Utah Legislature Week 3 Summary
The 2014 General Session of the Utah State Legislature began Monday, January 27. Three weeks are in the books and there are 25 days left. Thank you so much for all of your support. It is truly an honor to represent the great residents of District 33. Just a few highlights from the week:
Visit from Granger High School Students
Students from Granger High School came to the State Capitol this week. They were able to see both the State Senate and the House of Representatives in action. I was also honored to speak with these students for about 20 minutes. Thanks for the visit!
Representative Hall and the student body president of Granger High School:
Representative Hall teaching the Granger High School students about the legislative process:
Town Hall Meetings!
We had our first two Town Hall meetings on February 1 and February 11. There was wonderful turnout for both meetings. Thanks to all those who attended and asked great questions. I have one more Town Hall meeting scheduled during the legislative session. The last Town Hall meeting will be at West Valley Library (2800 West 3650 South):
- Saturday, March 1, 2014, 12:30 - 1:30 p.m.
Hope to see you there!
Please return your survey!
I recently mailed a survey to each registered voter in District 33. The answers you provide to these survey questions are invaluable. I have had hundreds of surveys returned already. Thank you! Please, please, please, if you haven't returned your survey, fill it out and return. I am very interested in your perspectives. Your comments and thoughts are greatly appreciated. Thank you so much!
This last week we started the process of voting on non-budget bills. Of course, you can always watch the new 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 we voted on this last week:
- Hiring more state troopers and raising pay for state attorneys who represent children's interests in court are among the top priorities of the committee over criminal justice. See article here.
- The House passed legislation that if students with severe disabilities have been in high school for more than four years, those students will not impact the grade the state gives the school. See article here.
- Supporters of a compromise bill on stream access for recreationalists rallied at the Capitol. See article here.
- The bill allowing UDOT to raise speed limits to 80 mph where the agency sees fit passed a Senate Committee. See article here.
- A House committee passed legislation to help curb aggressive panhandling. See article here.
Rep. Hall's Legislation
I have several bills this session. I will keep you updated on how they are progressing. Here are a few:
- HB84 - School District Amendments (http://le.utah.gov/~2014/bills/static/HB0084.html)
In the photo below, we're presenting a bill that I am sponsoring, HB84, which protects communities from unfair school district splits. This bill will protect all families, students and taxpayers within District 33.
Thanks to Mayor Ben McAdams and Aimee Winder Newton (newly appointed member of the Salt Lake County Council) for recognizing how important this bill is for our community, and coming to testify in support of the bill! It passed Friday in committee 10-3, and is off to the full floor of the House. Here's a news article about the bill. http://fox13now.com/2014/02/14/utah-lawmakers-discuss-creation-of-school-districts/
- HB216 - Legislative Process Amendments (http://le.utah.gov/~2014/bills/static/HB0216.html)
This bill would slightly change the process we use as a legislature to pass bills. It will provide for a more deliberative process, more chance for legislators to review bills, and give the public more opportunities to speak in favor or against the bill. Here's a news article regarding this bill: http://utahpolicy.com/index.php/features/today-at-utah-policy/1727-lawmakers-look-to-tweak-legislative-process.
- HB246 - Failure to Report Campaign Contributions (http://le.utah.gov/~2014/bills/static/HB0246.html)
In order to increase transparency in elections, candidates are required to report campaign contributions within 30 days. However, there is currently no penalty for reporting within the 30 day deadline. Accordingly, some candidates are NOT reporting their contributions timely, as required by law. This bill adds a significant penalty if a candidate does not report a campaign contribution within the required 30 days.
Thanks for all your support. Contact me anytime!