Overview of the Final Day:
Today is the final day of the 2017 Legislative Session. The House prayer and pledge were led by guests of Rep. Brad Wilson. The prayer was offered by Father Anthony Savas, St. Anna Greek Orthodox Church. The pledge was led by Rep. Wilson’s intern, Alex Healy.
As the Utah Constitution dictates, the final session of floor time must end by midnight. The governor then comes to speak and the final night festivities begin. It’s a roller coaster of a day. Keep track of the final bills being debated on the floor here. Thank you to all legislators, staff and green coats. It’s been a wonderful session!
Increasing Education Funding
The Legislature has determined to significantly increase education funding this year. A total of 57.5 percent of new revenue will go toward public education, the largest share in recent memory, and Weighted Pupil Unit (WPU) will see a 4 percent increase. Utah Schools for the Deaf and Blind will also receive a much-needed new campus in Utah County.
The Security Behind the Scenes
There are many incredible men and women frantically working to keep the Utah House of Representatives running smoothly throughout the short, seven-week session. One such group is known as the Green Coats. They are led by the Sergeant-at-Arms, Mike Mitchell. This group of 15 men are responsible for security in our lobbies, galleries and committee rooms. KUTV on Channel 2 spotlighted the Green Coats in a recent news clip. Watch it here.
Tweets of the Final Day
— John Knotwell (@JohnKnotwellUT) March 9, 2017
— Mike Winder (@mike_winder) March 9, 2017
— Jeremy Peterson (@jpetersoninutah) March 9, 2017
— Norm Thurston (@NormThurston) March 9, 2017
— Jess Porter Aragon (@jessporter25) March 9, 2017