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Legislative Session Week 4

Thank you for the chance to serve our community.  It is a responsibility I take very seriously and I appreciate all the input and feedback I get from constituents.

This week has been quite busy up in the Utah House with several of my bills are progressing through the Legislature.  I appreciate the support from my colleagues on these issues and especially the hard work from experts and advocates who have devoted time to making our state even better.


I am proud to co-sponsor two wonderful bills this week: Representative Pierucci's bill HB161 and Representative Maloy's bill HB217.

HB161 will eliminate the tax on military retirement income. Utah is one of only 4 states that taxes the retirement income of those who have served our Nation. It is time for that to change. We want Utah to be a welcoming place for our service members and their families. I’m proud to be a co-sponsor of this tax cut!

HB217 Regulatory Sandbox Program will encourage innovation and economic development for businesses and entrepreneurs in Utah. This bill will allow businesses to test new products or services under a minimal regulatory environment with monitoring from GOED. 

I am proud to represent the great people of District 32, and I love receiving your feedback. Please don't hesitate to reach out to me about issues or bills that matter to you- it makes me a better representative.  The fastest way to connect is via can text me at 801-999-8047 or email at sharrison@le.utah.gov

Sincerely,
Suzanne

Upcoming Events
Join us for upcoming town halls on February 20th and 27th. I look forward to hearing from you.

An Ounce of Prevention is Worth a Pound of Cure

1 in 3 Utahns have elevated blood sugar and are at risk of developing type 2 diabetes. Preventing patients from developing diabetes helps improve quality of life and reduce healthcare costs.

HB 194 will create a pilot program that will offer the National Diabetes Prevention Program to eligible Medicaid patients.

The National DPP is an evidence-based, cost-effective, high return on investment lifestyle change program that can prevent or delay the onset of type 2 diabetes, improve health outcomes, and reduce healthcare costs. It works and will improve health and reduce costs.

This week I presented HB194 to the House Health and Human Services Committee. Thanks to the House Health and Human Services Committee for their unanimous support of this legislation. And thanks to the many organizations and health advocates, like Dr. Sarah Woolsey of Comagine Health and Sarah Hodson of Get Healthy Utah, who are working on this effort and aided in the presentation. 
Each day a different member of the House of Representatives is invited to invite a special guest to offer the prayer and the Pledge of Allegiance.

I was very honored to be joined by HD32’s own Senior Master Sergeant, Retired, Mario Reeve, and his wife, Jackie. He offered a beautiful prayer and Speaker Wilson honored him by mentioning his 29 years of service in the US Air Force and Utah Air National Guard.

It was also great to reunite Senior Master Sergeant Reeve with Representative, and General, Jeff Burton. They served together in the Utah National Guard.

I’m grateful for their service and the service of all our men and women in the Armed Forces!
This week the Utah Clean Air Caucus held a press conference to announce legislation and appropriation requests to clean up our air.

I’m proud to serve as one of the co-chairs of this bipartisan caucus that works to find common-sense solutions to improve air quality.

This year my daughter, Ellie, designed a logo for our caucus and we had it made into lapel pins. Everyone in the legislature received a pin, and I’m hoping our legislature will prioritize clean air for our health and economic future!
I want to thank my intern Katie for all her hard work and the way she proactively anticipates needs and addresses them.  The session is a lot of work but having a great intern like Katie makes everything so much easier!

-Suzanne
Intern Corner

This week I had the opportunity to meet the Lieutenant Governor of Utah, Diedre Henderson, with the other Representative I intern for, Representative Rosemary Lesser. Lt. Governor Henderson was kind, open, and took time to listen to both Representative Lesser and me. It was an honor to meet her. 

I have enjoyed meeting more interns up at the Capitol and having socially distanced lunch with them. It has been refreshing to meet new people after spending so much time in isolation this past year. 

I also had the honor of meeting Senior Master Sergeant, Retired, Mario Reeve, and his wife, Jackie this week. Senior Master Sergeant Reeve gave the prayer and led the pledge in the House this week. I had the opportunity to meet and talk to them and was impressed by the sacrifices their family has given to this country. They are delightful people who have given great service to their community, state, and country. 
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