Dear Friends in District 15 -
Thanks to all who were able to attend the Town Hall at Lakeridge Jr High last night - Representatives Grover, Layton and Greene from Senate 15 were able to join me. (Rep Peterson had a family event scheduled)
It was good to connect with voters and discuss issues.
There was interested expressed in seeing the results of my survey that many of you answered. I have included some of the results.
One of the bills discussed today in committee was SB 54. Here is a video clip of the senator explaining the bill
The committee room was packed with interested citizens and media – but the CMV team seems to hold the legislative process in disdain and were a no-show. One of the public attendees was dismayed to note that the CMV folks are limiting their efforts to media and mailing efforts – and not connecting with the voters personally.
You have probably heard about CMV, perhaps even been asked to sign their petition. I would urge you to carefully examine their arguments and the arguments against their proposal. Here is a link to a group called Protect Our Neighborhood Elections http://www.neighborhoodelection.org/
They have information about the virtues of the caucus system. And here is a link to the Senator Bramble presenting his bill in the Business and Labor committee. http://utahlegislature.granicus.com/MediaPlayer.php?view_id=2&clip_id=16644&meta_id=
It has a great explanation about what the bill will do and what the Count My Vote initiative will do.
If you have signed the petition and would like your name removed, here is a pdf link to the form you need to fill out.http://elections.utah.gov/Media/Default/Documents/Initiatives/REQUEST%20TO%20REMOVE%20SIGNATURE%20FROM%20PETITION.pdf
You need to send the completed form to your county clerk office. Here is a link to the addresses for County Clerks offices.http://elections.utah.gov/election-resources/county-clerks
Last week we addressed the situation with USTAR and the questions that arose from the audit done on it. Here is a video link to Senator Shiozawa discussing his bill on that issue. http://utahpolicy.com/index.php/features/today-at-utah-policy/1746-shiozawa-introduces-legislation-calling-for-more-oversight-and-transparency-for-ustar-video
On Wednesday, we recognized the 205th anniversary of Abraham Lincoln’s birthday. Mr. James Getty inspired us with a recitation of President Lincoln’s words. This link shows Mr. Getty on the senate floor and I explain why in Utah, we do not call the holiday President’s Day. http://utahlegislature.granicus.com/MediaPlayer.php?clip_id=16585&meta_id=492819
The Legislature will not be meeting on Monday. Monday is a holiday: It is Washington and Lincoln Day. (it is not Presidents Day. There seems to be confusion that the day is about all presidents – but not so.) This holiday is time to focus on those 2 great leaders of the past.
Hope you have time this weekend to visit the Hunting and Conservation Expo which is taking place at the Salt Palace this weekend. It is the largest Hunting and Conservation event in the West. Featured Speakers will include former Vice Pres Cheney and his daughter Liz.
You can keep track of what we are doing each day on the legislative website http://le.utah.gov/ or on the daily posts on the senate blog http://www.senatesite.com/home/ or you can follow a play-by-play of floor and committee action through the twitter handle @UTLEGtracker We are the first state in the nation to tweet legislative action in real time. Here is a little information on this new way you can keep track of the minute by minute happenings.http://www.senatesite.com/home/twitterfirehose/
There are other ways to follow senate proceedings. Our staff at the senate has made it easy for you. From this link http://senatecloud.com/ you can find all our social media sites, the senate YouTube channel, Flickr for pictures, the senate’s blog and more.
Happy Valentines Day -
Yours for freedom ~