivory, K.
HB 389Nursing Education Program Amendments. Lisonbee, K.
HB 390Early College and Concurrent Enrollment Program Amendments. Snow, V.
HB 392Expungement Fee Amendments. Dunnigan, J.
HB 394Recycling Transparency Amendments. Welton, D.
HB 396Paid Professional Hours for Educators. Moss, J.
HB 412Probation and Parole Employment Incentive Program. Lisonbee, K.
HB 419Audit Committee Authority Amendments. Peterson, K.
HB 441Community Paramedicine Amendments. Johnson,D.
HB 456Digital User Asset Payment Amendments. Teuscher, J
HB 462Utah Housing Affordability Amendments. Waldrip, S.
HB 475Use of Public Education Stabilization Account One-time Funding. Last,B.
HB 481Education Reporting Amendments. Pulsipher, S.
HCR 4Concurrent Resolution Calling for Protection of Archaeological Sites. Kwan,K
HCR 15Concurrent Resolution Condemning Antisemitism. Owens, D.
HCR 16Concurrent Resolution Recognizing Student Athletes’ Right to Religious Freedom and Modesty. Pierucci, C.
HCR 17Concurrent Resolution Supporting Utah’s Economic and Cultural Relationship with Taiwan. Hawkes,T.
SB 2Public Education Budget Amendments. FIllmore, L. 
SB 3Current Fiscal Year Supplemental Appropriations. Stevenson, K. 
SB 8State Agency and Higher Education Compensation Appropriations. Ipson,D.
SB 14Consumer Alcoholic Beverage Purchasing. Davis, G. 
SB 16Licensing Amendments. Bramble, C. 
SB 21School Standards Review Committee Sunset Extension. Johnson, J. 
SB 43Occupational and Professional Licensing Modifications. Bramble, C. 
SB 44Mental Health Professional Practice Act Amendments. Kennedy, M. 
SB 60Agreements to Provide State Services Sunset Extension. Mayne, K.
SB 80Real Property Recording Amendments. Winterton, R.
SB 82State Facilities Management Amendments. Buxton, D.
SB 92Project Entity Oversight Modifications. Owens, D. 
SB 95Limitations on Employer Liability. Owens, D. 
SB 97Solid and Hazardous Waste Amendments. Winterton, R. 
SB 100Paid Leave Modifications. Weiler, T. 
SB 111Permanent Community Impact Fund Board Amendments. Winterton, R. 
SB 115Firearm Preemption Amendments. Wilson, C. 
SB 119Preconstruction and Construction Liens Amendments. Sandall, S. 
SB 124Criminal Code Recodification Cross References. Mayne, K. 
SB 147Utah Communications Authority Amendments. Harper, W. 
SB 148Construction Registry Amendments. McCay, D.
SB 151Advanced Practice Registered Nurse Compact. Bramble, C.
SB 152Community Association Regulation Amendments. Harper, W. 
SB 154Naturopathic Physician Amendments. Kennedy, M.
SB 155Guardianship and Conservatorship Amendments. Weiler, T. 
SB 164Marriage Solemnization Amendments. Thatcher, D. 
SB 171Behavioral Health Curriculum Program. Thatcher, D. 
SB 173Alarm System Amendments. Ipson, D. 
SB 176Alcoholic Beverage Control Act Amendments. Stevenson, J. 
SB 182Digital Asset Amendments. Cullimore, K. 
SB 195Medical Cannabis Access Amendments. Escamilla, L. 
SB 201Alcoholic Beverage Control Act Enforcement Fund. Owens, D. 
SB 204Automobile Amendments. Bramble, C. 
SB 213Business Name Prohibitions. Mayne, K. 
SB 214Utah Broadband Center Advisory Commission. Wilson, C. 
SB 232Military Installation Development Authority Revisions. Stevenson, J. 
SB 244Ethnic Studies Amendments. Cullimore, K. 
SB 246Statute of Limitations for Criminal Conduct Amendments. Weiler, T. 
SB 249Public Employees’ Health Program Amendments. Weiler, T. 
SB 251Grow Your Own Teacher and School Counselor Pipeline Program. Riebe, K. 
SB 258Rocky Mountain Center for Occupational and Environmental Health Amendments.Mayne, K. 
SCR 9Concurrent Resolution Honoring the Life and Achievements of Helen Foster Snow. Vickers, E. 

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

HB 146 Local Licensing Amendments. Lisonbee, K.