Overview of the Day:
Welcome to week five! Today marks the twenty-ninth day of the 2017 Legislative Session. The House prayer and pledge were led by guests of Rep. Francis Gibson. The prayer was offered by Shannon Acor and the pledge was led by Cooper Acor.
During morning floor time, Senator Mike Lee spoke to the chamber about federalism and executive power. He began by recognizing the local representatives are closer to constituents than the state representatives are in Washington. Senator Lee then described the 1996 Congressional Review Act, which gives Congress the ability to undo certain executive regulations, as a law that doesn’t go far enough.
He continually stressed the need to return the power back to the people through a new law. Specifically, Senator Lee would like to return tariff and rate setting power from the executive branch to Congress.
Suicide Prevention Press Conference: Rep. Steve Eliason
Rep. Steve Eliason held a press conference with the Utah Chapter of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention to raise awareness about military and civilian suicide.The press conference was held on the Capitol steps with a display of combat boots from the National Guard and shoes from Deseret Industries lining the stairs to represent the 613 lives lost to suicide in Utah last year.
Of those who lost their lives to suicide, 466 were male and 147 were female. A total of 33 were youth, between the ages of 10 and 18 and 74 were Veterans.
Tweets of the Day:
— Tim Quinn (@RepTimQuinn) February 21, 2017
— Happy on the Hill (@UThappyLeg) February 21, 2017
— Patrice Arent (@RepPatriceArent) February 21, 2017
8:00 AM: House Judiciary Committee
8:00 AM: House Law Enforcement and Criminal Justice Committee
8:00 AM: House Natural Resources, Agriculture, and Environment Committee
8:00 AM: House Transportation Committee
10:00 AM: House Chamber, House Floor Time
12:30 PM: Commission on Federalism
2:00 PM: House Chamber, House Floor Time
4:00 PM: House Government Operations Committee
4:10 PM: House Political Subdivisions Committee
4:10 PM: House Revenue and Taxation Committee