SALT LAKE CITY — A bill putting the brakes on a Salt Lake City ordinance requiring drive-thrus to serve pedestrians and cyclists was approved 52-21 by the Utah House on Tuesday.
The sponsor of HB160, Rep. Johnny Anderson, R-Taylorsville, said it is necessary for lawmakers to exercise their authority over municipalities when they have "crossed the line" to "bring them back in line."
Rep. Justin Miller, D-Salt Lake City, said he opposed the bill because as a "big proponent" of local control, he didn't believe lawmakers should meddle in the municipal affairs of Salt Lake City.
But Rep. Kim Coleman, R-West Jordan, said she favored free enterprise over local control.
"I stand on the side of intervening and saying it's not OK for a city to create risk and impose risk on a business," Coleman said.
"We recognize we are a political subdivision of the state, and it's certainly within their purview to micromanage city business," said Art Raymond, spokesman for Salt Lake City Mayor Ralph Becker.
Raymond said the ordinance was approved last fall with "every confidence we could make the bike-thru legislation work" as it has in other cities outside Utah.
The bill now goes to the Senate.
— Lisa Riley Roche