I was honored to meet with Governor Herbert to be officially appointed to the Utah Senate.

I was honored to meet with Governor Herbert to be officially appointed to the Utah Senate.

  With representatives of the Sri Ganesha Hindu Temple in South Jordan, who came to give the invocation at the Senate.

With representatives of the Sri Ganesha Hindu Temple in South Jordan, who came to give the invocation at the Senate.

  With Camden Smith, a former student of mine from my teacher and principal days, who came up to spend time at the Capitol.

With Camden Smith, a former student of mine from my teacher and principal days, who came up to spend time at the Capitol.

Senate Bills Sponsored

 

SB95 – General Obligation Bond Amendments - Removes bonding authority for $65 million intended for the I-15 core construction project. This would have removed any incentive for politicians to spend this money that was diligently saved by UDOT in completing construction projects under budget.

·      Senate Passed Unanimously 26-0-3 & 27-0-2 (Committee 6-0)

·      House Committee Passed 9-1-3

·      Died Without vote on House floor

·      House Floor Sponsor Gage Froerer

 

SB145 – Property Taxes on Former Prison Property - Would ensure that property taxes derived from the sale of the prison property go to help mitigate the effects, such as traffic, of developing that property on the surrounding community.

·      Did not make it to committee hearings in time, but helped generate conversation that resulted in the Point of the Mountain Commission to study the long-term impact of the prison site development on our community. I’ve been appointed to that commission to ensure our district’s interests are represented.

 

SB 153 - Self Reliance Training for Public Assistance Recipients –This bill integrates at least two hours of self-reliance training into the process to receive public assistance.  The training would be tailored to the individual's specific needs and would be offered at no cost to the individual or the State since these courses are already in place at no cost through several organizations.  I believe that helping those in need includes helping them become self-reliant. 

·      Signed by Governor

·      Senate Passed with only Ds voting No (Committee 3-1-3) 23-5-1 & 20-5-4

·      House Passed (Committee 7-0-4) 45-28-2 (My Opponent voted No [Mainly Democrats against])

·      Senate concurred on some rewording 24-3-2 (1 Dem as Yes the rest No or absent)

·      House Floor Sponsor Steve Eliason


SB 218 - Department of Corrections Amendments – In keeping with the Governor's commitment to eliminate outdated and unnecessary laws, I have worked with the Department of Corrections to eliminate language in their authorizing statues that is no long relevant for a variety of reasons like removing references to a Board that no long exists.  

·      Signed by Governor

·      Passed both houses unanimously (House Committee 8-3-0)

·      House Floor Sponsor Paul Ray

 

SB 235 - Local District Tax Revisions – Restricts the taxing authority of Special Districts unless their governing body is elected.  If the governing body is not elected, taxing decisions would be made by those elected officials in the municipalities affected by the tax.   I believe that the ability to raise your taxes should rest with those that are directly accountable to you through elections.  

·      Passed Senate Committee but never voted on by floor

·      Sent to interim committee to work out details

 

SB 242 - Special Education Intensive Needs Fund – This bill adjusts current funding to more adequately address the costs of educating high needs special education students without any addition in costs.  I believe in helping those that CANNOT help themselves and that we should provide the best educational opportunity possible for each child individually.

·      Signed by Governor

·      Passed both houses unanimously

·      House Floor Sponsor Joel Briscoe

 

  Working with Democratic leadership on SB244

Working with Democratic leadership on SB244

SB 244S1 - School Funding Provisions – Introduced the concept of the Equity Pupil Unit (EPU) that will steadily raise the per pupil funding in the School Districts, like Jordan, with the lowest per pupil funding in the state.  Funds would NOT be taken from other Districts but instead 1/3 of all increases would be focused on the lowest funded districts.  I believe that as part of the commitment to education that we make as a state, inherent in that commitment is the recognition that the value of a child's education does not change because of where he or she might live in the state. 
Senate Highlighted Bill

·      Passed Senate Committee 4-0-4

·      Passed Senate 18-10-1

·      Did not make it to vote on floor of house

·      Scheduled for hearing in Interim Education Committee in July

·      House Floor Sponsor Dan McCay


SJR 14 - Joint Resolution on Teacher Licensure - Standards for the Twenty-First Century – Urges the State Board of Education to reevaluate teacher licensure standards in light of new technologies for the classroom and bring suggestions for updating these standards to the Legislature for consideration. 

·      Passed Senate 16-5-8 & 26-0-3 (Committee 4-0-4)

·      Urged the State Board of Education to re-evaluate teacher licensure standards in light of new technologies and

·      Passed House Committee 7-0-7

·      Did not make it to vote on house floor before session expired

·      State School Board said they would move forward anyway

·      House Floor Sponsor David Lifferth

 

House Bills I Sponsored on the Senate Floor

 

HB 200 – Student Assessment Modifications – Allows schools that administer college readiness testing to eliminate year end SAGE testing for 11th graders.

·      Signed by Governor

·      Passed both houses unanimously

·      Cited by Governor Herbert as an example of pushing back against federal overreach in education

·      Sponsor Marie Poulson

  With the Student Government from Herriman High School

With the Student Government from Herriman High School

  With fourth grade students and teachers from Welby Elementary.

With fourth grade students and teachers from Welby Elementary.

 

HB 201S2 - Student Testing Amendments – Eliminated SAGE testing results in teacher evaluations.  In some schools the SAGE testing opt out rate can be as high as 50 percent and this skews the test score results for a teacher so that it is not representative of their success in the classroom.  I believe schools should be more accountable to parents than to the state and that they should have the flexibility to do what works best for their students.  

·      Governor Signed

·      Passed House Committee 12-1-1

·      Passed House 60-4-11

·      Passed Senate unanimously

·      Cited by Governor Herbert as an example of pushing back against federal overreach in education

·      Sponsor Marie Poulson

  With Rep. Marie Poulson at the signing ceremony for HB200 and HB201

With Rep. Marie Poulson at the signing ceremony for HB200 and HB201

  At the signing ceremony with Governor Herbert, current and former teachers of the year, Reps. Marie Poulson and Joel Briscoe, and others at the signing ceremony for HB200 and HB201.

At the signing ceremony with Governor Herbert, current and former teachers of the year, Reps. Marie Poulson and Joel Briscoe, and others at the signing ceremony for HB200 and HB201.

 

HB 54 – Economic Development Tax Increment Financing Amendments – Technical fix to legislation passed in 2015 that allows the State to meet contractual obligations entered into prior to the 2015 change.

·      Governor Signed

·      Passed both houses unanimously

·      Sponsor Rebecca Edwards

 

HB 97 – Children with Cancer Special License Plate –Allows people to purchase a license plate to increase awareness and research funding for children’s childhood cancer.

·      Governor Signed

·      Passed both houses unanimously

·      Sponsor Rebecca Edwards

 

HB 321 – Real Estate Transaction Amendments – This bill clarifies previous legislation.  It allows a specific type of real estate transaction while broadening disclosure requirements to protect all parties to these transactions.

·      Governor Signed

·      Passed both houses unanimously

·      Sponsor Brian Greene


HB453 – Bail Bond Recovery Act Amendments – Clarifies licensure hours for Bail Bondsmen

·      Passed House 2 days before Legislature Ended

·      No time to get through Senate

·      Sponsor Curt Oda

 

Cosponsored

 

SCR07 - Concurrent Resolution Honoring Those Who Have Assisted Korean War Veterans

·      Governor has signed

·      Passed both houses unanimously

 

SCR13 - Concurrent Resolution Honoring Randy Horiuchi

·      Awaiting Governor’s Signature

·      Passed both houses unanimously

 

SCR11 - Concurrent Resolution Urging the Rescheduling of Marijuana

·      Governor has Signed

·      Passed both houses unanimously