Internet state sales tax bill approved by Utah Senate

By KSL.com | Posted - Mar 7th, 2013 @ 3:23pm



SALT LAKE CITY — Wednesday, the Utah Legislature approved bills that would impose a sales tax on Internet sales, prohibit some lawmakers from performing outside work and require written permission from a parent for minors to get tattoos or piercings.

Internet sales tax bill moves to House

An effort to force online retailers to follow the same tax collection rules as brick-and-mortar shops squeaked through the Utah Senate this week.

SB226 basically would require retailers who do not have a physical presence in the state, such as a shop or store, to pay or collect and remit state and local sales and use taxes if those retailers have business relationships with a seller who does have a physical presence in the state.

The bill would place Utah in a group of 24 other states that are trying to force out-of-state firms to pay state sales tax.

The Senate narrowly approved the measure 15-12. It now goes to the House for consideration.

No outside work for executive branch lawmakers, bill says

A bill prompted by Utah Attorney General John Swallow's outside consulting work unanimously passed the state Senate on Wednesday.

[SB83](http://le.utah.gov/%7E2013/bills/static/SB0083.html "SB83") would restrict outside employment for management-level workers in the state's executive branch, specifically the offices of governor, lieutenant governor, attorney general, treasurer and auditor. It would require those offices to have policies to prevent conflicts of interest with employees' job duties, the practice of law and political services, consulting and lobbying.

The bill now moves to the House.

Tattoo, body piercing addressed in bill headed to Utah Senate

The Utah Senate will consider for final passage a bill that clarifies that parents must give written permission and be present when a minor receives a tattoo or body piercing.

[HB117](http://le.utah.gov/~2013/bills/static/HB0117.html "HB117 — Regulation of Tattoo Industry") passed on second reading Wednesday, which means it will be considered for final passage later in the session.

Sen. Karen Mayne, D-West Valley City, said the bill helps to solve a problem. A tattoo artist is not guilty of unlawful body piercing or tattooing if they "make and retain a photocopy" of the customer's driver license or other state-issued picture identification that purports a minor is 18 years or older.

AED funding, sudden cardiac arrest bills approved

Two bills related to sudden cardiac arrest moved to final reading Wednesday in the Utah Senate.

[HB118](http://le.utah.gov/~2013/bills/static/HB0118.html "HB118 — Automatic External Defibrillator Restricted Account") would create a grant program within the Utah Department of Health to provide funds to counties, municipalities, schools and colleges to purchase automatic external defibrillators or AEDs. The bill has a $300,000 fiscal note.

The Senate also approved on second reading [HB116](http://le.utah.gov/~2013/bills/static/HB0116.html "HB116 — Sudden Cardiac Arrest Survival Act Amendments"), which requires owners of AEDs to register with local emergency dispatch centers as the units are installed or removed. The registrations would be conducted online, said Sen. Curt Bramble, R-Provo.

A bill prompted by Utah Attorney General John Swallow's outside consulting work unanimously passed the state Senate on Wednesday.

[SB83](http://le.utah.gov/%7E2013/bills/static/SB0083.html "SB83") would restrict outside employment for management-level workers in the state's executive branch, specifically the offices of governor, lieutenant governor, attorney general, treasurer and auditor. It would require those offices to have policies to prevent conflicts of interest with employees' job duties, the practice of law and political services, consulting and lobbying.

Contributing: Marjorie Cortez, Dennis Romboy

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