The State of Utah has enacted a new bill concerning the selling and storing of alcoholic beverages. The bill, which is named SB 314, requires individuals who store, sell or supply alcoholic beverages as a reception center (companies that lease their property to third parties for hosting events) to obtain a $10,000 surety bond. SB 314 also adds a “beer only” alcohol license requirement for restaurants. In order to obtain the license, a $5,000 surety bond must be acquired.
Utah State has enacted a new bill concerning guest worker programs. The new bill, which is named HB 116, creates a guest worker program relating to a revamp of Utah’s present immigration laws. Any undocumented workers who want a guest worker permit must obtain a $10,000 surety bond; the bond protects against any damages as a result of breaking state law and regulations.
Several public officials in the state of Utah no longer need to worry about surety bonds. The new bill, labeled HB 40, terminates multiple public official bond requirements and allows certain officials to be covered under the State’s Risk Management Fund. Make sure to check with the state to find out which public officials are included in this bill.
Miners in Utah State are affected by new legislation that was recently enacted. The new law is named SB 15 and allows the Division of Oil, Gas and Mining to estimate the average cost of reclamation per acre which will determine the amount of the surety bond required for land reclamation/mining.
Utah State legislators have been working on a bill that impacts highway construction projects within the state. The new bill is named HB 296 and authorizes local highway authorities who are sponsors on any federal highway construction projects to be a supplementary contractor alongside the Utah Department of Transportation (DOT); but this change is only effective for Class B and Class C roads. HB 296 also states that the local highway authorities can be an additional bondholder or obligee with the Department of Transportation on performance bonds.
Utah legislatures seem to be trimming off quite a few surety bond requirements for various state officials. The officials that no longer need bonds to work legally include the treasurer of the regional grazing boards, employees of the Alcoholic Beverage Control Commission; the Labor Commissioner and the Labor Commission’s employees; the adjutant general, the property and fiscal officers of the United States for the Utah National Guard; the business administrator including other appointed board officers of a local school board; the Transportation Commission; the Utah Insurance Commissioner and employees of the Insurance Department; officers of the State militia; the officers and employees of the Division of Finance; employees of the Division of Fleet Operations and Administration of State Motor Vehicles; the State Auditor; and the Attorney General. Hopefully the termination of all of these public official bonds doesn’t backfire on the state since the individuals in the list above are no longer required to be covered by a surety bond which in the end is meant to protect public money.