May 2015 Legislative Update!
May Interim Session
Following the completion of the general legislative Session begins the off-season, or "Interim" Session. Once a month we meet in committees comprised of both House and Senate members and begin to craft and discuss proposed legislation for the 2016 session and other issues on the Master Study list. Over this interim period I will be serving on the Judiciary and Health and Human Services Interim Committees. Our first Interim Session was on May 20, 2015. Here's the schedule if you're interested: http://le.utah.gov/interim/2015/pdf/2015InterimSchedule.pdf
If you have issues or concerns please contact me. I am already working on several pieces of potential legislation with constituents for the 2016 session and would love to hear from you.
Items discussed during the May 2015 Interim Session included:
- State lawmakers discuss what it will take to educate 1 million kids in 2050. [Trib]
- An interim committee continued the conversation regarding medical marijuana, setting up a series of hearings on the idea. [DNews] [Fox13] [ABC4] [KUTV]
- Ever wonder how in the world UDOT prioritizes its construction/repair projects? Here's a presentation that explains the process.
- Utah's auto dealers association is in talks with Tesla to try and find a compromise that would allow the electric car company to open an already built South Salt Lake showroom. [Trib]
- The Utah State Auditor release an audit regarding improvements that can be made by the Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control (DABC). [Trib]
- The Legislature is likely to see a bill creating standards for the use of body cameras by police officers. [Trib] [DNews]
- A new proposal would have the electorate pick the school's superintendent, while the governor would pick the school board. [Trib]
- Received presentations from committee staff and from various other organizations regarding the relationship between air quality and economic development. See presentations here and here.
- Received a briefing on a recent report published by the Office of the Utah State Auditor on steps for improving college preparation, college graduation rates, and student success.
- Rep. Hall's Campaign Finance Reform / Election Law Legislation
- Upcoming High School Graduations
This is the big week for all the high school graduations. Thanks to all the parents and teachers who have made this happen. Here's the graduation schedule for the local high schools:
- Granger High - Friday, June 5, 11:00 a.m., Maverik Center
- Taylorsville High - Friday, June 5, 7:00 p.m., Huntsman Center
- Hunter High - Friday, June 5, 3:00 p.m., Maverik Center
- Cottonwood High - Friday, June 5, 1:00 p.m., Cottonwood High School
- Concert at American Preparatory Academy
Summary of the 2015 Regular Session
For those interested, the legislative staff has put together some good summaries of what was accomplished during the Legislative Session:
- A complete list of all bills that were passed can be found here: http://le.utah.gov/asp/passedbills/passedbills.asp?session=2015GS
- A good explanation of some of the more interesting bills that passed can be found here: http://le.utah.gov/Session/2015/pdfdoc/2015SelectedHighlights.pdf
- FY2015 - 2016 budget. If you want to know how Utah will be spending its money over the next fiscal year, click here for a fantastic summary.
Thanks again for all your support. My contact information is as follows. Feel free to contact me regarding any issue.