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June 2017 Legislative Highlights!

Summer is here! 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.  

 
June 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 June 21, 2017. See details below...
 

Items discussed during the June 2017 Interim Session included:
 
  • Lawmakers are investigating ways to possibly remove mentally incapacitated elected officials from office. [DNews]
  • Lawmakers are calling for higher accountability for some agencies which the state auditor has recently reported to have widespread waste, fraud and abuse. [Trib]
  • After Millcreek's mayor ran unopposed in an election last November, state lawmakers are considering changing rules to replace candidates who drop out. [Trib]
  • If bigger brands stop making 3.2 percent alcohol beer, Utah might consider allowing higher alcohol content for beer sold in grocery stores. [Trib] [DNews] [FOX13] [KUTV] [KUER]
  • The State Charter School Board voted to shut down Kairos Academy, a school for teen moms in West Valley City. [Trib] [DNews]
  • A lawmaker is working on a bill that would increase access to birth control for low-income Utahns. [KUER]
  • There are already nearly 100 bills in the works to address education in Utah for the 2018 Legislature [Deseret News]. (Boo! - Let's file less bills!)
  • Received a presentation by the State Board of Education and various school district superintendents regarding the implementation of, and barriers to, implementing technology programs in schools.

Other items
 
  • Westshire Neighborhood Annual Breakfast!

Early this month I was able to attend the Westshire neighborhood annual breakfast. Wonderful tradition that has been going on for over 40 years! It was great visiting with familiar faces, and meeting folks I hadn't previously met. It was also wonderful seeing other elected officials including Mayor Bigelow, Sen. Mayne and Councilman Buhler.

Thanks to the Westshire neighborhood for putting this together and thanks for the invite!



 
  • WestFest!

I was able to hang out at WestFest two weeks ago, saying hi to fellow West Valley residents and thanking our city officials, volunteers, and fire/police departments for putting together such a great event! Thanks to all those who could attend.




 
  • Bill Regarding Remote Filing

There have been several instances over the last year where potential candidates are out of town during the filing period.  But State law is pretty consistent that a candidate must file "in person." I have opened a bill that will allow individuals to file remotely if they are out of town.  Below are some screenshots of an interview on ABC4 discussing the bill.  Thanks to all those who have reached out in support of the bill. 



 
  • Utah AFL-CIO Convention in West Valley

This last week the Utah AFL-CIO held their annual convention at the Utah Cultural Celebration Center in West Valley.  It was great to listen to and rub shoulders with such great workers from throughout the State.  Thanks for the invite! Great convention. It has been so wonderful to have the support from these great folks over the years.



 
  • Congratulations Cinthya!

Congratulations to West Valley/District 33 student Cinthya Rodriguez for earning an academic scholarship from Comcast! Her scholarship and a certificate were presented a couple weeks ago at the Capitol building.




 
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
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