Daily Buzz: January 27, 2017

Daily Buzz: January 27, 2017

Overview of the Day:

Representatives Brad Daw and Gage Froerer held a press conference this
fternoon on what they hoped to accomplish this legislative session with medical marijuana. These representatives, along with Senator Evan Vickers and Senator Brian Shiozawa, discussed their plan to pass legislation regarding infrastructure (growers and dispensaries) and research (H.B. 130). These leaders have decided not to run policy legislation and instead will focus on research in an attempt to pass better policy legislation next year.

House Rules Committee: Bears Ears National Monument Designation

Speaker Greg Hughes introduced his concurrent resolution, H.C.R. 11urging the President to rescind the Bears Ears National Monument Designation earlier this afternoon in the House Rules Committee. He explained that the national monument wholly ignored the needs of the people in San Juan County. Bears Ears also has a real negative economic impact on San Juan County, one of the poorest counties in the state.

San Juan County Commissioner Rebecca Benally and Bruce Adams both spoke to share their support for the concurrent resolution and with Speaker Hughes. The concurrent resolution successfully passed through the House Rules Committee with a vote of 6 – 2.

Watch this committee meeting here.

Legislative Schedule – Monday, January 30, 2017

8:00 AM: Social Services Appropriations Subcommittee
8:00 AM: Business, Economic Development, and Labor Appropriations Subcommittee
8:00 AM: Nat. Resources, Agriculture, & Environmental Quality Appropriations Subcommittee
8:00 AM: Public Education Appropriations Subcommittee
11:00 AM: House Chamber, House Floor Time
12:15 PM: Retirement and Independent Entities Appropriations Subcommittee REVISED
2:00 PM: House Business and Labor Committee

2:00 PM: House Education Committee
2:00 PM: House Health and Human Services Committee
2:00 PM: House Public Utilities, Energy, and Technology Committee