Countdown: The “Three Amigos” of the House

As our countdown continues, the 3rd to the last day of the 2015 session focuses on the “Three Amigos” of House Leadership. First, Speaker Greg Hughes. At the end of his first session, it has been a bit of a tumultuous ride, with a number of significant bills and not insignificant differences of opinion. Speaker Hughes…

Sine Die, 2014 Legislative Session

Wrapping up the 2014 session At midnight Thursday night, the Utah legislature concluded their work and adjourned the 2014 general session “sine die.” As the session wound down, here are some bills you may or may not have been following: *SB54, Elections Amendments, passed both the Senate, the House and has already been signed by the…

Utah legislature being called into special session

On Wednesday, July 17th, the Utah legislature will meet for their regular interim session and now, for a special session. The new investigative committee that was formed on July 3rd requires new legislation to enable it to fulfill its duties. Those changes will be made via 2 bills that will be proposed, discussed and almost…

10 days, 10 observations

The legislature started 10 days ago. Here’s my list of what I’ve observed: #10: Women make up just 16%% of the legislature: GOP women = 7% and Dem women have a majority, at 58%. We continue on a downward trend from a peak in 2001. H/T Salt Lake Tribune #9: Some legislators have chosen interesting swords…

I resigned today

This morning, I tendered my resignation as a member of the Utah House of Representatives to join the Dan Liljenquist for US Senate campaign. It has been an honor to serve the people of District 57. I thank them for allowing me to serve them for the past year. I have SO enjoyed the opportunity…

Goodbye, Sausagegrinder. Hello Chief Deputy of the House

Yesterday, the Twitterverse reported that Joe Pyrah, aka Sausagegrinder, reporter for the Daily Herald and blogmeister extraordinaire is leaving the world of journalism and joining the world of small-Constitutionally-appropriate state government. Speaker-elect Becky Lockhart announced via press release that she had hired Pyrah because “Mr. Pyrah is smart, knowledgeable, and fair. He understands my priorities…

Shake-up in the House

Representative Becky Lockhart is now Madam Speaker, currently the only female Republican Speaker in the United States and the first female Speaker in Utah history. When she announced she was running in the middle of September, most “insiders” gave her little to no chance of winning. But, the Utah House was ready for a change…

Meet Derek Brown

Derek Brown is the Republican candidate running for office in Utah House district 49. He has long been fascinated by the political process and this year decided it was time to step into the fray. He is running in a traditionally Republican district, but one where the seat is currently held by a Democrat labor…