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July 2017 Legislative Highlights!

Hope you had a fun and safe July! 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.  

July 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 July 26, 2017. See details below...
 

Items discussed during the July 2017 Interim Session included:

  • Top state leaders say they're going to take steps to help end the violence and chaos surrounding the homeless population in downtown Salt Lake City. Gov. Gary Herbert taps Lt. Gov. Spencer Cox as the state's "point man" on homeless issues [Utah Policy].
  • The Transportation Interim Committee recently visited Utah State University to see the groundbreaking technology being developed for cars and trucks, and to hear from leading experts on autonomous control vehicles. 
  • The special election in the 3rd District is carrying a hefty price tag for counties, who are asking the state for help in covering those costs [Deseret News].
  • Whoops! Some unaffiliated voters in Utah County were sent ballots for the GOP 3rd District primary election. Only registered Republicans are supposed to vote in the August Republican primary [Deseret News].
  • The Infrastructure and General Government Appropriations Subcommittee discussed possible different methods of funding higher education buildings, including the development of a longer-term plan rather than funding new buildings solely on a year-by-year basis.  
  • The State Charter School Board voted to shut down Kairos Academy, a school for teen moms in West Valley City. [Deseret News]

Other items

  • Vote! Vote! Vote!

The primary election is scheduled for August 15.  All registered voters in West Valley should have already received in the mail their vote-by-mail ballot! Below is what your ballot looks like.  West Valley has a primary election for its Mayor position and, depending on where you live, possibly your City Council candidates.  

You can either mail in your ballot (must be postmarked the day before Election Day), drop off your ballot at the drop-off location (right outside West Valley City Hall), or vote in person on Election Day. West Valley poll locations on Election Day include:
  • West Valley City Hall, 3600 S Constitution Blvd (2700 West)
  • Hunter Library, 4740 W 4100 S
  • Granger LDS, 3300 S 4440 W
  • Utah Cultural Celebration Center, 1355 W 3100 S
More information regarding the August 15 primary election can be found here: West Valley City Election Information.




  • National Coverage Regarding My Let-Kids-Bring-Sunscreen-To-School Bill 

Earlier this month several national publications (including USA Today and The Huffington Post) wrote an article about how more states are getting serious about allowing kids to bring sunscreen to school (did you know it used to be prohibited?!).

Anyway, thanks for everyone who supported the bill. You can read this article in full here: [Huffington Post] [USA Today]




  • Utah Cultural Alliance Gives Rep. Hall an "A+" For His Support / Votes During the 2017 Legislative Session!

Here's another example of my commitment to the Arts and Humanities throughout the State. The Utah Cultural Alliance (a non-partisan, non-profit organization) grades each legislator based on his/her votes during the legislative session as they pertain to issues of Arts and Humanities.  They gave a grade of "A+" to Representative Hall! Thanks to the Utah Cultural Alliance for their great work!

More details here: http://www.utahculturalalliance.org/scores17





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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