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Saturday, March 5, 2016

2016 Legislative Survey Results and Status Updates

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With only four days left of the 2016 General Session, now is a good time to publish the feedback that has come forward. In addition to the survey below, I collected feedback and comments from the five town hall meetings that were held throughout the session. There will be a post session town hall meeting on March 19th (2pm at WVC Fitness Center), where I will go over these results and highlight some key policy changes out of the session.

I would like to express my sincere appreciation for the constituents who took the time to do the survey and express their opinions on a few important issues that surfaced this year. I also appreciate the time they prioritized to attend the town halls. Below are the results of the 2016 legislative survey, which reflect 150 respondents.



In Utah, funding for public education comes from income tax. Which of the following would you like the Utah Legislature to consider regarding education funding?

- Raise income taxes (100% of state income tax goes to education)
- Bolster job creation policies that will generate more income tax to fund education
- Limit income tax deductions for dependent children

Medical Marijuana

Should Utah consider legalizing medical marijuana?

- Broad access to the whole plant, including psycho active and addictive components such as THC
- Limited access to components most beneficial to medical treatments (includes cannabidiol but not THC)
- Allow no access

Medicaid Expansion

At what level do you support or oppose Medicaid expansion in Utah?

- Full expansion
- Partial expansion
- No expansion
Air Quality

Do you think that Utah's air quality requirements should be:

- Much stricter
- Stricter
- More lenient
- Much more lenient

Water Infrastructure

Do you support or oppose increased funding to increase Utah's water infrastructure such as reservoirs, watersheds and water distribution systems?

- Supportive
- Neutral
- Opposed

Right to Die

A death with dignity proposal may come forward. Should doctors be allowed to prescribe medication intended to end one's life, in cases where someone is terminally ill?

- Yes
- No
- Undecided

Public Lands

Roughly 70% of Utah's land is owned by the federal government. Recently, the State of Utah has made an effort to acquire ownership of this land. Do you support efforts to turn this land's ownership and management to the State of Utah?

- Yes
- No
- Undecided

Daylight Savings

Daylight Savings Time has been a controversial topic for many years. Those who want no Daylight Savings Time say it's bothersome to change time twice a year. Those who want to keep it say it provides more daylight hours in the summer for things like farming and recreating, and without it the sun would rise before 5am. In your opinion, Utah should:

- Do nothing and keep Daylight Savings as it is now
- Do away with Daylight Savings (Fall Back)
- Keep Daylight Savings all year long (Spring Forward)
- Undecided