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Tuesday, December 26, 2006

Ahhh, the Christmas Quiet

By Lyle Hillyard
Utah State Senator, District 25

It’s nice to enjoy a little Christmas quiet just before the session’s uproar. This week there is much less contact being made by people and groups interested in legislative support. Things used to be different. When the session began on the second Monday in January (instead of our current third Monday), it seemed that there was a lot of legislative activity taking place during this twilight week between Christmas and the New Year.

Two other changes have helped reserve this as a quiet time. First, agency bills must be submitted prior to December 1st. Much of that work was pushed to just prior to that deadline. Second, we try to avoid official meetings in December. This gives our staff the chance to prepare legislation for the upcoming session.

Alice and I still receive many Christmas cards and I am impressed with the beauty and simplicity of the messages. My wife and I had to give up sending cards many years ago simply because our list of people to whom we should send got beyond the time available to send them. So if you wanted a Christmas card from me and did not get one, just wait until I have time because you will be on the "list." We owe everyone a thanks and a good wish for a great time of the year.

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