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The Buzz

This is our daily update about what happens on the Hill during the Session. Here you can see photos from around the House, videos, media reports, new blog posts, just about everything you want. Except taffy.

Week in Review

During the legislative session we will post regular updates and summaries of key issues that were debated

The Utah House of Representatives’ Blog

Daily Buzz: February 21, 2017

Overview of the Day: Welcome to week 5! Today marks the twenty-ninth day of the 2017 Legislative Session. The House prayer and pledge were led by guests of Rep. Francis Gibson. The prayer was offered by Shannon Acor and the pledge was led by Cooper Acor. During morning floor time, Congressman Mike Lee spoke to the chamber about federalism and executive power. He began by recognizing the local representatives are closer to constituents than the state representatives are in Washington. Congressman Lee then described the 1996 Congressional Review Act, which gives Congress the ability to undo certain executive regulations, as a law that doesn’t go far enough. He continually stressed the need to return the power back to the people through a new law. Specifically, Congressman Lee would like to return tariff and rate setting power from the executive branch to Congress.   Suicide Prevention Press Conference: Rep. Steve Eliason Rep. Steve Eliason held a press conference with the Utah Chapter of the American Foundation of Suicide Prevention to raise awareness about military and civilian suicide.The press conference was held on the Capitol steps with a  display of combat boots from the National Guard and shoes from Deseret Industries lining the stairs to represent the 613 lives lost to suicide in Utah last year. Of those who lost their lives to suicide, 466 were male and 147 were female. A total of 33 were youth, between the ages of 10 and 18, and 74 were Veterans.   Tweets of the Day: It was an honor to hear @SenMikeLee speak on federalism and executive power today in the House. #utpol... read more

Week in Review – February 13-17, 2017

This week the House passed, on a vote of 62-7, HJR 8, Joint Resolution Supporting the Retention of Public Educators. The resolution recognizes the shortage of credentialed public educators in the state, acknowledges the critical nature of public education to Utah’s prosperity and lays out a mechanism for potentially increasing educator salaries.

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Read all about United States Senator Mike Lee's speech to the Utah House of Representatives and the Suicide Prevention press conference here in our daily buzz: goo.gl/QzDHWr

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Today 613 pairs of shoes lined the railings of the front steps leading to the Capitol to remind us all that 613 lives lost to suicide in Utah last year is 613 too many. #utpol #utleg #suicideprevention American Foundation for Suicide Prevention Steve Eliason ... See MoreSee Less

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Wondering about up-and-coming legislation affecting teachers, prescriptions and trespassing?

Read all about it in our weekly wrap up: goo.gl/38zJhF

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Happy Educator Day on the Hill everyone! Catch up on a few important bills from the week here on our daily buzz: goo.gl/A9ZLa5 #utleg #utpol Steve Eliason ... See MoreSee Less

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McKenzie is an intern this legislative session for Rep. Jeremy Peterson. She's taking over our Instagram account to show you a day in the life of an intern! Follow along here: instagram.com/utahreps

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Meet one of our new representatives, Karianne Lisonbee, in our daily buzz. She lives in District 14 (Syracuse), has 6 children, and loves to travel.

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The public is invited to all committee meetings and encouraged to speak for or against legislation. Have your voice be heard! #utleg #utpol 🇺🇸 ... See MoreSee Less

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ICYMI: Rep. John Knotwell is sponsoring legislation to prevent municipalities from regulating short-term rentals through websites like Airbnb. Watch KSL 5 TV's news report here: goo.gl/JDcNmA #utleg #utpol ... See MoreSee Less

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Did you know sunscreen isn't allowed in public schools? Read our daily buzz to learn about Craig Hall's bill intending to change that.

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