Daily Buzz: February 10, 2017

Daily Buzz: February 10, 2017

Overview of the Day:

Today is the nineteenth day of the 2017 Legislative Session. The House prayer and pledge were led by guests of Rep. Steve Eliason. The prayer was offered by Imam Shuaib Din. The pledge was led by Jeffery Rechtsteiner.

Congressman Rob Bishop spoke to the House of Representatives today during the morning session. He began his speech addressing immigration and the responsibility he feels to help Americans feel secure. Rep. Bishop believes security is the most important issue at hand with immigration.

He also discussed the imbalance of power between states and the Federal government. Rep. Bishop stressed the importance of finding the correct balance between the two, with both included in the law making process. As he wrapped up, he complimented the Utah House of Representatives on their work and support of the Convention of States.

Hot Topics in Committee: Driving Under the Influence and Public Safety Revisions

Representative Norm Thurston is sponsoring HB 155 to lower the state’s legal blood alcohol concentration (BAC) level for driving under the influence from 0.08 to 0.05. Many countries throughout the world restrict BAC to 0.05 or lower, including societies as diverse as Italy, Switzerland, South Africa and Thailand.

There is a significant increase in risk well before the current legal limit of 0.08, and even low levels of BAC can degrade skills and endanger others on the road. In Utah, drunk driving is the third most common factor contributing to motor vehicle crash deaths over the past 10 years.

Dr. T. Bella Dinh-Zarr, vice chairman of the National Transportation Safety Board, presented data and answer questions about the bill.

House Law Enforcement and Criminal Justice Committee voted to pass H.B. 155 with a favorable recommendation 9-2-1.


Utah for Convention of States Rally held in the Hall of Governors at the Capitol to voice support of H.J.R. 3 Joint Resolution Calling for a Convention to Amend the Constitution of the United States. Presenters included Rep. Merrill Nelson (House Sponsor of H.J.R. 3), Rep. Kim Coleman, Rep. Ken Ivory, Sen. Evan Vickers (Senate sponsor of H.J.R. 3) and Oklahoma U.S. Senator Tom Coburn.

H.J.R. 3 passed the House Natural Resources Committee on January 26, by a vote of 11-2 and passed the full House on February 3rd, by a vote of 45-29.

About the Convention of States Project:

The Convention of States Project is organized in all 50 states, including over two million volunteers, supporters and advocates committed to stopping the federal government’s abuse of power. Reps. Nelson, Coleman and Ivory attended the first-ever Simulated Article V Convention of States in the fall of 2016. Thirty-seven states are currently considering the Convention of States resolution.

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Monday, Feb. 13, 2017, Legislative Schedule:

8:00 AM: House Economic Development and Workforce Services Committee
8:00 AM: House Political Subdivisions Committee
8:00 AM: House Revenue and Taxation Committee
10:00 AM: House Chamber, House Floor Time
2:00 PM: House Education Committee
2:00 PM: House Health and Human Services Committee REVISED
2:00 PM: House Public Utilities, Energy, and Technology Committee
4:00 PM: Social Services Appropriations Subcommittee
4:00 PM: Business, Economic Development, and Labor Appropriations Subcommittee
4:00 PM: Natural Resources, Agriculture, and Environmental Quality Appropriations Subcommittee
4:00 PM: Public Education Appropriations Subcommittee
6:00 PM: Commission on Federalism