Legislator Budget Involvement
Contrary to the practices of many states, Utah Representatives are intricately involved in the budgeting process by participating in budget committees. I was assigned to the Public Education Appropriations Committee this year. We worked hard to push funding closer to the local level. We increased the WPU by 4%, funded teacher licensure fees, increased the teacher classroom supplies reimbursement, and we fully funded all new growth. I voted against all tax increases and voted for tax relief for businesses and citizens.
HB 198 – Concealed Carry Amendments
Status: This bill passed the House and Senate with veto proof majorities and was signed by the governor.
HJR 11 – Joint Resolution Calling for Reform of the International Traffic in Arms Regulations
Status: This resolution passed the House and Senate and was sent to the President of the United States and others.
HB 317 – Antelope Island State Park Funding Amendments
Status: This bill was referred to Interim meetings for study.