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  • Writer's pictureRep. Candice Pierucci

Week 3 Legislative Update: Energy, Local School Board Amendments, Public Entity Restrictions, Teacher Retention

Dear Constituents, 


We’re nearly halfway through the Legislative session! Thank you to everyone who joined me for my family night up at the Capitol. Ronald Reagan said that, “family is always at the center of the public policy process,” I completely agree. It was awesome to see so many of you come and bring your kids with you to learn more about our state capitol and the policy process. 


Be sure to mark your calendar for my upcoming town halls:

  • Tuesday, February 13th at 7:00pm at Riverton City Hall 

  • Saturday, February 17th at 11:00am at Herriman City Hall  


During floor time, this week we focused on energy independence in our state, expanding access to mental health care in rural Utah and increasing accountability in our government agencies


Energy 

Utah’s all-of-the-above approach to energy has provided reliable, affordable and sustainable power for decades. Investing in the state’s energy capabilities is a top priority this session for those of us in the legislature. With onerous federal regulations and policies coming into effect, we are committed to fighting back and passing policies that ensure Utah’s current and future needs are met.


Ensuring the state has a long-term strategic energy plan will foster economic growth and build a

more competitive energy market that lowers energy costs for Utahns, protects ratepayers, and

creates a cleaner, safer grid. The following bills will protect and strengthen Utah’s energy:





Legislation I’m Working On


H.B.173 Local School Board Amendments 

If the legislature increases taxes with a simple majority, voters are able to referendum that law and send the issue to the ballot for Utahns to vote on. Currently, when a school board increases taxes, there is no option for citizens to referendum. This bill focuses specifically on tax increases, and extends that same provision empowering citizens with the ability to try and referendum a simple majority vote. 


H.B.404 Public Entity Restrictions 

This bill does three critical things:

  • It prohibits Utah agencies and government entities from purchasing Chinese-owned technology (laptops, etc.) This is following the lead of the Department of Defense that has prohibited Chinese-owned technology from being used by service and intelligence personnel.

  • Prohibits cities from entering into sister-city relationships with cities and provinces that houses slave labor facilities. 

  • Reinforces the Uyghur Forced Labor Prevention Act that Congress passed and forbids Utah agencies from making purchases of products made with slave labor.


H.B.430 Local Government Transportation Services Amendments 

Our area has experienced tremendous growth over the past decade. Herriman, Riverton, and Bluffdale are nearly 50% high density housing; however, there is still not a single bus stop in our district. Many of the frustrations I have heard from city leaders and constituents is that our tax dollars are funding transit options for Salt Lake City, rather than fulfilling the needs of the southwest corner of the valley–and I agree. This bill would require that UTA report back to each city with an accounting of how their taxes were spent and would require that UTA build projects proportional to the need and tax base contributing to the tax revenue collected. 


H.B.431 Teacher Retention

HB 431 works to retain fantastic teachers in our education system. The bill creates the MASTER teacher program, an opportunity for teachers who mentor and support teachers the opportunity to be a “Teacher Leader” and receive additional compensation, without having to leave the classroom. Additionally, this bill creates a teacher support hotline and requires a minimum standard for maternity leave for teachers. 




 

Utah is Ready to Play Ball

This week, we were joined by baseball legend Dale Murphy as we passed a joint resolution in support of Major League Baseball in the Beehive state. From little league to the collegiate level, Utah has some of the most passionate sports fans in the country and we are eager for the opportunity to bring a major league team to Utah!





As a reminder, if you would like to follow along as we discuss important issues or give public comment at a committee hearing, please visit le.utah.gov to join online or view committee schedules. Thank you for the opportunity to serve our district. Please feel free to email me with any concerns or questions you have at cpierucci@le.utah.gov. Be sure to include your home address so I know you live in my district!



Sincerely,



Candice B. Pierucci

State Representative for House District 49



Bills Passed by the House this Week:


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