Monthly Archives: March 2009

Charter school update

The Senate voted today on the latest version of HB2, the bill detailing the funding for public education, including charter schools. The vote was 15-9. The full text can be found here, along with the four amendments, http://le.utah.gov/~2009/htmdoc/hbillhtm/HB0002S01.htm. I talked … Continue reading

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Closing down the House

Today we finished up the House bills. I know I said that yesterday, but we really did finish them today. One of those last House bills was mine, HB 446, “Medicaid Restricted Account Amendments.” It passed 62-0. It basically amends … Continue reading

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A record breaking day

There were some records broken on the floor of the House today: Most votes in a day: 50 Longest bill yet: 205 pages Most amendments to a bill: 18 (3SHB 187) There was a huge rush on the floor of … Continue reading

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Say what?

I enjoy idioms and thought I’d share a few of my favorites from the Capitol: Don’t let perfect get in the way of good. This is a solution in search of a problem. Sure we need a seat at the … Continue reading

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Budget update

In the majority caucus on Friday the fiscal analyst presented us with the areas of the state budget receiving backfill in the way of one time money from the Federal Stimulus package. This proposed budget has the support of the House and … Continue reading

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Kern River Gas Transmission Project

Kern River Gas Transmission Company is proposing to construct and operate a new 28 mile, 36 inch diameter natural gas pipeline through Morgan, Davis, and Salt Lake Counties as part of their Apex Expansion project.  The project expands part of … Continue reading

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Springhill landslide

Many of you are aware of the Springhill Landslide that is occurring in North Salt Lake. I am including a link to the Utah Geological Survey page that includes background information on their monitoring of this slide since 1998, movement … Continue reading

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Heading into the bell lap

I have a daughter who is a freshman on the track team at BYU. Last weekend she participated in the Mountain West Conference Indoor Track and Field Championships in Colorado Springs, Colorado. She placed 7th in the mile and 9th … Continue reading

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Sweet inspiration

Every week during the session I have received a postcard from a little girl who is part of the Utah Christian Home School Association. She usually shares a quote from a founding father or from the Bible and relates it … Continue reading

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March madness

There is an increasing intensity up on the hill as the days of the session are drawing to a close. We’re spending more time on the House floor and less time in committees. In fact, Wednesday morning is the last … Continue reading

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