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May 2019 Legislative Highlights!

Hope you are having a great Spring! Thanks again for your support and for contacting me regarding any issue you would like to discuss.  I hope these newsletters are a good resource for tracking the work of the legislature as it continues during this interim period.  


Interim Sessions


Following the completion of the general legislative Session begins the off-season, or "Interim" Session.  Once a month we meet in committees comprised of both House and Senate members and begin to craft and discuss proposed legislation for the 2020 general session.  This year, our first Interim Session was on May 15.  


Items Discussed During the May Interim Session





  • Gov. Gary Herbert vetoed a bill to expedite the process of filling unexpected congressional vacancies. Legislature attempts a re-draft. [DNews]
  • Nearly 30,000 Utahns enrolled in newly expanded Medicaid. [Trib]
  • Legislative leaders discuss possible options for tax reform. [UtahPolicy]
  • Legislators look for ways to reduce growing youth e-cigarette use. [DesNews]
  • Utah officials, education leaders call for more personalization in schools [DesNews]
  • Legislature to look at spending up to $1 million to promote 2020 census participation [DesNews]
  • Believe it or not, a new study says Utah is nation's best place to drive [SLTrib]
  • Received presentations from Salt Lake County Aging and Adult Services, the Utah Housing Coalition, and The Road Home regarding the impacts of the affordable housing shortage on Utah's senior population.
  • Received a presentation from committee staff about the reasons for and expected work of the Tax Restructuring and Equalization Task Force and the Revenue and Taxation Interim Committee’s involvement in the work of the task force.
 
Other Items

  • Rep. Hall's 2019 Legislative Accomplishments
Happy to report that I I had a productive Session in 2019. Thanks so much to the wonderful residents of District 33 for letting me represent you at the Capitol.

 




  • Rep. Hall - 2019 Business Champion
Thanks to the Salt Lake Chamber for recognizing me as one of their 2019 "Business Champions." Although we still have work to do, there's a reason Utah's economy is ranked by several major publications as one of the best. It doesn't happen by accident.



  • Congratulations Granger HS Class of 2019!
 
Congratulations to the Granger HS Class of 2019! There are a lot of talented young adults in this group, and I look forward to watching them do amazing things in the future.




  • Valley Jr. High Awards Program
Attended the Valley Junior High School Awards Program in late May. Great event! Also, sad to say goodbye to our amazing principal Trent Hendricks who will be going to a different school next year. Thanks to Principal Hendricks and congrats to all the students who were recognized.





  • Elementary Students' Visit to the Capitol
I had the wonderful opportunity to host around 100 elementary students to the Capitol. Most had never been to the Capitol before. Thanks for coming!


 

  • Ribbon Cutting at American First Credit Union

Fantastic ribbon cutting for the new America First Credit Union in early May. It's located on 3500 South at about 3200 West. Good to be with Mayor Bigelow and Councilman Christensen. Thanks for being part of our community America First!




  • Granger HS Senior Breakout

Here we are at Granger High School Senior Breakout. The chaperones are the coolest. Right? Going strong until 2:00 a.m.!

  • Rep. Hall's 2019 Legislation

A couple of my bills continue to get attention. Here are a couple of media stories:

Electronic Privacy bill

Here's a fun quote about my digital privacy bill: "More states should be like Utah -- a phrase that's probably never been uttered before. Hopefully, more states will follow this lead and get out ahead of the tech curve by providing their residents with these same protections." See story here.



Campaign Bill

Huffington Postdiscusses how my bill made Utah the first State in the nation to specifically allow candidates to use campaign funds for childcare while campaigning. 

“We wanted to make the possibilities as broad as possible,” said Rep. Craig Hall (R), who introduced the legislation in Utah. “There are so many wonderful individuals in this state who want to run for office, and it shouldn’t be discouraging for them if they have young children.”

 
Summary of the 2019 Regular Session

For those interested, the legislative staff has put together some good summaries of what was accomplished during the last Legislative Session:   Read all of my previous email newsletters here: http://bit.ly/YJCYy1

Thanks again for all your support.  My contact information is as follows. Feel free to contact me regarding any issue.

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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