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2019 Utah Legislature - Week 3 Summary!

2019 Utah Legislative Session

Week 3 Summary

The 2019 General Session of the Utah State Legislature is flying by.  It is truly an honor to represent the great residents of District 33.  Just a few highlights from the week:
 
 
Special Events at the Capitol
 
  • Firefighter Day on the Hill
 
On Monday, firefighters from throughout the State came to visit the Capitol to visit with legislators. It was great to see them, particularly the amazing West Valley firefighters that were there. Thanks for all your amazing work!


 
  • Women's State Legislative Council
On Thursday, I had the wonderful opportunity to speak to the Women’s State Legislative Council! They loved my campaign/childcare bill. Thanks for the invite! 


 
  • PTA Day on the Hill
PTA Day on the hill was Wednesday. Thanks to the PTA for coming up to the Capitol!
**p.s. I don’t always hold hands with Capitol visitors, but it was great to see my super-amazing wife visiting the Capitol with the PTA. 😁


 

2019 Legislation

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 said they have split opinions on the two flag proposals they are current facing. Ultimately, the House committee put its support behind one and were less enthused about the other, even likening the proposal to a “corporate logo.” [Trib] [Fox13]
  • Two Utah lawmakers decided to abandon two pieces of legislation that would have prevented people from changing their gender on their birth certificates and or driver licences. Lawmakers said they will defer consideration of the proposals. [Trib] [DNews] [KSL] [KUTV]
  • A bill aimed at encouraging Utah cities to create and plan for more affordable housing passed out of the Senate, but not without several lawmakers expressing concerns that the the policy is wasteful and won’t do enough. [Trib] [DNews]
  • Last January, a Cedar City councilman promised to serve as both a member of the council and as county commission — now, lawmakers are introducing legislation aimed to bar such a motion. If passed, the bill will prevent someone from serving on both city council and county commission at the same time. [Trib]
  • A committee unanimously passed a bill that called for including the costs and revenue sources of propositions atop future ballots. [Trib]
  • Lawmakers gave a standing ovation after the state House voted in favor of advancing a bill proposing to symbolically cut the slavery exemption out of Utah’s constitution. The bill was passed unanimously and awaits the Senate’s vote which will happen in the upcoming weeks. [Trib] [Fox13]
  • Utah lawmakers introduced a bill tackling fraudulent ticket sales aimed at making it easier for buyers to tell the difference between counterfeit tickets sold by secondary resellers and the original website. The bill would do this by making it illegal for a secondary website to enlist the venue’s name in its URL. [Trib]
  • Despite the technology being five to 10 years away from everyday use, a bill proposing to legalize driverless, autonomous vehicles on Utah roads passed out of committee unanimously. [Trib] [DNews]

Rep. Hall's Legislation

I have several bills this session, here are a few:
  • HB129 - Campaign Amendments - PASSED! - I am the chief sponsor of this bill. This bill passed the floor of the House 72-1.  Passed the Senate this week 27-0. Came back to the House on Concurrent and passed 66-4. This bill has now passed and is waiting for the Governor's signature.
States are divided as to whether campaign funds can be used for childcare while campaigning. Federal law allows it for federal campaigns. This bill would make clear that in Utah, campaign funds may be used for childcare expenses while campaigning.  Rep. Stephanie Pitcher (Democrat) and I are jointly sponsoring this bill.  There are so many wonderful people and leaders in this State. And they shouldn't be discouraged from running simply because they have childcare responsibilities.  

See story here
  • HB57 - Electronic Information or Data Privacy - I am the chief sponsor of this bill. This bill passed the House Judiciary Committee unanimously and is waiting for a vote by the full House.
This bill seeks to apply the same 4th amendment protections that we have in the paper and physical world, to the digital world. So much of our communication and information is now in digital and electronic format. And a lot our personal information is stored with third-parties (Dropbox, Google Drive, etc.). This bill simply would require law enforcement to seek a warrant from a judge if they want access to such digital information.  See story here



 
  • HB52 - Remote Notarization Standards - PASSED! - I am the chief sponsor of this bill. Passed 68-0 on the House floor. Passed 28-0 on the Senate floor.
This bill allows notarizations to be performed remotely. Currently, notarizations are only allowed to be performed in-person. Beginning November 2019, you'll be able to perform a notarization through your smart phone. Fantastic bill. Several states have already adopted remote notarizations.
  This bill is in response to an audit performed by the State Adutior's office. One recommendation that came forth after the audit was to clarify Utah law that it is unlawful to use government property for personal use. Here is a story explaining the issue.
  This bill is to clarify how old a legislator has to be. The state constitution says that a legislator must be 25 years of age. But it does NOT say by when he/she must be 25. At the time of filing (in March)? At the time of the election (in November)? At the time he/she assumes office (in January)? This bill clarifies that the legislator must be 25 years old "at the time of election" (in November.


Town Hall Meetings!

I've already held two Town Hall since the session began.  Thanks to those who attended!.  I have one more Town Hall meeting scheduled during the legislative session.  All Town Hall meetings are at West Valley Library (2800 West 3650 South).
  • Tuesday, February 19, 2019, 6:00 - 7:00 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! (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/RepHall2019 if you prefer that method.  Thank you so much!
 
 

Medicaid

As you may have heard over the last few weeks, much discussion at the Capitol was focused on Medicaid. In November, the voters passed Proposition 3 which expanded the number of Utahns that are eligible for Medicaid.  In District 33, Proposition 3 prevailed by almost 30 percentage points. There has been been some effort this session to modify what was passed by the voters.

After a lot of study, thought and public input, I ended up voting NO on the bill that will modify Prop 3. Thanks to everyone who reached out to me over the last few weeks regarding their thoughts on the issue. I greatly appreciate it. 


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 and we'll make it happen. Thanks for. visiting! Here's a shot from the "snow day" this week.
 


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 chall@le.utah.gov.

Thanks for your support. Contact me anytime.

Read all previous email newsletters here: http://bit.ly/YJCYy1

Representative Craig Hall

Legislative email: chall@le.utah.gov
Personal email: hcraighall@yahoo.com
Website: www.votecraighall.com
Facebook: www.facebook.com/votecraighall
Twitter: www.twitter.com/hcraighall
Cell phone: (801) 573-1774

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