Governor Herbert Signs 82 Bills, Education Funding, Criminal Justice Reforms [UPH Wire]

**attached contains the following: * For Immediate Release Contact: Aimee Edwards edwards@utah.gov 801.755.3085 Governor signs 82 bills, education funding, criminal justice reforms SALT LAKE CITY (March 31, 2015) – Gov. Gary R. Herbert signed 82 bills today, bringing the total number of bills the governor has taken action on to 479. In total, 528 bills were passed during the 2015 General Legislative Session of which 495 required action by the governor. The bill signing period officially concludes tomorrow. Education Funding The list of bills signed today includes HB2 , Public…

Rep. Craig Hall 2015 Utah Legislative Session Final Summary

The 2015 Utah general legislative session is in the books.  Our State constitution instructs that the legislative session will last for 45 days – not one minute longer.  On March 12, at midnight, we finished our work. Needless to say, things went fast and furious this last week.  Due to the high number of bills, they were prioritized, and we voted on as many as we could.  Thank you so much for all of your support.  It is truly an honor to represent the great residents of District 33.  Here…

Countdown: The “Three Amigos” of the House

As our countdown continues, the 3rd to the last day of the 2015 session focuses on the “Three Amigos” of House Leadership. First, Speaker Greg Hughes. At the end of his first session, it has been a bit of a tumultuous ride, with a number of significant bills and not insignificant differences of opinion. Speaker Hughes comes from a scrappy Philadelphia background and his “fighter” instincts have been on display this session. He has been willing to take punches for the body and they, in return, have his back. (He’s also…

Rep. Keith Grover Legislative Update – February 20, 2015

Another eventful week has come and gone here on the HIll. With more than half of this year’s general session under our belt, we’re continuing to work hard and tackle the difficult issues within our state. As always, I welcome any questions, comments, or concerns, and look forward to hearing from you.                                Here is a quick overview of the bills in discussion here in the House. HB 11 The House passed a controversial bill that would reinstate the firing squad as a way of carrying out the death penalty…

Rep. Ken Ivory Legislative Review – February 21, 2015

This week on the hill was extremely busy and very productive. It’s hard to believe we are over halfway through the session as there is still a long way to go before we can rest. Removing the Statute of Limitations for Victims of Childhood Sexual Abuse Currently, Utah’s law says a victim has only four years from the time they turn 18, or the time of Discovery to file a civil action in court. To those who are survivors of childhood sexual assault, that statute is laughable. You might as…

Rep. Mike McKell 2015 General Legislative Session Week Three Review

I hope this newsletter finds you well after a long President’s Day weekend. As I reflect on the many great presidents, I am reminded of Abraham Lincoln who said: “[g]ive me six hours to chop down a tree and I will spend the first four sharpening the axe.” Balancing the state budget is like chopping down a large tree. The process takes significant work and preparation. We sharpen the axe prior to the legislative session as our analysts work directly with department heads to make sure we are prepared to…