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YouTube and the U.S. Congress

YouTube has teamed up with both the U.S. House and Senate to present video by and about representatives and senators.
Click on the map to see which members have a YouTube channel and select Washington, D.C. to see which congressional committees also have their own channel. Some members are posting video to solicit questions and feedback from constituents, and other members are posting “Behind the Scenes” videos.
You can subscribe to one or both channels or simply click on a video you are interested in viewing.

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Holiday Hours in January

The law library, as well as all Utah State Courts, will be closed on Monday, January 19 in honor of Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday. Regular library hours (8 a.m. to 5 p.m.) resume on January 20.

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Utah Legislature 2.0

Do you follow Utah politics and legislation?
Utah’s Senate Majority and Minority have unofficial blogs. You can read and comment on featured news stories and legislative discussions posted by Senators.

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Let It Snow!

It’s snow season – have you ever wondered what the law says about shoveling snow from sidewalks?
Snow removal is generally regulated at the local level, by city or county law, and the responsibilities of private land owners may be different from business owners.
The Salt Lake City Code, for example, has this provision:

14.20.070 Snow To Be Removed From Sidewalks:
It is unlawful for the owner, occupant, lessor or agent of any property abutting on any paved sidewalk to fail to remove or cause to be removed from the length and breadth of the entire sidewalk abutting such property all hail, snow or sleet falling thereon, within twenty four (24) hours after such hail, snow or sleet has ceased falling. Each day such sidewalk is not so cleared shall constitute a new violation.

The Logan City Code has this provision:

12.08.080: DUTY TO REMOVE SNOW AND ICE:
It is unlawful for the owner, occupant, lessor or agent of either the owner, occupant or lessor of any property abutting on any paved sidewalk where said property is open to the public for business to fail to remove or cause to be removed from such paved sidewalk and bus stop all hail, snow or sleet falling thereon, and all ice forming thereon, within one hour after such hail, snow or sleet shall have ceased falling or such ice shall have formed; provided, that in case of a storm, between the hours of five o’clock (5:00) P.M. in the afternoon and six o’clock (6:00) A.M. in the succeeding morning, or in case of ice forming during the same hours, such sidewalk shall be cleaned before nine o’clock (9:00) A.M. in the morning immediately succeeding the storm or the formation of such ice.

Many of Utah’s city and county codes are available online. If your city or county code isn’t online, contact your local public library or city/county clerk’s office to see if they have a print copy.

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New Court of Appeals Briefs

We have received 21 new Court of Appeals briefs. The docket numbers are 20060904CA-20080212CA.
This list is not inclusive. If you need a specific brief, call the Law Library to see if we have it.

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New Book – Neighbor Law

We’ve received the latest edition of Neighbor Law: Fences, Trees, Boundaries & Noise.
This Nolo book covers common problems people have with their neighbors, including fences, trees and noise (as the subtitle suggests) as well as animal problems, vehicles, trash, drug dealers and outdoor lights.
Our Law Books for Non-Lawyers handout lists other self-help books we have in the library.

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Utah Laws Effective January 1, 2009

A number of laws passed during the 2008 General Legislative Session and the 2007 First Special Session become effective in Utah on January 1, 2009, or at least make mention of a January 1, 2009 date.
HB 54 Property Tax Assessment Revisions
HB 77 Personal Property Tax Amendments
HB 106 Clean Air and Efficient Vehicle Tax Incentives
HB 186 Property Tax-County Assessment and Collection Amendments
HB 206 Tax Amendments
HB 359 Tax Changes
HB 365 Aviation Amendments
HB 373 Uniform Fees on Vintage Motor Vehicles
SB 72 Justice Court Amendments
SB 122 Uniform Adult Guardianship and Protective Proceedings Jurisdiction Act
SB 136 Apportionment of Business Income and Deduction of Net Losses by an Acquired Corporation
SB 149 Motor Vehicle Liability Policy Minimum Limits
SB 176 Unemployment Insurance Contribution Rates Amendments
SB 237 Commercial Airline and Airport Taxation Amendments
SB 242 Law Enforcement Tracking of Domestic Violence Statistics
The above list is not inclusive. Check the legislature’s website for more detail. Portions of the above laws may also have other effective dates. For more information, see the Digest of Legislation.

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