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January 29th, 2015
January 29th, 2015
Day 4 already? Wow. Haven’t seen a weekend for the longest time since last weekend, but hey, we’re almost there. Today on the Hill, floor time began with a prayer given by Reverend Jerry K. Hirano from the Salt Lake Buddhist Temple. We also debated bills, and had a visit from Congressman Stewart.
We thought it was pretty cool, and apparently so did he:
Other fun guests in attendance ranged from elementary school students to college undergrads from Utah State University and the University of Utah, who have spent the past year conducting research. We agree with Senator Urquhart – these bright, young students add to our great state’s knowledge. Hi ho, next generation. Here’s the video from today’s media briefing. Great discussion on many topics. If you have questions for senators, tweet, chat, or text them in to us before the day’s briefings. We’d love to answer them for you.
Links we Like
– Although each 45-day legislative session is a bit exhausting, Senator Lyle Hillyard keeps coming back for more. He’s still excited and enthusiastic at the beginning of his 30th year in legislature. This is a great tribute piece.
– It’s no surprise that a former university president would have a bill dealing with education. Senator Millner recently introduced SJR005, a measure that would change how State School Board members are selected.
– Senator Jackson is also interested in elections for State School Board members. You can read about his view here.
– If you live in Utah, then you’ve probably heard about Count My Vote. This article talks about how Senator Jenkins is sponsoring bills to amend SB54.
– Gov. Herbert’s Healthy Utah Plan has had a lot of discussion lately… Tom Metcalf, a retired pediatrician, gives his take.
– Senator Henderson has launched an open-records portal to help people in their quest to search for government data. Also, last year she sponsored transparency bills and you can watch the Elevator Pitch about it on our YouTube Channel!
– Next Generation Kids, a program created by the Department of Workforce Services, is intended to disrupt cycles of welfare and dependence. Former senator, Stuart Reid passed the reigns to Senator Osmond, who now believes it’s one of the most important issues.
Can’t decide if my phone dies so much sooner because I’m using it more or if I just wake up so freaking early #ladypoliticoproblems #utpol — Jillian Marie (@JillWhee) January 29, 2015Nannette Wride, widow of Sgt. Cory Wride, “He loved his job.” #utpol #slco — Mayor Ben McAdams (@MayorBenMcAdams) January 29, 2015