May 2013 Legislative Update and Highlights
Thanks again for all your support since the campaign and during the last Legislative Session. I truly appreciate all the emails, phone calls, returned surveys, Facebook comments, and any other way that you were able to reach out to me. Again, feel free to contact me anytime if you have any questions, concerns, complaints or comments. All of my contact information is at the bottom of this email.
Summary of the 2013 Regular Session
The legislative staff has put together some good summaries of what was accomplished during the Legislative Session:
May Interim Session
The Regular Legislative Session lasted from January 28 - March 14, 2013. After March 14, all legislators (including me) went back to their regular lives and jobs for the rest of the year. We do meet in "interim sessions," which happen one day a month, to discuss possible bills, to study issues, and to recommend bills to the Senate or House for consideration. Our first Interim Session was this last Wednesday, May 15. Some of the items we discussed included:
Class size reduction
School Trust Lands
Whether Utah's Attorney General position should be elected or appointed
Evaluating and adjudicating election complaints
Issues associated with electronic cigarettes
Long-term care insurance
Ways to reduce pollution caused by excessive nutrients (phosphorous and nitrogen) in Utah's lakes, rivers, streams and reservoirs.
Issues related to eminent domain
Utah's State retirement system (including access to URS records, predicted rate of return, investment performance, etc.)
Public education funding
Snake Valley Water Sharing Agreement
Transportation funding in Utah
A more detailed summary regarding these discussions can be found at: http://le.utah.gov/Interim/2013/news/InterimHighlights.May2013.pdf
. Our next Interim Session is on June 19, 2013.
Service Project for Granger Elementary School
As I mentioned in a previous newsletter, the Utah State Legislature does an annual fundraiser. This year they chose to help out Granger Elementary School. Over 900 Dr. Seuss books were purchased and delivered to Granger Elementary School. Thanks to Principal Rebecca Tesch for helping to coordinate this. Here are some photos:
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