Taking over the census

President Obama’s era of “change” is moving forward, but I’m not at all sure it’s change I can believe in.  First is the pork-laden “stimulus” bill, then a handful of tax-evaders appointed to prominent positions and now little things like, oh, making sure the non-partisan census has to run through the White House first.  Why? …

Day 12, 2009 session

Senate Health and Human Services heard Rep Paul Ray’s bill on Abortion Law Amendments.  There was little public comment and little controversy.  The bill passed out of committee with zero no votes. In the House Education committee, Representative Craig Frank presented HB131 – School Fee Amendments.  This is the 7th year that this bill –…

Floor debate, Day 10

Rep Frank moved to return HB 57 to the rules committee due to the hefty $6 million dollar price tag which would negatively impact public education funding. Passed unanimously. What a good friend to education he is. SB 13, Administering Substances to Wildlife by Sen Margaret Dayton was presented on the House floor by Representative…

Appropriations, Day 8

Capitol Facilities and Government Operations Appropriations, Monday Feb 2 Thirteen different groups came and presented to the sub-appropriations committee on their planned projects and with a request for money. The Utah School for the Deaf and the Blind is requesting $6.5 million dollars to purchase an older elementary school and retro-fit it to meet current…

Day 8, floor debate

HB 3 – Current Fiscal Year Supplemental Appropriations Rep King stood to speak in opposition and quoted Chaffetz in reverse when he said that we don’t have a spending problem, we have a revenue problem. He stated that we should be accessing the rainy day fund, start bonding and share the cuts on the backs…

Day Five – two abortion bills

Listening to the abortion debate again today. I am dismayed to hear a physician argue that women should be allowed to have a late-stage abortion and that they have letters from the Utah chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics and the Utah Chapter of Psychologists also oppose the bill tightening abortion laws. What part…

More from Day Four

HB 17 – expedited partner therapy. We face rising STD’s in Utah – this bill allows medical providers to prescribe a course of treatment (antibiotic) for the partner(s) of their client, preventing the ping-ponging back and forth between partners. This bill passed out of interim committee with no dissenting votes. The only floor “discussion” was…

Day Four

Majority caucus moved to take a 10% paycut for future compensation after this legislative session. Believe me, the legislators are not in it because they get a good salary. 🙂 They serve almost pro bono. Carried unanimously.  Way to lead by example. Sat in Health and Human Services appropriations committee and heard why the dept…

Day Two

Pulling off the gloves early in the session, the “wrongful death” bill introduced by Senator Scott McCoy was shot down in the Senate committee, 4 to 2. The proposed legislation passed out of interim committee with little fanfare, but in a sometimes-heated 2 hour debate on the least controversial pieces of gay rights legislation, the…

Opening Day

Amid the pomp and circumstance that always surround the opening day of the legislature, our elected officials are “organized and ready to do business”.  In the House, the business of the day started with a prayer by Elder Russell M Nelson of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints.  He asked that the legislators…