For a different perspective each week I am going to have a summary of the week's events from the point of view of Nick Cockrell, my legislative intern who works with both me and Representative Andrew Stoddard. He has been fantastic and vital to passing all of our bills.
Nick is a Senior at the U of U majoring in History, Political Science, and International Studies. He is also a long-time resident of House District 32!
Here are his impressions of the sixth week of the session:
Final week! This is crazy, I feel like I just barely hit my stride and it is already over. In a way, I wish the Utah legislative session wasn't such a short 45 days. I wish I had even more time to do work with my Representatives and for my community. Upon some quick research, I learned that not every state has a part-time legislature like Utah. California, for example, has a full time legislature. While I can see the advantages to having a legislature ready to deal with any issues year-round, I think the part-time nature of Utah's system allows for more professionals like Representatives Harrison and Stoddard.
My favorite part of this week was our caucus lunch. Caucus lunch is the time where all the lawmakers in the Democratic Caucus sit down together with members of the public over lunch. It is really fun to see so many legislators in one place! I also love the guests that come and visit the caucus. Last week, for example, Senator Mitt Romney visited the Capitol and spent time with us talking about a variety of issues. I always really enjoy this type of collaborative approach to lawmaking. We have to work across the aisle and across different levels of government to ensure good policymaking. I look forward to seeing who will come visit us during this last week