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!