2017 Session Newsletter: Week Two

It has been a full week at the Legislature. I have several bills making their way through committees and both chambers. Some important bills I am working on:

Postal Facilities and Government Services

SB65: This landmark legislation partners the Utah State Government and the Federal Government to provide state and federal services at post offices.

Workers’ Compensation Dependent Benefits

SB120: This legislation will provide more funding for dependents of those who lost their lives due to work-related accidents.

Public Transit District Amendments

SB103: For too long our west side area has been ignored by the Utah Transit Authority. Promises of future service were made, but never kept. In my opinion, much of that neglect is the result of the opaque nature of UTA and its leadership. That’s why I’m authoring Senate Bill 103 (first substitute), to end the secretive nature of the UTA, place in statute rules that will open their meetings, and speed the process of appealing denied open records requests. This lack of transparency and public trust resulted in Utah and Salt Lake Counties rejecting a ballot proposal that would have taxes for roads and public transit. For the past quarter century we on the west side have been told money is not available. It’s not the money, it’s the attitude.

These three bills are all on the Senate Second Reading Calendar, to be read on the floor in the near future.

You can read my bills online here!

Hot Bills On the Hill:

  • HCR11 Concurrent Resolution Urging the President to Rescind the Bears Ears
  • National Monument Designation
  • HCR12 Concurrent Resolution Urging Federal Legislation to Reduce or Modify the Boundaries of the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument
  • HB23 Income Tax Credit Modifications
  • HB11 State Boards and Commissions Amendments
  • HB36 Affordable Housing Amendments
  • SB29 Utah Marriage Commission Amendments

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Committees That I am sitting on this session

  • Rules
  • Business and Labor
  • Economic Development and Workforce Service
  • Ethics
  • Transportation, Public Utilities and Technology
  • Retirement and Independent Entities
  • Executive Appropriations
  • Infrastructure and General Government Appropriations Subcommittee
  • Retirement and Independent Entities Appropriations Subcommittee

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Good advice for the session!!

Honoring Gail Halvorsen, “Candy Bomber” during the Berlin airlift

Enjoyed meeting with Farnsworth Elementary 5th grade class this week. Smiling faces!

Presenting one of my bills during Senate floor time

Survey Results- Previous Newsletter:

Thank you for taking last week’s surveys. Here are the compiled results:

1.   Would you sign a referendum to increase education spending?

Yes: 65%, No: 35%

2.   Should we place a sales tax on food for public education?

Yes: 12%, No: 88%

3.   Should we eliminate a tax exemption from your State Income Tax for public education?

Yes: 75%, No: 25%

4.   Should we continue the vote-by-mail option?

Yes: 100%, No: 0%

5.   Do you support or oppose designating Bears Ears as a National Monument?

Yes: 78%, No: 22%

New Constituent Survey:

Please click the following link to answer a few questions about issues being debated during the Legislative Session: