The 2014 General Legislative Session started on Monday, January 27th, but our work started before the gavel fell. Members of the House met with the House Clean Air Caucus the previous week to unveil a package of bills aimed to help improve Utah’s air. This bipartisan group of legislators introduced bills aimed to help improve Utah’s air quality. You can read more about it in this article.
The Republican Caucus also met to reaffirm their commitment to take back control of Utah’s public lands. (See the article here.) It has long been a position of this Caucus that the management of Utah’s public lands is best left to Utah. The federal government’s mishandling of Utah’s National Parks this summer is just one example, in which it is clear that sovereignty belongs with the state. As the Speaker said in her opening remarks, “The cause of state sovereignty is not a new talking point in a permanent political conversation, it is the birthright of every single one of us.”
We spent the first week in appropriations review budgets. Our most important responsibility is the state budget and we look at each piece of legislation as it relates to balancing the budget and our priorities. The Capitol is always buzzing with activity and filled with mayors, city council members, and special interest groups. I want to invite you to come to the Capitol and observe the process of our part-time Legislature. If you come, please let me know, I’d love to invite you to come out and sit on the Floor with me. Please email me and we’ll make those arrangements.
We look forward to representing our constituents to the best of our ability this legislative session, and hearing from those with questions, comments, or concerns.