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:
— Jim Dunnigan (@RepJimDunnigan) February 23, 2017
— Happy on the Hill (@UThappyLeg) February 23, 2017
— Mike Winder (@mike_winder) February 23, 2017
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