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2020 Utah Legislature - Week 3 Summary

Add your expanded detail here. The 2020 General Session of the Utah State Legislature is flying by.  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
 
  • Tribute to Service Members Who Died While Serving in the Armed Forces
This week the House had the distinct honor of welcoming the families who have lost their loved ones serving in the armed forces. 

We are deeply indebted for their service and sacrifice of these soldiers. May God bless their loved ones and may their legacy of patriotism and love for this country continue on.



 
  • Bipartisan Clean Air Caucus
 
I am part of a bipartisan group of legislators (both democrats and republicans) that is extremely concerned about our air quality. We are actively searching for ways to make a difference.  As a group, we have proposed over a dozen air quality bills ranging in proposals from reducing car emissions to funding more research.  There's obviously much more work to be done in this regard.  Thanks to everyone who has reached out to me on this issue.  Here are some photos from the press conference this last week. See articles here:


 
  • Educators on the Hill!

This Friday, most school districts had the day off. And easily over 100 educators took advantage of the day off to come to the Capitol to talk to legislators! Thanks so much for coming! I had the opportunity to meet many of them, and talk to them during lunch. Thanks so much for all your great work!
  
  • Lunch with Police Chiefs (including WVC Chief Jacobs) 
This week many of the police chiefs throughout the state came to the Capitol to visit. Thanks to WVC Police Chief Colleen Jacobs who was able to visit with many of the WVC legislators. Thanks for your great work!



 
  • Rep. Hall Requests $33,281,000 For Teacher Retention Bonus
This week I requested $33,281,000 from the Public Education Appropriations Cmte. for a $1,000 teacher retention bonus for each of Utah's 33,281 educators. With the education fund surplus (along with our challenge of retaining teachers), I can't think of a better use of the surplus. See story here.


 

2020 Legislation

This last week we continued the process of voting on non-budget bills.  Of course, you can always watch the news 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:
  • Seeking to promote more thoughtful voting, the Utah House OKs a bill to eliminate straight-ticket voting via checking one box. [Trib]
  • The Senate Transportation Committee advanced a bill to create electronic driver licenses in Utah. [Trib] 
  • Rep. Brad Daw is pushing a bill to stop high-interest lenders from jailing borrowers who owe money and then seizing their bail. [Trib] 
  • Rep. Hall has proposed that the Legislature give every licensed school teacher in the state a $1,000 bonus. [DNews] 
  • The Utah State Legislature honored trailblazing women who fought for equality and the right to vote. [Fox13] [DNews] [Trib]
  • A bill to study voting via the internet is advancing in the legislature. [DNews] 
  • New parents employed by the Utah Department of Health might soon be able to bring their infants to work under a proposed pilot program. [Trib] [DNews]

Rep. Hall's Legislation

I have several bills this session, here are a few:
  • HB84 - Traffic Code Amendments - I am the chief sponsor of this bill. Passed the House Floor 64-10.  Passed the Senate Transportation Committee 6-0. Should be voted on the Senate Floor this upcoming week.
As you all know, when a bus stops and its lights are flashing and the stop arm is out, other vehicles are supposed to stop. However, compliance with this law is not as high as it should be. Last year, a study was done and there were over 900 violations in a single day! This bill will increase the minimum fine for violations. The Granite School District asked me to sponsor this bill after experiencing way too many close calls. 

See story here
  This bill would eliminate the box on the ballot that would allow a voter to vote for all candidates of a single party with one single notation.
 
Representative Arent (democrat) and I (republican) are sponsoring a bill together. 43 States have already prohibited this practice. Over 70% of those who have responded to my constituent survey express support for eliminating straight-ticket voting. A voter could still vote for all candidates of their favorite political party, but they would need to go through each race on the ballot. 
 


 
  • HB86 - Adult Autism Treatment Program. I am the chief sponsor of this bill. The bill passed the House Health and Human Services Committee 9-0. Passed the House floor 49-26.
Within the State of Utah we have multiple treatment options for children with autism. Of course, it's a reality that each of these kids grow up. However, the treatment options for individuals over 21 are extremely scarce. This bill will set up a structure where the State can begin providing better resources. 
  It is already a felony to threaten a judge or member of the board of pardons in relation to a criminal case. There have been a few instances that make it clear that such penalty should also apply to prosecutors in order to make it clear that such threats and intimidation to prosecutors is absolutely not acceptable.
  Unlike many other states, Utah does not have a minimum age where the state can prosecute and incarcerate minors. This bill would eliminate the ability to prosecute/incarcerate children 12 and under (with exceptions for the most serious offenses).




Town Hall Meetings!

We have now had two town hall meetings (Feb. 1 & Feb. 8).  Thanks to those who attended!.  I have one more Town Hall meeting scheduled during the legislative session.  All of the following Town Hall meetings will be at West Valley Library (2800 West 3650 South).
  • Thursday, February 20, 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/RepHall2020 if you prefer that method.  Thank you so much!
 
 
 
  • 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. Thanks for visiting!
 




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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