Utah House members backing Seattle Seahawks in Super Bowl XLIX
SALT LAKE CITY – (01/30/2015) Coming off a “super” first week of the 2015 Legislative Session, the Utah House of Representatives has already weighed in on many important issues facing the state: Healthcare reform, transportation funding and water policy to name a few.
But where does the body stand on this weekend’s most pressing question? Will it be the Patriots or Seahawks crowned champions of Super Bowl XLIX in Arizona on Sunday?
An informal survey of House members on Friday reveals that by a 34-23 (60 percent) margin they expect the team from the Northwest will become only the ninth repeat Vince Lombardi Trophy winners.
Breaking it down along party lines produces similar results with House Majority members predicting Seattle, 29-20, and House Minority members favoring the ‘Hawks, 5-3.
For some, it’s regional loyalty. For most, however, it comes down to Seattle having three players – linebacker Bobby Wagner (Utah State), running back Robert Turbin (Utah State) and fullback Will Tukuafu (East High School) – with strong ties to Utah.
Then there’s the one House member who jokingly said he supports the Seahawks because he feels a kinship with the team’s running back, Marshawn Lynch, who’s been verbally jousting with the media throughout the season.
We got started bright and early this morning with a handful of appropriations committees. You can tune in to the Social Services Appropriations Subcommittee, Executive Offices and Criminal Justice Appropriations Subcommittee, Higher Education Appropriations Subcommittee, and Infrastructure and General Government Appropriations Subcommittee on our website.
Floor Time will start at 11:00am today, and after lunch and our 1:30pm Q&A with the Speaker, we’ll be right back into afternoon committee meetings. Before we start our weekend we’ll hear bills in the House Retirement and Independent Entities Committee, House Economic Development and Workforce Services Committee, House Government Operations Committee and the House Political Subdivisions Committee starting at 2:00pm.
Yesterday instead of our regularly scheduled Q&A the Clean Air Caucus held a press conference discussing the upcoming clean air legislation. You can read the list of upcoming bills below, and see the photos here.
Today we get started with committee meetings at 8am. You can find a list of the committees meeting, links to audio streaming and agendas on our website. This morning you can tune in to the Social Services Appropriations Subcommittee, Executive Offices and Criminal Justice Appropriations Subcommittee, Higher Education Appropriations Subcommittee, and the Infrastructure and General Government Appropriations Subcommittee.
We’ll be back on the floor at 11:00am, you can tune in here.
This afternoon committee meetings will start again at 2:00pm. You can find a list of the committees meeting, links to audio streaming and agendas on our website. Today the House Business and Labor Committee, House Education Committee, and House Health and Human Services Committee will meet.
Later tonight we get the distinct pleasure of hosting Governor Herbert for his annual State of the State at 6:30pm, so be sure to tune in.
Yesterday during the Speaker’s Q&A with the press Speaker Hughes discussed the LDS Church’s religious freedom statement, and a few other bills up for debate. You can watch it below. Tune in every afternoon to listen to House leadership and the Speaker discuss this session’s issues.
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“We appreciate the Governor and his staff for the hours they have spent putting together this budget proposal. We agree with many of the Governor’s ideas and appreciate his leadership.
However, this budget proposal relies on statutory changes to our current tax law that will be considered and debated in the 2015 Legislative Session. Until those changes are made, we believe it would be prudent to base the budget on current revenues with a contingency plan for changes that may come.
Balancing the budget is a constitutional requirement, and fiscal restraint is a commitment made by many of us to our voters. There is much to be done. We look forward to close collaboration with the Governor and the Senate to accomplish the people’s work. “
SALT LAKE CITY – Tonight, leaders in the Utah Legislature and Count My Vote issued the following statement:
For several weeks, the Utah Legislature and Count My Vote have been negotiating toward a common goal: greater citizen participation. The discussions have been productive. We have reached an agreement on landmark election reforms that promise to improve citizen engagement in Utah’s electoral process.
The agreed-upon reform language will be written as 2nd Substitute Senate Bill 54, sponsored by Sen. Curt Bramble and Rep. Dan McCay. The new legislation will preserve Utah’s caucus-convention system and provide a direct primary alternative based on gathering a threshold of voter signatures. Such a dual system exists in some form in five other states and provides the voting public with the best features of both systems. 2nd Substitute SB 54 will also open primary elections to non-affiliated voters.
Leaders in the Utah House and Senate have announced their intent to act on the legislation this week. Count My Vote will continue gathering signatures until the bill is passed and signed by the governor.
These historic election reforms will be shared in more detail at a joint news conference tomorrow, March 2, 2014, at 4:30 p.m. in the Capitol Presentation Room, located in the Visitor’s Center on the first floor.
The news conference will be live-streamed on YouTube.
It’s an overcast afternoon in London as you make your way around the yard of Shakespeare’s Globe, your English teacher your tour guide. As you arrive on the Globe’s stage it feels like you’ve been taken back in time. Looking out past the enormous red column, you try to imagine how how loud you’d have to shout, for the crowd to hear you. Suddenly the screen of your device changes and there sits a pop quiz.
This is what one-to-one learning looks like.
All over the country students and teachers have embraced technology in education, and the results are impressive.
Schools with properly implemented one-to-one programs have seen:
· A rise in attendance as students have become more engaged and motivated.
· SAT scores rise to school all-time highs
· An increase in students’ standardized achievement test scores
· School dropout rates falling
· Decreases in disciplinary action
For example, schools in New York‘s School District 75 saw:
· 38% increase in peer collaboration
· 23% increase student motivation
· 38% increase in completing class work
· 69% increase in student behavior – less outbursts
· 23% increase in student attendance
· 38% increase in academic skills, such as note taking, writing, etc.
After just one year.
But this initiative is so much more than just putting devices into the hands of students. It is impossible to overstate the power of individual teachers in the success of a one-to-one initiative, which is why the Public Education Modernization Act accounts for the cost of professional development as well as the cost of the device. It takes training to be able to utilize the software and devices in the most efficient way possible and we’re prepared to provide it.
Attached is a flowchart designed to help you understand how this bill will work.
1. A one-to-one advisory committee will be appointed.
2. The State Board will submit a request for proposal, or RFP.
3. That will yield a master plan that will include plans for infrastructure, professional development, devices, tech support, replacement, and evaluation.
4. Next the State Board will issue another RFP, this time for devices and software.
5. Providers will submit bids for devices and software programs.
6. LEA grants are presented as a means to fund software program and device costs.
7. The State Board will conduct an independent evaluation of the one-to-one initiative.
The Public Education Modernization Act has a fiscal note of $200 million dollars. $50 million will be one-time money provided to make sure schools have sufficient and reliable broadband and Wi-Fi capabilities. $150 million will be on-going money that will provide for professional development and devices. Critics have asked, “Is this the best way to spend $200 million?” And the answer will always be a resounding: “Yes.” Preparing our students and teachers to work and thrive in an increasingly technological economy is worth the investment.
This morning, Tom Greaves of Project Red will join Rep. Gibson in presenting HB 131 to the education committee. You can read more about Project Red and their findings here.
UPDATE: Attached is data from Henrico County, the HB 131 flow chart, the HB 131 information packet, and Data from Mooresville. For more data and education information, contact House Communications or leave a comment.