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Some of the Top Issues of 2017

Alcohol Amendments HB 442, which makes changes to the state’s alcohol policy, streamlines and standardizes Utah’s liquor laws by improving prevention measures, updating restaurant and retailer operations, clarifying licensing regulations and modifying the makeup of the Department of Alcoholic Beverage … Continue reading

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Balance That Budget

  Appropriations Summary Appropriations Adjustments and Bills with Appropriations Interactive Data Visualization Our total statewide budget this year (FY 2018) is almost $16.2 billion from all sources – $6.7 billion of that from General and Education funds. ·        You’ll recall that we … Continue reading

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Week Seven and All Through the House

Final passage of HB 36, Affordable Housing Amendments.  The bill didn’t receive the funding we were hoping for, but much good will occur with the funding it did receive and will move us forward on providing more affordable housing across … Continue reading

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Day 44 — ‘Twas the Night Before Sine Die

  ‘Twas the night before ending And all through the House All the bills were left waiting For the click of a mouse, So they could be opened After much work and care Knowing that the legislators Soon would be … 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 issue … Continue reading

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Day 42 — Picking up the Pace

  We’ve picked up the pace today as we kicked to the finish of our House bills.  The House was on the chamber floor for almost 7 hours today and we debated the last of the House bills. If you’re into numbers … Continue reading

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Where in the World….are my Bills

Here’s where all my bills stand in the process: HB 34,  Employment Security Act Sunset Extension, passed through the House and Senate. Sent to the Governor for signing. This bill extends the sunset on a pilot program where the Department of … Continue reading

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‘Twas the End of Week Six and All Through the House

  Week Six kicked off with our annual Women legislators lunch.  I absolutely admire, respect, and love each of these women.  Their involvement in the House and Senate has made a huge impact on what I affectionately call the “happy … Continue reading

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Day 39 — Are Utah’s Liquor Laws as Mixed Up as Some Drinks?

*title of today’s post borrowed from a NYTimes 2011 article on Utah’s liquor laws. The House passed HB 442 on Friday in an attempt to streamline and bring consistency to Utah’s liquor laws.  The bill will now be heard in … Continue reading

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Day 38 — Money, Money, Money

I’m writing this just after midnight on Day 38.  In seven short/long days the 2017 legislative session will end at exactly midnight.  As we work to complete our work in committees and ramp up additional hours on the House and Senate … Continue reading

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