Serving as your representative has been one of the great honors of my life. Thank you for giving me the opportunity to serve. Today, is the official canvass day for Salt Lake County, which means results are final as it took the last two weeks to carefully and accurately count all the votes that were cast. I'm happy to report that we won!
I look forward to serving two more years in the legislature because there's still work to do on the issues that matter to everyday Utahns in #HD32. Building a stronger and healthier Utah does not occur over night, nor can we achieve everything in just two years. But I will keep getting results and working on issues that matter to you.
This newsletter includes some important updates about interim legislative session, COVID-19, and current efforts to address our air quality. Check it out!
As always, please reach out if you have any questions or concerns. You can email me at email@example.com or call me at 801-999-8047.
Clean Air Caucus Meeting
Tonight @ 6:30 PM
I am honored to be a co-chair of hte bipartisan Clean Air Caucus and tonight is our last meeting of the year! We will be live at 6:30 to talk about clean-air bills that will be presented during the 2021 legislative session. Additionally, we will hear a presentation from Bryce Bird, the director of the Department of Air Quality.
Click HERE for a preview of tonight's meeting and click HERE to visit our Facebook Page where we will be streaming our meeting live tonight.
Interim Legislative Session
This week, we have our final interim session of 2020! I wanted to give you some updates as well as share how you can tune-in!
What is Interim?
First, a review: Every third Wednesday of the month between May and November, legislators convene for committee meetings to learn about and discuss current issues facing our state and propose and debate potential bills for the upcoming State Legislative Session.
Whereas legislators meet in separate House and Senate standing committees during the State Legislative Session, interim committees consist of senators and representatives jointly meeting to discuss topics within a specific issue area.
I serve on the Economic Development and Workforce Services Interim Committee and Government Operations Interim Committee Click HERE to find a schedule and watch live. Note that all interim committee meetings are:
Open for public viewing
Recorded and available to listen to live or archived on the state legislative website (utah.gov)
NOT allowed to pass bills, though they do at times vote to make proposed legislation a “committee bill” to show support coming into the following State Legislative Session
We have seen important progress on vaccine development, but it will be months before it is widely available.
The Governor's order is an important and necessary step to work to get the virus under control. It is reasonable and responsible leadership to require people to wear masks to allow our lives, schools, and businesses to continue functioning and help our healthcare system continue to function.
We have had record numbers of hospitalizations and deaths. Many have lost loved ones or had lasting health impacts from this virus.
Our hospitals along the wasatch front are stretched thin and our ICU’s are past capacity. I’ve been in our ICU’s- our frontline doctors and nurses are at a breaking point. They are exhausted, stressed, and short-staffed. We can’t make more doctors and nurses to care for our loved ones.
Please know I’m here for you. I’m so sorry for all of you who have suffered - either losing a loved one, a job, or been struggling with loneliness or mental health issues. Please reach out to each other and connect and support each other. We need each other now more than ever. Please let me know how I can support you in this difficult time for all of us.
We have to do this together. Please be part of the solution and comply with the Governor’s restrictions. Working together is the only way we can defeat this and preserve our economy and health.
Thank you to all of you who supported us, talked with neighbors about this race, hosted a sign, shared social media posts, and VOTED in this election.
Thank you to the election/ poll volunteers for your service to make our democracy a reality.
Thank you to all the candidates who had the courage to put their name on a ballot and a willingness to serve.
A special thank you to my amazing family! This was our family activity for the past several months, and I’m so grateful to John and our kids. I’m grateful that our kids have had the opportunity to learn from the wonderful people in our community.
Thank you to our amazing team! Nick Cockrell, Sara Matlock, and the rest of our team did a phenomenal job! I’m especially proud that many of our team members are young people who live in our community and are invested in making it an even better place to live and work. Our future is bright!
Have a question or comment for me? You can reach me at firstname.lastname@example.org or 801.999.8047