Jevonne Tanner and Alicia Mercer brought their Girl Scout troop from Bountiful to the Capitol for a tour this week. Rep. Ray Ward and I loved spending time with them. They also brought letters and illustrations showing their support for SCR 1, authorizing the move of the statue of Martha Hughes Cannon to the U.S. Capitol Statuary Hall. They were great advocates!
More and more time is spent in this position as the session moves along.
Senior Pastor Don Proctor, Bountiful First Baptist Church, offered the prayer this week at the opening of one of our floor sessions, and he was joined by my intern Anahit Verdyan, student at the University of Utah, who led the House Chamber and gallery in the Pledge of Allegiance.
Making an appropriations request to the Social Services Appropriations Sub-committee. The request was for a program that trains individuals in the homeless shelter with culinary skills preparing them for jobs once they leave the shelter.
After delivering their letters of support to Rep. Mike Noel, we were lucky to have Rep. Noel share a little about the history of Philo Taylor Farnsworth and the great contributions he made to our state and nation.
An appropriations request for Ballet West in front of the Business, Economic Development and Labor Appropriations Sub-committee.
Discussing the Ballet West appropriation with Sara West, Vice President of Development, Ballet West.
It was Arts Day on the Hill and I had the opportunity to introduce the Woods Cross High School Jazz Band percussion ensemble, starring Clara Campbell on keyboard, Connor Pemberton on drums, and Alex Pope on bass. They were amazing!
Outside the House chamber talking to advocates about my resolution on environmental stewardship. Carrie Butler, middle, is the Policy Director of Action Utah, and Ashley Soltysiak, right, is the Chapter Director of the Sierra Club. I appreciate their participation in the process and help on several issues through this year.
This man takes the phrase “The People’s House” literally. He is at the Capitol every day.
Meet Utah’s future leaders!
Another view of the public who attend our Social Services Appropriations sub-committee meetings. Their advocacy and input are critical to this process.
Brandon Dunn, a junior at Woods Cross High School, is the son of educator and constituent Jessica Dunn. Brandon has been coming to the Capitol every year. This year he gave me some good advocacy on why educators could benefit from more money invested in the WPU.
A view of our House Law Enforcement Criminal Justice Standing Committee. Here Erin Jemison, Director of Public Policy, YWCA, testifies on a bill sponsored by Sen. Todd Weiler.
Our annual Clean Air Caucus press conference outlining a number of bills to improve air quality. I enjoy working with my colleagues as a co-chair of this caucus and looking for solutions as to how we can continue to improve our air quality.