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Welcome to the 2017 General Session of the Utah Legislature
Despite being just the first day of the session we have already surpassed the record for amount of bills filed by a long shot and may end up with around 1,500 bills filed.
The Utah Senate is committed to transparency and collaborating with the public to create the best public policy for the State.
We have Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Google+, Instagram and two rad blogs: Senate Site (you are here) and Utah Senate Democrats. We live stream every minute of Senate Floor debate (check out le.utah.gov for that), and our Daily Media Availability via YouTube gives you the chance to meet with us in the Senate President’s office every day with your questions.
We’d also like to take this chance to re-introduce you to @UTLEGtracker, our experiment in connecting citizens to government. This automated account will tweet #utleg actions almost live, as they are entered into the database. Every committee. Every agenda item. Every action. Every vote. Try it on for size.
President Niederhauser opened the 2017 Legislative session by calling for a rebalance of power between the State and Federal Governments and celebrating Utah’s participation and leadership in women’s suffrage.
In the afternoon, with the Senators discussing (and passsing) committee bills, we experienced one of the largest crowds to ever assemble inside the Capitol. It was a the loud, passionate, and peaceful rally for women’s rights.
For the Record
Join us every day after morning floor time for a media availability hosted in the Senate President’s office. Every day you can have a front row seat -via YouTube- to a meeting with some of Utah’s most influential legislators and the press. As you tweet, email, and text in your questions for our senators and we’ll ask them live. Here’s the embed from today’s availability:
First Top Tweets of 2017
— Senator Hatch Office (@SenOrrinHatch) January 23, 2017
— UT Political Capitol (@utpolcapitol) January 23, 2017
— Benjamin Wood (@BjaminWood) January 23, 2017
— Ben McAdams (@BenMcAdams) January 23, 2017
— DNews Politics (@DNewsPolitics) January 23, 2017