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Senate Journal: February 23, 2015
The Hill was alive with the sound of music today… well musical debate that is! (We just had to throw that in after Lady Gaga’s jaw dropping rendition of the “Sound of Music” last night at the Oscars!)
Today on the Hill: Turned up the heat and got to work! We started off with a prayer from Reverend Patty C. Willis, South Valley Unitarian Universalist Society. A quick recap of the bills we discussed during morning floor time:
– Senator Henderson kicked us off with discussion on HB147, Drivers License Amendments. If passed, this would require all applicants to take the corresponding test to the level of license they are seeking. (More on this here.)
– SB119 (Prescription Database Revisions) finally hit the floor. Senator Weiler and a few others had some healthy discussion about some of the cases where access to prescription information would be necessary. If you missed this on the floor today, you can watch his presentation here. Also, watch his further thoughts on the bill here.
– SB117 (Interventions for Reading Difficulties Pilot Program) was uncircled and discussed on the Senate floor today. We had the privilege of meeting Aaran Pollard on Friday when Senator Stephensen spoke in favor of this bill as it would help those with Dyslexia and learning. Today, we moved this bill from the 2nd to the 3rd reading calendar.
– We finished off floor time with Senator Dabakis’ SB 105 (Public Lands Act Amendments). If passed this bill would require the attorney general to file a petition in regards to the ownership of public lands. This bill also passed the 2nd reading calendar and will make it’s debut once more on the Senate floor.
We also had quite a few guests with us this morning:
– Senator Milner welcomed Ogden High School to the Senate.
– Senator Adams recognized 4th graders from Farmington Elementary School.
– Senator Hinkins recognized several railroad engineers, conductors and others to the floor today as we discussed 1SB127 (Transport of Railroad Employees).
– President Niederhauser recognized the Junior members of the Sandy Chamber Scholarship today as well.
– Senator Stephenson also welcomed to the floor 2 wonderful ladies from China who are apart of the Sparta Group (an Entrepreneurship based group) who would later visit our Dual Emersion school in Holiday. Later this year over 60 leaders from China will be here to visit the school as well.
We had a brief intermission from floor time, but that doesn’t mean the fun stopped! We hopped on over to the President’s office for media briefing. This daily occurrence never fails to have something exciting announced or happen. Today, we had the some guests from the PTA’s student association join us as we discussed Medicaid Expansion, the Public Lands Act, and how the Senate leadership thought the rest of session would play out. If you missed todays briefing (or any other day), you can watch it here. As always, with questions feel free to text (801-505-1427), tweet, or chat your questions in!
During this afternoon floor time: The highlight was Senator Jerkin’s SJR2 (Amendments Utah Constitution-Rights of Political Parties). This is a debate you won’t want to miss! If you did, you can watch it here. After a busy day of debates, the Senators wrapped up floor time and headed off to committee meetings.
Be sure to keep up with all the action at le.utah.gov or read the tweets from your desk (Follow @utahsenate). Day 28 sure was great! But Day 29… it’ll be mighty fine!
— amy mcdonald (@amymcdonald89) February 23, 2015
— Bryan Schott (@SchottHappens) February 23, 2015
— Holly Richardson (@HollyontheHill) February 22, 2015
— Ben Winslow (@BenWinslow) February 23, 2015
Links we Like:
– Science, math and special education teachers – this is for you! Today the House passed a bill that moves to increase your salaries. There is more on this bill and who exactly is included in this legislation… here. – Remember a few weeks ago when we discussed SB60 (citizenship test in high schools)? well today this bill passed, and if signed by the Governor, will become a state law. Here are a couple places to go for further reference: article, the bill, and a quick article here at the SenateSite. – SB43 hit the floor today and was circled. What does this mean? More time to brush up on the specifics. Here is a quick article on what advances have been made on Count My Vote and what it means to you as a citizen in Utah. – And just in case you missed it above, the Senate passed HB147, which approves new driver test. Lots of info on what this means here and also its sister bill (SB184).