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!

 

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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 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, Eric 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.

 

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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