Monthly Archives: March 2015

Day 45 — Sine Die

From this,   to this,   in 45 days. Plenty of time for analysis tomorrow, so for now let me just say what a privilege it is to serve my community in the House.  Good night and sine die!   … Continue reading

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Day 44 — Never, Never, Never Give Up

I’m writing this at 3:00 am on Day 44 of the 2015 Legislative Session.  Actually, I guess it is technically Day 45.  We are coming down to the wire and were on the House floor for over 12 hours today … Continue reading

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Day 43 — Here Today, Gone Tomorrow

For the first 43 days of the Legislative Session we’ve met in a variety of committees:  standing, appropriation, sub-committees, task forces, commissions.  Each of them play an important role in the legislative process.  Committees are where bills are first heard, … Continue reading

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Day 42 — What $14.2 Billion Gets Utah

Of the many actions occurring during the legislative session, none is more critical than producing a balanced budget, which we are mandated to do under provisions in the Utah State Constitution.  Thousands of hours have been spent hearing, debating and refining … Continue reading

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Day 40 & 41 — Fanfare for the Common Joys

As the sun set on Week Six, the weekend brought opportunities for some simple, unabashed joys: family, music, conversation, nature, love.  We had a chance to support our niece, Sunny, in her school production of Peter Pan.  No better Smee has … Continue reading

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Day 39 — Does A Healthy Utah Really Care?

These four pictures of the Utah State Capitol were all taken by me on the same day last week.  Starting with the upper left when I arrived around 7:30 a.m. to a bleak, mid-winter sunrise, that grew within 5 hours … Continue reading

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Day 38 — You Can’t Always Get What You Want

Where I speak in favor of the motion to place Healthy Utah to a vote by the full House.     Where the vote on that motion ended up.  Hmmm.     What I learned.  

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Day 37 — Some Good Bills Go to Heaven

Three big issues got significant play today.  I’m pleased with the direction that two of the three issues are headed, while being deeply disappointed in the failure of SB 164, Healthy Utah, to make it out of committee this evening.  … Continue reading

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Day 36 — Thanks for the Hustle

  An issue as big as healthcare reform has a lot of moving parts.  For us here in Utah the debate on how to address that reform has come down to two proposals: Healthy Utah and Utah Cares.  Due to … Continue reading

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Day 35 — Keep Calm/Can’t Keep Calm

  Enough said. Four of my bills saw committee action today and all passed out favorably.  They will head to House and Senate floors now. HB 229, Air Quality Modifications Passed out of the Senate Committee this afternoon with a unanimous … Continue reading

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