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Day 8 — Who tells your story?

I have the good fortune of working with two great interns this session.  Anahit Verdyan,  who is studying Economics and Philosophy at the University of Utah, and Nathan Jensen, who is a senior at Bountiful High School.  They are both … Continue reading

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Day 6 — Bringing the People’s House to a home and hospital near you

Weekly Saturday morning “Bagels and Briefings” in my living room is a tradition that has been going strong for ten years now. This session we’re trying something new and joining our neighbors for our Saturday events, taking turns at the … Continue reading

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Day 5 — What a week

Closing out the week one means we are just over 1/10 of the way through the 45 day session.  A highlight of today was a press conference where the Utah Education Roadmap was rolled out by Governor Herbert’s Education Excellence … Continue reading

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Day 4 — Vox populi

It’s always a great day at the Capitol when you start by welcoming a group of awesome students to the People’s House! These students from Legacy Preparatory Academy were visiting as part of Chart School Day on the Hill.  School … Continue reading

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Day 3 — Getting schooled

One of the highlights of public service is getting to meet people of all ages who also have a passion for serving in communities.  Today the North Salt Lake Youth City Council came to the Capitol as part of the … Continue reading

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Day 2 — Welcome

Meet Anahit Verdyan, my 2018 legislative session intern.  Anahit grew up in Armenia and moved to the U.S. two years ago to study Economics and Philosophy at the University of Utah.  She is an important part of my legislative team … Continue reading

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Day One — Let’s get started!

Today marks the beginning of the 2018 First Extraordinary Session of the 62nd Utah State 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 … Continue reading

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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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