Tesla had worked with Kim Coleman (R) on the bill, but it wasn't the only one. When the text was finally released, the automaker didn't like what it saw, and decided that its case in the Utah Supreme Court was a better place to try for a win rather than deal with the text as submitted.
A Tesla spokesperson told AutoblogGreen:
As with so many of these state fights, expect the battle to flare up again at some point.
Tesla is grateful that HB 384 was sent to interim study rather than passed. HB 384 would have allowed Tesla to be licensed in Utah, but only with severe restrictions that would have harmed our Utah customers. These restrictions were inserted into the bill at the request of our competitors, who would like to dictate the terms by which our customers can be served. Because this bill was not passed, Tesla will be able to move forward with our pending lawsuit before the Utah Supreme Court and hopefully vindicate our right to serve our Utah customers without restriction.