Can electronic driver licenses work? Some considerations.

Rep. Craig Hall is sponsoring HB227 asking the Driver License Division and Department of Technology Services to advise the legislature on the feasibility of allowing electronic driver licenses. I’ll admit, there’s a lot of things in your wallet now that you can store on a phone including credit cards and membership cards. Moving to a driver license, though, gives me some pause. Similar to the discussion we had with electronic voting last year, any digital ID must obtain parity with existing physical ID. This means it must be universally accepted…

Air quality bills of the 2016 Utah Legislature

A recurring theme every Utah legislative session is air quality. The session usually ends up running around the same time as an inversion along the Wasatch Front making the issue front and center in everyone’s mind. Here’s a quick roundup of the legislation attempting to do more about it.   HB87: Clean Fuel Conversion Amendments Sponsor: Rep. Stephen Handy This bill extended credits for energy efficient vehicles, but it also goes further in creating a new fund for converting existing vehicles to using cleaner fuel sources. This fund will start…

16 political predictions for 2016

The obligatory list-making predictions for 2016: 1. Governor Herbert will win easily. He has the highest approval rating of any elected official in the state and Utah continues to garner accolades for doing well on multiple fronts. 2. There will be a number of “campaign bills” during this legislative session, meaning bills being run to shore up re-election chances. 3. With four open Senate seats, I predict (hope) at least one woman will get elected (haha). 4. I predict two more women elected to the House. 5. Sadly, I think the…