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2020 Utah Legislature - Week 2 Summary

The 2020 General Session of the Utah State Legislature began on Monday, January 28. We are now finished with Week 2!  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:


This second week, the legislature spent much of its time going over the State's budget.  Each legislator is on at least one appropriations subcommittee. I am currently the Chair of the Retirement and Independent Appropriations Subcommittee, which oversees the State's retirement system, PEHP, etc.  I am also on the Public Education Appropriation Subcommittee.

For the last week, our committees have carefully scrutinized 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.  

Last week I shared a "Where it all goes" snapshot.  Here is a "Where it all comes from" summary:

Special Events at the Capitol
  • Granger High Student Exhibits History Fair Project at Capitol

Victor Granados from Granger High School exhibiting his award-winning History Fair project about 9/11. Congratulations! Welcome to the Capitol! Go Lancers!
  • Firefighters Visit the Capitol
This week we were fortunate to have firefighters from throughout the State visit the Capitol. Here is a photo of some of the leaders of the West Valley fire department. Thanks to all our first responders! 

  • Labor Groups On the Hill
On Thursday, we were fortunate to have several labor groups visit the capitol. I even tried to learn how to weld. :) Thanks for visiting!

  • Repeal of Tax Bill

Report to constituents: I voted NO on the tax reform bill during last month's legislative Special Session. And I voted to repeal when it came up Week 1 of the regular session. 

In short, in my view, there were simply too many policy issues in the bill with which I disagreed.

I applaud the Governor and legislative leadership for reconsidering this issue, and hearing the (loud) concerns that have been expressed. 
But even more important, I want to express my sincere thanks for the dozens (hundreds?) of constituents that reached out to me regarding this issue. It was so heartening to see the civic engagement throughout our community and State (many of whom were from my legislative district!) regarding this issue. It quickly became very clear how the overwhelming majority of my constituents felt about the bill. During the time I’ve had the honor to represent District 33, I have tried to be exactly that, your REPRESENTATIVE. To represent YOUR voice at the state legislature. I represent YOU. Truly, thank you for your input.

See here to read more.

2020 Legislation

This last week we continued the process of voting on non-budget bills.  Of course, you can always watch the news reports.  But the best way to track any legislation is at the Legislature's website at  Here are a few of the more interesting bills that were discussed this last week:
  • Public transportation is getting more consideration in the Senate now that Sen. Jacob Anderegg’s, R-Lehi, proposed study to integrate and improve rail transportation in Utah has passed through a committee. [Trib]
  • Does privacy outweigh medical research? Utah lawmakers grapple with driver’s license data. [DesNews]
  • A House committee advanced a bill that would scrap school grading for individual public schools. [Trib]
  • Proposed legislation from Reps. Patrice Arent and Craig Hall to end straight ticket voting in Utah passed out of a committee and is heading to the House for a final vote; if passed, Utahns will no longer have the option to vote for all the members of a particular party at once. [Trib]
  • Utah lawmaker takes another stab at updating the state flag. [Trib]
  • Utah lawmaker waves white flag no ‘red-flag’ gun bill. [DesNews]
  • Lawmaker wants to strengthen personalized license plate guidelines [DesNews]
  • Compromise over how to fill Utah congressional vacancies advances. [Trib]

Rep. Hall's Legislation

I have several bills this session, here are a few:
  • HB84 - Traffic Code Amendments - I am the chief sponsor of this bill. Last Thursday, this bill passed the House Transportation Committee.  Off to the floor of the House!
As you all know, when a bus stops and its lights are flashing and the stop arm is out, other vehicles are supposed to stop. However, compliance with this law is not as high as it should be. Last year, a study was done and there were over 900 violations in a single day! This bill will increase the minimum fine for violations. The Granite School District asked me to sponsor this bill after experiencing way too many close calls. 

See story here
  This bill would eliminate the box on the ballot that would allow a voter to vote for all candidates of a single party with one single notation.
Representative Arent (democrat) and I (republican) are sponsoring a bill together. 43 States have already prohibited this practice. Over 70% of those who have responded to my constituent survey express support for eliminating straight-ticket voting. A voter could still vote for all candidates of their favorite political party, but they would need to go through each race on the ballot. 

  Within the State of Utah we have multiple treatment options for children with autism. Of course, it's a reality that each of these kids grow up. However, the treatment options for individuals over 21 are extremely scarce. This bill will set up a structure where the State can begin providing better resources.  Unlike many other states, Utah does not have a minimum age where the state can prosecute and incarcerate minors. This bill would eliminate the ability to prosecute/incarcerate children 12 and under (with exceptions for the most serious offenses).

Town Hall Meetings!

We have now had two town hall meetings (Feb. 1 & Feb. 8).  Thanks to those who attended!.  I have one more Town Hall meeting scheduled during the legislative session.  All of the following Town Hall meetings will be at West Valley Library (2800 West 3650 South).
  • Thursday, February 20, 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 if you prefer that method.  Thank you so much!
  • 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!

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  For even more frequent updates, you can follow me on Facebook at and/or on Twitter at  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

Thanks for your support. Contact me anytime.

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