2017 Final Utah Legislature Summary!
Week 7 Highlights
This last week we continued the process of voting on non-budget bills. Of course, you can always watch the new reports. But the best way to track any legislation is at the Legislature's website at http://le.utah.gov. Here are a few of the more interesting bills that were discussed this last week:
- Utah lawmakers finalized a series of budget bills in which lawmakers awarded the bulk of state revenues - nearly $240 million - to public education. [Trib] [DNews]
A bill will head to Herbert's desk for his signature or veto that looks to toughen penalties for prostitution-related crimes. [DNews]
Legislation that would allow medical marijuana research in Utah now heads to the governor for his signature or veto. [DNews]
- A measure that would require all rape kits be tested for DNA at the state's crime lab may soon become law under legislation awaiting Herbert's signature or veto. [Trib]
A bill that would allow parents whose adult children are struggling with opioid addiction to intervene on their behalf to ensure adequate care passed through both the House and the Senate and heads now to the governor for further consideration. [ABC4]
- Legislation seeking to shorten Utah's election lines is headed to Gov. Gary Herbert's desk for his signature or veto after passing unanimously in both the House and the Senate. [Trib]
Rep. Hall's Legislation
- HB86 - Inactive Voter Amendments - PASSED! - I am the chief sponsor of this bill. Passed the House 70-0 and the Senate 25 -0. Sen. Karen Mayne was the Senate sponsor.
- HB105 - Early Voting Amendments - PASSED! - I am the chief sponsor of this bill. Passed the House 73-0. Passed the Senate 28-0.
- HB106 - Utah Uniform Securities Act Amendments - PASSED! - I am the chief sponsor of this bill. Passed the House 73-0. Passed the Senate 26-0.
- HB218 - Poll Location Amendments - PASSED! - I am the chief sponsor of this bill. Passed the House 75-0 and the Senate 28-0.
- HB288 - School Sunscreen Provision - PASSED! - I am the chief sponsor of this bill. Passed the House 68-1. Passed the Senate 27-0.
- HB245 - School District Procurement Process - PASSED! - I am the chief sponsor for of this bill. Passed House 70-0. Passed the Senate 27-0.
- HB163 - Municipality Per Diem Amendments - PASSED! - I am the chief sponsor of this bill. Passed the House Political Subdivision Committee. Passed by the House 72-0. Passed the Senate 26 - 0.
- HB380 - Sex Offender Registry Amendments - PASSED! - I am the chief sponsor of this bill. Passed the House 72 - 0. Passed the Senate 26-0.
This bill makes clear that such agreements between prosecutors and defense attorneys are improper, and shall not be made. And if they are made, the Utah Attorney General's Office will have the authority to have these agreements held invalid.
- HB132 - School Bus Safety Requirements - DID NOT PASS - I am the chief sponsor of this bill. Passed the House Transportation Committee 7-3. Bill was voted upon by the full House and failed 30-40.
I appreciate all the feedback I've received regarding this bill. I've been in close contact with the school districts discussing ways to improve the bill. Thanks to all those who have reached out. Here is an article regarding the bill: [SLTrib]
- HB144 - Administrative Law Judge Qualifications - DID NOT PASS - I am the chief sponsor of this bill. Held by the House Judiciary Committee this week without a vote.
Administrative Law Judges adjudicate items when a citizen has a dispute with a government agency. Currently there is no requirement for these judges to be law-trained. These judges deal with issues that are legally complicated (health code, insurance code, etc.) and I believe it is best practice for these individuals to graduate from law school before they rule on legal rights for Utah citizens.
Favorite Accomplishment by the Utah Legislature
As most of you know, I consider education to be my highest legislative priority. Every year, funding is an issue. However, this year THE LEGISLATURE APPROVED THE LARGEST PUBLIC EDUCATION FUNDING INCREASE IN YEARS! Thank you to my colleagues for such support! We still have a ways to go, but this is a big deal. Read more about this issue here.
Town Hall Meetings!
I've had three town hall meetings over the last four weeks! Thank you so much to those who have been able to come. Great conversation and great questions!!!
NOTICE - Possible Homeless Shelter Coming to West Valley
I thought about sending this out as a separate email. But in order to not inundate you with multiple emails, I include it here.
Salt Lake County has just announced 5 possible locations for a new county homeless shelter. Three of these potential sites listed are in West Valley City:
- 1820 West Printers Row
- 2249 South 1070 West
- 2411 South 1070 West
- Tuesday, March 14 from 6-8pm at the State Capitol (350 North State Street) in the Senate Building Cafeteria
- Saturday, March 18 from 3-5pm at the State Capitol (350 North State Street) in the Senate Building Cafeteria
To learn more about this issue click here: http://www.wvc-ut.gov/homelessshelter
What Happens With the Legislature Now that the Session is Over?
The regular Session is done. There's a chance we could have a Special Session, or a veto-override Session. But other than that, all the legislators (including me) go back to their regular lives and jobs for the rest of the year. We do meet in "interim sessions," which happen one day a month, to discuss possible bills, to study issues, and to recommend bills to the Senate or House for consideration. If you have an issue that you would like to discuss, or you would like me to look into some topic for next year's Session, please feel free to contact me at any time. I will still have the occasional Town-Hall meeting, and I will keep you informed on when those will be held. I will also send out email updates after each "interim session." For those that want more frequent updates follow me on Twitter at www.twitter.com/hcraighall or on Facebook at www.facebook.com/votecraighall
We stayed to work on bills until 12:00 midnight on March 9. This is a photo of the Capitol at 1:30 a.m. after I left the Capitol. It has truly been an honor to represent District 33. Thank you for the opportunity!
Thanks for your support. Contact me anytime.
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Representative Craig Hall
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