SALT LAKE CITY — Utah's food truck operators may soon deliver their to-go grub to every corner of the state after lawmakers voted to streamline the licensing process from one city to the next.
Lawmakers were lobbied through their stomachs as proponents of SB250 invited food trucks to the Capitol on critical voting days.
While lawmakers, lobbyists and interns fed on plates of freshly prepared meals, local food truck owners were able voice their concerns about the regulatory burdens of obtaining separate business licenses to operate in more than one municipality.
"This bill deals with some of the problems that our growing market of food trucks are encountering," said Rep. Kim Coleman, R-West Jordan, the bill's House sponsor.
Obtaining business licenses, arranging health inspections and complying with fire codes have been difficult and problematic for food truck operators with varied and sometimes conflicting regulations in various jurisdictions, Coleman said.
She said the bill sets statewide reciprocity in the licenses for food truck operators.
The House voted 73-0 on the bill's final confirming vote Thursday night.