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May 2017 Legislative Highlights

Here comes summer! 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.  

 
May 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 May 17, 2017. See details below:

 


Items discussed during the May 2017 Interim Session included:
 
  • Counties are asking for more funding from the state to reduce the burden put on county jails after lawmakers recently reduced drug offense penalties. [DNews]
  • Some state lawmakers are pushing for a bill that would enact "ranked-choice voting," but many county clerks oppose the idea. [Trib]
  • Utah Department of Corrections officials told lawmakers that its sex offender treatment program is undergoing significant changes in response to negative feedback it received from a recent performance audit. [Trib]
  • Received a presentation from the Department of Workforce Services regarding the department's top three goals for the year.
  • Reviewed a presentation regarding the impact of 2017 General Session HB 239, “Juvenile Justice Amendments,” on public education. 
  • Received a report from committee staff on eight bills passed during the 2017 General Session addressing opioid misuse. 

Other items
 
  • Rep. Hall - 2017 Business Champion!

Thanks to the Salt Lake Chamber for recognizing me as one of their 2017 "Business Champions." Although we still have work to do, there's a reason Utah's economy is ranked by several major publications as one of the best. It doesn't happen by accident.



 
  • Bipartisan Clean Air Caucus

On May 16, the Governor held a ceremonial bill signing for various bills that will help clean our air. I greatly appreciate our bipartisan Clean Air Caucus (both republicans and democrats) that meets throughout the year to actually make a difference in this area. We obviously still have a ways to go. But thanks to all those who helped get these bills passed!




 
  • Ceremonial Bill Signing for Bills Relating to Election Day Voting

Many of you remember Election Day, and the challenges we had with long lines at the West Valley voting centers. Sen. Iwamoto and I sponsored three bills to give County Clerks some additional tools to make sure that doesn't happen again. Thanks to all my colleagues who passed these bills unanimously. And thanks to the Governor's office for recognizing the importance of these bills and putting together this ceremonial bill signing last week!



 
  • Speaking at Women's State Legislative Council Meeting

Last week I was honored to speak (along with Sen. Karen Mayne) at the bi-partisan Women's State Legislative Council meeting. At the meeting, District 33 resident Shauna Scott-Bellaccomo was recognized for her service as the organization's President over the past year. One cool part of this meeting is that the outgoing president gets a tree planted in their honor. Thanks for the invite and congrats Shauna!



 
  • Teacher Appreciation Day

May 9th was National Teacher Appreciation Day.

Let me tell you about one teacher that I'm personally grateful for. Here is a photo of my first grade teacher. Kathie Jorgensen taught me at Robert Frost Elementary school, where my own children have been taught.

So thankful for great teachers like Ms. Jorgensen! Keep up the great work!




 
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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