Utah Legislature Week Four Summary
Visit from West Lake Junior High School Students
Students from West Lake Jr. High School came to the State Capitol this week. They were able to see both the State Senate and the House of Representatives in action. I was also honored to speak with these students. Thanks for the visit!
Town Hall Meetings!
We had our first two Town Hall meetings on Saturday, February 1 and February 11. There was wonderful turnout for both meetings. Thanks to all those who attended and asked great questions. I have one more Town Hall meeting scheduled during the legislative session. The last Town Hall meeting will be at West Valley Library (2800 West 3650 South):
- Saturday, March 1, 2014, 12:30 - 1:30 p.m.
Hope to see you there!
Visits to the Capitol
The legislative session is a great time to visit our wonderful Capitol building. I have met up with several groups and constituents at the Capitol over the last several weeks. If you would like a personal tour, call, text or email me and we'll make sure it happens. Here is a photo of a constituent that came to visit the Capitol this last week!
Please return your survey!
I recently mailed a survey to each registered voter in District 33. The answers you provide to these survey questions are invaluable. I have had hundreds of surveys returned already. Thank you! Please, please, please, if you haven't returned your survey, fill it out and return. I am very interested in your perspectives. Your comments and thoughts are greatly appreciated. Thank you so much!
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 we voted on this last week:
- A Senate committee passed legislation raising the smoking age to 21. See article here (http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/politics/57574018-90/bill-smoking-age-utah.html.csp) .
- The House passed legislation preventing local governments from banning certain breeds of dogs. See article here. (http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/politics/57576251-90/attacks-banning-bill-breed.html.csp)
- The Senate moved a bill aimed to help teachers and school faculty intervene if they believe a student intends to commit suicide. See article here. (http://www.deseretnews.com/article/865596977/Senate-gives-preliminary-nod-to-suicide-prevention-bill.html)
- The House passed legislation requiring 50 percent of the state fleet to be high-efficiency or alternative-fuel powered by 2018. See article here. (http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/politics/57568949-90/state-fuel-percent-rep.html.csp)
- A bill to put regulations on e-cigarettes passed a House committee. See article here. (http://www.deseretnews.com/article/865596848/Protecting-children-at-heart-of-E-cigarette-bill.html)
Rep. Hall's Legislation
I have several bills this session. I will keep you updated on how they are progressing. Here are a few:
- HB84 - School District Amendments - I am the chief sponsor of this legislation.
In the photo below, we're presenting a bill that I am sponsoring, HB84, which protects communities from unfair school district splits. This bill will protect all families, students and taxpayers within District 33.
Thanks to Mayor Ben McAdams and Aimee Winder Newton (newly appointed member of the Salt Lake County Council) for recognizing how important this bill is for our community, and coming to testify in support of the bill! It passed Friday in committee 10-3, and is off to the full floor of the House. Here's a news article about the bill. http://fox13now.com/2014/02/14/utah-lawmakers-discuss-creation-of-school-districts/
- HB216 - Legislative Process Amendments - I am the chief sponsor of this legislation.
This bill would slightly change the process we use as a legislature to pass bills. It will provide for a more deliberative process, more chance for legislators to review bills, and give the public more opportunities to speak in favor or against the bill. Here's a news article regarding this bill: http://utahpolicy.com/index.php/features/today-at-utah-policy/1727-lawmakers-look-to-tweak-legislative-process.
- HB246 - Failure to Report Campaign Contributions (http://le.utah.gov/~2014/bills/static/HB0246.html) - I am the chief sponsor of this legislation.
In order to increase transparency in elections, candidates are required to report campaign contributions within 30 days. However, there is currently no penalty for reporting within the 30 day deadline. Accordingly, some candidates are NOT reporting their contributions timely, as required by law. This bill adds a significant penalty if a candidate does not report a campaign contribution within the required 30 days. This bill will be presented to the House Government Operations Committee on Monday, February 24. A portion of this news article discusses my bill: http://www.deseretnews.com/article/865597092/Utah-House-panel-endorses-campaign-reform-based-on-Swallow-investigation.html
- SB90 - Residency Requirements - PASSED! - I am the House sponsor of this legislation.
The State Constitution mandates that in order to be the attorney general, one must be a resident of Utah for 5 years. After the resignation of the previous attorney general, there were several candidates that applied whose 5 year residency requirement was at least somewhat in doubt. This legislation provides better guidance to election officials to determine whether someone has actually met the residency requirements. This passed 70-4 in the House and 24-0 in the Senate. Here is a photo of me presenting this bill to the full House. Thanks to Mr. Kevin Conde for the photo!
- HB308 - Criminal Penalty Amendments (http://le.utah.gov/~2014/bills/static/HB0308.html) - I am the chief sponsor of this legislation
This bill clarifies that municipalities may impose a penalty ONLY up to a Class B misdemeanor, and also clarifies that there are no minimum penalties for infractions, Class C, or Class B misdemeanors. The ambiguity in the current State Code was brought to my attention by the Utah Sentencing Commission and they asked me to run this bill to clear up the ambiguity. It passed the House 65-0 and is now awaiting a vote in the Senate.