2018 Newsletter: Week One

Session Has Begun!!!

Bills I am working on:

  • SB 14Industrial Accident Restricted Account Sunset
    This bill modifies provisions relating to the Industrial Accident Restricted Account.
  • SB 21Public Safety and Firefighters Retirement Death Benefits
    Provides equity in retirement payments to surviving spouses.
  • SB 30Aggravated Murder Amendments
    Adds security guards, search and rescue personal, and ambulance employees to the list of “first respondents” covered under aggravated murder legislation.
  • SB 40Workers Compensation Dependent Benefit Amendments
    Allows payment to dependents of a worker killed on the job.
  • SB 42Sunset Amendments for State Services Agreements
    Which shares federal postal services with state agencies.
  • SB 53Workers Compensations Coordination of Benefits Amendments
    Puts policies in place to pay medical costs of injured workers.
  • SB 64Workers Compensation Health Care Amendments
    Governs the cost paid for services for injured workers.
  • SB 70Human Resource Requirements
    Directs charter schools and special service districts to have a human resource person in place.
  • SB 74Voter Privacy Amendments
    Protects voter privacy information.
  • SB 85Controlled Substance Disposal Amendments
    Codifies legislation for the safe disposal of drugs in skilled living facilities.
  • SB 92Workers Compensations Attorney Fees Amendments
    Sets guidelines for legal fees for injured workers.

My Other Legislation:

(yet to be numbered):

  • Design and Build Amendments: cuts regulations so affordable and appropriate housing can be built effectively.
  • Construction Trades Licensing Amendments: allows new licensing for sprinkler technicians.
  • Concurrent Resolution on Reducing Gang Activity: which puts an emphasis on supporting interventions in Elementary school to combat the growing problem of early gang recruitment.
  • Metro Township Modifications, adds additional governing structure for Metro Townships.
  • Separation from Payroll Amendments, allows for better reporting of wages for separate employees.
  • State Fire Code Amendments, provides codes that better mirror federal standards.
  • Transportation Infrastructure for Charter and Private Schools, establishes plans for long term transportation needs.
  • UTA Board Realignment

You can read my bills online here!

Hot Bills On the Hill:

  • HB0205 – Down Syndrome Nondiscrimination Abortion Act
  • SCR004 – Concurrent Resolution on Deaths from Opioid-induced Postoperative Respiratory Depression
  • SB0071 Road Tolls Provisions
  • HB0038 Fireworks Restrictions
  • HB0012 Family Planning Services 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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Week One In Review

Wednesday, January 24, Democrats Respond to the State of the State Address

Great to meet with students from my district! -Thomas Jefferson Junior High

Spoke with 7th graders who asked some very engaging questions!

This week was a busy one for me, as I have presented several of my bills to the Senate committees already!

Meet my session intern! TJ Waltz is a student at Weber State University. He is studying Political Science. He has already been a huge help this session.

Constituent Survey 
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Join me for my Town Hall meeting!

Get updates on the Legislative session, my bills, and what’s happening in the community.

Thank you,


My intern TJ Waltz can be reached at: 801-870-0944

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