Utah Legislature Week 1 Summary
The 2014 General Session of the Utah State Legislature began on Monday, January 27. 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:
This first week, the legislature spent most of its time going over the State's budget. Each legislator is on at least one appropriations subcommittee. I have been assigned to the Executive Offices and Criminal Justice Appropriations subcommittee, which makes recommendations for approximately $820 million of the State's overall budget and deals with issues such as the Corrections, Juvenile Justice, the Courts, the Highway Patrol, and budgets for all of the executive offices (Governor / Attorney General / Auditor / 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.
Visits to the Capitol from Local Schools
This week we had several local schools visit. Thanks to Pioneer Elementary, Robert Frost Elementary and American Preparatory Academy for visiting the Capitol and learning more about the legislative process.
Robert Frost Elementary:
American Preparatory Academy:
Visit from Father Omar Ontiveros
Every so often, each representative gets to invite someone to give the prayer to open the day. This year I invited Father Omar Ontiveros from Saints Peter and Paul Catholic Church in West Valley (right across the street from Granger High School) to say the opening prayer on Thursday, January 30. Thank you Father Omar for accepting the invitation! He did a wonderful job.
Town Hall Meetings!
We had our first Town Hall meeting on Saturday, February 1. Thanks to all those who attended and asked great questions. 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)
- Tuesday, February 11, 2014, 7:00 - 8:00 p.m.
- Saturday, March 1, 2014, 12:30 - 1:30 p.m.
Hope to see you there!
Please return your survey!
I just mailed a survey to each registered voter in District 33. The answers you provide to these survey questions are invaluable. Please, please, please fill it out and return! I am very interested in your perspectives. Your comments and thoughts are greatly appreciated. Thank you so much.
This next week we start 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. Next week, I will give you updates regarding key pieces of legislation.
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 below). 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thanks for your support. Contact me anytime.
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Representative Craig Hall