May 2017 Legislative Calendar

May 2017 Legislative Calendar

Stay in the know about what is happening at the Utah State Legislature.  Here is a list of May’s meetings. Click the committee to see the agenda, meeting materials and listen to live and past audio* of meetings.

Monday, May 1, 2017
9:00 a.m. Occupational and Professional Licensure Review Committee

Tuesday, May 2, 2017
1:00 p.m. Administrative Rules Review Committee

Wednesday, May 10, 2017
1:00 p.m. Point of the Mountain Development Commission

Monday, May 15, 2017
2:00 p.m. Utah International Relations and Trade Commission

Tuesday, May 16, 2017
2:00 p.m. Executive Appropriations Committee

Wednesday, May 17, 2017
8:30 a.m. Business and Labor Interim Committee
8:30 a.m. Education Interim Committee
8:30 a.m. Government Operations Interim Committee
8:30 a.m. Political Subdivisions Interim Committee
8:30 a.m. Public Utilities, Energy, and Technology Interim Committee
1:15 p.m. Judiciary Interim Committee
1:15 p.m. Law Enforcement and Criminal Justice Interim Committee
1:15 p.m. Natural Resources, Agriculture, and Environment Interim Committee
1:15 p.m. Revenue and Taxation Interim Committee
1:15 p.m. Transportation Interim Committee

*Not all meetings are streamed online.

2017 Interim Committees

2017 Interim Committees

Interim committees study key issues facing the state, hear public comment and recommend legislation for the upcoming session. Unlike during the general session, when the Senate and House each have standing committees comprised of only their own members, interim committees are made up of both senators and representatives.The Legislative Management Committee adopted a revised interim committee schedule on Tuesday, April 11, 2017.  The audio of the Legislative Management Committee can be heard here.


Highlights
:

  • Four appropriations meetings are scheduled during the interim. This will allow additional time for thorough review of the budget.
  • There are six interim committee meetings scheduled for 2017.  One less interim committee meeting than the previous year.
  • Meetings will be held May-November and a site visit in April.
  • June and September, meetings will last two days instead of one, which will allow appropriations subcommittee meetings to be held on Tuesdays and interim committee meetings on Wednesdays.
  • See the potential 2017 interim study items here.
  • Additional information can be found here.


Interim Committees 

    • May 17, 2017
    • June 21, 207
    • July 26, 2017
    • August 23, 2017
    • September 20, 2017
    • October – no interim meeting
    • November 15, 2017
    • December – No interim meeting, reserved for session preparations.

*Subject to change

 

March 7 – Daily Buzz

March 7 – Daily Buzz

Overview of the Day:

Today is the forty-third day of the 2017 Legislative Session. The House prayer and pledge were led by guests of Rep. John Westwood. The prayer was offered by Justin Harding, and the pledge was led by Cole, Jace, Bryce and Jaylee Woodward.

This afternoon, Reps Gage Froerer and Walt Brooks played important roles in a press conference all about HB 460. This bill will authorize a $100 million bond for the relocation of the prison. In total, the relocation of the prison is expected to cost $650 million. Rep. Froerer explained to the press this bond is necessary for the infrastructure outside of the prison fence – roads, sewer lines, electricity and general development.

Rep. Froerer further described the bond as not a cost over-run, but simply the money Utah’s Division of Facilities Construction and Management anticipated for this plot of land. Sen. Harper clarified that the total amount of money going toward the prison has not changed; instead, the total amount bonded has changed. Even with the prison and the highway bonds, Utah will stay below its designated debt limit by more than 50 percent.

 

Meet a New Representative: Christine Watkins

A native Utahn, born on a dairy farm in Cache County and a resident of Emery and Carbon Counties since 1972, Rep. Watkins is a conservative with a strong moral compass. Rep. Watkins earned a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education at Utah State University and a Master of Educational Administration from the University of Utah. After teaching for 20 years, she was the Elementary Principal at the Pinnacle Canyon Charter School in Price, Utah. Rep. Watkins was also the Executive Director for the Southeastern UniServ for eight years and UniServ Director for the Bonneville UniServ in Orem, Utah.  

She is married to John Watkins and has five children and 10 grandchildren. As an active member of her community, Christine has served as on the Carbon County Chamber of Commerce and has held many leadership positions in her church. Rep. Watkins 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

5:00 PM: House Chamber, House Floor Time  

 

 

 

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

 

 

March 3 – Daily Buzz

March 3 – Daily Buzz

Overview of the Day:

Today is the thirty-ninth day of the 2017 Legislative Session. The House prayer and pledge were led by guests of Rep. Jon Stanard. The prayer was offered by Kyla Bechstrand, and the pledge was led by Brysen McDonald.

We had the privilege of honoring Utah’s fallen soldiers and their families today on the House Floor. Rep. Fawson, who served in the National Guard for almost 10 years, paid tribute to these soldiers and their families through a moving speech. Rep. Fawson then asked for a moment of silence to remember these men and women.

Rep. Brad Wilson and Sen. Jerry Stevenson have been working with stakeholders to update Utah’s alcohol policies, simplify liquor license categories and provide better training for servers in restaurants and bars to reduce drunk driving and underage drinking. The cumulation of their work, H.B. 442 Alcohol Amendments, passed the House of Representatives this afternoon with a vote of 58 – 10.

In case you missed it, our very own Green Coats, more formally known as the Coat of Arms, have been spotlighted on Channel 2 KUTV News. Read here to find out what a day in the life of a Green Coat is like.

 

Meet a New Representative: Adam Gardiner

The youngest representative in the body, Rep. Adam Gardiner, represents District 43 in West Jordan. Rep. Gardiner studied at Weber State University. He works in business development and consulting. Previously, Rep. Gardiner was a Salt Lake Council analyst and worked in the office of Congressman Rob Bishop. He is married and has twin sons. Rep. Gardiner has served with the Catholic Community Services, West Jordan Sustainability Committee, Olene Walker Institute, Richard Richards Institute for Ethics, State Republican Executive Committee. He currently serves on the Salt Lake County Library. He is a great addition to the House!

 

Tweets of the Day

 

Monday’s Legislative Schedule

8:00 AM: House Education Committee
8:00 AM: House Public Utilities, Energy, and Technology Committee
8:00 AM: House Health and Human Services Committee
8:30 AM: House Judiciary Committee 

11:00 AM: House Natural Resources, Agriculture, and Environment Committee
4:10 PM: House Chamber, House Floor Time 

 

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