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Here we tell you about issues and reports from our perspective. It is our attempt to set the record straight.

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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

Utah State University Extension Utah 4-H youth gathered at the Capitol to hold a mock legislature. Students had the opportunity to experience the role of the legislator and learn first-hand about the lawmaking process.

During the mock legislative session, 4-H members presented and debated bills from the 2017 legislative session on the House floor. Representative Paul Ray and members of the Office of Legislative Research sponsored the event and observed the proceedings.

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"Once again, Utah was found to have the best economic outlook of any state in the nation" according to the Rich States, Poor States: ALEC-Laffer State Economic Competitiveness Index. Read more in the National Review here: goo.gl/FQgiIP.

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During the 2017 Legislative Session, Representative Merrill Nelson sponsored H.B. 199 - High Needs Children Adoption Amendments. The intent of this legislation is to prevent parents who adopt high-needs children and later become overwhelmed with their care, from transferring custody of the adopted child to strangers through internet websites. Read more about it here: goo.gl/lHoOnP.

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We're hitting the road on a fact-finding site visit tour of Southwest Utah. Follow along on Twitter and Instagram: @utreps

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Legislative Management Committee met this afternoon to discuss interim committee schedules, authorize legislative meetings, review proposed study items and more. Want to listen to the discussion? Click this link: goo.gl/OYXPN0.

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“I think it is important to remember the dedication and sacrifice of all those who served in World War I,” said Rep. Steve Handy. “Courageous men and women fought to preserve our freedom, and it is our responsibility to acknowledge what they fought so hard to achieve.”

Read about the ceremony to commemorate the 100-year anniversary of the U.S. entering World War I here: goo.gl/31tfrL.

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“The Spiral Jetty is truly a bucket list item for art lovers around the world,” said Rep. Becky Edwards, sponsor of legislation to designate it as a state work of land art. Read about it here: goo.gl/EM1hI1. ... See MoreSee Less

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"The Western US continues to experience strong population growth as more people seek the quality of life and access to outdoor recreation. The Intermountain West has the strongest economic environment in America and is seeing the highest job growth in the country," said Rep. Robert Spendlove.

Read Rep. Spendlove's article in Utah Policy about Growing population: Understanding and preparing for big things to come here: goo.gl/tGqkdY.

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Today, more than 100 people from over 35 countries took the Oath of Allegiance at the Utah State Capitol.

Representative Norm Thurston, in partnership with the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), hosted the naturalization ceremony.

Utah Speaker of the House Greg Hughes and former Utah State Representative Sophia DiCaro delivered remarks at the ceremony. Laura McNeer, field office director for USCIS, administered the Oath of Allegiance.

Sharlee Hendricks, violinist, played the national anthem. Kim Cooney, international lyric tenor-baritone, sang “America, My Home” and surprised his daughter-in-law who was naturalizing.
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Today, more than 100 people from over 35 countries took the Oath of Allegiance at the Utah State Capitol. Representative Norm Thurston, in partnership with the United States Citizenship and ...

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