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Sunday, January 24, 2016

January Legislative Updates

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We lost an incredible public servant and father of three on January 17th, 2016. Officer Doug Barney was a resident of House District 31 and dearly loved by the community. As I witness the outpouring of love and support to the family, I am reminded of how wonderful it is to be part of it. 

I am grateful to the law enforcement officers who put their lives on the line for us every day when they are out doing their jobs. We must remember the sacrifices they make in order to protect the public and not take them for granted. 

The funeral for Officer Barney is Monday, January 25th at the Maverick Center at 11:00 am. The funeral procession will be live on KSL.com as well. Here is his obituary

In addition to the seven town hall meetings held in 2015, I have scheduled six tentative meetings around the legislative session to keep you informed and to gather your feedback on important issues. I am also gathering input through another legislative survey. Please take the time to fill it out and provide your input (see below)

Dates and Times (Tentative Schedule): 

Sat. January 23, 2016 – 2:00 to 3:30
Sat. January 30, 2016 – 2:00 to 3:30
Sat. February 6, 2016 – 2:00 to 3:30
Sat. February 20, 2016 – 2:00 to 3:30
Sat. February 27, 2016 – 2:00 to 3:30
Sat. March 19, 2016 – 2:00 to 3:30

(Meetings will be held at the West Valley Family Fitness Center on 5600 West and 3100 South)


Please click on this link to provide your input on various important issues in preparation for the upcoming 2016 legislative session. Spread the word to other residents of House District 31 so that I am able to better represent the district. 


Spending time with the principals and directors of the schools in House District 31 has been a great learning experience. Each school has its own unique needs and challenge and every time I leave a school, I gain an even greater appreciation of what it takes to provide the best learning opportunities for children of all backgrounds and circumstances. 

Dist 31 schools include (random order):


The AAUW and LWV hosted their annual legislative forum this month and invited me to participate in a bi-partisan daiologue on issues like education, healthcare, air quality, and many other issues of interest to the audience. 

I also had the opportunity to visit and tour a number of apprenticeship programs in the valley. Apprenticeships provide a great alternative path to specialty occupations with great salaries and benefits. I certainly gained a greater appreciation for the time, training, and education that goes into the experience of certified plumbers, electricians and heavy equipment operators. 

The State of Utah turned 120 years old this year. and the Capitol Building turned 100 years old. The Capitol Preservation Board presented the state seal embedded on the floor of the main level of the Capitol building, also known as the Hall of Governors. Surrounding the state seal are the individual seals of each of Utah's 29 counties. It is a nice feature that future generations will be able to enjoy when they visit the People's House.