Utah State Legislature

The Utah Legislature is convening a special session this week to deal with some pressing issues regarding the impacts the COVID-19 outbreak has had on the state budget and education.

The Legislature will convene in its first-ever virtual session to reexamine the state budget and address issues to meet state needs arising from the COVID-19 outbreak on Thursday morning at 9 a.m.

On today’s program, Utah State Representative Tim Quinn (R-HD54) talks about his decision to not run for re-election in November. American Red Cross Blood Services External Communications Manager Cynthia De la Torre talks about the need for blood donations and how they’re collecting blood during the COVID-19 pandemic and Summit County Democratic Party Chair Meredith Reed has details about the outcome of the virtual caucus held Tuesday.

 

 

 

 

 

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In just a few days, the 2020 Utah Legislature will be in the rear-view mirror.   

Summit County’s Deputy Manager Janna Young, in her latest visit to KPCW, talked to us about the work they’ve done on legislation that involves fire prevention, the county’s relationship to school districts, and land-use law.   

Janna Young told KPCW there are a number of bills that intrigue the county, but  need some more work.

She said they have mixed feelings about HB 236—the Safe School Route Evaluations bill.    In concept, they see it as a good opportunity.      

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This year’s session of the Utah State Legislature wraps up in just a couple of days, concluding March 12th.

Summit County’s Deputy Manager, Janna Young, says they’ve been able to forge compromises on a number of bills that worried the county.    But they’re still watching some bills with concern—like a proposal that expands the authority of the Military Installation Development Authority.

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While the Utah Legislature wraps up in a couple of weeks, the Summit County Council heard Wednesday that there are still some bills to watch out for.

The Council heard from their deputy county attorney that a new bill would unravel land-use law in Utah.     The sponsor is one of the county’s legislators—District 53 Rep. Logan Wilde of Morgan County.

The proposal is HB 388.    During the Council’s legislative update, Deputy County Attorney Dave Thomas told them the bill would be an incredible step backward.

Legislators Tell Parkites How to Catch Their Ear

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Action Utah is an organization formed after the divisive 2016 national elections. Their mission is to help citizens get involved in the legislative process in a civil and productive manner. Three of Park City’s state representatives attended the event and provided guidance for constituents to interact with them personally.

House District 28 Representative Brian King, from Salt Lake City and Tim Quinn, House District 54 from Wasatch County attended the event. Ron Winterton, State Senator from Roosevelt representing District 26, also attended.

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On Thursday, Action Utah is holding a public forum for community members to meet their state legislators. The organization was created in 2016 to facilitate political and social dialogue with the hope of healing some of the divide created by the presidential election.

All five of Park City’s state legislators have agreed to join in the forum. Co-founder of Action Utah and Park City resident Andrea Himoff says after the 2016 election, she perceived that a lot of people wanted to get involved in issues that affect their lives.

Local school district officials closely monitor the Utah legislative session each year because legislators representing less-affluent school districts inevitably look to the wealthier ones - like Park City -  to help fund schools in parts of the state where population is growing. Carolyn Murray has this report:

The Utah Legislature has passed an Opioid Prescription Bill, HB 90, in both houses and it’s now waiting to be signed by the Governor. HB 50, a second Opioid prescription bill has passed in the house but is in committee waiting to go to the senate for a vote. Carolyn Murray has been tracking both bills and has this:

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Heading into the 2017 legislative session next month, growth issues and education funding seem poised to be the biggest concerns according to Park City’s representative from House District 28.  KPCW had a chance to talk with him about this and other pressing topics.  Carolyn Murray has more: 

With more than 100 charter schools in the state - with two of them here in Park City, State Representative Kraig Powell says he's tired of the fight for funding every year and has drafted a bill that would end the feuding between public schools and charger schools. Leslie Thatcher has more.

Utah State Senator Kevin Van Tassell says he will be working hard to be elected to his third term, representing District 26 - even though he has two challengers this year. Rick Brough has more.

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Utah State Senator Kevin Vanb Tassell, whose District 26 includes the Park City area, has a Democratic challenger, Wayne Stevens, who is a Vernal resident, like Van Tassell.

Stevens talked to KPCW about environmental issues, and said he favors the proposed Tesoro pipeline. Rick Brough has more.