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.
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