1. Nuclear, radioactive waste: The Legislature passed a bill requiring a $5 million licensing fee and a $2 billion bond from any company wanting to store nuclear-reactor waste in Utah. Also, it refused to give up-front approval for Laidlaw Environmental Services to accept low-level radioactive waste. See Page A11

2. Borrowing for roads: The Legislature approved up to $240 million in bonds to help finance the 10-year, $2.83 billion Centennial Highway Trust Fund, which includes the $1.59 billion reconstruction of I-15 in Salt Lake County. About $175 million of that amount covers the difference between original I-15 cost estimates and the actual bid amount. See Pages A10, 123. Less licensing for in-home day-care providers: Saying the responsibility lies with the parents, lawmakers voted to ease the licensing standards for in-home day-care providers. See page A11

4. Radical changes in vehicle taxes: Lawmakers replaced the much-maligned property tax on vehicles with an easy-to-understand flat fee system that is based on the age of the vehicle, not its value. That will mean big tax cuts for owners of newer vehicles. Lawmakers did not cut other taxes, nor did they raise taxes much. See Pages A9, 10

5. Middle school class-size reduction: Lawmakers approved $9 million to reduce class sizes by about two students in grades seven and eight. See Page A13

6. Health insurance extended to poor children: The Children's Health Insurance Program, a national initiative funded by cigarette taxes, will provide insurance for 30,000 children from poor, working families. See Page A13

7. Alcohol/tobacco restrictions: Drunken drivers, beware: Lawmakers passed one bill to restrict driver's licenses for drunken drivers and another that increases penalties against those who hurt people while drunk behind the wheel. Utah also rode a national wave of tobacco industry dissatisfaction and passed a handful of bills to curb the sale of tobacco and punish those who try to buy or sell the product illegally. See Page A13

8. No concealed weapons law: Again this year, the Legislature failed to pass a law preventing people with concealed-weapons permits from bringing handguns into churches, public schools, colleges and universities, businesses and private homes. Again, they vowed to deal with the problem next year. See Page A11

9. Sevier Valley Applied Technology Center in Richfield transformed into a junior college: Legislators approve a measure to establish Snow College South at the request of Richfield-area residents. Meanwhile, the state's colleges were given the go-ahead to borrow $165 million for projects. See Page A13

10. GOP leadership: A new group of "mainstream" Republicans in the House made a name for themselves in the 1998 Legislature. But their biggest challenges are ahead - the 1998 House leadership races that come after the November elections. See Page A14


Public Education

$9 million for class-size reduction in grades seven and eight.

3.5 percent increase in the value of the weighted pupil unit, the state's basic public education funding formula, placing its value at $1,854.

$6.9 million, $2 million more than last year, for comprehensive guidance to help school students determine education and career paths.

$3.5 million, $500,000 more than last year, for teacher supplies.


$600,000 for salary increases for correctional officers.

$3.5 million for contracting with county jails for beds.

$1.9 million for a privately run prison.

$1.1 million to remodel the women's prison into a forensic unit.

$10 million for a 288-bed expansion at the Gunnison prison.

Public Safety

$841,000 for 10 additional Utah Highway Patrol troopers.

$150,000 for laptop computers for the highway patrol.

$250,000 for increases to troopers' uniform allowances.

$250,000 for additional liquor law enforcement officers.


Up to $240 million authorized in a bond to pay for statewide road construction projects.

$27 million for environmental work, planning and land acquisition for the West Davis Highway.

Building projects

$111 million to start building student housing at the University of Utah that will be the Athletes Village during the 2002 Winter Olympic Games.

$16 million for UTAX program that will link dozens of independent computer systems at the Utah State Tax Commission.

$7.8 million to rebuild the Children's Special Health Care Needs Clinic for severely disabled children.

$1 million for improvements to dilapidated restrooms throughout the State Parks system.

$21 million to build the south valley "High Technology Center" branch of Salt Lake Community College.

Higher education

2.7 percent tuition increase.

$165 million in bonding authorization for non-state-funded building projects, including student housing at the University of Utah. It will double as housing for athletes during the 2002 Winter Games.

$21.5 million for Salt Lake Community College High Technology Center at the Jordan Campus, 9000 S. 3400 West.

$118,000 to establish the Utah Electronic Community College.

Human Services

$100,000 for statewide Foster Care Citizen Review boards.

$375,000 for an autism preschool in Davis County.

$1,300,000 for critical needs waiting list.

$400,000 for the Christmas Box shelter.

$2 million for children in custody.


$223,000 additional money for juror compensation ($3,000 could go also go for witness fees).

$450,000 for new judges - adult and juvenile.


$3.3 million for Children's Health Insurance Program.

3 percent increase for nursing home providers.

$200,000 needed to preserve public records was not funded.

$185,000 for an ethnic health study was not funded.

Environmental Quality

$600,000 for regulation of nuclear waste.

Lost $100,000 from base budget.

Lost $500,000 from an environmental restricted account.

Bolstered a loan fund for drinking water and sewer infrastructure by $3 million a year.

Community and Economic Development

$500,000 for acquisition of the Ogden Defense Depot.

$304,000 to attract new businesses to Utah.

$50,000 more for the state fair.

$100,000 to the Marriott Library for periodicals.

$300,000 more for Travel Council advertising.

$450,000 to assist businesses in relocating to rural Utah.

Utah Technology Finance Corp. lost $1 million.

Natural Resources

$800,000 for mitigation of endangered species.

$180,000 to a revolving loan account for open space preservation.