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

 

Daily Buzz: February 16, 2017

Daily Buzz: February 16, 2017

Overview of the Day:

Today marks the twenty-fifth day of the 2017 Legislative Session. The House prayer and pledge were led by guests of Rep. Val Peterson. The prayer was offered by Colonel Tyler Smith of the Utah National Guard. The pledge was also led by a member of the Utah National Guard, Lieutenant Colonel John Darrington.

This morning was the Utah Non-Profit Association Day on the Hill. Tables from the National Abilities Center, SLC Makes Music, American Diabetes Association, United Way, Volunteers of America, Red Butte Garden, Heal Utah, Life’s Worth Living, and many more filled the rotunda. Spokespeople from these great organizations spoke with capitol visitors, legislators, and staff about the missions of these organizations. It was a great morning at the capitol.

 

Meet a New Representative: Karianne Lisonbee

Representative Karianne Lisonbee now represents District 14 in Syracuse. She attended Brigham Young University studying social cultural anthropology. In addition to being a homeschool teacher, Rep. Lisonbee was served on the Utah House Education Association Board and the Syracuse City Council. She has also had political experience as a columnist, campaign manager, and chair on various committees. Rep. Lisonbee is married with six children. She loves to travel and hike. She is and will continue to be a wonderful addition to the Utah House of Representatives.

 

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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
9:00 AM: House Public Utilities, Energy, and Technology Committee
10:00 AM: House Chamber, House Floor Time
12:30 PM: Commission on Federalism
2:00 PM: House Chamber, House Floor Time
4:10 PM: House Judiciary Committee
4:10 PM: House Natural Resources, Agriculture, and Environment Committee
4:10 PM: House Transportation Committee

Daily Buzz: February 15, 2017

Daily Buzz: February 15, 2017

Overview of the Day:

Today marks the twenty-fourth day of the 2017 Legislative Session. The House prayer and pledge were led by guests of Rep. Mark Wheatley. The prayer was offered by Father Lukasz Misko of the Newman Center. The pledge was led by Christian Silva-Vique, Rep. Wheatley’s intern for the session.

Aerospace Day on the Hill took over the Capitol rotunda this morning. Exhibitors like Boeing, Hill Air Force Base and Utah Advanced Materials and Manufacturing Initiative (UAMMI) set up booths and gave presentations to legislators and citizens alike. The children present loves the small planes and drones on display.

 

Did you know sunscreen was illegal in school?

Rep. Craig Hall is sponsoring School Sunscreen Provision legislation (HB 288) in hopes of making right a surprising wrong. Currently, public schools do not allow students to possess and use sunscreen while at school. Fortunately, the passage of this bill will make the possession and use of sunscreen at public school legal. This legislation will also allow a school employee to apply sunscreen to students. Earlier today, HB 288 passed the House of Representatives with a vote of 68 – 1. This bill is now in the Senate Rules Committee.

 

Tweets of the Day:

https://twitter.com/katieomatheson/status/831932286773972998

https://twitter.com/braddaw/status/831923548897701888

https://twitter.com/RepTimQuinn/status/832001053268652032

 

Tomorrow’s Legislative Schedule:

8:00 AM: House Judiciary Committee
8:00 AM: House Law Enforcement and Criminal Justice Committee
8:00 AM: House Natural Resources, Agriculture, and Environment Committee
8:00 AM: House Transportation Committee
10:00 AM: House Chamber, House Floor Time
2:00 PM: House Economic Development and Workforce Services Committee
2:00 PM: House Government Operations Committee

2:00 PM: House Political Subdivisions Committee
2:00 PM: House Revenue and Taxation Committee
4:10 PM: Executive Appropriations Committee

Daily Buzz: February 14, 2017

Daily Buzz: February 14, 2017

Overview of the Day:

Happy Valentine’s Day! Today is the twenty-third day of the 2017 Legislative Session. The House prayer and pledge were led by guests of Rep. John Knotwell. The prayer was offered by Daniel Smith, Stake President of the Herriman South Stake of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. The pledge was led by Tiffany Clyde, Rep. Knotwell’s intern for the session.

Caucus meeting had a full and exciting agenda. Steven Starks, President of the Utah Jazz, began the meeting by describing the Vivint Arena redesign that will be happening this spring and summer. Following Starks, Greg Miller discussed the big decision to put the Utah Jazz into the Miller family trust. Finally, Jazz Head Coach Quin Snyder talked about his rewarding move to Utah and the progress of the Jazz this season. The Utah Jazz Bear ended the meeting with a confetti cannon.

 

Meet a New Representative: Walt Brooks

Rep. Walt Brooks now represents District 75 in St. George. He received his B.S. degree in business administration from Dixie State University. Rep. Brooks is currently the President of RxTrax. He is a BSA volunteer, a CAT team member, a NRA member, and a youth sports volunteer. Rep. Brooks loves to fly planes and his favorite quote is, “There is no tomorrow to remember if we don’t do something today,” by President Thomas S. Monson. Rep. Brooks is a great addition to the House of Representatives!

 

Tweets of the Day:

https://twitter.com/BjaminWood/status/831585462493982721

https://twitter.com/utahsenate/status/831624717341560832

https://twitter.com/NormThurston/status/831619902301614080

https://twitter.com/UtahReps/status/831567610173026304

 

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
9:00 AM: House Public Utilities, Energy, and Technology Committee
10:00 AM: House Chamber, House Floor Time
12:30 PM: Commission on Federalism
2:00 PM: House Chamber, House Floor Time
4:10 PM: Executive Appropriations Committee