This week the House Republican Caucus took a position to support HJR 19 Joint Resolution Regarding Moving the State Prison. House Joint Resolution 19 not only calls for the Draper prison to be relocated, but it sets a guideline for how and where to move the prison. The Prison Relocation and Development Authority (PRADA) was created in 2011, and since then has been studying the economic and safety impacts of the state prison’s current location.
Research and data, gathered by PRADA over the course of the last three years, was presented to the House Republican Caucus. After studying and discussing the issue, we as a caucus, have come to the conclusion that moving the state prison will not only be safer and healthier, but also better economic policy.
We are officially halfway through the 2014 General Legislative Session, and things are progressing up here on the hill. Every day more and more bills receive committee hearings, debate on the House floor, and are passed over to the Senate. This year alone there have been 1,216 requests for legislation. Of those, 595 bills have been numbered, 314 have been dropped, and 257 are still being drafted. Utah’s legislative process is unique and this session we’re enjoying the opportunity to be part of the policy-making process.
As always, we look forward to hearing from you regarding any questions or concerns, and look forward to another productive week on the hill.