2020 Utah Legislature - Week 6 Summary
- Students from Hillsdale Elementary!
This week I was able to visit with students from Hillsdale Elementary! Thanks for coming to visit the Capitol! Great kids!
- Visit from former WVC Councilman Corey Rushton
Visit from former West Valley Councilman Corey Rushton!
Corey has been a long-time friend and supporter. This week he visited the House with some of his work colleagues. Corey is also now the chairman of the board of trustees of Jordan Valley Water Conservancy District. Thanks for visiting Corey!
- Visits from Constituents
- Outside of the Capitol!
Monday night, I was able to step out of the Capitol and attend the Granger High School soccer game in Layton with my wife. Go Lancers!
- Rep. Hall Requests $33,281,000 For Teacher Retention Bonus
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 http://le.utah.gov. Here are a few of the more interesting bills that were discussed this last week:
- The state Senate approved a big percent tax increase on electronic cigarettes and vaping products amid growing concerns of a vaping epidemic among teens and children. [Trib]
- State lawmakers approved tighter rules governing the use of vanity license plates after residents made several complaints about offensive plates. [Trib]
- The House has declared the State Capitol a “handshake-free zone” amid growing concerns about the spread of COVID-19. [Trib] [Fox13]
- A Utah lawmaker is looking to modify the state’s existing laws on using the insanity plea for people who commit crimes because of an underlying mental illness. [Trib]
- A House committee advanced a plan to create a state homeless services czar over the objections of many of the service providers and local governments. [Trib]
- Utahns may soon be able to get a driver license on their smartphone. [Trib]
Rep. Hall's Legislation
I have several bills this session, here are a few:
- HB20 - Utah Retirement Systems Amendments - PASSED! - I am the chief sponsor of this bill. Passed the House Floor 74-0. Passed the Senate 24-0.
- HB84 - Traffic Code Amendments - PASSED! - I am the chief sponsor of this bill. Passed the House Floor 62-3. Passed the Senate 26-0.
See story here.
- HB70 - Repeal of Single-Mark Straight Ticket Voting - I am a co-sponsor of this bill. This bill passed the House Government Operations Committee 7-2. Passed the House floor 46-26. Off to the Senate.
- HB86 - Adult Autism Treatment Program. - PASSED! - I am the chief sponsor of this bill. The bill passed the House floor 49-26. Passed the Senate 25-0.
- HB98 - Offenses Against the Government Amendments. I am the chief sponsor of this bill. Passed the House 69-1. Passed Senate committee 4-0.
- HB102 - Retaliation and Obstruction of Justice Amendments. I am the chief sponsor of this bill. The bill passed the House floor 66-0. Passed the Senate 22-0. The bill still needs to receive appropriations before final passage.
It is already a felony to threaten a judge or member of the board of pardons in relation to a criminal case. There have been a few instances that make it clear that such penalty should also apply to prosecutors in order to make it clear that such threats and intimidation to prosecutors is absolutely not acceptable.
- HB207 - Insulin Access Amendments. I am a co-sponsor of this bill. Bill passed the House 69-3. Passed a senate committee 6-0.
This bill would cap copays for insulin at $30 per month unless the insurer places the diabetes treatment in its lowest-cost drug tier and waives the deductible. Some families are forced to pay hundreds of dollars a month for insulin. This is a great bill that would greatly increase access. Here is a story on the bill.
- HB262 - Juvenile Delinquency Amendments. I am the chief sponsor of this bill. Passed the House 48-23. Passed a senate committee 5-0.
This bill would apply to children 11 and under. It would not apply to the most serious crimes (murder, aggravated sexual assault, etc.). And if the child fails the alternative rehabilitation path, prosecution is still an option. Here is a great story on the bill.
Town Hall Meetings!
We have now had three town hall meetings (Feb. 1, 8, 20). Thanks to those who attended!.
- Visits to the Capitol!
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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