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Weeks 1 - 2 of the 2013 Utah Legislative Session
Craig Hall - Utah House of Representatives, District 33


2013 Utah Legislative Session

Weeks 1 - 2

First of all, thanks to everyone that has expressed their support since the election! I am thrilled to be representing District 33 in the Utah House of Representatives.  One of my goals is to keep you informed as much as possible.  Please let me know how you feel on any issue.


What has Representative Hall done since the election?

  • Visits to every school within District 33

As many of you know, much of my campaign was centered around how important it is to invest in our children's education. I am personally invested in this issue as all of my family's school-aged kids are in public schools.  Since being elected on November 6, I have visited every school within District 33 and had a sit-down conversation with every single principal.  There are eight schools within District 33.  One high school, two junior high schools and five elementary schools.  I was extremely impressed with the principals and teachers that I met.  Thank you to the educators that care so much about raising the next generation of leaders.  It was great to hear from the teachers and principals and listen to what their needs are. I look forward to visiting with them in the future. And, I look forward to many of the kids taking a field trip and visiting the Capitol during the legislative session.
  • Town Hall Meetings

As I stated on my survey (see below for details) I have scheduled several Town Hall meetings.  Two Town Hall meetings have already taken place since the beginning of the Legislative Session.  One on January 31, and one on February 9. Thank you to everyone that has come.  There are a few other scheduled Town Hall meetings if you are available to attend: 

- Saturday, February 15, 2013 - Pioneer Valley Hospital (3460 South Pioneer Parkway) - 8:00 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.

- Tuesday, March 5, 2013 - Taylorsville Library (4870 South 2700 West), 7:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. 

- Saturday, March 9, 2013 - Pioneer Valley Hospital (3460 South Pioneer Parkway) - 8:00 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.
  • Survey

A couple weeks ago, I sent out a survey in the mail requesting your responses to certain questions that we may see this legislative session.  Thank you to everyone that has returned their survey! I really appreciate it.  We are in the process of compiling the results of these survey.  I have enjoyed reading most of them already.  Thanks for all your thoughtful comments.  If you haven't sent in your survey, I would love to still receive it.  Here's photo of some of the returned surveys. 

 

  • Daily updates

So I have decided to take to Facebook and Twitter to provide more frequent updates to those who are interested.  In fact, I have been named as one of "Utah's Top 50 Political Opinion Leaders in Utah on Twitter" by Politicit, an on-line blog regarding local Utah politics.  http://politicit.blogspot.com/2013/01/utahs-top-50-political-opinion-leaders.html  

So follow me at www.twitter.com/hcraighall or on Facebook at www.facebook.com/votecraighall
  • Legislation

  I am sponsoring and supporting several pieces of legislation. Let me summarize a few.

- HB 262 - "Unaffiliated Voter Amendments" - (I am the chief sponsor of this bill)
http://le.utah.gov/~2013/bills/static/HB0262.html
If a political party has a closed primary election, voters must affiliate with that party to vote in the political party. It is easy enough to affiliate, as the law currently allows a voter to affiliate on primary election day.  However, this law is set to sunset (expire) on July 1, 2013.  HB262 repeals the sunset and continues to allow unaffiliated voters to designate voters to affiliate on primary election day.  This is an important piece of legislation for District 33 voters, since large numbers of registered voters in District 33 are "unaffiliated."  This bill passed unanimously in the House.  On Friday, February 8, this bill passed the Senate 23-6.  So, as long as Gov. Herbert doesn't veto the bill, it will soon become law. Here is some press regarding this bill. http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/politics/55718757-90/ethics-bill-influence-party.html.csp and http://www.standard.net/stories/2013/02/08/lawmakers-side-unaffiliated-voters-party-primaries-utah

- HB 85 - "Voter Recount Amendments" - (I am the chief sponsor of this bill)
http://le.utah.gov/~2013/bills/static/HB0085.html
Currently, to request a recount, a losing candidate must lose by a number equal to or less than the number of precincts in his/her District.  However, since the number of precincts is an arbitrary number, and not directly associated with the number of votes cast, it produces an inconsistent standard throughout the State.  This bill would standardize the level at which a losing candidate could request a recount.  The proposal is to allow the losing candidate to request a recount if he/she loses by a margin of .25% of the total votes cast in the election.  And the standard would be the same throughout the entire state.  This bill passed unanimously in the House this last week.  I expect the bill to be heard by a Senate committee sometime this week, and hopefully on the floor of the Senate either late this week or early next week. Here are some press reports regarding this bill: http://www.deseretnews.com/article/865572310/Recount-bill-passes-House.html and http://utahpolicy.com/bookmark/21622516-Bill-to-Change-Threshhold-for-Election-Recounts-Advances

- HB 232 - "Criminal Penalty Amendments
http://le.utah.gov/~2013/bills/static/HB0232.html
This bill modifies the Utah Criminal Code and clarifies that the crime of "Illegal Anticompetitive Activities" (as defined by Utah Code Section 76-10-914) is a third-degree felony. I expect this bill to receive a House Committee hearing sometime this week.

Other highlights from the the last two weeks include a bill that increases the speed limit of certain stretches of Utah Highway in an effort to smooth the flow of traffic, a bill that awards college credit to veterans with certain military training and experience, and a series of bills that increase transparency during elections. Most notably, a bill that requires those paying for an election poll to disclose their identity, and if they fail to comply, pay a fine. This will ensure voters know who is paying for the poll and who is responsible for the questions being asked. 

Over the course of the 2013 legislative session we will continue our support of a strong education system, the protection of Utah’s most needy, and the tradition of fiscal responsibility.  Next week we’ll continue to hear bills during our committee meetings, as well as on the House floor. As always, I look forward to hearing from you regarding your concerns and expectations.

My contact information is as follows. Feel free to contact me regarding any issue

Legislative email: chall@le.utah.gov
Personal email: hcraighall@yahoo.com
Website: www.votecraighall.com
Facebook: www.facebook.com/votecraighall
Twitter: www.twitter.com/hcraighall
Cell phone: (801) 573-1774

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