It’s important to say thank you. During the 45-day state legislative session, 844 bills were numbered and presented to the public. Some bills take little work and pass easily. Some are challenging and require years of hard work. Either way, legislators deserve our thanks for running good bills on the issues you care about.
WHAT YOU CAN DO
- Pick a bill you care about by checking our BILL TRACKER list or choosing from the options below.
- Send the bill sponsor a quick email thanking them for working on this bill. If the bill passed, congratulate them. If the bill did not pass, you can encourage them to run the bill again next year.
Not sure who to thank? Here are some legislators and their bills to pick from.
Rep. Ray Ward: HB 210 Medicaid Expansion Program Revisions – A thoughtful alternative to proposed Medicaid Expansion (Prop 3) repeal and replace plans, this bill was eventually incorporated into one of the stopgap measures in the compromise bill, SB 96. Rep. Ward has been a strong supporter of full Medicaid expansion and Prop 3 and looked for a solution to address cost concerns without cutting care. firstname.lastname@example.org
Rep. Steve Handy: HB 209 Extreme Risk Protective Order – Evidence-based policy to temporarily remove firearms from a person who poses a dangerous threat to themselves or others to reduce suicides and domestic violence in Utah and prevent other gun deaths and injuries. This well-crafted bill took two years to draft and incorporates input from a huge range of stakeholders, including gun owners. Although it didn’t get a hearing in 2019, this bill is likely return. email@example.com
Rep. Marie Poulson: HB 198 Education Accountability Amendments – One of the biggest disappointments in education policy this year was that this good bill ran out of time on the last night of the session after passing nearly unanimously in the House. Rep. Poulson’s strong bill creates a simple fix to our school accountability system to ensure the continuation of high quality programs in Utah public schools. firstname.lastname@example.org
Rep. Lowry Snow: HB 188 T.H. Bell Program Amendments – This great bill passed, improving on a program to recruit and retain teachers in Utah to help address our teacher shortage. email@example.com
Rep. Brian King: HB 325 Domestic Violence Weapons Amendments – Although it is a felony crime to attempt to purchase a firearm for people on the prohibited list. about 1,500 people a year try to do so anyway in Utah. This good bill requires reporting to track what happens to these people and help prevent domestic violence. Thank Rep. King for getting this bill passed! firstname.lastname@example.org
Rep. Patrice Arent: HB 259 Straight Ticket Voting Prohibition Amendments – This good, bipartisan bill would have removed the straight ticket voting option on Utah ballots to eliminate voter confusion and give voters a better chance to consider each ballot option. email@example.com
Sen. Jake Anderegg: SB 34 Affordable Housing Amendments – This good bill encourages cities and towns to create affordable housing development plans linked to transportation for smart growth to help address the 54,000 unit affordable housing shortage in Utah. Although the bill passed, it failed to receive any funding. Sen. Anderegg worked long and hard on this good bill. Encourage him to work towards funding next year! firstname.lastname@example.org