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October 2017 Legislative Highlights

Fall 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.  

October 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 October 18, 2017.  See details below...
 

Items discussed during the October 2017 Interim included:

  • During an update about Operation Rio Grande, state leaders said curbing the opioid epidemic would play a big role in its long-term success [Utah Policy].
  • State Treasurer David Damschen warned lawmakers that if the state takes control of the Utah Transit Authority could emperil Utah's credit rating [Tribune].
  • Utah submits their bid to possibly land Amazon's second headquarters [Deseret News].
  • Gov. Gary Herbert nominated Third District Judge Paige Petersen to the Utah Supreme Court. She will now be considered by the Utah State Senate for confirmation. [Trib] [DNews] [ABC4] [Fox13] [KUTV] [KUER]

Other items

  • STEMFest

Thanks to STEM Utah for putting on STEMFest in early October! Great event. This is part of the State's effort to make sure that our students are trained for the jobs of the present and future.  




  • Utah Education Association Convention

Thanks to the Utah Education Association for the invite and for your support over the years. And THANKS! to our teachers who do so much for our kids. 





  • GO VOTE!

This Tuesday is Election Day!  This year the West Valley mayor race, West Valley city council races, and a bond proposal from Granite School District are all on you ballot.

Once again, this election is primarily a vote-by-mail election.  If you mail in your ballot, it must be postmarked the day before Election Day. However, you can drop off your ballot in person into the drop-box at West Valley City Hall up until 8:00 p.m. on Election Day (see photo below).

If you would prefer to vote in person, be prepared for possible long lines. The West Valley in-person voting centers include West Valley City Hall, Hunter Library and the Utah Cultural Celebration Center. Those locations are open from 7:00 a.m.- 8:00 p.m. on Election Day. Good luck to all the candidates! 







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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Cell phone: (801) 573-1774

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