November 2017 Legislative Highlights!
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 2018 session. Our latest Interim Session was on November 15, 2017. See some of the details below...
Items discussed during the November 2017 Interim included:
- The Judiciary Committee approved my legislation to require a warrant if law enforcement wants a blood draw. See more below. [Trib] [DNews] [ABC4] [KUER]
- A bill further restricting the days Utahns can set off fireworks during the summer is moving through legislation. [Trib] [DNews] [Fox13] [KUER] [KUTV]
- The Utah State Senate voted unanimously to confirm Paige Petersen as the state's new Supreme Court justice. [Trib]
- Lawmakers want an audit of the downtown homeless shelter and other service providers after reports of poor conditions [Deseret News].
- Legislators proposed a bill to assist Utah cities in defining free speech demonstrations. [DNews]
In an attempt to curb opioid misuse, discussed draft legislation "Alternative Pain Management Study," which would include a Department of Health study of the availability, efficacy, benefits, and risks of nonopiate pain management therapies.
- Details regarding other items discussed can be found here.
- Memorial and Street Naming for Officer Brotherson
A year after Cody Brotherson died in the line of duty, family members, fellow officers and friends gathered for a memorial to honor Officer Brotherson. Officials also announced that a stretch of 4100 South from 2200 West to 3600 West has been renamed the Cody Brotherson Parkway. See reports of the Memorial and street naming here and here.
We love you Officer Brotherson! Thank you for your service and sacrifice.
- Blood Draw Legislation
Want a blood draw? Get a warrant. I presented a bill to the Judiciary Cmte that will help prevent the police/nurse altercation that occurred at the University of Utah hospital. Thanks to my legislative colleagues who passed the bill unanimously. Looking for full approval during the upcoming Session. See details here: http://www.good4utah.com/news/judiciary-committee-passes-nurse-wubbels-blood-draw-legislation/858178456
- SLCC Westpoint Career and Technical Education Center
Thanks to Salt Lake Community College for the fantastic tour of the new Westpointe Career and Technical Education Center. Set to open in May 2018!
Seriously, this will be such an asset to our community. If one is looking for a career that pays an average of $50,000/year after 1-2 years of training, give a serious look to this program.
- APA Veterans Day Program
I was fortunate to attend the American Preparatory Academy Veterans Day program. It was awesome. Well over 1,000 attended. Fantastic work APA!
And, of course, thanks so much to our veterans for your service!
- Hamilton Education Program
Here's a great example of how the Utah Legislature helps to support the Arts. Looking forward to Granger HS students participating in this! See more regarding this program here: https://www.ksl.com/?sid=46187498&nid=148
For those interested, the legislative staff has put together some good summaries of what was accomplished during the last Legislative Session:
- A complete list of all bills that were passed can be found here: https://le.utah.gov/asp/passedbills/passedbills.asp
- A good explanation of some of the more interesting bills that passed can be found here: https://le.utah.gov/~2017/pdfdoc/SelectedHighlights2017.pdf
- FY2017 - 2018 budget. If you want to know how Utah will be spending its money over the next fiscal year, click here for a fantastic summary. And for those who want more than a summary, here's a 450-page report that accounts for practically every penny.
Thanks again for all your support. My contact information is as follows. Feel free to contact me regarding any issue.
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