March 6 – Daily Buzz

March 6 – Daily Buzz

Overview of the Day:

The last week of the 2017 Legislative Session has begun. Today is the forty-second day of the forty-five day session. The House prayer and pledge were led by guests of Rep. Brad Last. The prayer was offered by Stanley Groen and the pledge was led by Andy Arvig, a lieutenant in the Army National Guard. 

 

Current Legislation Update: HB 159, Amendments to Voter Registration

Earlier today, first substitute of HB 159, Amendments to Voter Registration, was passed out of Senate Government Operations and Political Subdivisions Committee with a favorable recommendation of 5 – 2. Sponsored by Rep. Steve Handy, HB 159 will ensure that all individuals who apply for or renew their driver’s license or state identification card will be registered to vote. An individual can opt out if they choose to. This legislation does provide that an individual will not be guilty of fraudulent registration if the individual is ineligible to register to vote but is inadvertently registered to vote under this bill.

Meet a New Representative: Jefferson Moss

Rep. Jefferson Moss now represents District 2 in Saratoga Springs. He studied Political Science and Philosophy at Brigham Young University. Rep. Moss is married with 4four children between the ages of 3 and 13. Currently, he works as the Senior Director of Investment Management and Development Services for the Utah Valley University Foundation. Rep. Moss is following in the footsteps of his father, who also served in the Utah House of Representatives. One of his favorite quotes about public service is from his namesake, Thomas Jefferson: “The price of freedom is eternal vigilance.” Rep Moss has been a wonderful addition to the Utah House of Representatives this year.

 

Tweets of the Day

 

 

Tomorrow’s Legislative Schedule


8:00 AM: House Chamber, House Floor Time
2:00 PM: House Chamber, House Floor Time

6:10 PM: Joint Revenue and Taxation Committee

 

 

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.

 

Tweets of the Day:

 

 

Week in Review: February 20 – February 24, 2017

Week in Review: February 20 – February 24, 2017

Legislative Update: Week #4

Homelessness Proposal

Over the past two years, stakeholders from all sectors — public, private and nonprofit — have been working to responsibly address the homelessness crisis we face in our state. The Speaker of the House, state leadership and the mayors of Salt Lake County and City announced the next steps to address the crisis in Utah. The plan includes a new direction, in breaking up the “one-size-fits-all” shelter model into three resource centers— two in Salt Lake City and one located outside the city but remaining in Salt Lake County.

This plan has four primary components:

  • A redesigned shelter model with three new resource centers, tailoring services to population needs, in addition to the existing family resource center in Midvale. The two facilities in Salt Lake City will each be capped at 200 beds.  These resource centers will serve distinct populations: adult women, adult men and a gender-segregated facility serving both adult men and women.
  • Alternatives to shelter will continue to be pursued to draw down demand for emergency shelter. Efforts include Salt Lake County’s Pay for Success initiative which targets persistently homeless individuals, more affordable housing, behavioral healthcare treatment facilities, increased diversion, additional efforts to reduce length of stay at a shelter and prevent repeat stays, motel vouchers and other alternatives to meet shelter demand.
  • System improvements that more efficiently coordinate resources across the housing and homelessness delivery system, including a coordinated entry and assessment system.
  • A public safety and treatment initiative, similar to Operation Diversion launched last fall, to ensure neighborhoods are safe and individuals have access to treatment. This will include two more police officers at the Midvale Center and the opening of an additional 300 jail beds to allow for sufficient enforcement in and around these facilities.

At the request of the state, through a process facilitated by Salt Lake County, stakeholders will identify possible sites for a resource center located in an area outside Salt Lake City for consideration and approval by the State Homeless Coordinating Committee by March 30, 2017. The target date for the closure of the downtown emergency shelter is June 30, 2019.

 

Public Land Management

A bill was recently introduced in the Utah State Legislature which would put in place a new process for the sale or exchange of public lands in the state, emphasizing exchanges over sales.

H.B. 407, Utah Public Land Management Act Amendments, declares that the state should retain lands in state ownership “for the enjoyment and betterment of the public and state,” and that if any lands are to be sold, a super-majority support of two-thirds of the Legislature would be required. Any sales must be for fair market value, and the proceeds must be used to improve existing public land, acquire additional public land or increase utilization of the land by the public.

Under this bill, if Utah were to gain the ability to oversee and control at least 250,000 acres of public lands currently managed by the federal government, they would be placed under the purview of a new Department of Land Management. The director of that department would be elected by county commissions and councils, putting much more control in the hands of local governments, closer to the people.

The bill adds to language from last year’s H.B. 276 requiring management for multiple use, adding hunting. That same bill created a Public Land Management Fund which would be used for costs associated with managing public lands if and when they are returned to the State of Utah.

 

Concealed Carry Amendments

This week the House passed H.B. 198, Concealed Carry Amendments, that will lower the minimum age to obtain a concealed carry permit to 18 if all other eligibility requirements are met. Currently, Utah law already allows those 18-20 to carry openly.

With increased concern about sexual assault on college campuses, it only makes sense that those most at risk be permitted options giving them the ability to protect themselves.

A total of 16 states, in some way or another, allow those 18 and older to carry a concealed firearm.

 

Federal Delegation Visit

This week, Senator Orrin Hatch, Congressman Mike Lee and Congresswoman Mia Love all came to speak to the House. Sen. Hatch explained the work being done on the federal level to rescind the Bears Ears National Monument and asked the body to give President Trump a chance. Sen. Lee spoke to the House members about federalism, executive power and returning power to the people. Rep. Love recognized that many people are nervous about the environment in Washington, and soothed these fears by discussing the good she’s personally doing to improve immigration, transparency and healthcare.

 

Suicide Prevention

A press conference was held on the Capitol steps to raise awareness about military and civilian suicide. A display of combat boots from the National Guard and shoes from Deseret Industries lined the south steps to represent the 613 lives lost to suicide in Utah last year. Of those, 466 were male and 147 were female. Thirty-three were youth, between the ages of 10 and 18, and 74 were Veterans.

Daily Buzz: February 9, 2017

Daily Buzz: February 9, 2017

Overview of the Day:

 

Today is the eighteenth day of the 2017 Legislative Session. The House prayer and pledge were led by guests of Representative Dan Mccay. The prayer was offered by Mark Strong. The pledge was led by Rep. McCay’s son, Cooper McCay.

Congressman Chris Stewart gave his annual report to the Utah Legislature. During his visit, he addressed Congress’ priorities, which include reforming the tax code and repealing and replacing the Affordable Care Act. Rep. Stewart expressed that we as Americans have the responsibility to speak the truth, listen respectfully to others and protect Americans and America’s interests around the world. Click here to watch his remarks (begins at 15:34 mins).

After Congressman Stewart’s speech, Tony Award-winning Alfie Boe sang Danny Boy. After his stunning performance, he received a standing ovation from the representatives and the public seated in the gallery. Boe is best known for his performance as Jean Valjean in the musical Les Miserables.

During the Majority Caucus meeting, Congressman Jason Chaffetz gave an update on what he is working on in Washington, as well as his recent meeting with the president. During that meeting, Chaffetz asked the president to repeal the Bears Ears National Monument designation. He mentioned to the caucus that he would like to do away with the Antiquities Act in its entirety.

 

Tweets of the Day:

 

Tomorrow’s Legislative Schedule:


8:00 AM: Social Services Appropriations Subcommittee
8:00 AM: Executive Offices and Criminal Justice Appropriations Subcommittee
8:00 AM: Infrastructure and General Government Appropriations Subcommittee
9:15 AM: Higher Education Appropriations Subcommittee
11:00 AM: House Chamber, House Floor Time
12:15 PM: Judicial Rules Review Committee
12:30 PM: Commission on Federalism
12:45 PM: Retirement and Independent Entities Appropriations Subcommittee
2:00 PM: House Chamber, House Floor Time
3:00 PM: House Judiciary Committee
3:00 PM: House Law Enforcement and Criminal Justice Committee
3:00 PM: House Natural Resources, Agriculture, and Environment Committee
3:00 PM: House Transportation Committee

Daily Buzz: February 8, 2017

Daily Buzz: February 8, 2017

Overview of the Day:

Today is the 17 day of the 2017 Legislative Session. The House prayer and pledge were led by guests of Representative Angela Romero. The prayer was offered by Lieutenant Governor Spencer Cox. The pledge was led by Rep. Romero’s intern, Celesta Nagel.

 

Meet a New Representative: Kelly Miles

Representative Kelly Miles now represents District 11 in Ogden after having lived in the area for nearly 50 years. He received his B.S. degree in business from Weber State University. He then received his MBA and a law degree from the University of Utah. Rep. Miles is an area attorney and business owner. His greatest joys in life are his wife, four children, and two granddaughters. He has served in many community capacities including Republican delegate, a chair for McKay-Dee hospital board and a member of the Area Board for the Boys and Girls Club. Rep. Miles will be a great addition the House.

 

Tweets of the Day:

 

 

ICYMI:

  • Patagonia says it’s skipping Outdoor Retailer over Bears Ears; House Speaker isn’t backing down: Fox 13 News: http://via.fox13now.com/LkfP5
  • Is proposed tax increase 1% or 17.5%? Depends on what you count, which could affect $750M ballot initiative: Salt Lake Tribune: https://goo.gl/2XlSkT

 

Tomorrow’s Legislative Schedule:

8:00 AM: Social Services Appropriations Subcommittee
8:00 AM: Business, Economic Development, and Labor Appropriations Subcommittee
8:00 AM: Natural Resources, Agriculture, and Environmental Quality Appropriations Subcommittee
8:00 AM: Public Education Appropriations Subcommittee
11:00 AM: House Chamber, House Floor Time
2:00 PM: House Chamber, House Floor Time
3:00 PM: House Business and Labor Committee
3:00 PM: House Education Committee
3:00 PM: House Health and Human Services Committee

Thank You Veterans

Thank You Veterans

Each year we set aside a day to honor the men and women who have served our country in uniform. It is an opportunity for us to extend our gratitude for the sacrifices made by those who serve in many places throughout the world, often in less-than-comfortable circumstances, in order to protect our way of life.

While levels of freedom around the world are on the decline, we can thank our soldiers and veterans for safeguarding us and protecting our liberties – for without those who fight for what is good and right, only those who fight for power would remain.

Richard Watson Gilder, an American poet, declared that, “Better than honor and glory and History’s iron pen, was the thought of duty done and love of his fellow-men.” Those are the military men and women we have known, and to each of you we express our deepest appreciation and thanks on this Veterans Day.