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2019 Utah Legislature - Week 1 Summary!

The 2019 General Session of the Utah State Legislature began on Monday, January 28.  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:

Budget

This first week, the legislature spent much of its time going over the State's budget.  Each legislator is on at least one appropriations subcommittee. I am currently the Chair of the Retirement and Independent Appropriations Subcommittee, which oversees the State's retirement system, PEHP, etc.  

For the last week, our committee has carefully scrutinized their existing budgets, reviewed previous appropriations and then will determine if the expenditures are achieving the desired outcomes. Of course, we are always looking for any potential savings. This budgeting process will continue throughout the session.  

Here's a snapshot of the budget from last year's Session.  
 

 
 
Special Events at the Capitol
 
  • First Week Highlights

There's not much "warming up" to the legislative session.  Early in the week, I presented a few bills, voted on more, met up with other governmental officials, had my beautiful wife pay a visit to the floor of the House, met with great people in the capitol rotunda, researched bills, etc., etc.  

So humbled to represent the great residents of District 33. Thank you for the honor!
 
 
  • State of the State
The State of the State was given by Governor Herbert on Wednesday.  The legislature looks forward to working together with the Governor to help keep Utah a great place to live, work and raise a family.  



 
  • 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. This week it was students from the West Valley campus of American Preparatory Academy. Thanks for. visiting!
 


Rep. Hall's Legislation

I have several bills this session, here are a few:
  • HB129 - Campaign Amendments - I am the chief sponsor of this bill. On Thursday, this bill passed the floor of the House 72-1.  Off to the Senate!
Sates are divided as to whether campaign funds can be used for childcare while campaigning. Federal law allows it for federal campaigns. This bill would make clear that in Utah, campaign funds may be used for childcare expenses while campaigning.  Rep. Stephanie Pitcher (Democrat) and I are jointly sponsoring this bill.  There are so many wonderful people and leaders in this State. And they shouldn't be discouraged from running simply because they have childcare responsibilities.  Here are some photos of Rep. Pitcher and I presenting the bill and getting it passed in the House. 

See story here



 
  • HB57 - Electronic Information or Data Privacy - I am the chief sponsor of this bill. This bill was heard in the House Judiciary Committee, and was held in Committee to be heard again in some future meeting.
This bill seeks to apply the same 4th amendment protections that we have in the paper and physical world, to the digital world. So much of our communication and information is now in digital and electronic format. And a lot our personal information is stored with third-parties (Dropbox, Google Drive, etc.). This bill simply would require law enforcement to seek a warrant from a judge if they want access to such digital information.  See story here This bill allows notarizations to be performed remotely. Currently, they are only allowed to be performed in-person. If this bill passes, you'll be able to perform a notarization through your smart phone. Several states have already adopted remote notarizations


Town Hall Meetings!

We had our first Town Hall meeting on Saturday, February 2.  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).
  • Saturday, February 9, 2019, 2:00 - 3:00 p.m.
  • Tuesday, February 19, 2019, 6:00 - 7:00 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/RepHall2019 if you prefer that method.  Thank you so much!
 
 

Elementary School Visit to Zions Bank on 3500 South
The Natural History Museum of Utah visited the West Valley Zions Bank branch. Students from Rolling Meadows Elementary also attended. Wonderful event! Also great to see Sen. Luz Escamilla.  Thanks to Zions Bank and the Museum for teaming up on this project.  
 


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.

Read all previous email newsletters here: http://bit.ly/YJCYy1

Representative Craig Hall

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

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