A resolution to try to get online retailers to collect sales tax from Utah buyers - passed unanimously out of committee today. House Joint Resolution 4 asks the U.S. Congress to require sellers like Amazon.com or Ebay to collect and turn over applicable sales tax on items sold to Utah purchasers.
Republican Representative Steve Eliason argued on behalf of the resolution before the House revenue and taxation committee on Wednesday. He said that currently it is up to Utah residents to voluntarily pay the taxes they owe on online purchases.
At 4:30 a.m. Wednesday a fire broke out at Patch’s Majestic Metal warehouse near 500 North and State Street in Lindon. Firefighters from Orem, Provo and American Fork battled the blaze for five hours before they could contain it. The fire destroyed the entire warehouse and a home nearby. The occupants of the home were able to escape before the fire destroyed it completely.
Southern Utah University is in its first year as a member of the Big Sky Conference, and already University President Dr. Michael Taft Benson suggests the benefits of Big Sky membership extend well beyond athletics. At the Monday Thunderbird club coaches luncheon Benson told athletic boosters that the university’s academic and other non-athletic departments have met counterparts from other big sky schools and benefited greatly from the exchanges—most recently SUU’s alumni association.
Police in both Southern Utah and Southern Nevada have seen an increase in vehicle burglaries as of late. While Utah authorities are still on the look-out, it appears that police in Mesquite, Nevada have a suspect.
30-year-old Mario Gaxiola of Las Vegas was caught in the act and detained by private citizens until Mesquite police arrived to make the arrest. Gaxiola was booked on three counts of auto burglary and other charges.
Legislation that for the first time would have acknowledged the science of human-caused climate change by the government of the State of Utah was debated during a committee meeting on Monday, before being rejected on a 11-4 vote.
Republican representative Kraig Powell, of Heber, wants the state legislature to acknowledge the effects that climate change is having on wildfires in Utah.
“What the bill does is - it authorizes the state division of forestry, fire and public lands to consider the effects of climate change on their efforts to develop and implement firefighting strategies.”
Utah is one step closer to helping homeless individuals find a job. Today, the House of Representatives passed a bill that would provide a tax credit to businesses that employ someone living in one of Utah’s shelters, but some legislators say the bill gives the homeless an unfair advantage.
Salt Lake City Democratic Representative Brian King explained his bill to his colleagues on the house floor Monday morning.
“What this is doing is giving individuals and a group of individuals who are struggling to be contributing citizens an opportunity to join our ranks as contributors," King said.
Jury misconduct during a Vernal man's trial has caused the verdict to be overturned and a motion for a new trial granted. Defense attorneys for 37 Dewain Boren alleged that one juror failed to disclose previous sexual abuse during jury selection, and another member of the jury was texting an alternate juror during deliberations, causing those jurors to be prejudicial against Boren.
There were no injuries when a single-engine plane crashed near Wellsville Saturday afternoon.
Lynn Goodsell, pilot, and four others were aboard and were attempting to fly over the Wellsville Mountains when the plane experienced problems with the fuel system according to a press release from the Cache County Sheriff's Office.