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November 2013 Legislative Highlights

November Interim Session

Our latest Interim Session was this last Wednesday, November 20. As you likely recall, Interim Session is where legislators come together, once a month, to discuss ideas and possible bills to be considered during the next Regular Session.

Items discussed by the Legislature during the November Interim Session included:

  • A discussion regarding the growing costs of Utah's transportation infrastructure. News article here 
  • Discussion regarding a possible change to the structure of Utah's court system. News article here 
  • Whether Utah should raise the age to legally purchase tobacco products from 19 to 21. News articles here and here.
  • Possible solutions to lower the suicide rate among Utah's youth. News article here.
  • The status of possibly relocating the Utah state prison. News article here.
  • A performance audit of Utah's Child Welfare System. Full audit is here.
  • Possible changes to Utah's eminent domain law. Proposed bill here.
  • The need for additional training for school community councils.
  • Discussion of the "Class Size Reduction Report." See full report here.
  • Discussion of a report entitled, "Meeting the Needs of Utah’s Secondary Students in Career and Technical Education." Full report here.
  • Full summary of items discussed can be found here.

Other items

  • Special Visit to the Capitol from American Preparatory Academy

Thanks to American Preparatory Academy for visiting the Capitol during our last Interim Session. Many of you know that this charter school has a campus in West Valley. It was an honor to meet with, and speak to, the students. Thanks and come again!

  • Town Hall Mtg. at Valley Junior High School

On the evening of November 20, a town hall meeting was held at Valley Junior High School. Thanks to Principal Holt for holding this meeting, for listening to parents' concerns, and helping us make Valley Jr. High a greater place to send our kids.

  • Regular Session begins January 27, 2014

On January 27, 2014, the legislature begins its yearly Regular Session. Pursuant to the Utah State Constitution, the Session will be held for 45 calendar days, and will end on March 13, 2014. If you have any thoughts about possible legislation, NOW is the best time to let me know your thoughts and ideas. I currently have bills in the works where the initial ideas came from constituents. But it takes time to draft bills, and many times bills get defeated simply because they are not quite ready to be heard and voted upon. So again, let me know your thoughts. And as always, if you hear of any bills/ideas/proposals that you like (or hate), always feel free to let me know. I am your "Representative" and will ALWAYS keep the best interests of you, and the residents of District 33, in mind when I vote. It is truly an honor to represent the residents of West Valley at the State Capitol. Thank you for the opportunity.


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