September Newsletter 2023
Newsletter sent on September 11, 2023
I hope this newsletter finds you and your family healthy and doing well. For those of you with children who are back-in-school, I hope they’re enjoying being back in the classroom and that you had a fun summer. I wanted to give you an update on interim meetings and what I’ve been working on.
Twenty-two years ago, 2,977 people were killed in the terrorist attacks on September 11th. People who had gone to work, expecting it to be another normal day, never came home to their families. 10,000 more sustained injuries. The youngest person to die was a two-year old little girl, the oldest, 82-years old, both passengers on flights that were hijacked. Hundreds of firemen, police, military personnel, and paramedics were killed as they ran towards the flames to save victims of the attacks. It’s anticipated that in the two decades since 9/11, almost 4,000 first responders and firemen have died from cancers and other 9/11-related medical conditions.
May we never forget the day that changed our country forever and may we always remember and honor the lives of the victims, first responders, and military personnel whose lives were lost.
May God bless the families of those who lost loved ones and may He continue to bless our country.
In August I attended interim meetings up at the Capitol for the Education, Transportation, and Retirement and Independent Entities Committees. In Education, we discussed policy proposals to address school safety, student absenteeism, and student mental health. For a detailed report on interim meetings, you can review the Office of Legislative Research and General Counsel’s report here.
This month’s interim meetings will be held in St. George on September 18th. You can participate and listen along at le.utah.gov. Today we met as the Retirement and Independent Entities Committee to discuss post-retirement reemployment for public employees, the infertility treatment coverage pilot program for state employees, the Heber Valley Railroad, and the Utah Innovation Lab.
Grand Opening and Ribbon Cutting for the SLCC and U of U Juniper Campus
I appreciated the opportunity to speak at the Grand Opening for the Salt Lake Community College and University of Utah Juniper Campus in Herriman! This innovative, hybrid model of collaboration and combining efforts of two important educational institutions is the future of higher education in our state. Having both SLCC and the U of U at the same campus will streamline student services and transitions, increase accessibility and enhance student educational opportunities, particularly for students in the Herriman and Riverton area.
I am excited for the students who will be able to take advantage of this new opportunity and what it will mean for their families and future.
Legislation Moving Forward
In preparation for the 2024 legislative session, I have several bill files open to address issues related to public safety, domestic violence, education, transportation, and increased transparency in financial disclosures for lawmakers. This summer I've been involved in legislative work groups to address national security and independence from the influence of foreign governments, restitution for formerly incarcerated individuals, sensitive materials in schools, and maternal health services. I look forward to giving you regular updates as these policies are drafted.
Thank you for the opportunity to serve our district! Please feel
free to email me with any concerns or questions you have at email@example.com.
Candice B. Pierucci
State Representative for House District 49