Author Archives: Becky

Day 11 — Medical Marijuana

Today two bills dealing with the legalization of medical marijuana passed out of their respective Senate committees.  They are both headed to the Senate floor.  As a reminder, the Senate votes on each bill twice on their floor and then … Continue reading

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Day 9 — Martha Hughes Cannon Caucus

In October 2015 a group of current and former legislators came together and formed the Martha Hughes Cannon Caucus.  The namesake of the group was Martha Hughes Cannon, the first woman in the US to be elected to a state … Continue reading

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Happy 100th Birthday, Utah State Capitol!

Happy birthday, to our Utah State Capitol, who doesn’t look a day over 100!  Our Capitol is a beautiful building, with incredible architecture and art work. It was designed by Richard Kletting and built from 1912-1916.  This year marks the 100 … Continue reading

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Day 5 — We’re On Our Way

Five productive days makes us 1/9 of the way through the session.  Seems kind of hard to believe, actually.  We’ve passed dozens of bills out of Committees and off the House floor, sending them on their way to the Senate.  We’ve … Continue reading

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Getting to Know Your Legislature: Standing Committees

Do you remember the School House Rock videos from the 70’s that have taught us so much about government? Well, they are actually fairly accurate. Since we are in full swing of the Legislative session, it might be good to do … Continue reading

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Day 4 — For All the People

This afternoon I attended a reception sponsored by the Legislative Coalition for People with Disabilities in the Capitol rotunda. I met and spoke with several people who are involved in this arena, either as advocates, family members, providers, or clients … Continue reading

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Day 3 — The State of District 20

Over the past two weeks we have heard the State of the Legislature, aka Speaker Hughes’ remarks on the Opening Day of the 2016 Session, the State of the Union, the State of the City (SLC), and tonight the State … Continue reading

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Day 2 — Votes for Women!

  Today HB 56, “Women in the Economy Commission Amendments” passed off the House floor and is on it’s way to the Senate.  It was a vote for women and a vote for Utah.  Here’s why.  In 2014 HB 90 was … Continue reading

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Day One — Let’s Start at the Very Beginning….A Very Good Place to Start!

Today marks the beginning of the 2016 First Extraordinary Session of the 61st Legislature.    For the next 45 days we will meet in Committees and on the House and Senate floors for discussion and debate on the state budget … Continue reading

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Time for Solutions

The Deseret News published a feature article today, May 3, on the August 2014 NSL landslide, “Living on the Edge.”  Reporter Wendy Leonard provides a thoughtful analysis of the history leading up to the landslide, the damage incurred, mitigation efforts, and where we go … Continue reading

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