Checking In At The Legislature: 2020 Session Week 3
Week 3 has come to an end. I am honored to be serving our community at the legislature. Serving as a part-time legislator during a session that lasts forty-five days means that each day is very busy with many different issues and events. It is very exciting working in this fast-paced environment, and I am proud to be our voice at the legislature. In this update, you will find a few noteworthy events and information.
I am very grateful that I have the opportunity to serve our great community. If you have any questions or concerns, please reach out to me.
My Upcoming Legislation
This bill seeks to clear up confusion with who gets the right-of-way between the operator of a motorcycle and an automobile after the motorcycle operator completes a lane filtering maneuver. This bill will give the operator of the motorcycle the right-of-way after completing a lane filtering maneuver. Chief Hixson of the West Bountiful Police Department spoke in support of this bill and it was passed out of committee unanimously.
This bill will create the Start Smart Utah Program to expand access to school breakfast in public schools. When children come to school hungry and then don’t get to eat anything until lunchtime, they are not focused on what they should be focusing on. I want to ensure Utah’s children are getting enough to eat and can concentrate in the classroom. Members of the Utah School Board of Education have spoken in support of this bill and it has passed the House and is now moving to the Senate.
150th Anniversary of Utah Granting Women the Right to Vote
2020 marks the 150th anniversary of Utah women being the first to vote in the nation. 2020 also marks the 100th anniversary of the 19th amendment, granting all women the right to vote in the United States. On Wednesday, February 12, the Legislature, along with 2,000+ students, organizations, and many volunteers, celebrated this monumental event. Legislators wore yellow roses to honor women’s suffrage and passed HJR 12 Joint Resolution Celebrating Women’s Suffrage in Utah.
Meeting With The Girls Leadership Team
I met with the Girls Leadership Team from Edith Bowen Laboratory School, who were visiting the Capitol. Today was Women’s Suffrage Day on the Hill, so the students got to see a lot of activity going on around them. I am so thankful for their leaders, Dr. Reina, Dr. Newell, and Master Teacher Lisa Saunderson. I was happy to get a Personal Privilege from the Speaker of the House to recognize this great group!
Interview With Diary West
Wednesday morning, I was interviewed by Dairy West. I have been selected as one of their Breakfast Champions because of the legislation I am working on during this session. I was able to talk about my bills and about the importance of breakfast for our children.