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I hope that everyone had a lovely Presidents' Day weekend.  What a great time to reflect on the wonderful leaders we've had in our country.

Today marks the half-way point of the 2020 Legislative Session. A lot has already been accomplished and there is more work ahead. My bills focus on issues ranging from air quality, education, to healthcare—issues that affect all of us. Thank you for putting your faith in me and allowing me to represent you in the Legislature. 

Week three was incredible, but I have to say that the highlight was the Women's Day Celebration that took place at the Capitol. Seraph Young, cast her vote on February 14, 1870, the first woman to vote in the USA! I was so happy to share this day with two of my beautiful kids as well as with school groups, scout troops, and constituents of all ages!
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Here's a quick summary of my that have passed through the House of Representatives and where they're at in the legislative process: 
  • HB 36 - This bill modifies the Election Code to reflect current practices and technology in elections.  In short, it makes vote by mail easier to understand. It establishes that voters, unless requested otherwise, will always receive a ballot in the mail for each election in which they qualify to vote, and still provides in-person early voting and election day in person voting as currently provided for by law. It also establishes the new voter registration deadline as 11 days prior to the election while still maintaining same day voter registration. Passed!
  • HB 46 - This bill is a housekeeping bill that allows the Division of Arts and Museums to effectively function. Passed!
  • HB 177 - This bill will require, with some exceptions, that controlled substances to be written by electronic prescription by Jan 2022. This bill is an important tool to help address addiction and save lives by reducing fraud, diversion, and abuse of controlled substances in Utah. Awaiting Senate Floor Vote.
  • HB 188 - One year ago, our community faced a water contamination event. I am sponsoring legislation that was inspired by what happened and what I learned about emergency preparedness in studying how we can avoid or respond to an emergency in the future.  My bill will help residents get life-saving information right to their cell phones instead of relying on slower and often ineffective communication methods. I have not forgotten how scary this situation was. I will continue to work on the issues that matter to our community. Awaiting Senate Committee Hearing.
  • HB 195 - This bill requires the Department of Health to identify wasteful spending practices in health care. It will give us the tools to analyze our state's health data and produce recommendations and an action plan tailored to Utah that can ideally save Utah families and taxpayers money.  Awaiting Senate Floor Vote.
  • HCR 3 - This concurrent resolution encourages school districts and charter schools to consider the possible benefits and consequences of a later start to the school day for high schools.Awaiting Senate Floor Vote.
  • HCR 7 - This concurrent resolution urges the United States Congress to address escalating prescription drug prices.  Awaiting Senate Committee Hearing.
House Floor Presentation for HCR 3 - Concurrent Resolution Encouraging Consideration of a Later Start Time for High School. Up next, this important piece of legislation heads to the Senate Floor. 
I have additional bills I hope will be coming through the committee process soon. I am working hard to make sure that these important bills are fairly considered: 
  • HB 253 - There are only five states that have no limits on campaign donations. Utah is one of them. HB253 aims to prevent a wealthy few from dominating the political conversation. Campaign contribution limits are one way to protect everyone’s free speech and amplify the voice of individual Utah voters.
  • HB 281 -  Currently, electric vehicles comprise less than 1% of vehicles on our roads. This bill creates a tax incentive ($3M cap for the state/year) to encourage the adoption of alternative fuel vehicles. This is a market-based approach and a health priority for all Utahns. This program will end after 3 years. Hopefully by then adoption rates of electric vehicles will have increases, eliminating the need for more incentives.
  • HB 187 - This bill will create a state income tax credit for any employer providing or subsidizing child care for its employees during their working hours. Care facilities must be licensed by the state and the credit will be equal to 50% of the qualified child care expenses. There will be a cap of $50,000 per business. 
  • HB 89 - This bill allows the Governor's Office of Economic Development to consider whether a company has working parent benefits such as paid family leave, flexible work hours, or childcare benefits when considering what type of tax credit package (EDTIF) to offer them.
Honored to serve as co-chair of the Clean Air Caucus! This bipartisan group of Representatives and Senators focuses on cleaning up our air. As a mom and a medical doctor, I will continue to fight for clean air!! At last week's Clean Air press conference, I took some time to talk about my HB 281 (Tax Credit for Alternative Fuel Vehicles), as well as the recently launched Tier3Gas.org where you can find a list of where to buy cleaner-burning gasoline near you.

Super Tuesday 


We have an election coming up! On March 3, Super Tuesday, Utah is holding its 2020 Presidential Primary. Depending on how you are registered to vote, you have the opportunity to express your preference for a presidential candidate. If you are registered registered as a member of a political party that is holding a Presidential Primary, you will receive a mail-in ballot. If you are not registered with a party, there are still options! 

If you want to vote in the Democratic Presidential Primary, but are not a registered Democrat, you must request a ballot no later than February 25 by calling 385-468-7400. To vote in the Republican Presidential Primary, you had to be registered as a Republican by February 5 because they have a "closed primary." If you are not registered to vote, you can also take advantage of Utah's "same-day" voter registration.

You should be receiving your ballot in the next few days. Please remember that your ballot must be postmarked no later than March 2 (the day before the election!). You can also drop off your ballot at any of these locations by 8:00PM on election night: https://slco.org/clerk/elections/vote-by-mail/ballot-drop-box-locations/

Register to vote: https://vote.utah.gov/
VIDEO Last week, we had two young activists visit the Capitol! These young women found an issue they cared about—shark conservation—and made sure their voices were heard. I hope to see more young people getting involved! Check out their amazing elevator pitch we caught on video!
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Upcoming Events

 

Saturdays with Suz Town Hall
Saturday, February 22
10:15 AM - 11:15 AM | Sandy Library


There are only a couple Saturdays left during the legislative session. Come talk about the issues that matter to you!
 
10100 Petunia Way, Sandy, UT 84092

Check out the Legislative Website! 
 
The Utah legislative website is an incredible resource for the public to stay informed about what's going on up on Capitol Hill! Take a moment to to visit le.utah.gov where you can track bills, listen to committees, review the budget, and so much more! 
 
Come to the Capitol!
The legislative session is a great time to visit the Capitol, and I would love to say hello. Please let me know ahead of time so I can make sure not to miss you! My cell is 801-999-8047. If you would like to arrange a time to visit with a group, please email me at sharrison@le.utah.gov.
I am so grateful to the many mentors I spend time with up here at the Capitol! Pat Jones is a former representative, CEO of the Women's Leadership Institute, and all-around powerhouse! 
Intern Corner

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 second week of the session:
 

As I write this, I am struggling to accept that another week has passed! Now, we are half-way done with the legislative session, but I feel the work is just beginning. One thing I learned about this week was the power of the Rules Committee. The Rules Committee is the first destination of every bill. They get to decide which standing committee to assign the bill to so that it can progress through the legislative process. In some cases, the bill is never even assigned to committee. We call this "getting stuck in rules." There are a number of Representative Harrison's bills that are have not been assigned to a committee yet. I hope we don't get stuck in rules and all her bills are fairly considered! 

Have a question or comment for me? You can reach me at
votesuzanneharrison@gmail.com or 801.999.8047

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