Monthly Archives: March 2010

Hurry Up and Wait

I have four bills sitting in the Senate. We worked hard on these bills and with a sense of urgency to get them out of the House so they could move to the Senate. And now they sit. If you’re … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | 2 Comments

Legislative Wrap-Up Town Hall Meeting

On Thursday, March 18, 7:00 pm, Sen. Dan Liljenquist and I will be hosting a legislative wrap-up town hall meeting. It will be held at the Spectrum Academy Charter School, 575 N. Cutler Drive, North Salt Lake. Directions: turn West … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

A Starting Point Is Just a Starting Point

Several weeks ago we worked on a budget proposal based on the recommendations of the various appropriations committees. That has turned out to be very much a starting point for many conversations and negotiations since that point. Today the last … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Two for Two

This morning I was able to pass out two of my bills from the House. HB 153, “Recycling of Electronic Items,” and HB 169, “Refinery Amendments,” are now in the possession of the Senate. The recycling bill involved a lot … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | 1 Comment

Neighborhood Caucus Meetings

On March 23 you will have your first formal opportunity to make a political difference in 2010 by attending your Neighborhood Caucus Meeting. These meetings are where citizens in neighborhoods get together and elect state and county delegates who attend … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Bagels and Budget

Thanks to those who came to the “Bagels and Briefings” today. Our discussion centered on the most recent version of the proposed FY 2011 budget and the tax structure in Utah. It is always great to have these opportunities to … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

The Wheels on the Bus Only Go Around So Far

HB 166 is an attempt to remove state mandates on local school districts, provides more flexibility and control for districts in the difficult economic situation we’re in right now, and lifts these mandates for two years.  For instance, the bill … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | 1 Comment

A Legislative “Do Over”

We passed a bill today that within minutes had caused quite a stir. Not from the media or constituents, but from within our own body as some of us began to realize what we had just voted on. It was … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | 1 Comment

SB 275 — Signature Removal from Initiatives

We just voted on 2nd Substitute, SB 275, “Removing Signatures from Intiative and Referendum Petition,” Sen. Howard Stephenson. This is a bill allows an easier process for people to remove their names from a petition for an initiative or referendum. … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | 4 Comments

Ending with a Bang not a Whimper

Our last Education Committee meeting was held today. We had seven bills on the agenda and ended up hearing five before we had to adjourn to go to the floor. Just to give you a sense for the kinds of … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | 1 Comment