Daily Buzz: February 1, 2017

Daily Buzz: February 1, 2017

Overview of the Day:

Today is the tenth day of the 2017 Legislative Session. The House prayer was offered by Representative Rebecca Chavez-Houck, and the Pledge of Allegiance was led by Ada Assink, a Daisy Girl Scout from West Jordan.

Lights. Camera. Action!

In addition to the many committees meeting today, it was also Film Day on the Hill. A variety of talented companies joined us, from Sundance Institute to Arrowstorm Entertainment.

H.B. 11 Passes the House

Representative Norm Thurston is sponsoring H.B. 11: State Board and Commission Amendments. This bill removes the political party affiliation requirement for local boards, as well as specific board appointments in an effort to enable more qualified people to participate. After debate on the House floor, two amendments were passed.

The amendments retained the partisan requirements for five high-profile boards and banned asking those appointed to all boards their political affiliation. H.B. 11 passed the House today with 51 “yay” votes and 21 “nay” votes, with 3 abstentions.

Tweets of the Day:


Media Update:

Representative Mike McKell will be live on KSL tonight at 6:00 PM to discuss H.B. 235. If passed, this bill will authorize the use of traffic cameras on school buses to promote safety and better traffic enforcement.

Tomorrow’s Legislative Schedule:

8:00 AM: Social Services Appropriations Subcommittee
8:00 AM: Executive Offices and Criminal Justice Appropriations Subcommittee
8:00 AM: Higher Education Appropriations Subcommittee
8:00 AM: Infrastructure and General Government Appropriations Subcommittee
11:00 AM: House Chamber, House Floor Time
2:00 PM: House Economic Development and Workforce Services Committee
2:00 PM: House Political Subdivisions Committee
2:00 PM: House Revenue and Taxation Committee
4:00 PM: House Education Committee
4:00 PM: House Health and Human Services Committee
4:00 PM: House Public Utilities, Energy, and Technology Committee
6:10 PM: Executive Appropriations Committee