Monthly Archives: March 2016

Day 45 — The Finish Line

Utah law dictates that our legislative session ends, Sine Die, at midnight on Day 45, which was Thursday, March 10th.  I had a Dickensian moment on the last night of the session.  The “best of times” was at 11:57 pm … Continue reading

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Day 43 — On Voting and Nutella

  As your legislator I try and do the right thing.  Make the right vote, gather the right information, talk to the right people, analyze the right data.  Still, it’s inevitable that there are times when folks working on the same … Continue reading

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Day 42 — The Home Stretch

  Today we began the last week of the legislative session.  The last four days are unique in that some of the rules and procedures change in order to help facilitate us getting as much work done as possible.  Today … Continue reading

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Our Utah Capitol Turns 100 — Chapter Five

Over the twentieth century, the Capitol building and grounds underwent a number of modifications, including additions of monuments, artwork, and new buildings, as well as restorations, and the effects of two significant storms.  Renovations Abound In the mid-1950’s, renovations were … Continue reading

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Your Voice Matters = Survey Results!!

  The following charts provide a visual representation of the data gathered from the close to 300 constituents who participated in the survey.  Thank you to all who participated!  Additionally, a big thank you goes to Nick Baker, senior at … Continue reading

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3 M: More Medicaid Messages

  This week HB 437, Health Care Revisions, a limited expansion of Medicaid to 16,000 of the neediest Utahns, including targeted populations of the homeless, recently incarcerated, and those dealing with behavioral and substance use challenges.  Yes, it doesn’t come close … Continue reading

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The Where, What, When, and Why of my Bills

I’m sponsoring 13 bills, one resolution, and am working with my colleagues in theSenate as House sponsor on several bills.  The location and brief description of each of my bills is below. This link includes the full list of the bills I’m … Continue reading

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Day 39 — The Art of the Possible

“Politics is the art of the possible, the attainable – the art of the next best.” — Chancellor Otto Von Bismarck For several years I have been an outspoken supporter of health care reform and have worked for expanding medical … Continue reading

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Day 38 — Are you on the Budget Naughty or Nice List?

Today the Proposed Funding Items for the 2016 General Session were released.  The link to the full budget is here. However, as long as you’re visiting the blog, why don’t you just sit back, get comfy, and scroll through these … Continue reading

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Day 37 — Philadelphia 2.0

Yesterday we passed H.J.R. 8, Joint Resolution Calling for a Convention to Amend the Constitution of the United States.  This bill is sponsored by Rep. Ken Ivory.    This bill utilizes Article V of the United States Constitution to call for a … Continue reading

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