We’re working on bills for 2019!
Besides our work providing education, training and advocacy opportunities for community members, Action Utah supports and develops policy on Capitol Hill. Our mandate is to work on issues that a majority of Utahns care about, taking the stance of the majority on those issues. We’re already working on healthcare, air quality, education, rural economy and family policies for 2019. Tomorrow is the first day legislators can open bill files for 2019. We hope to see many good policies get filed this week!
Meeting with Rep. Brad Daw (R-Orem) about good policies for Utah in 2019
A big 2018 success to celebrate!
Governor Herbert will be doing a ceremonial signing of HCR007, the first climate resolution ever to pass in a red state in our nation. Action Utah worked hard with our partners at Citizen’s Climate Lobby affiliate, Climate Utah, and HEAL Utah, as well as students from Logan and Salt Lake City, to help Rep. Edwards pass this historic resolution. Stay tuned for details about the press conference that will follow!
1. Make a call for the National Day of Action for affordable housing TODAY! Join #OurHomesOurVoices in calling on our congressional reps to increase investment in affordable housing.
- Take 30 seconds to call your U.S. Representative today! Remember to state that you are a constituent and leave your address with zip code.
Rep. Rob Bishop (Congressional District 1): 202-225-0453 (DC) // 801-625-0107 (Ogden)
Rep. Chris Stewart (Congressional District 2): 202-225-9730 (DC) // 801-364-5550 (SLC) // 435-627-1500 (St. George)
Rep. John Curtis (Congressional District 3): (202) 225-7751 (DC) // (801) 851-2500 (Provo)
Rep. Mia Love (Congressional District 4): (202) 225-3011 (DC) // 801-996-8729 (West Jordan)
2. Ask for a Clean Inland Port. Rumor has it that Gov. Herbert would like to hold a Special Session on May 16th for legislators to ‘fix’ SB 264, the bill that established the future inland port in the Northwest quadrant of Salt Lake City. If the Special Session goes forward then or later in the year, may be a chance for community members to speak up about the importance of maintaining a clean and healthy living environment along the Wasatch Front by petitioning for a clean inland port that preserves our quality of life while advancing our economic goals.
- Sign this petition to voice your support or a Clean Inland Port.
3. Restore the free and open internet. Congress will vote within the next few weeks on the CRA bill that would restore net neutrality. But the bill needs one more Senate vote for it to pass.
- Join Team Internet’s Day of Action on May 14th to ask Sen. Hatch to support the CRA for a free and open internet. More info here. RSVP here.
- Call Sen. Hatch and ask him to vote YES on the CRA to restore net neutrality.
Sen. Orrin Hatch (202) 224-5251 (DC) // (801) 524-4380 (SLC) // (801) 375-7881 (Provo) // (435) 634-1795 (St. George) // (801) 625-5672 (Ogden) // (435) 586-8435 (Cedar City)
4. Strengthen the impact and leadership of women in Utah. Utah Women & Leadership Project has 5 recommendations for ways community members can do their part in supporting women and strengthening their impact and leadership in Utah.
- Check out the list of what you can do here and pick 1-2 that you want to do to strengthen women’s leadership.
5. Get informed about the issues. Action Utah interns have been busy working on Issue Updates to keep you informed about topics of interest that are impacting our state our state. Here are the latest reads:
- Click here to read about “What’s happening with the death penalty in Utah?”
- Click here to read about “What is the problem with housing affordability in Utah?”
6. Use Vote Smart to get educated for 2018 primary and general elections. Check up on politicians running for reelection in Utah through this nonpartisan database whose mission it is “to provide free, factual, unbiased information and elected officials to All Americans”
- Learn how to use Vote Smart by watching this video. Then use Vote Smart by looking up candidates running for state, local, and federal elections.
- People’s Energy Summit – May 12, 9:30a-5:00p at Library Square in SLC. Uniting diverse communities across Utah and the broader Southwest to educate and energize towards a renewable and regenerative future. Don’t miss Action Utah’s workshop, “The Power of YOU: Youth Advocacy and Climate Lobbying” with Citizen’s Climate Lobby.
- Voter Registration Training – Saturday, May 12th, 12:30-2:00p at the Marmalade Library, Learn how to register others to vote. Hosted by Salt Lake Indivisible and Voterise.
- Action Utah’s Interim Session Tour of the State Capitol: School Safety. Wed, May 16th, 12:00-1:00p. Join us on May 16th to learn how YOU can impact the issues on the Hill or from home, tour the State Capitol Campus and have the opportunity to attend public committee hearings. BONUS: Hear the latest from legislators and Action Utah leaders about our Topic of the Month: School Safety in the wake of the Parkland, FL school shooting. Featuring Rep. Steve Handy (R-Layton). Registration is free, but space is limited. Click here for more info and to register today.
Thanks for everything you do!
Andrea & Katie
Co-Founders, Action Utah
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