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Sunday, July 31, 2016

July Legislative Updates

Capitol Pic of the Day

The Summer Series Town Halls continued through July with a meeting on economic development. I invited a panel made up of experts from the state, county and city to highlight projects and activities relevant to each respective area. 

Participants included the Deputy Director of the Governor's Office of Economic Development, the Director of the Salt Lake County Economic Development Office, and the Director of the West Valley City Economic Development Office. We had an engaging discussion with the panel where attendees had the opportunity ask questions and learn about the latest developments. 


The Air Quality Caucus heard from a variety of speakers involved in moving in this policy area. There were about ten presenters in all, and each shared their insight on what the legislature can do to make improvements in the right direction. No action was taken, but I anticipate a few bills coming forward from the activity of this caucus. 

Government Operations Interim Committee - The committee heard an update on redistricting standards and approved Joint Rules Resolution on Redistricting Standards, which enacts principles and procedures to guide the Legislature during the redistricting process. The committee also approved Amendments to Election Law, which makes logistical changes to the Election Code as suggested by the committee and Lt. Governor's Office. These bills were discussed in a previous meeting and were revisited in the month of July. 

Economic Development and Workforce Services Interim Committee - The committee heard updates on programs including the Motion Picture Incentive Fund program, the STEM Action Center, Tourism and Employment Security Act. To view the presentations and listen to the audio, visit this page

Executive Offices and Criminal Justice Appropriations Subcommittee - The committee met off site at the Valley Emergency Communications Center where emergency responders take 911 calls throughout Salt Lake County. This center coordinates responders for all cities but Salt Lake and Sandy. Click here to see the agenda of items discussed.


In our caucus meetings, we discussed nine bills that were voted on during the special session in July. Here is the list of the nine bills. Click on each hyperlink to see the details. Most of these bills had a time sensitive element that warranted action in a special session and ultimately, all but one passed (HB 3005). 

H.B. 3001 -- Tax Credit Review Amendments (Rep. Peterson, J.)
Last Update: Fri, Jul 22, 2016 2:20 PM
H.B. 3002 -- State Fair Park Amendments (Rep. Hollins, S.)
Last Update: Fri, Jul 22, 2016 2:20 PM
H.B. 3003 -- Unmanned Aircraft Amendments (Rep. Ipson, D.)
Last Update: Fri, Jul 22, 2016 2:20 PM
H.B. 3004 -- Criminal Justice Reinvestment Amendments (Rep. Hutchings, E.)
Last Update: Fri, Jul 22, 2016 2:23 PM
H.B. 3005 -- Grandparent Rights Amendments (Rep. Christensen, L.)
Last Update: Wed, Jul 13, 2016 5:09 PM

S.B. 3001 -- Controlled Substance Database Modifications (Sen. Weiler, T.)
Last Update: Fri, Jul 22, 2016 2:15 PM
S.B. 3002 -- Economic Development Revisions (Sen. Bramble, C.)
Last Update: Fri, Jul 22, 2016 2:15 PM
S.B. 3003 -- Judicial Nominating Commissions - Amendments (Sen. Knudson, P.)
Last Update: Fri, Jul 22, 2016 2:16 PM
S.B. 3004 -- Continuing Care Retirement Community Amendments (Sen. Henderson, D.)
Last Update: Mon, Jul 18, 2016 3:50 PM


July was a busy month, beginning with the Magna July 4th parade. It was fun to walk in the parade with family, friends and supporters and celebrate the holiday with the community. 

Additionally, I had the opportunity to participate in neighborhood meetings and share updates on various issues of interest. It was rewarding to see the turnout and level of community involvement that is happening in West Valley City. 
Additionally, West Valley City hosted the mini replica of the Veteran Memorial Wall That Heals. It was touching to hear the bell ring after each Utah name was read aloud. 

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