The Legislative session begins next week and promises to be a busy time. But before it starts I want to update you on some non-legislative work that I've been involved in.
When I talk to members of our community they often list air quality as one of their biggest concerns, but they also feel like there isn't much they can do about it. And I understand the feeling when faced with such a big problem with a number of causes.
But as of this month there is something that you can do that will actually have a big impact. Three of our local refineries have begun local production of gas that meets the EPA Tier 3 standards for low sulfur fuel. Using this gas in a 2017 model year or newer car can reduce your PM2.5 emissions (the stuff that causes red air days) by 80%. That is like taking 4 out of 5 cars off the road! Tier 3 gas also reduces emissions for older cars as well.
Knowing this, why would anyone want to buy any other gas? It costs about the same as other gas and reduces air pollution! But where can you get it?
In order to help consumers vote with their wallets I'm launching Tier3Gas.org. This website lists local stations that are buying their gas from the refineries producing Tier 3 gas locally. The formal announcement is at 11 am this morning, but the site is live now. Please share the link on social media with friends and neighbors to help spread the word.
Another important issue affecting our community is the mental health of our kids. This past summer, Canyon's Director of Responsive/Mental Health Services, BJ Weller, and I made a proposal to my fellow board members on the Canyons Education Foundation. We requested that the Foundation begin supporting mental health treatment for students that need services but couldn't otherwise afford them. I'm thrilled to report that the Foundation agreed to prioritize this effort. This is due to extremely generous donors that have funded this program at no cost to taxpayers. We are piloting it this year with $30,000 in donated funds. I believe this program is going to have an enormous positive impact in our community and am so grateful to Canyons School District and all those who helped make it happen.
Keeping Up With the Legislature
The state has really great tools to help you know what is going on during the legislative session on the legislative website, le.utah.gov. You can get a list of all the bills being considered, and there is a tracking service that keep you informed about bills you want to follow closely. There is a calendar to let you know what is happening at any given moment. And finally, if you want to follow the bills I am working on there's a page for that too. I'm focusing on legislation related to making healthcare more affordable, clean air, childcare issues, and campaign finance reform.
I'm looking forward to a productive session and lots of input from constituents. Please don't hesitate to reach out about the bills and issues that matter to you. Also, if you come up to the Capitol between Jan 27th and March 12th (the end of the session), PLEASE text me in advance so I can say hello to you! My cell is 801-999-8047. It is an honor to serve and represent you, and I appreciate the trust you place in me.
Have a question or comment for me? You can reach me at email@example.com or 801.999.8047