Dear Friends in Senate 15 ~
This week I, Devin Earl- Senator Dayton’s intern for this session, will be writing the letter home. It has been a pleasure answering many of your emails and speaking with many of you on the phone as you participate in the political arena.
The budget work for the state is all-encompassing but according to Utah Constitutional law, the state of Utah must have a balanced budget. We wish that Washington D.C. would follow this pattern and do the same.
This last week as we had the chance to celebrate Washington /Lincoln Day, I hope everyone had a moment to pause and remember these inspired leaders. I believe that it is important to take time to remember those who sacrificed so much for the freedoms we enjoy in this country. Paul Revere is another key historical figure whose story should be told and remembered. I want to share the link of a short video by author Eric Metaxas who shares the remarkable story of Paul Revere. Please take some time to watch this spotlighted video about a story that should not be forgotten.
In order to understand a little more about the interns working here at the Capitol, I thought it appropriate to discuss a little about what the internship program is. Colleges from around the state of Utah have internship programs that allow a selected number of students to team up and work with a legislator throughout the legislative session. I as a student of Brigham Young University have loved the hands-on opportunity to watch the evolution of laws as the bills this session are drafted, debated, and passed. My daily tasks include answering constituents’ emails and phone calls, tracking bills, creating agendas and helping Senator Dayton with whatever she might need to lighten the load of her very busy schedule (including writing the letter home this week). I have learned so much from this internship and am surprised at how quickly this session has gone by. The work is fast-paced and important and I feel honored to work with Senator Dayton in representing Senate District 15.
Along with the work performed, throughout the legislative session brief pauses are made to recognize on the Senate Floor various individuals who have achieved success in areas ranging from art to sports to politics.
This week we were able to recognize five of the finalists in the 45th annual art show who are part of our district. Emily Burrows, Ashlyn Richards, Dallin Wilks, Adam Ahmu and Easton Parkhurst were able to come to the Capitol to be recognized for their artistic work. I enjoyed talking with these young artists and compliment them on their accomplishments and hard work.
Tony Finau, the legendary golf champion who won the Puerto Rico Open last year, returned to his hometown of Salt Lake City and was recognized on the Senate Floor for his athletic accomplishments.
Another legendary sportsman who came to visit was Utah Jazz basketball star Mark Eaton. During the years of 1982 to 1993 when he played for the NBA, Mark scored over 5,000 points and was always enjoyable to watch. Mark Eaton was kind enough to let us get a picture with him once he left the Floor. Although I am 6’ 5”, his 7’ 4” frame made even me feel small.
Senator Mike Lee and Representative Mia Love came to the Capitol to discuss with the Senate some of the issues going on in Washington D.C. We are all very grateful for the service our elected officials perform in behalf of our state.
As always – you can listen to committees or watch Senate (or House) debate live or archived by going here: http://le.utah.gov/. The tabs on the left of this site will allow you to access various legislators, bills, and committees. The ‘Audio · Video’ tab in the middle of the screen will allow you to listen to live and past committee meetings if you do not have the opportunity to visit the Capitol. The House and Senate Floor while the ‘Calendar’ tab with show the times and locations of these meetings.
It is a privilege serving everyone in District 15 within the beautiful state of Utah.