Daily Buzz: March 1, 2017

Daily Buzz: March 1, 2017

Overview of the Day:

Today is the thirty-seventh day of the 2017 Legislative Session. The House prayer and pledge were led by guests of Rep. Marie Poulson. The prayer was offered by Right Reverend Scott Hayashi, the Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Utah. The pledge was led by a group of third graders from Butler Elementary: Gunner Dupaix, Addy Bybee, Zachary Eberhardt and Daxton Bacon.

Dan Farr and Bryan Brandenburg, the co-founders of Comic Con, visited today during morning floor time and Majority Caucus lunch. They expressed their desire to see the show grow here and increase the economy. Economically, the Salt Lake Comic Con is ranked number three in the country with more than 70,000 people attending each convention. Read more about Salt Lake Comic Con co-founders plan to become one of the most successful comic cons in the world here.

In other news, there will be a town hall meeting tonight for Rep. Paul Ray, Rep. Mike Schultz and Sen. Gregg Buxton at 7:00 PM at the Clinton City Town Hall to discuss current legislation and constituent concerns.

Meet a New Representative: Mike Winder

Rep. Mike Winder now represents District 30 in West Valley City. Rep. Winder received his MBA from the University of Utah. As a historian, Rep. Winder has written and published 12 books. Mike served West Valley City for four years as Business Development Manager in the Economic Development Department, four years on the City Council, and four years as Mayor. As a businessman, Mike was VP of Marketing for Winder Farms, founder of consulting firm Neptune Strategies and today is Director of Entrepreneurship Programs for Zions Bank. Utah Business named him as one of Utah’s “40 Rising Stars Under 40”. A husband and father of four, Mike is a great addition to the House.

Tweets of the Day

 

Tomorrow’s Legislative Schedule


8:00 AM: House Government Operations Committee
8:00 AM: House Revenue and Taxation Committee

9:00 AM: House Political Subdivisions Committee
9:30 AM: House Economic Development and Workforce Services Committee
10:00 AM: House Chamber, House Floor Time
2:00 PM: House Chamber, House Floor Time
4:10 PM: House Business and Labor Committee
4:10 PM: House Education Committee
4:10 PM: House Health and Human Services Committee
4:10 PM: House Public Utilities, Energy, and Technology Committee

 

 

Daily Buzz: February 28, 2017

Daily Buzz: February 28, 2017

Overview of the Day:

Today is the thirty-sixth day of the 2017 Legislative Session. The House prayer and pledge were led by guests of Representative Curt Webb. The prayer was offered by Mike Wing, a teacher from Ridgeline High School. The pledge was led by a group of high school students: Emily Adams, Hannah Dustin, Caden Bryan, Bridger Jorgenson and Natalie Schvanevelt.

Yesterday, the House of Representatives and the Senate had a competition to see which body could donate more blood to the American Red Cross. We’re proud to announce the House won the competition!

 

Meet a New Representative: Logan Wilde

Representative Logan Wilde now represents District 53 in Northern Utah. His district covers an area in five counties: Rich, Morgan, Summit, Daggett and Duchesne. While studying engineering at Weber State, Rep. Wilde met his wife. They have been married for over 18 years and have 5 children. Rep. Wilde currently works on his family farm in Croydon, Utah. His life mantra is “Don’t look back. Keep moving forward.” Rep. Wilde has been an incredible addition to the House!

 

Tweets of the Day:

 

Tomorrow’s Legislative Schedule

8:00 AM: House Business and Labor Committee
8:00 AM: House Education Committee
8:00 AM: House Health and Human Services Committee

8:00 AM: House Public Utilities, Energy, and Technology Committee
10:00 AM: House Chamber, House Floor Time
2:00 PM: House Chamber, House Floor Time
4:10 PM: House Judiciary Committee
4:10 PM: House Law Enforcement and Criminal Justice Committee
4:10 PM: House Natural Resources, Agriculture, and Environment Committee
4:10 PM: House Transportation Committee

Daily Buzz: February 27, 2017

Daily Buzz: February 27, 2017

Overview of the Day:

Today marks the 35th day of the 2017 General Session. The House prayer and pledge were led by guests of Rep. Ed Redd Perry. The prayer was offered by Halima Ali. The pledge was led by Issa Hamud.  

Today, H.B. 442 Alcohol Amendments, was made public. Rep. Wilson has been working with stakeholders to update Utah’s alcohol policies, simplify liquor license categories and provide better training for servers in restaurants and bars and reduce drunk driving and underage drinking. Read the bill here.

Blood Drive:

Rep. Mike Kennedy, Rep. Steve Handy, Sen. Shiozawa and Lt. Gov. Cox hosted a blood drive with the America Red Cross. Blood donations are vital to have a healthy and reliable blood supply. Legislators and interns enjoyed participating and giving back. See more pictures here.

 

 

 

Honoring Dr. Mario R. Capecchi:

During morning floor time, Utah House of Representatives recognized and honored
Mario R. Capecchi, Ph.D. University of Utah School of Medicine, for his extraordinary work in the field of molecular genetics at the University of Utah.

He has had a global impact on the evolution of both molecular biology and genetics-based cancer research. Dr. Capecchi developed revolutionary gene-targeting technology using mice that has contributed to our understanding of and treatments for hundreds of diseases.

Dr. Capecchi’s work earned him the 2007 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine and laid the foundation for the development of human monoclonal antibodies as an important new class of targeted medicines used to treat disease.

Dr. Capecchi endured suffering in his early childhood years during the Nazi occupation in his native Italy. There, he lived on the streets for a time after his mother was taken to a concentration camp. The two were eventually able to reunite and immigrate to the U.S.

Thanks to Dr. Capecchi for his 44-year career at the University of Utah that has globally impacted the evolution of the state of Utah that continues to support groundbreaking discoveries around the world.

Tweets of the Day:

Legislative Schedule Tuesday, Feb. 28, 2017:

7:30 AM: House Judiciary Committee

7:45 AM: House Natural Resources, Agriculture, and Environment Committee

8:00 AM: House Law Enforcement and Criminal Justice Committee

8:00 AM: House Transportation Committee

10:00 AM: House Floor Time

2:00 PM: House Floor Time

4:10 PM: House Political Subdivisions Committee

4:10 PM: House Government Operations Committee

4:10 PM: House Revenue and Taxation Committee

Following afternoon floor time: House Floor Time

Daily Buzz: February 24, 2017

Daily Buzz: February 24, 2017

Overview of the Day:

Today marks the thirty-second day of the 2017 Legislative Session. The House prayer and pledge were led by guests of Rep. Lee Perry. The prayer was offered by Robert Kirby, an author, columnist, former Law Enforcement Officer, and Historian for the Utah Law Enforcement Memorial Committee. The pledge was led by retired Sergeant John Jones, who worked for Utah Highway Patrol for 34 years. Jones is currently working as the executive director of the Utah Highway Patrol Association.

Speaker Hughes hosted a press conference with state leadership and the mayors of Salt Lake County and City to announce the next steps to address the homelessness crisis in Utah. The plan includes a new direction of the shelter model that breaks up the one-size-fits-all model into three resource centers— two in Salt Lake City and one located outside the city but in Salt Lake County. Watch the press conference here

 

Honoring Fallen Trooper Eric Ellsworth:

During afternoon floor time, the House Chamber honored Fallen Trooper, Eric Ellsworth. On November 18, 2016, Trooper Ellsworth was severely injured in the line of duty while working to stop vehicles from striking a low-hanging power line near Garland, Utah on State Road 13. Despite heroic efforts on the part of outstanding medical personnel, Trooper Ellsworth passed away on November 22. Our state lost one of its finest citizens. We mourn his loss and extend our profound condolences to his immediate and extended family. Our state owes a debt of gratitude to Trooper Eric Ellsworth who died while serving and protecting Utah’s citizens.

 

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Daily Buzz: February 23, 2017

Daily Buzz: February 23, 2017

Overview of the Day:

Today marks the thirty-first day of the 2017 Legislative Session. The House prayer and pledge were led by guests of Rep. Keven Stratton. The prayer was offered by Laura Bunker and the pledge was led by Renae Green.

Congresswoman Mia Love addressed the House Chamber today during morning floor time. She began by recognizing that some people are nervous about the environment in Washington and then went on to discuss the many great things going on there.

Rep. Love stressed her investment in the checks and balances of our political system no matter who is in the White House. She expressed her desire to do everything she can to help constituents through the immigration process. Rep. Love also explained her plan to continue working on the One Subject at a Time Act because it will improve federal transparency. She promised that with the attempt to repeal the Affordable Care Act, there would be a replacement to ensure as many people as possible have access to healthcare.

Rep. Love wrapped up her comments saying, “I want you to know that the work you are doing here is more important than you can imagine.”

We also had a surprise visit from retired NBA Allstar Mark Eaton on the House floor this afternoon. He spent his entire professional career – 11 seasons – with the Utah Jazz (1982-1993), and is one of the greatest defensive players the NBA has ever seen. Mark set numerous records for blocks and rebounds and is ranked second all-time in league history for total blocked shots.

 

 

Meet a New Representative: Adam Gardiner

Adam Gardiner has worked at every level of government and the private sector, currently working in business development in the technology industry. Adam started his political career in high school as the Chair of the Utah Teenage Republicans and continued to volunteer in local, state and national politics. After serving an LDS mission in Kansas and Missouri, he interned for the Utah State Legislature while attending Weber State University, majoring in Political Science. Adam later worked for Congressman Rob Bishop in Washington, D.C. ran his Congressional campaign and worked on military, tax and local government issues in his office in Ogden, Utah.

Adam met his wife, Katie Gonzalez while working in Ogden and the two chose to live in West Jordan when he began working for Salt Lake County as a senior policy advisor. After a number of years at Salt Lake County, Adam left government to work in the private sector for a tech company that builds custom software. Adam has a passion and loyalty for West Jordan and for his family, which includes two rambunctious boys, Jaxon and Mason.

 

Tweets of the Day:

 

Tomorrow’s Schedule:


7:30 AM: House Transportation Committee
7:40 AM: House Judiciary Committee REVISED
8:00 AM: House Law Enforcement and Criminal Justice Committee REVISED
8:00 AM: House Natural Resources, Agriculture, and Environment Committee
10:00 AM: House Chamber, House Floor Time
12:20 PM: Commission on Federalism
2:00 PM: House Chamber, House Floor Time 2:00 PM-5:00 PM

 

Daily Buzz: Feb 22, 2017

Daily Buzz: Feb 22, 2017

Overview of the Day:

Today marks the thirtieth day of the 2017 Legislative Session. The House prayer and pledge were led by guests of Rep. Carol Spackman Moss. The prayer was offered by Reverend Nancy Cormack-Hughes, the Chaplain at Bristol Hospice in Salt Lake City. The pledge was led by Rep. Moss’ intern, Michael Pitcher.

United State Senator Orrin Hatch came to speak to the House Chamber today during morning floor time. He addressed his concerns over the Bear Ears National Monument Designation and explained that Congress and President Donald Trump are both trying to resolve the issue. Senator Hatch also stressed his support for President Trump asking everyone to “give Trump a chance.” He believes the most important acts of the President are judicial appointments, and he is very pleased with President Trump’s nominee,  Neil Gorsuch.

Senator Hatch ended his speech thanking the representatives in the room for their amazing efforts in balancing the Utah budget. In return, Speaker Greg Hughes thanked Senator Hatch for working on bills at twice the pace of his fellow senators.

Tweet of the Day:

 

Tomorrow’s Legislative Schedule:

8:00 AM: House Business and Labor Committee
8:00 AM: House Education Committee
8:00 AM: House Health and Human Services Committee
10:00 AM: House Chamber, House Floor Time
2:00 PM: House Chamber, House Floor Time