2017 Legislature - Week 6 Summary!
Special Events at the Capitol
- Honoring Utah's Fallen Soldiers
- Late Nights at the Capitol
Since there are so few days left before the last legislative day, we sometimes stay late. Here is a photo from one night this week at approximately 8:30 p.m. We continued working that night until around 9:30 p.m.
- Schedule this Upcoming Week!
- 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.
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 Senate committee advanced a bill that would require the testing of all rape kits. [Trib]
- The House voted to approve legislation calling for term limits in Congress. [Trib]
- Both mobile home park owners and their residents supported a bill designed to better define the rights of each group. The legislation passed unanimously through the House and now heads to the Senate for further consideration. [Trib]
- The House endorsed a bill that would make sweeping changes to the state's juvenile justice system, seeking to keep low-risk offenders in their homes, when possible, through the use of a variety of alternative programs rather than jumping directly to incarceration. [Trib]
- A bill that would ask a current state task force studying intergenerational poverty to look at the causes of child homelessness and study how to best address it received unanimous support in the House. [Trib]
- The Senate Government Operations Committee advanced a bill that would create a presidential primary in Utah to address problems with last year's caucuses. [Trib] [ABC4] [APviaKUTV]
- The House unanimously advanced a bill addressing limitations to freedom of speech on college campuses across the state. [Trib]
- Legislation seeking to shorten Utah's election lines is headed to Gov. Gary Herbert's desk for his signature or veto after passing unanimously in both the House and the Senate. [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.
- HB105 - Early Voting Amendments - PASSED! - I am the chief sponsor of this bill. Passed the House 73-0. Passed the Senate 28-0.
- HB106 - Utah Uniform Securities Act Amendments - PASSED! - I am the chief sponsor of this bill. Passed the House 73-0. Passed the Senate 26-0.
- HB218 - Poll Location Amendments - PASSED! - I am the chief sponsor of this bill. Passed the House 75-0 and the Senate 28-0.
- HB288 - School Sunscreen Provision - PASSED! - I am the chief sponsor of this bill. Passed the House 68-1. Passed the Senate 27-0.
- HB245 - School District Procurement Process - I am the chief sponsor for of this bill. Passed House 70-0. Passed a Senate committee and is awaiting vote by the full Senate.
- 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. Awaiting a vote by the Senate.
- HB380 - Sex Offender Registry Amendments - I am the chief sponsor of this bill. Passed the House 72 - 0. Awaiting a vote by the full Senate.
This bill makes clear that such agreements between prosecutors and defense attorneys are improper, and shall not be made. And if they are made, the Utah Attorney General's Office will have the authority to have these agreements held invalid.
- 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.
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]
- HB144 - Administrative Law Judge Qualifications - I am the chief sponsor of this bill. Held by the House Judiciary Committee this week without a vote.
Town Hall Meetings!
I've had three town hall meetings over the last four weeks! Thank you so much to those who have been able to come. Great conversation and great questions!!!
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thanks for your support. Contact me anytime.
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Representative Craig Hall
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Cell phone: (801) 573-1774