What a rollercoaster this one was! In spite of all the drama, a lot has been accomplished in this third week of the session. A few noteworthy items:
Thursday, the Utah Association of Counties hosted their day on the Hill. It was great to meet with friends and colleagues from all of our District 53 counties.
It’s been a good week, and I’m looking forward to next week’s adventures. As always, you may contact me at email@example.com with any questions or concerns. Thanks for trusting me with your vote.
It’s been an eventful week, and I’m getting in to the swing of things up on the Hill. Here’s a quick recap of the second week of the session.
I had the opportunity to meet with students from Morgan Elementary, Park City Junior High, and Ecker Middle School. The fourth graders from Morgan really had some hard-hitting questions for their legislator: Do you know my mom/dad/grandma/grandpa? Do you like to play basketball? Do you get motion sickness? Who is taking care of the sheep while you are here? Nothing quite like being grilled by your youngest constituents.
We also had the chance to honor fellow Morgan County resident Fred Thurston this week. Fred is the recipient of the Leopold Conservation Award for 2017. Fred is a personal friend, I was blessed to serve on the Morgan County Conservation District with him. He is also the father of Representative Norm Thurston.
We finished out the week with a Legislative Update in Morgan County on Saturday morning. Thanks to those who attended and shared their concerns and questions with me. I’ll be holding a few more in the upcoming weeks, so look for me in your neck of the woods. As always, I am glad to hear from you. Please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions, needs or concerns.
The first week of the session has been very eventful. We started Monday morning with a beautiful musical number performed by former members of the House. Then we quickly got down to business, passing four education codification bills that removed old language and clarified existing education codes.
This year I am serving on the Executive Office and Criminal Justice Appropriations Committee. We spent time this week looking at budgets, hoping to find areas we can cut costs and eliminate wasteful spending. The hope is that we can save tax payers several million dollars in the coming years.
I am serving on the Political Subdivisions Committee again this year. A few of the bills that came before us this week include:
I am excited for the chance to serve as vice chair of the Transportation Committee this year. Our first week saw a LOT of bills on seat belt laws, I’m sure there will be more to come before the session ends.
There were a few bills worth noting that passed the house this week:
Now for the fun stuff. I had the opportunity to visit with students from Ecker Middle School on Wednesday morning. One of my favorite parts of this gig is getting to know students and people from our district. I love the opportunity to visit and answer any questions they may have. If you’re ever at the Capitol, please stop and see me.
As always, I am so grateful to the voters of District 53 for giving me the opportunity to serve as their representative. I hope in November, you will give me the chance to serve once again. If you have questions, comments or concerns, please don’t hesitate to contact me at email@example.com
The Legislative session starts tomorrow! I am so excited to get back to work for you! Since the 2017 session ended, I have been busy trying to meet the needs of District 53. Here’s just a little of what I have accomplished as your legislator:
I am extremely grateful for the opportunity to represent you. If you have concerns during the session you can contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org. I will be updating my blog weekly and look forward to hearing from you.
Thank you, Logan Wilde
Logan and his wife Kim wanted me to extend a special thank you to Alex Johnson, Logan’s intern. He really did an outstanding job. And while we’re on the subject of thank-yous, I would like to thank both of them for giving me the opportunity to write this blog.
The final week of the 2017 General Legislative Session was extremely busy but a lot was accomplished. Governor Gary Herbert called it the “most collegial, collaborative” session he could recall in his seven years as governor, a sentiment which was echoed by lawmakers on both sides of the aisle.
Among the things that were accomplished was a much needed increase in funding for public education of four percent per pupil. The new money will be distributed via weighted student funding which simply means that the funds the schools receive will be based on the number of students which attend them. It also means that the local school districts will have the freedom to decide how best to use the funding in order to best meet the needs of the students. Lawmakers have also taken on the homelessness crisis. A bipartisan effort lead to the legislature committing about $10 million to build three new homeless shelters in Salt Lake County.
On Monday speaker Greg Hughes announced that they would no longer be considering restoring the full food tax after new data showed that the benefit of doing so would be marginal. The hope was to reduce the volatility of State revenue.
On Monday there was a fantastic article on Standard.net wherein Rep. Brad Wilson talked about HB272, a bill he’s sponsoring. Utah is known throughout the country for it’s business friendly environment. Utah has been ranked #1 on Forbes’ “America’s Top States for Business” list six times in the last seven years. This bill would help ensure that Utah maintains it’s business friendly leadership status. Logan voted for this bill for the second time on Wednesday, approving amendments added by the Senate. This bill would require that every piece of legislation that lawmakers consider have a regulatory note attached to it. The regulatory note will include an analysis of the potential impact the legislation could have on small businesses. This would help legislators make well informed decisions while taking into consideration the impact of those decisions have on small businesses. The bill would also require a more rigorous analysis of actions taken by the executive branch and their impact on businesses. Logan is very supportive of this bill noting that “Often times when we look at fiscal impacts, we’re only looking at the fiscal impact to government and this was looking at the fiscal impact that regulation was going to put on small businesses. So in my mind that’s a good direction.”
As always, thank you for reading and please feel free to contact Logan with any questions comments or concerns you may have. He loves getting feedback from his constituents.
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Hello and thanks for reading! It’s been very busy at the Capitol as we near the end of the 2017 General Legislative Session. Logan’s oldest son Reed got the chance to hang out with dad at the Capitol and the legislature welcomed friends and family members of nine soldiers from Utah who died in 2016. On Friday, a group of red and white striped-top hat sporting grade schoolers came to visit the Capitol to celebrate Dr. Seuss’ birthday. Here’s a brief rundown of what else has been going on.
On Monday HB442, sponsored by Rep. Brad Wilson, was introduced to the House. On Friday it passed out of the House and will now move to the Senate for consideration. Logan voted yea on this bill which would do away with the requirement that restaurants who serve alcohol erect partitions, commonly called “Zion curtains.” The barriers separate areas where minors can sit from areas where alcohol is dispensed. Restaurants are still required to have a physical barrier like a railing that is at least 42 inches tall and children would not be allowed to sit within 10 feet of an area where alcohol is dispensed. The law will also raise the markup on liquor sold at state run liquor stores about 2% to fund underage drinking programs for grades 8-10.
The star of Napoleon Dynamite, and producer Jon Heder paid a visit to the Utah legislature on Thursday to talk about how tax credits could help bring big movies to Utah. Utah is one among a number of states that offer film makers incentives to produce films in them. Also on Thursday HCR25 passed out of the House Revenue and Taxation Committee. Logan supports this resolution to create a three digit national suicide crisis hotline. “With the problem that we’re having with suicide,”, he commented, “I think it’s time.”
This week the house also passed HB365. It moves to the Senate for consideration. The intent is to make it a felony to sell drugs with in 100 feet of a homeless shelter. This bill passed out of the House and is going to the Senate. Logan voted for this bill and when I asked him about it, he said, “We’re putting a quite a bit of money into these homeless shelters, trying to get rid of the element that’s preying on them… a lot of the problem comes from people who are selling drugs and I feel that we need to stand up to them.”
On Friday the legislature honored Utah’s fallen soldiers, and welcomed the friends and family members of nine soldiers from Utah who died in 2016. Senator Allen Christensen read off the names of fallen soldiers from Utah and the dates that they died.
During their meeting on Friday, the House Natural Resources, Agriculture, and Environment Committee, there was a lot of discussion about HCR26, a resolution urging the restoration of Utah Lake. Logan firmly supports this measure. Utah Lake is the most visited lake in Utah. 60% of Utah’s population live within an hours drive of the lake. Last year there was a severe algae bloom outbreak due in part to extra nutrients from water treatment plants. About 15% of the water that flows into the lake comes from waste water treatment plants and that number is expected to increase dramatically in the coming years. The lake has also had a problem with phragmites, (pronounced frag-mite-ees), an invasive species of reed which crowds out more desirable plants. The committee approved the resolution unanimously.
Once again I’d like to thank you for reading, and remind you that Logan always enjoys hearing your questions, comments, and concerns. So if you have any please contact him here:
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I’d like to start out our weekly update by thanking you for reading. Once again, thanks to the voters of District 53 for giving Logan the opportunity to represent you. And thanks to all those who participated in Logan’s survey, too. I know that Logan appreciates it, and he’s using that information to inform the decisions he makes as your representative.
The Morgan High student body officers paid a visit to the Capitol on Friday, and they sat on the floor with Logan. It’s always great to see young people learning about how the legislative process works firsthand. The Capitol building was also treated to a performance from Morgan High School’s Ovation! Choir. They really did a fantastic job. On Tuesday, Logan and his daughter Charlotte had a great time hanging out together at the Capitol.
Here’s a brief overview of what’s been going on at the Capitol this week: On Monday the legislature was not in session in observance of President’s Day. On Tuesday Council for America came to the Capitol. Council for America is made up of 9,000 law enforcement officers, retired military officers, pastors, coaches, and community leaders. They met at the Capitol to discuss concerns over youth readiness for adulthood and declining eligibility for military service.
Also on Tuesday Rep. Steve Eliason along with the Utah Chapter of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention held a press conference to raise awareness about suicide prevention for military personnel and civilians. Shoes and combat boots, provided by Deseret Industries and the National Guard, were lined up on the Capitol steps to represent the more than 600 Utah lives lost to suicide last year.
On Friday House Speaker Greg Hughes, and Senate President Wayne Niederhauser met with Salt Lake City Mayor Jackie Biskupski, Salt Lake County Mayor Ben McAdams, and Murray Mayor Ted Eyre met to address the problem of homelessness.
A few noteworthy bills that have come up this week are…
Logan loves to hear from his constituents so feel free to contact him at:
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It’s been another week in the 2017 legislative session. On Wednesday Logan had the privilege of sitting with Morgan County's 4-H Ambassador Heather McMillan as she shadowed him for the day. Friday was a Wilde day, as some of Logan’s family came to visit and toured the Capitol.
This week the House voted to remove the safety inspection requirement for privately owned vehicles via HB265. Thirty-four states have already done away with safety inspections. Numerous studies on vehicle safety inspections have been reviewed by the US Government Accountability Office in 2015. They found no evidence to indicate that safety inspection programs reduce mechanical failure related car accidents. A bill Logan is sponsoring also passed out of a Senate Transportation, Public Utilities, Energy, and Technology Committee meeting. The bill, HB104, is designed to give counties more control over how funds collected from vehicle emission fees are spent. So far the bill has faced no opposition.
HB178 also passed out of the House. The purpose of the bill is to help convicted felons who have served their time find housing so that they can reintegrate into society. It relates to the Good Landlord program. Landlords must pay a yearly fee for each dwelling on their rental property. The fee covers the disproportionate cost for providing city services to apartments when compared to owner occupied housing. However, if the landlord participates in the cities Good Landlord program, the fee is reduced from the standard fee of over $80 per unit to under $10 per unit. Several cities such as Ogden, have made it a requirement under the program, that landlords not rent to convicted felons. Even in municipalities where the city doesn’t have this requirement, it can be hard for former convicts looking for a new start to find housing. When a city creates strong incentives not to rent to ex-convicts it’s much harder for them to get on their feet. Logan, believing that mercy and forgiveness are vital to rehabilitation, and also that cities should not be telling private property owners who they can rent to, did vote for this bill. He was dismayed at an amendment which was added exempting cities where half-way houses reside.
Logan also voted for HB211, a bill that would designate Spiral Jetty, an earthwork sculpture on the northeast shore of the Great Salt Lake, as the state work of art. The sculpture was created by Robert Smithson in 1970. Logan initially had concerns that the bill would put taxpayers on the hook to maintain the sculpture. Since this bill doesn’t appropriate any money, funding to the sculpture would require another bill.
The House Natural Resources, Agriculture, and Environment Committee voted for HB121 on Monday, a bill that would create a Local Food Advisory Counsel. It’s something that has been tried in North Carolina and Kansas with positive results. The Counsel would work with farmers to help promote local food as well as help to inform policy makers.
Once again thanks for reading and staying involved. As always don’t hesitate to contact Logan with any questions, comments, or concerns you may have. He does read every email, we promise. You can contact him here:
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