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  • Writer's pictureRep. Candice Pierucci

Week 5 Legislative Update: National Security & Water

Dear Constituents,


We are officially in the last two weeks of the session and with the shortest legislative session in the country, we are making every day count. Thank you to those of you who joined me for my town halls on Tuesday and Saturday; it was great to see so many of you and have a policy discussion. 


This week has been a big one and there’s a lot to report so buckle up!


Water Week 

As the second driest state in the nation, it is critical that we are planning for our water needs. Because water is a top priority, we designated this past week as Water Week at the Capitol. During the week, we heard and debated important bills that will help ensure our water future, here’s a highlight of some of the big ones:

  • HB 280: Water Related Changes: Helps the state address the long-term stability of our water resources by creating a reliable funding system and process for infrastructure projects (reservoirs, dams, etc.) and a way to prioritize funds to address the most critical projects. 

  • HB 453: Great Salt Lake Revisions: Protects the Great Salt Lake by establishing a framework to ensure the investments made in the lake, and conservation efforts by citizens, are safeguarded and dedicated to the lake. 


Click here to learn more about how we plan to protect our water resources.


HB 431: Teacher Retention

This week I presented HB 431: Teacher Retention on the House floor, the bill passed unanimously. This bill does three important things:



  • Creates a teacher hotline for teachers to call at the State Board of Education to report red tape and administrative burden the teacher might be facing; ask about professional development opportunities and receive referrals for resources and support.

  • Creates the MASTER Teacher program: So many of our best teachers end up working in administration for career advancement and the opportunity to make more money. This pilot program would allow a teacher to become a Master Teacher, where they could make more money to lead, mentor and train other teachers while still able to teach in the classroom. 

  • Finally, this bill requires districts to provide a minimum of three-weeks maternity leave. Despite the fact that this is a largely female profession, not all districts provide paid maternity leave. 


National Security: HB 404 & HB 516

On Monday, we hosted a national security press conference and were fortunate enough to hear from Ambassador Robert O’Brian who served as the U.S. National Security Advisor from 2019 to 2021. During the conference we highlighted how Utah is doing their part to address national security concerns this legislative session.


I’m running HB 404 which prohibits state entities from purchasing technology products from companies headquartered in China, Russia, North Korea or Iran. Additionally, I’m running HB 516 to prohibit restricted foreign entities and companies headquartered in those countries from owning or purchasing land in Utah. These are the bills we highlighted at the press conference: 


  • H.B. 117- Wind Energy Facility Siting Modifications (Burton)

  • H.B. 256- Military Compatible Land Use Amendments (Peterson, V.)

  • H.B. 404- Public Entity Restrictions (Pierucci)

  • H.B. 516- State Land Purchase Amendments (Pierucci)




Honoring Fallen Heroes

This week we had the humbling opportunity of recognizing and honoring SSG Robert Blake and other fallen military members on the House floor. I was grateful for the opportunity to meet Ms. Blake and her granddaughter, Quincy from our district; their family is one of many who has lost a loved one and has had to pick up the pieces and move forward. I am forever grateful to our service members and their families who give so much and paid the ultimate sacrifice for the cause of freedom.















Herriman High Cross Country Team

On Thursday, I had the chance to recognize the Herriman High Cross Country Team with a citation for their historic win, outstanding dedication and hard work. Their team became the first and only Utah high school cross country team to ever take home the first-place title at the prestigious Nike Cross Nationals!














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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