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October 2015 Legislative Update!

October 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.   Our latest Interim Session was on October 21, 2015. 

Items discussed during the October 2015 Interim included:
  • Alcohol-related fatalities - The number of alcohol-related fatalities in Utah has almost doubled in the past year. [Trib] [DNews]
  • Death Penalty - For the first time in years, Utah lawmakers debate the merits of the death penalty. [Trib] [DNews] [KUTV] [Fox13]
  • Medical marijuana - The Interim Health and Human Services Committee discussed the possibility of allowing medical marijuana in Utah. [Trib] Two different bills dealing with the issue were pitched. [Trib] [DNews] [KUTV] [Fox13] [KUER]
  • Air quality - Received a presentation and statutorily required report from the Coordinator of Resource Stewardship on best practices and stewardship efforts to improve air quality. 
  • Credit card fraud - Utah officials are warning against a scam that takes advantage of the shift to smart chips in credit and debit cards. [Trib] [DNews] [Fox13]
  • Suicide prevention - State officials say that discussing suicide is helping prevent it. [DNews]
  • Utah's economy / state budget - Despite posting a budget surplus, there are some troubling signs ahead for Utah's economy [Utah Policy]
  • State Fairpark - Legislators reviewed a business plan to help make the Fairpark more profitable during the time of year when the State Fair is not operational.
  • Everything else - See here for a summary of everything else discussed by the 24 Interim Committees.  
Other items
  • Visit with SLCC's President Deneece Huftalin
Salt Lake Community College is such a great part of our community.  Almost 1,000 residents of District 33 currently attend SLCC.  I had a chance earlier this month to visit with President Deneece Huftalin.  There are wonderful things going on at SLCC.  Keep up the great work! 

  • Panel Discussion with Granite School District
Thanks to Granite School District for inviting me to be part of a panel to discuss some of the amazing work being done by our schools and teachers! It was wonderful event.  Our teachers are incredible!

  • Granger Elementary / West Valley City / Utah Legislature / United Way - All working together!
Many of you know that Granger Elementary has a "Neighborhood Center."  On October 20, members of the City Council and State Legislature visited the school to observe the Neighborhood Center.  Granger Elementary  is the largest elementary school in the Granite School District, with more than 1,000 students. Services provided by the Neighborhood Center include a before and after school program, a mobile health clinic, flu shots and immunizations, preschool, and many other programs.

Those present on Oct. 20th included Mayor Ron Bigelow, city council members Lars Nordfelt, Tom Huynh, Steve Buhler, Steve Vincent, Karen Lang, Granite School Superintendent Martin Bates, and legislators Senator Karen Mayne and Representative Craig Hall.

Thanks for all your work for putting together this wonderful Neighborhood Center which is a small part of keeping West Valley a great place to live, work and raise a family!

  • Go Vote!
Tuesday, November 3rd is Election Day.  If you have a mail-in ballot, your ballot must be postmarked by November 2 (Monday). If you want to vote in-person and need to find out your voting location, see here!  

Summary of the 2015 Regular Session

For those interested, the legislative staff has put together some good summaries of what was accomplished during the last Legislative Session:   Read all of my previous email newsletters here:

Thanks again for all your support.  My contact information is as follows. Feel free to contact me regarding any issue.

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Cell phone: (801) 573-1774

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