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Utah Legislature Week 6 Summary!

The 2021 General Session of the Utah State Legislature began on Monday, January 19. We are now finished with Week 6 (out of 7). Just five days left! Thank you so much for all of your support. Time is flying by. It is truly an honor to represent the great residents of District 33.  Just a few highlights from the week:
 
This Week at the Capitol & Other Information
 
  • House Prayer Given by WVC's Father Sebastien Sasa

This is Father Sébastien Sasa from Saints Peter and Paul Catholic Church in West Valley (on 3600 West, right by Granger High School). I invited him to give the prayer for the House of Representatives on Tuesday. It was also wonderful to get to know him better. We’ve agreed to work together to continue helping our West Valley community. Thank you!




 
  • Visit from WVC Mayor Ron Bigelow

We stay in constant contact with West Valley City officials during the legislative session, particularly with respect to legislation or budge issues that directly impact West Valley. It was great to have Mayor Bigelow up at the Capitol on Friday. Thanks for coming!




 
  • Revenge Porn Modification bill PASSES!
 
The revenge porn modification bill I sponsored (see more below) has passed. Thanks so much to my colleagues in the House and the Senate for supporting this great bill.

https://www.ksl.com/article/50113034
 
  • Vaccine Distribution

The following are now eligible to receive the Coronavirus vaccine. 
  • Healthcare workers
  • Longterm care facility staff and residents
  • First responders
  • Ages 65 and older
  • K-12 teachers and school staff
  • Ages 16 and older with certain underlying medical conditions
Visit https://coronavirus.utah.gov/vaccine-distribution for more information.
 
  • The Capitol and Legislative Session During COVID-19
This year's legislative session has been unprecedented. During the first week, due to security and COVID concerns, the physical Capitol building was closed to anyone outside of legislators and staff. This last week, the Capitol was opened up to limited numbers. It was great seeing more folks in person. One silver lining of COVID is that we have increased the capabilities for citizens to participate remotely in the legislative process.  

See here for instructions on how to participate remotely during our committee meetings. https://le.utah.gov/Documents/VirtualMeetingInstructionsV7.pdf 

2021 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 http://le.utah.gov.  Here are a few of the more interesting bills that were discussed this last week:
  • Utah Senate kills controversial billboard bill - Tribune
  • You would be able to order beer or liquor online — if this bill passes - Tribune
  • Utah lawmakers consider requiring pilots to carry liability insurance after recent crashes - KUTV
  • Utah clarifies revenge porn law in wake of controversy over Lauren McCluskey’s death - Deseret News
  • A Utah Senate committee refused to take a vote on a controversial bill barring transgender girls from participating in female K-12 sports. That refusal means the issue is dead this year [Tribune].
  • Utah could scrap the law mandating English as the official language for Utah's government. Voters approved the English-only mandate in 2000, but Sen. Kirk Cullimore says that law no longer is practical as Utah grows more diverse [Tribune].
  • Utah Senate approves bill banning the release of mug shots until someone is convicted of a crime - Tribune
  • Utah bill would expand Medicaid coverage to include fertility preservation for cancer patients - KSL
2021 Budget

One item from each legislative session that doesn't get as much attention as it should, is the State's budget. We still have a week to go, and things can change between now and then. But here is the direction we are going at this point. These are the highlights of what the 2021 budge will likely look like:
  • $400 million additional funding for K-12 education
  • $122 million for bonuses for teachers
  • $211 million for building construction projects, much of it for higher education, including buildings for Salt Lake Community College, Utah State, University of Utah and SUU.
  • $56 million for increased healthcare services for low income residents
  • $50 million toward homelessness and affordable housing programs
Additional details can be found here

Rep. Hall's Legislation

I have several bills this session, here are a few:
 
Many of you remember when West Valley City Officer Cody Brotherson was killed in the line of duty in 2016. The juveniles were sentenced in the juvenile system to stay in custody until they were 21 years old. However,  through some strange circumstances, two of the three juveniles were released from custody early!

Cody is a hero in West Valley, and this bill will prevent this circumstance from ever happening again.

I was happy to team up with Sen. Karen Mayne to get this bill passed. Here are some photos after it passed in the Senate.



 
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.
 
 
  • HB147 - Revenge Porn Amendments - PASSED! I am the chief sponsor of this bill. Passed 70-0 in the House. Passed 24-0 in the Senate.
I sponsored the original revenge porn bill several years ago with democratic Rep. Marie Poulson. It was great to work with her in a bipartisan manner. This issue came to light during the Lauren McCluskey investigation when an investigating officer showed intimate images of Ms. McCluskey to fellow officers, outside the scope of his employment. The revenge porn wasn't able to be used to prosecute the officer because it requires the victim to suffer "actual emotional distress." And since Ms. McCluskey was already deceased, the revenge porn law was unable to be used to prosecute the officer. This bill would eliminate the "actual emotional distress" element if the victim is deceased, or otherwise incapacitated before the distribution of the intimate image.

See story here.

 
  • HB173 - Vote Reporting Requirements - PASSED! - I am the chief sponsor of this bill. Passed the 70-0 on the House. Passed the Senate 27-0.
It is already required for the County Clerks Office to regularly update the voting results after Election Day. However, it is currently notrequired for the Clerks Office to disclose how many ballots they have left to count. This bill would require just that - and provide additional transparency to the vote counting process.
 
This bill helps keeps opioids out of the hands of those who should not have them. Provide pharmacists employed by managed care organizations access to the controlled substance database when they suspect opioid fraud or abuse.
 
Two years ago, I passed a landmark bill regarding the legal standard required for electronic information to be obtained by law enforcement. This bill fine tunes that 2019 bill. Thanks to all those who have supported this effort!
 
Way too many large contracts were entered into during the early days of the pandemic. This bill stipulates that a no-bid emergency contract can last no longer than 30 days, except in the case of a natural disaster, and then they would be limited to 60 days. A pandemic does not meet the definition of “natural disaster.” After the emergency contracts expire, the state would go through the standard procurement process. Great bill to keep State contracts transparent, especially during times of emergency!
 
  • HB238 - Marriage Amendments - PASSED! - I am the chief sponsor of this bill. Passed 46-26 in the House. Passed 21-4 in the House.
There is a whole list of individuals that are authorized to perform wedding ceremonies, including the Governor, the Lt. Governor, the Speaker of the House, the Senate President, mayors of cities and counties, judges, and religious leaders. This bill adds all state senators and state representatives to the list. There are several other states that already allow state legislators to perform marriage ceremonies. 
 
"Knock and announce" and "no-knock" warrants are some of the most dangerous situations our amazing law enforcement officers can find themselves in. This bill would limit these no-knock and knock and announce warrants. See a detailed story regarding the specifics of the bill here from the Deseret News.
 
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 in the past 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 https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/RepHall2021 if you prefer that method.  Thank you so much!
 
 
 
Utah Legislative Tools
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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/votecraighalland/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 chall@le.utah.gov.

Thanks for your support. Contact me anytime.

Read all previous email newsletters here: http://bit.ly/YJCYy1

Representative Craig Hall

Legislative email: chall@le.utah.gov
Personal email: hcraighall@yahoo.com
Website: www.votecraighall.com
Facebook: www.facebook.com/votecraighall
Twitter: www.twitter.com/hcraighall
Cell phone: (801) 573-1774


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