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 choice and parent involvement are important tenets of the public education in Utah and Legacy Prep, based in my District, do it right. I’ve had a chance to visit their campus many times for programs, classroom visits, and discussions with teachers and administrators. I was happy to participate in one of the first press conferences of the 2018 legislative session as a co-chair of the Women in the Economy Commission. Rep. Rebecca Chavez-Houck, my co-chair, and I have worked with our legislative colleagues, stakeholders, community members, and advocates on a suite of 17 bills all related to Family Economic Prosperity.
We were joined by Vance Checketts, Public Policy chair of the SL Chamber and Vice President and General Manager of Dell/EMC, who spoke about the importance of growing the economy and supporting Utah’s families. You can view the family economic prosperity press conference in it’s entirety. A list of the bills presented by a bi-partisan group of legislators from rural and urban Utah can be found below.
The entire press conference is worth watching for seeing individual legislators present their bills.
Day four closed out with a remarkable event, and maybe the first of it’s kind on Capitol hill during the legislative session. A “Climate Solutions for a Healthy Future” panel and discussion that included local, state, and federal policy makers, students, scientists, and industry representatives. I was pleased to serve as co-host for this event, along with Congresswoman Mia Love, Rep. Joel Briscoe, and Rep. Ray Ward.
The panel discussion is in 3 videos found here and here. Congresswoman Mia Love’s introductory comments begin at 4:02. Listen in if you want to see an example of what a bi-partisan discussion about environmental stewardship and climate solutions for a healthy future looks like. Her leadership on this issue sets a strong example.
The highlight of the event came at the end when 21 sitting Utah state legislators from both parties joined students, scientists, energy and development leaders, and community leaders for a robust discussion of where we go from here.
And my hope for the future is bright as I recognize the engagement of so many students planning and participating in the event. Thank you all!