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News Brief: Fatal Police Shooting, Poverty Down & Road Use Fee

An electric car sits at a row of charging stations.
Brian Albers
Utah is launching a pilot fee program which could mean savings for owners of electric and hybrid vehicles.

Friday evening, December 27, 2019


New Laws For 2020

Starting Wednesday, Utahns will not be allowed to hold a local and state office at the same time. Another new law prevents artists or venues from cancelling resold tickets — so Utahns can buy up multiple tickets when they go on sale and sell them. Finally, as of Jan. 1, drivers licenses will be valid for eight years instead of five, and renewal fees on those licenses will increase from 32 dollars to 52 dollars. — Sonja Hutson

Road Use Fee

Utah officials have announced plans to launch a fee program on Jan. 1 for owners of alternative vehicles. The Salt Lake Tribune reported that volunteer drivers would pay a 1.5 cent per mile “road user charge” and could pay less than the state’s registration for electric car owners. The fee is expected to raise money for highways and could someday replace gas taxes. — Associated Press

Northern Utah

Police Shooting In South Ogden

A man was shot and killed by police officers in South Ogden early Friday morning. A spokesperson for the Weber County Attorney’s Office said the victim was a 42-year-old white male named Frederick Jeremy Atkin. The officer involved in the shooting has been placed on administrative leave. The Weber County Critical Incident Task Force has launched an investigation. The attorney’s office would not comment further. This is the 11th officer-involved fatality in Utah this year. That’s according to the ACLU of Utah. The number is down from 19 last year. — Nate Hegyi


Poverty In The Mountain West

Over the last five years, the population in the Mountain West has increased rapidly. At the same time every state in our region saw a decrease in the number of people living in poverty. That’s according to the latest numbers from the U.S. Census. Utah saw the biggest drop in our region since 2014, and the six largest nationwide. — Noah Glick, Mountain West News Bureau

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