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2017 Legislature - Week 4 Summary!

The 2017 General Session of the Utah State Legislature is more than half-way done.  Thank you so much for all of your support.  It is truly an honor to represent the great residents of District 33.  Just a few highlights from the week:

Special Events at the Capitol
 
  • Arts Day on the Hill

Patrons and leaders of the arts and humanities met and talked with their state senators and representatives in the Capitol Rotunda. Thanks to the arts-interested individuals and organizations that gathered to celebrate the arts and meet with their state representatives. And thanks to the kids whose art was scattered throughout the Capitol.

 


 
  • Visit from Granger High School Students
We love having folks visit the Capitol during the Session.  This week it was students from Granger High School.  Specifically, it was Granger's Island Teens Against Tobacco group.  They came to express their views regarding the dangers of tobacco.  Thank you for coming!


 
  • Mayor Bigelow and Rep. Hall working together for West Valley

Often times, there are issues at the Capitol that disproportionately affect West Valley.  Here is a photo of Mayor Ron Bigelow and I advocating for West Valley at the State Capitol during a committee meeting.  Thanks to Mayor Bigelow for his efforts!

 


 

  • Visits to the Capitol!

One of our State's treasures is the State Capitol building.  And visiting during the legislative session is the best time of year to visit.  Lots of action happening every day.  I would love to give your family / school group / church group / etc. a behind-the-scenes tour of the State Capitol.  Give me a call/email/text and we'll make it happen. Thanks for. visiting!



2017 Legislation

This last week we continued the process of voting on non-budget bills.  Of course, you can always watch the new reports.  But the best way to track any legislation is at the Legislature's website at http://le.utah.gov.  Here are a few of the more interesting bills that were discussed this last week:

  • The Public Education Appropriations Subcommittee finalized its budget recommendations, looking to increase per-student spending and end the practice of charging fees for educator licenses. [Trib] [DNews]
  • A bill in the House that would create a pilot program to provide effective educators with a $5,000 incentive to teach at low-income schools in the state cleared through committee. [Trib] [DNews]
  • Mobile home park owners and tenants united in favor of legislation that would better define each group's rights. [Trib]
  • A bill creating a statewide mental health crisis phone line is headed to the governor's desk for his signature after it received unanimous support in the House. [DNews]
  • After hearing from domestic violence survivors, Utah lawmakers in the House Judiciary Committee advanced a bill to the House floor that would offer victims long-term legal protections. [Trib]
  • The Senate will consider a bill that would lower the criminal penalty for truancy from a Class B misdemeanor to an infraction. [Trib]
  • A bill may put the practice of assigning letter grades to public schools to an end, instead maintaining a statewide accountability system using metrics like Advanced Placement participation and elementary reading levels. [Trib]

Rep. Hall's Legislation

I have several bills this session, here are a few:
  • HB86 - Inactive Voter Amendments - PASSED! - I am the chief sponsor of this bill. Passed the House 70-0 and the Senate 25 - 0.   Sen. Karen Mayne was the Senate sponsor.  
This is a relatively simple bill which helps make sure that voters don't get kicked off the voter rolls due to a technicality.  I was asked by the Lt. Gov.'s Office to sponsor the bill and I am happy to help them achieve this goal.  
  • HB105 - Early Voting Amendments - I am the chief sponsor of this bill. Passed the House 73-0. Will be heard by the full Senate this week.
State law currently allows early voting from two weeks before Election Day, until Friday before Election Day. This bill would extend early voting until Monday before Election Day.  I was asked by the Salt Lake County Clerk's Office to run this bill. This is a great bill which will give more options to Utah's voters.  Here's some press coverage regarding the bill. [SLTrib] This is a bill that clarifies how to determine damages in the event of securities fraud. I was requested by the Utah Attorney General's office to run this bill.  
  • HB218 - Poll Location Amendments - PASSED! - I am the chief sponsor of this bill. Passed the House 75-0 and the Senate 28-0. 
Some of you may remember the long lines on Election Day.  Last November, the Clerk's Office wanted to open more poll locations, but there was a notification deadline that had already passed - effectively prohibiting the Clerk's Office from opening more locations.  This bill will allow the Clerk's Office to open a poll location at the last minute if they determine more locations are needed. Did you know your child is not allowed to bring sunscreen to school unless he/she has: (1) a parent note; and (2) a doctor note?  Ridiculous, I know.  The reason this is the case is because sunscreen is considered a "medicine," and medicine is not allowed in school.  This bill will allow your child to bring sunscreen to school without going through the hassle of a doctor note and a parent note. Here is some press coverage regarding the bill. [DNews]
  • HB132 - School Bus Safety Requirements - I am the chief sponsor of this bill. Passed the House Transportation Committee 7-3. Bill was voted upon by the full House and failed 30-40.
This bill would require seat belts in new school buses (model year 2017 buses and newer).  I was first introduced to this issue when a friend of mine, while I was living in Texas, had a daughter who was seriously injured in a school bus that tipped onto its side while on their way to a soccer game. Two of her teammates died as a result of the accident.   

I appreciate all the feedback I've received regarding this bill.  I've been in close contact with the school districts discussing ways to improve the bill.  Thanks to all those who have reached out.  Here is an article regarding the bill: [SLTrib] Administrative Law Judges adjudicate items when a citizen has a dispute with a government agency.  Currently there is no requirement for these judges to be law-trained.  These judges deal with issues that are legally complicated (health code, insurance code, etc.) and I believe it is best practice for these individuals to graduate from law school before they rule on legal rights for Utah citizens.
  • HB163 - Municipality Per Diem Amendments - I am the chief sponsor of this bill. Passed the House Political Subdivision Committee. Passed by the House 72-0.
There are hundreds of cities and towns throughout Utah. Each of them can set their own per diem rates.  This bill will cap the per diem rates at the State rate. This will help avoid excessive reimbursements to city officials throughout the State.

Town Hall Meetings!

We had our first two Town Hall meeting on Saturday, January 28 and Wednesday, February 15.  Thanks to those who attended and asked great questions.  I have one more Town Hall meeting scheduled during the legislative session.  All Town Hall meetings will be at West Valley Library (2800 West 3650 South).
  • Saturday, February 25, 2016, 1:00 - 2:00 p.m.  
Hope to see you there!

Please return your survey!

I have mailed a survey to constituents within District 33.  The answers you provide to these survey questions are invaluable.  Please, please, please fill it out and return! (Below is a photo of some of the paper surveys that have been returned!). I am very interested in your perspectives. Your comments and thoughts are greatly appreciated.  You can also take the survey online at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/RepHall2017 if you prefer that method.  Thank you so much!





Ways to Contact Representative Hall

I make a concerted effort to reach out to all of my constituents.  For that reason, I use as many different forms of communication as possible.  Most of you have received mail from me.  I also have frequent town hall meetings (more on that above).  You can follow me online at www.votecraighall.com.  For even more frequent updates, you can follow me on Facebook at www.facebook.com/votecraighall and/or on Twitter at www.twitter.com/hcraighall.  You are also welcome to call my cell phone anytime.  (801) 573-1774.  I will be in many meetings throughout the legislative session, so if I don't answer right away, feel free to leave me a message and I'll try to call back as soon as possible.  I will also be sending out regular updates via email.  Probably the quickest way to get ahold of me is by email.  My legislative email address is chall@le.utah.gov.

Thanks for your support. Contact me anytime.

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Representative Craig Hall

Legislative email: chall@le.utah.gov
Personal email: hcraighall@yahoo.com
Website: www.votecraighall.com
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Cell phone: (801) 573-1774

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