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Relationships with legislators and state administrators set the foundation for a successful strategy.  At Capstone, we value the relationships we have developed throughout our years of working for our clients with state and local government.  Whether it is working on specific legislation, trying to obtain a state appropriation or coordinating with state agencies on rules or enforcement of rules, Capstone has developed the relationships to meet with key policy makers.  


We will utilize our personal relationships we have developed throughout the years, our analytic analyses and strategy building to benefit our clients.  


At times, successfully representing clients depends not only on Capstone or the information provided by our clients, but it relies on the ability to bring other organizations or individuals together to strengthen our request.  We have successfully worked with a number of interests to develop a broader support base.  Specifically, we have utilized this strategy and ability on strengthening Utah’s indoor clean air act, raising tobacco taxes, enacting legislation on misclassification of employees in the construction industry and unifying interests for the benefit of public safety.           


While providing the information and research necessary for successful legislative or administrative actions primarily falls with the client, Capstone has the unique ability of analyzing disparate pieces of information and carefully crafting the data to provide a strong basis for legislative or administrative action.  Capstone will look at each issue and break down the basic components of the data needed and work with the client to factually generate supporting documentation.    


One of Capstone’s strengths is our ability to look at raw data and display it in a form that is clear and concise for policy makers to understand and accept. 



Assisted in the passage of legislation to expand statewide housing mediation services and rural pre-development grants for affordable housing projects 


Assisted in the passage of legislation to require the sharing of information between law enforcement agencies regarding police officers facing internal disciplinary investigations when those officers are seeking employment at another agency


Assisted in drafting and the passage of legislation to allow lawful residents who have been in the country for five years to become police officers and dispatchers


Assisted in the passage of legislation that created a grant program to provide mental health resources for first responders


Conceptualized and assisted in the passage of legislation that transferred the Utah State Fire Academy from the Department of Public Safety to Utah Valley University, and transitioned its funding from the state’s general fund to the state’s education fund


Assisted the passage of $10 million for the development and preservation of affordable housing


Assisted in the passage of legislation that closed the loophole that allowed gambling to illegally occur in our state



Participated in and helped draft legislation to ensure that the Tier 1 Firefighter retirement account remains fully funded from the Insurance Premium Tax, and secured $17 million backfill from the state’s general fund 


Negotiated and assisted in the passage of legislation to require cities to create moderate income housing plans, all while carefully balancing the goals of multiple city clients with varying housing needs


Assisted and negotiated among interest groups to allow for expedited licensure for plumbers and electricians


Negotiated and assisted in the passage of legislation restricting pawn shops from accepting gift cards, items with defaced serial numbers or other indicia, new items, and also require photographs for some items and fingerprints for all transactions 


Negotiated and assisted in the passage of legislation increasing retirement benefits for Tier 2 public safety employees


Assisted and negotiated among interest groups to add a designation category for nonemergency secure behavioral health transport providers and vehicles


Participated in and helped draft legislation that creates a certification for fire sprinkler fitters

Passed legislation to provide funding for public safety to cities hosting homeless resource centers


Assisted and negotiated among interest groups to pass legislation amending firework restrictions and use


Passed legislation to license elevator contractors and elevator mechanics (strengthening

professionalism, consumer and employee safety)                         


Passed legislation to increase tobacco tax

Passed legislation to affect the misclassification of employees in the construction industry

Passed legislation for the AED account, creating a state matching fund for schools and local

governments to put AEDs in public safety vehicles and school buildings

Passed legislation in four consecutive sessions which ultimately created the Utah Communications                        

Authority to oversee all of public safety radio and telephone communications including the 911 network

and CAD Compatibility


Assisted and negotiated among interest groups to establish minimum standards for the use of

body camera technology for law enforcement 

Received state funding of $2 million for the ACS construction of a Utah Hope Lodge



Amended Utah’s asset forfeiture statute to provide additional revenue for law enforcement;

the law was adopted as a citizens’ initiative “B”

​Passed hate crimes legislation. (Prior to 2006, Utah was one of four states without a hate crimes    

penalty  enhancement or sentence aggravator)

Passed the indoor clean air act amendments making Utah 100% indoor clean air


Secured Governor Huntsman's veto on legislation negatively affecting step parents and

non-biological grandparents' rights


Passed pet animal felony torture legislation


Re-worked the Class B and Class C local government motor fuel tax distribution formula

Assisted in returning the Olympic portion of the local sales and use tax to local


Allocated state sales tax revenue to the Class B and Class C road fund for local governments



Increased beer and liquor tax and re-worked distribution formula for local governments

Developed consensus on a new distribution formula for the local option sales tax, 

changing it from a total point-of-sale to a population/point-of-sales formula


Increased sales and use tax revenues for Olympic venue construction



Passed legislation to include a college student on the Utah State Board of Regents


Developed the Downtown Business District Act​

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