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Week 1 Summary

2015 Utah Legislative Session

Week 1 Summary

The 2015 General Session of the Utah State Legislature began on Monday, January 26.  Thank you so much for all of your support.  It is truly an honor to represent the great residents of District 33.  Just a few highlights from the week:

Budget

This first week, the legislature spent much of its time going over the State's budget.  Each legislator is on at least one appropriations subcommittee. I was selected as the Vice-Chair of the Infrastructure and General Government Subcommittee, which makes recommendations for approximately $1.6 billion of the State's overall budget, and deals with budget issues regarding the Utah Department of Transportation, the Department of Technology Services, the Department of Administrative Services, and capital facilities.  

For the last week, our committee has carefully scrutinized their existing budgets, reviewed previous appropriations and then will determine if the expenditures are achieving the desired outcomes. Of course, we are always looking for any potential savings. This budgeting process will continue throughout the session.  

Here's a snapshot of the budget from last year's Session.  



Special Events at the Capitol
  • Swearing In and Opening Day
After every election, all 104 members of the legislature are sworn in again.  Thanks to my family for supporting me during this time.  I seriously could not do any of this without them. 
 
  • The State of the State 
The State of the State was given by Governor Herbert on Wednesday.  The legislature looks forward to working together with the Governor to help keep Utah a great place to live, work and raise a family.  

  • Bipartisan Clean Air Caucus
The bi-partisan "Clean Air Caucus" was formed in 2014. Since that time, we have come together as republicans and democrats to help find common-sense solutions to help clean Utah's air.  In 2014, we passed more clean-air legislation than in the last 10 years combined.  We have several proposals in 2015 to continue the momentum.  Thanks to all those who have reached out regarding this issue. Here is a photo from this week's press conference:



Rep. Hall's Legislation

I have several bills this session, here are a few: HB93 protects communities from unfair school district splits. It basically prohibits cities from cherry-picking its best tax base and creating its own school district, leaving their less affluent neighbors high and dry.  This bill will protect all families, students and taxpayers within District 33. 

Here is a good news report regarding this bill: "In short, Hall is trying to take away the profit motive for splitting up a district and trying to avoid the creation of rich districts at the expense of poorer areas. . . . The plan will no doubt generate controversy, insomuch as any discussion of school district splits generate such discussions. But Hall should receive credit for approaching the issue from a different perspective that cuts to the core of education and education funding in the state." This bill would require local school boards to have their school board meetings within their geographical districts.  

I became aware over this last summer that a school board had an official meeting at Snowbird Ski Resort, miles away from their constituents.  I believe school board meetings should be within the geographical boundaries of the district so constituents can easily participate. Here's a report regarding the bill.

Town Hall Meetings!

We had our first Town Hall meeting on Saturday, January 31.  Thanks to those who attended and asked great questions.  I have two more Town Hall meetings scheduled during the legislative session.  All of the following Town Hall meetings will be at West Valley Library (2800 West 3650 South)
  • Wednesday, February 18, 2014, 7:00 - 8:00 p.m.
  • Saturday, February 28, 2014, 12:30 - 1:30 p.m.  
Hope to see you there!

Please return your survey!

I have mailed a survey to constituents within District 33.  The answers you provide to these survey questions are invaluable.  Please, please, please fill it out and return! I am very interested in your perspectives. Your comments and thoughts are greatly appreciated.  Thank you so much.



Ways to Contact Representative Hall

I make a concerted effort to reach out to all of my constituents.  For that reason, I use as many different forms of communication as possible.  Most of you have received mail from me.  I also have frequent town hall meetings (more on that below).  You can follow me online at www.votecraighall.com.  For even more frequent updates, you can follow me on Facebook at www.facebook.com/votecraighall and/or on Twitter atwww.twitter.com/hcraighall.  You are also welcome to call my cell phone anytime.  (801) 573-1774.  I will be in many meetings throughout the legislative session, so if I don't answer right away, feel free to leave me a message and I'll try to call back as soon as possible.  I will also be sending out regular updates via email.  Probably the quickest way to get ahold of me is by email.  My legislative email address is chall@le.utah.gov.

Thanks for your support. Contact me anytime.

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Representative Craig Hall

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