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Legislative Session Week 6

Things are ramping up as we approach the final week of the legislative session. We had a successful and busy week. Committee work ends early next week which means that this week we have focused heavily on ensuring our bills are heard in committee.

Thanks to ALL of you who are working to support and improve our community every day. Even though we haven’t seen each other in person as often as I’d like, I’m so grateful for our amazing community. Please reach out to me and share your perspective on issues that matter to you. 801-999-8047


Do you have questions about Covid or the Covid vaccines?

Please join us Saturday for a Virtual Town Hall with local infectious disease expert, Dr. Brandon Webb from 10-11 am.

Please email your questions to sharrison@le.utah.Gov so I can share them with Dr. Webb. Please include your zip code in the email as we are trying to prioritize questions from constituents.

I’m looking forward to our discussion!

Zoom link:
Good news! Two of our bills successfully passed out of Senate committees and are moving to the Senate floor.

HB 194 creates a pilot program for the National Diabetes Prevention Program and will save tax dollars by helping Medicaid patients improve their health and avoid developing diabetes.

HB 96 will help improve communication during future emergencies and require that state buildings meet FEMA flood insurance standards.

Thank you to the many medical experts and advocates and emergency management experts for your work on these bills.

Legislating is a team effort, and I’m so grateful for colleagues and community members who are committed to improving our state.
This week we had the wonderful opportunity to meet with Senator Mitt Romney, Governor Spencer Cox, and Lieutenant Governor Diedre Henderson in our caucus meeting. 

I have enormous respect for Senator Mitt Romey. We need more leaders like him who have the political courage to put people, principles, and our country over party. Thank you to his great staff who joined us in person!

Governor Cox and Lieutenant Governor Henderson provided us with an update on the distribution of the Covid-19 vaccine across the state of Utah. Vaccines are now available for any Utahn over the age of 65 and those over the age of 16 with health conditions. Both the Governor and Lt. Governor are optimistic about the positive effect the vaccine is having and projected that a majority of Utahns could potentially have access to the vaccine by mid-late summer. 

You can get more information about the COVID vaccine at
I’ve missed seeing our school kids and community members up at the Capitol this year.

But I’m so glad to still be able to connect with you via zoom or texts/emails.  This week I was able to check in with some of our Canyons School District schools by attending part of Alta High School's and Sprucewood Elementary's School Community Council meetings.

Thank you to all the parents, staff, and administrators who work together to help our kids thrive.
I have joined Senator Derek Kitchen to encourage all eligible Utahns to make an appointment to donate blood.

The COVID-19 pandemic has placed significant impacts on the nation’s essential blood supply. Similarly, blood collection in Utah has suffered due to the unprecedented instability caused by the pandemic.

Despite supply shortages, patients across the state and country depend upon the life-sustaining reserve of blood. Surgeries, traumatic injuries, organ transplants and many other medical treatments require ample blood supply. In effect, blood donations save lives and support individual health and the health of the community at large.

To make an appointment to donate, call ARUP Blood Services at 801-584-5272. ARUP Blood Services is the sole provider of blood to the Huntsman Cancer Institute, Shriners Hospital for Children, South Jordan Health Center, University of Utah Hospital, and clinics.

To make an appointment with the American Red Cross of Utah, click here or call 1-800-RED CROSS. Donation facilities follow proper physical spacing, increased disinfection of surfaces, and other protective guidelines due to COVID-19.
Intern Corner
I cannot believe that we are approaching the final week of the session already. This session has flown by. I feel so privileged to have had this opportunity to intern with Representative Harrison and Representative Lesser in the Legislature this session. These two women have taught me so much and I feel lucky to be mentored by them. 

This week has been a little crazy as we are preparing for the end of the session. It has been important to ensure that our bills make it on committee agendas this week prior to committees ending next week. We successfully presented multiple bills this week which received strong support. Although these bills are not mine, they have become important to me as I have worked on them with my legislators. I am optimistic and excited about their prospects. 

This week I got to hear from Senator Romney, Governor Cox, and Lieutenant Governor Henderson in our caucus meeting. As a political science major, meeting people like that makes me geek out pretty hard. I was impressed by each of them in their genuine kindness and concern for the citizens of Utah. One of my favorite parts of this internship has been seeing how deeply each legislator and leader cares about the people they represent.

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