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August 2017 Legislative Highlights!

Hope you had a fun and safe August! Thanks again for your support and for contacting me regarding any issue you would like to discuss.  I hope these newsletters are a good resource for tracking the work of the legislature as it continues during this interim period.  
 
August Interim


Following the completion of the general legislative Session begins the off-season, or "Interim" Session.  Once a month we meet in committees comprised of both House and Senate members and begin to craft and discuss proposed legislation for the 2018 session.   Our latest Interim Session was on August 23, 2017. See details below...
 

Items discussed during the August 2017 Interim Session included:
 
  • The price tag for managing Utah's wildfires doubled this year. [Trib] [DNews]
  • A state legislative audit shows that Utah's two statewide investigative units - the State Bureau of Investigation and the attorney general's Investigations Division - often engage in territorial disputes. [Trib]
  • A state legislative committee voted to begin discussing a draft bill to change firework laws. [Trib] [DNews]
  • Received a presentation from State Board of Education staff describing the results of an analysis of educator retention data.
  • Heard a presentation from the Utah Indigent Defense Commission updating the committee on the activities of the commission.
  • Gov. Herbert unveiled a new program to provide education for Utahns to fill a growing number of technology jobs [DNewsTrib].
  • Received a presentation from UDOT on the current process used by the Transportation Commission to prioritize UDOT projects for programming.

Other items
 
  • Congratulations to the West Valley Candidates that Advanced to the General Election in November!

On August 15 was Primary Election Day.  The following West Valley municipal candidates have advanced to the General Election and will be on your ballot in November.

Mayor
  • Ron Bigelow
  • Karen Lang
Councilmember At-Large
  • Lars Nordfelt
  • Frank Bedolla
Councilmember District 2
  • Steve Buhler
  • Philip B. Wayman
Councilmember District 4
  • Jake Fitisemanu, Jr.
  • Lynn R. Sanderson
Congratulations to these candidates! Election Day is November 7th.
 
  • Back to School! 

It's back to school time! Here's a photo of the Back to School Night at Valley Junior High! Thanks for all your work teachers, and here's to a great school year!


 
  • Go Granger High School!

We have some fantastic things happening in our local community. Here's just an example. I was able to attend the football game a couple weeks ago and take some pictures. Go Granger!



 
Summary of the 2017 Regular Session


For those interested, the legislative staff has put together some good summaries of what was accomplished during the last Legislative Session:  
Read all of my previous email newsletters here: http://bit.ly/YJCYy1

Thanks again for all your support.  My contact information is as follows. Feel free to contact me regarding any issue.

Legislative email: chall@le.utah.gov
Personal email: hcraighall@yahoo.com
Website: www.votecraighall.com
Facebook: www.facebook.com/votecraighall
Twitter: www.twitter.com/hcraighall
Cell phone: (801) 573-1774

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