Rep. Hall's June 2016 Legislative Summary!
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 June 15, 2016.
Items discussed during the June 2016 Interim Session included:
- Lawmakers return to the death penalty debate as they begin an interim study of its cost and timing. [Trib] [DNews] [Fox13]
- Utah lawmakers will consider building a new arena at the state Fairpark with the financial help of the LDS Church. [Trib] [DNews] [KUTV] [UtahPolicy]
- The Economic and Workforce Services Committee received a briefing from committee staff on research regarding the effectiveness of economic development incentives.
- The Education Committee received a briefing from the State Board of Education and the Utah Education Policy Center about the teacher shortage in Utah and discussed what additional data may be needed as policymakers consider ways to address the issue.
- Legislators received a presentation concerning funding equalization for public education throughout the state.
- Here's a more thorough summary of all items discussed during the June Interim session.
- Westshire Neighborhood Annual Breakfast
This time of year I always look forward to the annual Westshire neighborhood (near 4000 South and 2600 West) breakfast. Fantastic tradition! Great to see so many of our wonderful neighbors a couple Saturdays ago. Thanks for the invite! Also, good to see other elected officials including Mayor Ron Bigelow and Councilman Don Christensen.
- WestFest and 5k/10k Fun Run!
Our campaign was at WestFest last weekend! We also sponsored a water station for the early Saturday morning 5k/10k. Great seeing hundreds of our West Valley friends who stopped by. Thanks to everyone who participated in the Fun Run! Thanks to WVC for putting on the great festivities.
- Rep. Hall - "Legislative Champion" Award from the Utah Business Coalition
Thanks to the Utah Business Coalition for recognizing me as one of their 2016 "Legislative Champions." Although we still have work to do, there's a reason Utah's economy is ranked by several major publications as one of the best. It doesn't happen by accident.
- Bipartisan Clean Air Caucus
We obviously have lots more work to do to clean our air. I'm grateful for this bipartisan "Clean Air Caucus" group that I'm a part of that is seeking real solutions to this issue. Republicans and democrats working together for a common goal. How novel. This last month the topic was how we can improve our air through the use of Tier 3 fuels. Good stuff. Thanks to all those who participate in this great group!
- Visit to local eBay facility by Rep. Hall and others
I occasionally have the opportunity to visit some of our fine Utah companies. I recently visited the eBay data center in South Jordan. It's a huge building with rows and rows and rows of computer servers and equipment (see photo below for an example). Millions of eBay/Paypal/Stubhub transactions go through this facility every day, and hundreds of Utahns make sure everything goes through smoothly, and get repaired quickly if necessary.
Great to meet so many fine eBay employees. Thanks to eBay for investing in Utah's economy.
- Please Vote this Primary Election!
As many of you know, this Tuesday is Primary Election Day is this upcoming Tuesday, June 28th. My name is not on the primary ballot as I do not have a primary election opponent (I'll be on the November ballot). However, there are other races on the ballot. You should have received your ballot in the mail. If you mail your ballot back, it must be postmarked by June 27 (day before the election). There is also an Election Day vote center at West Valley City Hall. If you have questions, call the Salt Lake County Elections Office at 385-GOT-VOTE (385-468-8683). Go vote!
- A complete list of all bills that were passed can be found here: http://le.utah.gov/asp/passedbills/passedbills.asp
- A good explanation of some of the more interesting bills that passed can be found here: http://le.utah.gov/~2016/pdfdoc/SelectedHighlights2016.pdf
- FY2016 - 2017 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.