4 Days left to impact the issues – Your voice matters!

This is when your voice matters most!

Only 4 days left in the 2018 state legislative session, and they are perhaps the most critical. Very few bills have passed through the legislative process, and legislators need to hear from you about what you want to see passing this year.

WEEK #6 HIGHLIGHTS

HCR007 Concurrent Resolution on Environmental and Economic Stewardship by Rep. Becky Edwards (R-N. Salt Lake) saw another HUGE victory when it received a unanimous vote with favorable recommendation from the tough Senate Natural Resources committee on Thursday. One more vote to go in the Senate! Action Utah has been proud to have worked on this bill, from drafting to lobbying to raising organizational and community support, and we hope to see it cross the finish line this week! Click here to ask your Senator to vote YES on HCR007.

HB 479 Zero Emission Vehicle Program

HB 479 Zero Emission Vehicle Program by Rep. Steve Eliason (R-Sandy) would adopt a 30-year old program that exists in 10 other states to incentivize automakers to send more electric vehicles for sale in Utah and at reduced prices. This bill is good for consumers, good for the economy and good for clean air. That’s why Action Utah helped draft this bill and bring it to fruition this year. The bill was numbered, introduced and passed unanimously through committee last week with support from Rocky Mountain Power and auto dealers.

SB 172 Medicaid Waiver Amendments by Sen. Daniel Hemmert (R-Utah) is a bad bill that failed in committee last week when legislators realized the sweeping changes to Utah’s Medicaid program that it proposed not only costs many people their healthcare services, it also fails to increase efficiency or reduce costs to the state. However, this bad bill was revived by Rules and put in another committee hearing THIS AFTERNOON. Click here to ask the House Rev & Tax Committee members to respect the will of their HHS colleagues suit and vote NO on SB 172.

Bill of the Week: HB 483

HB 483 Extreme Risk Protective Order by Rep. Steve Handy (R-Layton) responds to public outcry and leadership calls for legislative action after the Parkland FL shooting. This good public health bill aims to reduce firearm deaths and incidences of mass shootings, including suicides and school shootings, through proven “Red Flag” policy aimed at prevention. HB 483 strikes a good balance of addressing extreme circumstances when a person poses a threat to themselves or others, allowing family members and law enforcement to file for protective orders that are proven to save lives, while including strong due process and evidentiary standards. ERPO laws already exist in 5 states, where they have been shown to significantly reduce firearm homicides. Scroll down for ways to impact this bill!

 

Action Utah’s Final Lobby Day – Tues, March 6th, 1:00p in the Seagull Room in the Senate (East) Building on Capitol Campus. Attend a brief training on advocacy during the state legislative session, then join us at 2:00p to lobby legislators in person on issues that matter to you. No experience necessary! RSVP here.

Action Utah on KRCL’s RadioActive Tuesday, March 6th. Tune in to 90.9 FM from 6:00-7:00p. Action Utah Executive Director Andrea Himoff will cover key bill updates #OnTheHill during the last week of the State Legislative Session.

 

Caucus Night – March 20th across the state. Attend your local precinct caucus meeting if you want to run as a delegate or vote on delegates in your local precinct caucus. Contact your state party to find out the exact time and location of your local precinct caucus meeting. You must attend your own meeting to be eligible to vote.

 

State Legislative Session

In these final four days of the 2018 State Legislative Session bills will move faster than ever. Today is the final day of standing committees, and many bills will now skip committee hearings and certain readings altogether. It is more important than ever for community members to speak up about the policies you want to see passed. Don’t forget to check our websiteFacebook and Twitter pages for Urgent and Daily actions throughout the week!

Public Health:

Environmental Stewardship:

  • HCR 7: Concurrent Resolution on Environmental and Economic Stewardship brings legislators from all ideologies together on the important issues of environmental protections in economically viable ways, including addressing climate variability and its impacts. Ask your state senator to vote YES on HCR007​!

Families and Communities:

Government:

  • HB 218 Modifications to Election Law combines clarification on motor voter registration, election day registration and adjustments to vote-by-mail into one voting policy bill. Ask your senator to support this bill!​​
  • HB 471 Initiative Amendments aims to address financial and legal issues with implementing laws passed through ballot initiatives by delaying the effective date of those laws by up to a year. There are other solutions that don’t harm Utahns or subvert the voice of the people. Ask your House rep to vote NO on HB 471.

Final push to the end!

There are hundreds of bills left for the legislature to consider in just 4 days. Cheer on the good ones. Weigh in on the bad ones. Speak up about the issues that matter to you most. Community participation is part of a thriving democracy. Make a final push for these last few days to have a voice during this critical moment in public policy making!

Andrea & Katie,

Co-Founders, Action Utah

 


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