May Newsletter 2022
I hope this email finds you and your family doing well. For those of you with children in school, good luck with the last week of class and graduations! Since the close of the session I had a convention race and have participated in interim meetings up at the Hill and wanted to report back to you on what I’ve been working on.
Utah Stands with Uvalde
There are no words to adequately express how gutted and devastated I feel for the families whose children were killed this week. As a mom, my heart hurts, knowing that parents went home from the hospital, knowing they would never see their babies again in this earthly life. Please join me in praying for the families of those who lost their little loved ones, that they may be comforted and feel peace at this unthinkable and horrific time.
Right now our country is experiencing a crisis of violence, of families, of faith, loneliness, and mental health. There is much to be done as a society to rebuild a better life for our children. I am committed to continuing to support legislation to increase access and resources for mental health services across our state, as well as policies to increase school safety.
On April 9th, I won the Republican nomination at the Salt Lake County GOP Convention with 91%. I am grateful for the confidence the delegates placed in me. It has been the honor of a lifetime to represent you and your family over the last few years in the Utah House of Representatives. I am grateful for the support of the entire Herriman City Council and Mayor, Riverton Council Members in our area and the Riverton City Mayor. In addition, I am pleased to have the endorsements of Senator Mike Lee, Congressman Burgess Owens, Congressman Chris Stewart, and State Auditor John Dougall.
I will be moving forward as the Republican nominee on the ballot for the General Election. If you’d like a yard sign to show your support, sign up to have one delivered to your home or business here. If you're able to contribute to help me win my re-election, you can donate here!
May Interim Report Between general sessions, we have interim committees that meet to study and discuss policies and issues that we hope to address during the upcoming general session. I sit on the Interim Transportation Committee and Health and Human Services Committee.
My colleagues and I will spend the next seven months studying and preparing legislation on critical issues impacting Utahns. You can view the full list here. Transportation Committee Meeting This month we discussed the possibility of the Utah Highway Patrol (UHP) assuming traffic-related enforcement and incident response for both Bangerter Highway and Mountain View Corridor. This is something that some of the local police agencies who have jurisdictional authority over these roads have asked UHP to consider. I look forward to working with our local municipalities and the Department of Public Safety as we review this issue. Statewide we have seen an increase in impaired driving, particularly in individuals driving while under the influence of alcohol or drugs, Highway Patrol discussed some of the possible causes and potential solutions to address the issue. You can review the DUI presentation here. To listen to the committee discussion and review the items we discussed, visit here. House Health and Human Services Over the interim we’ll be discussing policies that will help drive healthcare reform and bring disruptive innovation to the healthcare industry. Some of our policy goals are to: reduce the cost of drugs for patients, empower individuals to have more control and access to healthcare options, identifying wasteful healthcare spending. Over interim, we’ll also be working on policies related to behavioral health, long-term care facilities, and local health departments. To listen to the committee discussion and review the items we discussed, visit here.
Bill Files Opened for the 2023 General Session Earlier this month, legislators were able to open bill files for the 2023 legislative session. I opened several bill files to address the following issues:
Domestic Violence: a bill to streamline lethality assessments and the creation of a domestic violence task force.
Confucius Classrooms: After successfully working to get our Confucius Institutes closed, I will be working with one of Utah’s school districts that has a Confucius Classroom, a language program funded by the Chinese Communist Party, to close down their Confucius Classroom and transition to a language program funded by the district and state, not China.
School choice: legislation that would empower parents to have additional tools to give their child a tailored education.
Transparency in disclosures: this bill would require legislators to report trips that are paid for by foreign governments and proxy organizations.
Reducing the cost of birth certificates: This bill works to eliminate the cost of a birth certificate.
It is an honor to serve as your representative. I look forward to continuing to work hard and fighting for our community!