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2018 Legislature - Week 2 Summary!

Week 2 of the 2018 General Session of the Utah State Legislature is in the books. 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

  • Nurse Wubbels Testifies in Favor of My Blood Draw Bill

Nurse Wubbels was the nurse involved in the police officer confrontation at the University of Utah Hospital this last summer. Wednesday she testified in support of my bill that requires law enforcement to seek a warrant if they want a blood draw. Thanks so much for her testimony and support of the bill! This bill will go a long way towards making sure this never happens again. 
 
Passed the Senate Committee unanimously. - Nurse Wubbels made me give her the high 5 🙂. 

 
  • Visit from the New University of Utah President


The University of Utah recently underwent a nation-wide search for a new University President.  After a months-long search, in a unanimous vote of the Utah Board of Regents, Ruth Watkins was selected to be the next -- and first woman -- president of the University of Utah. 

This week she visited the legislature to share her vision.  Thanks for visiting and best of luck to her in her new position!

 

 
  • Law Enforcement Day at the Capitol


This week we were honored to have some of our law enforcement visit us at the Capitol. Thanks to all of them for literally putting their life on the line every day to help keep us safe. Thank you for your service! 

 



2018 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:
  • A bill unanimously passed through the House that would allow automated delivery robots to use sidewalks. [DNews]
  • Several House Republicans joined Democrats in voting down a bill that would create legislative committees in charge of overseeing local governments, school boards and state agencies. [Trib]
  • Utah lawmakers are considering a pair of bills that would set up a state-run industry to allow terminally ill Utahns to access medical marijuana. [Trib] [DNews] [KUTV] [Fox13]
  • The UTA Board passed a resolution in a Wednesday meeting to work with state lawmakers to reorganize and reform the scandal-ridden agency. [Trib]
  • The Utah Senate approved a bill Wednesday that would end the 90-day waiting period for couples seeking a divorce. [Trib]
  • State Sen. Ann Millner, R-Ogden, is sponsoring a bill that incentivizes Utah college graduates to stay and work in state by offering loan forgiveness. [Trib]
  • The Utah House unanimously passed a bill that would require crisis hotlines to operate around the clock after a Huntsville teenager called a suicide hotline and took her own life after receiving no answer back in 2015. [Trib] [KUTV]
 
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 and we'll make it happen. 


Rep. Hall's Legislation

I have several bills this session, here are a few:
  • HB43 - Blood Testing Amendments - I am the chief sponsor of this bill. Passed the floor of the House 72-0.  Passed the Senate Judiciary Cmte 4-0.  
This bill was prompted from the encounter we saw over the summer between a law enforcement officer and a University of Utah nurse. The bill was worked on extensively over the last several months and would require a law enforcement officer to secure a warrant before they get a blood draw. Here's an article regarding this bill:  [SLTrib]

  • HB92 - Utah Vital Statistics Act Amendment - I am the chief sponsor of this bill. Passed the House Health and Human Services Committee 13-0. Passed the floor of the House 74-0 and the Senate Health and Human Services Committee 7-0. Should be considered by the full Senate this week.
This was a bill brought to me by the Utah Health Department.  If an out-of-state individual dies in Utah, a Utah death certificate must be issued.  However, if that out-of-state family uses an out-of-state funeral home, there have been some difficulties getting the death certificate signed.  This bill resolves this issue.

  • HB113 - Candidate Filing Amendments - I am the chief sponsor of this bill. Passed the House Political Subdivisions Committee 9-0. Should be heard in front of the full House sometime this next week.
This bill fixes the situation we saw in the race for Congression District 4 this last fall.  One candidate wanted to file for office, but he was in China teaching a class during the filing period.  He called the Lt. Gov's office and asked how he could file. He was told he could not file because the statute says he must file "in person."

This bill allows an individual who is out of state to file remotely through the use of a audio/video connection.  This is a no-brainer bill that provides more access to the ballot.

  • HB133 - Employment Amendments - I am the chief sponsor of this bill. Has been assigned to the House Business and Labor Committee.
Think it's a good idea for government employees to hire and/or supervise their dating partner?  Me neither.  This would prevent such situation. See story here. Should be heard in committee sometime this week.

Government employees who commit a crime in the course and scope of their government employment lose retirement benefits starting the inception of their crime.  Occasionally, it's not the employer who catches this conduct, but rather an investigation by law enforcement or an audit by an outside agency.  

This bill simply makes clear that the outside agency can notify the Utah Retirement System of the employee conduct and participate in any further investigations.


Town Hall Meetings!

We had our first Town Hall meeting on Saturday, January 27.  Thanks to those who attended!.  I have two more Town Hall meetings scheduled during the legislative session.  All of the following Town Hall meetings will be at West Valley Library (2800 West 3650 South).
  • Tuesday, February 6, 2018, 7:00 - 8:00 p.m.
  • Saturday, February 24, 2018, 2:00 - 3:00 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/RepHall2018 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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