June 25, 2020

June 20th 5th Special Session Recap

I wanted to get this email out to you sooner, but on June 14th, my oldest daughter sustained severe injuries in a horrible car accident on Geneva Road.  I have been spending almost all my time at the hospital with her. This has rocked our family’s world–it is shocking how quickly life can change. I have been so humbled and …

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June 25, 2020

June 15, 2020 update

MANDATORY STATE MEDICAL IDs AND THE DMV I have received hundreds of emails over the last few days from concerned Utahans who read or heard that the legislature was considering implementing state ID cards that would have to be carried at all times and mandatory COVID-19 testing. I looked through our interim meeting agenda, and this is where I believe …

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June 11, 2020

Criminal Justice, Mail-in Ballots, Special Session

TRANSPARENCY AND THE CRIMINAL JUSTICE SYSTEM My heart goes out to all those who have been the victims of mistreatment, harassment, and/or violence because of bias. We all have biases–that doesn’t make us bad, it just makes us human. I am trying to overcome my own biases by opening my mind and heart and by being willing to listen and …

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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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