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Day 27: Week Four In Review

February 17, 2012

Week four has been busy and productive. The Senate has gone through a record number of bills with a great deal of participation and healthy debate. So far, we have passed over 100 bills and sent them to the Governor for his consideration and signature. These are a few of the bills that are waiting for a signature from the governor.

-HB 33 Fireworks Amendments;
-SB 19 Voter Information Pamphlets;
-SCR 1 Resolution Supporting the Establishment of a Fund for Assistance to Families of Fallen Officers.

Each morning as the senate floor reconvenes, there is a prayer offered and we are led in the pledge of allegiance. Here is an interesting article about the variety of people invited to pray at the senate.

On Monday, we honored rescuers of three small children from a vehicle accident which took place in the Logan River this past December. It was a truly heroic effort. We heard from Congressman Jason Chaffetz. He discussed the magnitude of the national debt, cyber security, the federal transportation bill, federal lands and immigration.

Also this week we honored the Utah Symphony, the Utah Opera, recognized the 100th Anniversary of the Girl Scouts of the USA, Utah Mother of the Year and Salt Lake Community College’s first ever Fulbright Scholar-in-Residence, Dr. Baphua Wang.

Here are a few of the bills we discussed this week on the floor:

-HB 62 allows schools to request donations for school supplies.
-SB 61 would appropriate money to rehabilitate lands that have been taken over by invasive weeds.
-SB 48 recognizes that parents are a child’s first teachers and are responsible for the education of their children.
-SB 50 would seize and impound a vehicle if the operator is driving with a suspended license or with a drug or alcoholic related offense.

The appropriations committees have completed their work and are submitting their recommendations to the executive appropriations committee. Our revenue projections are due to be released next Tuesday. It will include a settlement payment from the Federal mortgage lawsuit, and $200 million from the I-15 core project, as it came in under budget.

On Wednesday and Thursday we met on the floor in the morning and again in the afternoon. Next week we will meet twice a day every day.

One Comment
  1. Rhonda Perkes permalink

    I have enjoyed your blog so much. Thanks for being so mindful of your constituents.

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