It is past the date that regular bills are introduced but there has still been a flurry of new bills. Of note is the recycled H.B. 3701 that would use comprehensive plans to require cities to redesignate areas from a more intensive land use (in this case from retail to multi-family). SB 1673 would preempt a lot of our development regulations (see Home Rule authority). Also, some payday lending bills that are favorable to the industry and pre-empt a lot of City regulations were finally introduced. If I read HB3763 under Transportation Financing correctly, the bill would use an “economic impact zone” around new facilities and send any sales tax increment in the zone to the state. Finally, some additional negative vesting legislation was introduced. Also, HB40 regarding Oil and Gas had a committee substitute bill that was reported out of committee on 3/30.
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