‘Twas the end of Week Two and all through the House

It was a treat to speak to the 4th grade students from Woods Cross Elementary.  They were on a field trip to the Capitol and were excited to learn about the government.  Talking to school groups is one of my favorite things to do.

Meet Martha Hughes Cannon.  Her statue resides on the north side of the Capitol, but with the passage of SCR 1, sponsored by Sen. Weiler and myself, a new statue of Martha Hughes Cannon will move to the U.S. Capitol and replace one of Utah’s current statues, Philo Taylor Farnsworth, who joins Brigham Young as the statues representing Utah in Statuary Hall at the U.S. Capitol.  Dr. Cannon was the first woman elected to a State Senate in the U.S. and was also a physician, founder of the Utah Department of Health, a powerful advocate for suffrage, and a pioneer in many other important ways.  I look forward to introducing her to the rest of the country.  

It was a treat to welcome Provo’s new mayor, Michelle Kaufusi, to the Capitol.  Mayor Kaufusi and I are both home grown Provo girls who have found a way to give back to our communities through public service.  I look forward to watching her leadership in a place I love.

The Bountiful Hills Ward Young Women came to the Capitol for a tour and a little Q&A about how they can make a difference in their schools, communities, and world.  Here they are showing their girl power poses and you can really feel the energy and potential for greatness!

Utah is the #1 state in the U.S. for volunteering.  AmeriCorps is one of the programs that UServeUtah administers through the Commission on Volunteerism, Department of Heritage and Arts.  LaDawn Stoddard, Director, and the program directors from around the state were at the Capitol for AmeriCorps Day on Hill.  

Animal print Friday, week two. Always a highlight!

Our Law Enforcement and Criminal Justice Committee heard Rep. Ivory’s Trauma Informed Justice Provisions, HB 177, which creates a trauma-informed justice program within the Commission on Criminal and Juvenile Justice.  This will make a difference in how we view crimes and sentencing of those impacted by serious trauma in their lives.

These three gentlemen in the left are currently engaged in addiction treatment through Drug Court as a result of the Operation Rio Grande.  I know first hand through my work as a volunteer at the SLC Oxbow County Jail how successful drug court can be.  It was our pleasure to hear them speak about how much they appreciate the opportunity to turn their lives around.

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