The 2015 General Session of the Utah Legislature is now underway.
The new Speaker, Greg Hughes, was sworn in on opening day, Jan. 26. His remarks to the House of Representatives consisted of a challenge to his fellow lawmakers to remain committed to addressing the most challenging and important issues facing our state. I am committed.
The House also honored former Speaker Becky Lockhart, who died January 17th from a rare degenerative neurological disease, days after the end of her term. Her family was there to accept our gratitude for her leadership and service to the State of Utah and her constituents.
As we start another session, it’s helpful to let you know what we as lawmakers do up on Capitol Hill when they’re not assembled on the House floor.
Each representative is tasked to serve on various committees and much of my time is spent in these meetings, gathering information and weighing the decisions we must make. There are a several types of committees — appropriations subcommittees and standing committees — that we participate in during the legislative session.
The eight Appropriations subcommittees are tasked with reviewing a specific portion of the budget and making recommendations to the executive appropriations committee. This year, each government department has been asked to represent to these committees what a 2 percent budget cut would look like and what types of adjustments they would make if necessary.
Standing committees hear specific bills being considered during the session that fall under the purview of that particular committee. Some examples are Public Utilities, Judiciary and Transportation. These meetings, held in the afternoon, offer citizens the opportunity to listen to and comment on legislative issues. You can click on the link, included in this email, to listen to the audio or watch video recordings of committee meetings and floor time in the House.
I am honored to represent you and this district during this 2015 General Session and look forward to hearing from you if you have questions, comments, or concerns.