May 22, 2020

Congrats Seniors and The Difficult Task of Adjusting the Budget

Congratulations to our graduates! This is was certainly a crazy, unexpected, non-traditional last semester. Kudos to all the students and parents that made it through. I love seeing the lawn signs congratulating our graduating seniors–good luck in all you choose to do! BUDGET CUTS  All legislators are assigned to an appropriations subcommittee. These subcommittees are charged with reviewing budgets, eliminating inefficiencies, and prioritizing …

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April 29, 2020

Utah Moves From Red to Orange and Special Session Recap

I am so grateful to live in Utah and for the great people in this state. Thank you for your engagement and support. Please reach out to me with any questions or issues that you have. I don’t know all the answers, but there are great people up at the Capitol who can help you and me navigate through whatever …

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April 18, 2020

The controversial HB 3009 and the bills passed so far in the Special Session

HB 3009 LOCAL GOVERNMENT EMERGENCY RESPONSE On Thursday and Friday, the Utah House met for our Special Session to address issues related to the Covid-19 pandemic. It was very different to meet online–it was definitely less enjoyable and made it more difficult to collaborate–but our tech crew at the Capitol did such a good job of setting it up so …

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April 11, 2020

Upcoming Special Session and Important Websites

SPECIAL SESSION The legislature will likely call ourselves into a special session as early as next week. Because of the restrictions in place, there will not be committee hearings for the bills we will be discussing, but a time and process will be set up for public comment–I will let you know what and when that will be when I …

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March 18, 2020

Last Week 2020

Thank you for the opportunity to serve in the Utah House!  I feel very honored to represent the great people in my district.  CORONA VIRUSCorona virus is at the top of everyone’s mind, and I have received a lot of questions about what Utah is doing to combat it. The governor has the executive authority to declare a state of emergency, …

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March 18, 2020

6th Week 2020

If you would like to watch my Friday Facebook Live from last week, click here. The Third Time is the Charm…I hope We have been talking about the structural imbalance in our budget for well over a year. Because of the economy, we have had large surpluses in our education fund–which is made up of revenue from income taxes and is constitutionally mandated to …

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March 18, 2020

5th Week 2020

Bail Reform I, and every other legislator in the House, received hundreds of emails over the last two days asking us to vote against HB 206 Bail and Pretrial Release Amendments. These emails were computer generated from a platform created by The American Bail Coalition in Franklinville, New Jersey, they all said the exact same thing based on misinformation, and only one was from a …

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February 29, 2020

4th Week of the 2020 Session

Here is an update on the bills I have been working on.  This week, I presented two of my bills that had been passed by the House to the Senate Committees to which they were assigned. They were HB 205 Students With Disabilities Amendments and HJR 6 Joint Resolution on the Benefits of Therapy Animals. I am very excited that HB 205 passed unanimously out …

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February 29, 2020

3rd Week of the Session

Check out my Friday Facebook Live (this is a link to my FB page–you can find the video there). Every Friday of the session, I do a Facebook Live to report on the events of the week.This week I explained the budgeting process and three of the bills that we passed through the House.  Mental Health Utah is an amazing place to …

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January 28, 2020

Keeping Up With the Legislature and Clean Air

Keeping Up With the Legislature The state has really great tools to help you know what is going on during the legislative session on the legislative website, le.utah.gov.  You can get a list of all the bills being considered, and there is a tracking service that keep you informed about bills you want to follow closely. If you would like to know the fiscal impact …

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