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August 31, 2011

Library Closed on Labor Day, September 5

Labor_Day.jpgThe law library, and all Utah State Courts, will be closed on Monday, September 5 for Labor Day. Our regular business hours, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., resume Tuesday, September 7.

Labor Day became a federal holiday in 1894, but many states, including Utah, made it a legal holiday before that. Utah declared Labor Day a holiday in 1892, four years before Utah became a state. Historically, Labor Day was a workers' holiday organized by labor unions and gave workers a chance to talk about their problems with management. While some states and local organizations still host Labor Day parades, now the holiday is often thought of as the last long weekend of summer.

For more about the history of Labor Day, check out the Library of Congress' Today in History for September 5 and the Department of Labor's History of Labor Day.

Today, all Utah holidays are codified in the Utah Code at 63G-1-301.

State Agencies Return to Five Day Work Week

clock.jpegOne of the most common questions we receive at the law library is: Are you open on Fridays? Unlike executive branch agencies, we are open five days per week. Soon, all state executive agencies will also be open on Fridays, This change is due to the enactment of HB 328, which was passed during the 2011 Veto Override Session.

Governor Gary Herbert issued a directive on June 1st indicating that all state agencies return to a five day work week on September 6th.

Need to find an executive agency office? See the directory of state agencies list online.

August 29, 2011

Wireless Password: basic

keyboard.JPGThe wireless password for the week of August 29, 2011 is basic.

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August 24, 2011

Court Interpreters Available for All Court Proceedings

languages.JPGAs of April 2011, a court interpreter for non-English speakers is now available and provided and paid for by the judiciary in all court proceedings.

This includes all cases in all courts. It includes court hearings and conferences and mandatory court-sponsored programs such as court-annexed mediation and divorce classes. It extends to everyone associated with the case, such as parties, witnesses, and parents of juveniles. The full court interpreter policy is found in Rule 3-306(4) of the Judicial Council Rules of Judicial Administration.

Read more about interpreters and request a court interpreter here. Note that interpreters should be requested at least 3 days before the hearing.

August 23, 2011

Food Cart Rules and Regulations in Utah

foodcart.JPGFood carts and trucks are regulated by a number of state and local laws and regulations. Before starting a food cart or truck business, consult your local health department, read the regulations that apply to you and apply for the appropriate permits.

Located in the Salt Lake area? The Salt Lake Valley Health Department has information and applications for food carts, mobile units and shaved ice stands here. As the Health Department notes, you should also contact your city to determine what other regulations you'll need to follow.

Of course, you'll find food carts (and maybe even food trucks) outside of the Salt Lake area. For example, the Southwest Utah Public Health Department has a list of mobile food service regulations on their website.

Besides health code regulations, you'll also need to consider how to secure a business license and insurance and pay taxes.

August 22, 2011

Wireless Password: amber

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August 17, 2011

Department of Justice Federal Legislative Histories

DOJ.bmpThe U.S. Department of Justice has a new resource online for legal researchers and the general public: Federal Legislative Histories. These legislative histories were compiled by Department of Justice staff for internal employees, but are now available for anyone to read.

Each legislative history includes primary resources that describe the intent of the laws, such as the text of the law, house and/or senate bill reports, transcripts of legislative hearings hearings, and debates published in the Congressional Record.

Some of these legislative histories include publications that may not be publicly available online, such as an excerpt of a 1955 Report of the Attorney General's Committee to Study the Antitrust Laws, part of the history of the Antitrust Civil Process Act of 1962, or a 1985 Office of Technology Assessment Report titled Electronic Surveillance and Civil Liberties, part of the history of the Electronic Communications Privacy Act of 1986.

August 15, 2011

Disposing of Electronic Waste in Utah

Electronic_waste.jpgRapid advances in technology mean shorter life spans for many common electronics. According to Greenpeace, the average life span of a computer has fallen from 4-6 years in 1997 to 2 years in 2005. As a result we bear the burden of more and more hazardous electronic waste.

The Utah legislature passed Senate Bill 184 during its 2011 session. The law, which becomes effective January 1, 2012, prohibits manufacturers from offering electronics for sale without establishing a public educational program on collecting and recycling for these products. It is still up to us consumers, however, to dispose of our e-waste responsibly.

Cities and counties throughout Utah, including Logan City, the Sandy Public Works Department and Washington and Summit counties offer free electronic waste recycling to residents daily.

For more information about e-waste, including how to plan your own e-waste recycling event, visit the Recycling Coalition of Utah.

Wireless Password: zones

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August 11, 2011

Back to School: Vision Screening for Children

August is Children's Eye Health and Safety Month.

Utah Code §53A-11-203 requires vision screening for children under the age of eight entering school for the first time. Parents or guardians must submit a certificate signed by a licensed health professional that their child has received vision screening or a written statement stating vision screening violates their personal beliefs.

A variety of free vision screening services are available. Check with your local school district to see if they provide a free vision screening clinic. Or, see if a local or national agency provides free services or referrals through helpmegrowutah.org, an information resource for parents of children up to eight years old. Search for agencies using the site's community resources database.

To learn more about children's eye health, see the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' guide, Get Your Child's Vision Checked. Here, you can learn the signs of common children's eye problems and ways to protect children from eye injuries.

August 09, 2011

Growing and Selling Seasonal Produce in Utah

farmers market cropped.jpgUtah Code 59-12-104 provides for the exemption of sales taxes on seasonal produce, seedlings and plants during their harvest season when sold by the producer or the producer’s employee or immediate family.

To enjoy the fruits (and vegetables) of this legislation during the 2011 harvest season, Utahns can find an increasing number of farmer’s markets throughout the state. Utah also has many budding small farm, food co-op and CSA (community supported agriculture) programs, including producers who use a revolutionary business trend called SPIN farming.

For Utah growers, the Sales Tax Information for Nurseries, Florists, Landscapers and Related Industries sheet is a quick and useful guide to tax exemptions in the agricultural business.

August 08, 2011

New Court of Appeals Briefs

The library has received 34 Court of Appeals briefs. The docket numbers range from 20071021--20100523 (list not inclusive).

If you're looking for a specific brief, contact the library by phone (801-238-7990) or email to make sure we have it. If you can't come in to make copies yourself, we offer a document delivery service for 25¢ per page and will scan the briefs and email them to you.

Wireless Password: yacht

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August 02, 2011

Library Classes on YouTube

youtube.JPGThe Utah State Law Library's classes are now available on YouTube.

These are the classes available on the Utah State Courts' YouTube channel:

  • Collecting a Judgment Basics
  • Guardianship of a Minor Basics
  • Guardianship of an Adult Basics
  • Landlord Tenant Basics
  • Small Claims Basics

If you have any questions, contact the law library.

August 01, 2011

Wireless Password: expos

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