2017 Legislature - Week 5 Summary!
Special Events at the Capitol
- Honoring Firefighters at the Capitol - Visit from West Valley Fire
- Visit from the PTA
This week the PTA came to the Capitol to share their thoughts and concerns regarding our public school system. So great to hear their thoughts. Schools work so much better with involved parents. Thanks so much of visiting!
- Visits from students attending the Utah School for the Deaf and Blind
- Visits to the Capitol! / Visits from Constituents
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. Here's a photo of two great constituents that visited this week. Give me a call/email/text and we'll make it happen.
- Visits from Members of Congress
Every year, Utah's members of congress visit the Utah Legislature. Below is a photo of Congressman Stewart. Thanks to our federal delegation for the visits and letting us know what's going on in Washington D.C.
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:
- A measure that would create a statewide mental health crisis hotline is awaiting the signatures of legislative leaders before heading to the governor's desk. [DNews]
- The Senate gave preliminary approval to a bill that would increase the age requirement for wearing a helmet on a motorcycle from 18 to 21. [Trib]
- The Senate Judiciary, Law Enforcement and Criminal Justice Committee advanced a bill to make sexual extortion its own crime. [DNews]
- Criminals convicted of aggravated human trafficking or child exploitation that led to death could be subject to capital punishment through a new measure that passed through the House by a single vote. [KUTV]
- Legislation that would limit "surprise billing" - when hospitals and doctors charge the difference between what someone's insurance company is required to pay under federal law and what the hospital and doctors want to pay - advanced unanimously through a House committee. [Trib]
- A House committee voted to hold a bill that would have created a process to remove lawmakers due to mental incapacity, with the bill's sponsor acknowledging the legislation was "not ready for prime time yet." [Trib] [DNews]
- A bill would increase the penalty for drug-related crimes committed within 100 feet of a government-funded homeless shelter to a third-degree felony. [Trib] [DNews]
- The House voted unanimously to perform more frequent checkups on Utah's school buses, a measure that now heads to Gov. Gary Herbert for his signature or veto. [Trib] [DNews]
- A bill that aims to keep guns out of the hands of people convicted of domestic violence or who have protective or restraining orders against them gained unanimous approval as it made its way through the House. [Trib] [DNews]
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 - 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 - I am the chief sponsor for of this bill. Passed House 70-0. 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!
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!!!
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thanks for your support. Contact me anytime.
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Representative Craig Hall
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