Countdown: 4 things you need to know

Four days to go until the end of the 2015 legislative session (including today!) Here are four things you need to know about the last few days of the session. 1. The boards will be wiped tonight. That means that all of the bills currently up on the House Reading Calendar and the Senate Reading…

Countdown continues: 5 days left, 5 bills you probably haven’t heard of

The countdown continues to the end of the 2015 legislative session. Here are 5 bills you may not have heard of. S.B. 89 Aquatic Invasive Species Fee This bill imposes a fee on certain motorboats and sailboats. This bill provides that the fees be used for the purpose of aquatic invasive species interdiction. This bill…

Bill to watch: SB 298, Interior Design Certification Amendments

A new bill – SB 298 – is being heard later today in the Senate Business and Labor committee that would allow Interior Designers to practice to the full scope of their training. It’s a certification bill that says that if they meet certain training requirements and national standards, they can practice in all spaces,…

Six bills to watch with six days left

As the 2015 legislative session speeds to a close, I thought it might be fun to start a countdown. 0 With six days left, here are six bills worth watching. 1. Utah Cares, HB 446, is the House proposal for caring for more Utahns needing health coverage. It passed out of committee last night and…

“The limitations of gender”

Former Speaker Becky Lockhart has been remembered in a variety of ways but the backhanded compliment in Tuesday’s Senate prayer was one of the most, um, unique.  I am hopeful he did not mean it the way it sounded. Rabbi Zippel remembered her by calling her “A woman who served her office with grace and…

Remembering Becky Lockhart

The Utah legislature kicked off the 2015 session earlier this week.  As new Speaker Greg Hughes was sworn in by former Speaker and now Congressman Rob Bishop, he also invited the Lockhart family to join him on the dais. They included a resolution to honor former Speaker Rebecca Lockhart, presented her family with art work…

Traditions are the glue that binds families together

(Originally published in the Daily Herald, Dec 21, 2014) There are just a few days left before Christmas 2014 has come and gone. I’ll be honest: I’m not ready yet – but I will be by 6 a.m. on December 25th! I don’t know if you’re like me, but it’s one rapid slide from Labor…

Women in Utah politics

I see a stat often quoted that women win “as often” as men when running for political office. I’ve done some digging and there are also plenty of studies largely looking at federal races, where women are “better qualified” then their male counterparts but they win less often. There is no question that Utah is…

Legacy building – or how to pass really unpalatable stuff

Beware the lame duck. Strike that. Beware the WOUNDED lame duck. Those departing Congressional peeps are ready to place all of their soon-to-be former colleagues between a rock and a hard place. Every year, it seems – and especially just following an election – Congress hands the American people an unpalatable Christmas present. Using the…

Mia Love’s new chief of staff faces immediate, undeserved criticism

Less than 24 hours ago, Mia Love announced her first two staff selections and the criticizing of her choices began within nano-seconds. Congresswoman-elect Love chose Muffy Day as her chief of staff, currently the chief of staff for Congressman John Campbell (R-CA). To run the district, she chose Laurel Price, the Operations Director of her…