2017 Legislature - Week 4 Summary!
Special Events at the Capitol
- Arts Day on the Hill
Patrons and leaders of the arts and humanities met and talked with their state senators and representatives in the Capitol Rotunda. Thanks to the arts-interested individuals and organizations that gathered to celebrate the arts and meet with their state representatives. And thanks to the kids whose art was scattered throughout the Capitol.
- Visit from Granger High School Students
- Mayor Bigelow and Rep. Hall working together for West Valley
Often times, there are issues at the Capitol that disproportionately affect West Valley. Here is a photo of Mayor Ron Bigelow and I advocating for West Valley at the State Capitol during a committee meeting. Thanks to Mayor Bigelow for his efforts!
- Visits to the Capitol!
One of our State's treasures is the State Capitol building. And visiting during the legislative session is the best time of year to visit. Lots of action happening every day. I would love to give your family / school group / church group / etc. a behind-the-scenes tour of the State Capitol. Give me a call/email/text and we'll make it happen. Thanks for. visiting!
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:
- The Public Education Appropriations Subcommittee finalized its budget recommendations, looking to increase per-student spending and end the practice of charging fees for educator licenses. [Trib] [DNews]
- A bill in the House that would create a pilot program to provide effective educators with a $5,000 incentive to teach at low-income schools in the state cleared through committee. [Trib] [DNews]
Mobile home park owners and tenants united in favor of legislation that would better define each group's rights. [Trib]
- A bill creating a statewide mental health crisis phone line is headed to the governor's desk for his signature after it received unanimous support in the House. [DNews]
- After hearing from domestic violence survivors, Utah lawmakers in the House Judiciary Committee advanced a bill to the House floor that would offer victims long-term legal protections. [Trib]
- The Senate will consider a bill that would lower the criminal penalty for truancy from a Class B misdemeanor to an infraction. [Trib]
- A bill may put the practice of assigning letter grades to public schools to an end, instead maintaining a statewide accountability system using metrics like Advanced Placement participation and elementary reading levels. [Trib]
Rep. Hall's Legislation
I have several bills this session, here are a few:
- 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 - I am the chief sponsor of this bill. Passed the House 73-0. Will be heard by the full Senate this week.
- HB106 - Utah Uniform Securities Act Amendments - PASSED! - I am the chief sponsor of this bill. Passed the House 73-0. Will be heard by the full Senate this week.
- 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 - I am the chief sponsor of this bill. Passed the House 68-1. Off to the Senate.
- HB132 - School Bus Safety Requirements - 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 - I am the chief sponsor of this bill. Held by the House Judiciary Committee this week without a vote.
- HB163 - Municipality Per Diem Amendments - I am the chief sponsor of this bill. Passed the House Political Subdivision Committee. Passed by the House 72-0.
Town Hall Meetings!
We had our first two Town Hall meeting on Saturday, January 28 and Wednesday, February 15. Thanks to those who attended and asked great questions. I have one more Town Hall meeting scheduled during the legislative session. All Town Hall meetings will be at West Valley Library (2800 West 3650 South).
- Saturday, February 25, 2016, 1:00 - 2:00 p.m.
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! (Below is a photo of some of the paper surveys that have been returned!). I am very interested in your perspectives. Your comments and thoughts are greatly appreciated. You can also take the survey online at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/RepHall2017 if you prefer that method. 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 above). 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 at www.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 email@example.com.
Thanks for your support. Contact me anytime.
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Representative Craig Hall
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