Legislative Updates 2021 – Rep. Johnson

 


2021 Legislative Update: Week 6

With the end of the sixth week, there are only have a few days left until the end of the 2021 Legislative Session. While this session has been a bit different from past sessions due to precautions put in place because of COVID-19, we have accomplished a lot for Utah’s citizens. This includes tax cuts for our seniors, families, and many living on fixed incomes. I am proud of our work at the legislature and am honored to serves as your voice.

As we wrap up the remaining days, please reach out to me if you have any last-minute thoughts on legislation. I appreciate your feedback, and I am grateful you have trusted me with the responsibility to represent you at the legislature.

Thank you,
Representative Dan Johnson
House District 4

Bill Highlight

With just a few days remaining, I wanted to update you on the progress of some of the bills I am sponsoring.

  •  H.B. 402 School Transportation Funding amendments will allow bussing for the 2021-2022 school year based upon the mileage from the 2019 school year. This will allow the right appropriation based on milage to be distributed to all the schools in the state. This bill will be introduced to the Utah House of Representatives soon.

  • H.B. 303 Emergency Medical Services Revisions, which requires municipalities and counties to ensure a minimum level of 911 ambulance services, has passed out of the Utah House and is currently in the Senate Health and Human Services Committee.

Concurrent Resolution Honoring the 125th Anniversary of the First Utah Legislative Session

On January 4, 1896, Utah became the 45th state to be admitted to the Union. A few days later, on January 7, the first legislative session convened. The first legislature was made up of 18 members in the Senate and 45 members in the House and was tasked with designing a new community and government. Read HCR 16 here. The picture below is me standing next to the first Utah Legislature!

Putting Money Back in the Hands of Deserving Utahns

The Utah State Legislature presented legislation that will provide approximately $100 million in tax relief to Utah citizens. Though Utah’s economy is in an advantageous position compared to other states, many Utahns are struggling, and lawmakers want to provide tax relief where it will make the biggest difference. Three bills, S.B. 153S.B. 11, and H.B. 86, target families, veterans, and elderly citizens and further boost Utah’s economic success.

Executive Appropriation Committee Recommends Historic Utah State Budget

The Executive Appropriations Committee (EAC) finalized recommendations for the Fiscal Year 2021-22 budget. The recommendations include increased funding for education, healthcare, housing, infrastructure and transportation, and a significant tax cut.

The EAC budget recommendation now advances to the full Legislature for consideration before the session closes March 5. The 2022 fiscal year begins July 1. Read the full press release here.

Week 6 Video Update

To watch a video update, click below!

Virtual Access To Meetings

You can click here to see which committees I am in, as well as watch the meetings. I have been assigned to:

  • The House Education Committee
  • The House Transportation Committee
  • Public Education Appropriations Subcommittee

Bills Passed During The 2021 Session

For a list of bills passed by the Utah House thus far, click here.


2021 Legislative Update: Week 4

With the close of the fourth week of the legislative session, we have now passed the halfway mark. While we are now halfway through the forty-five-day legislative session, there is still much to do. In the remaining three weeks, we will continue to work on legislation and vote bills into law up until the last moment of the final day. In this update, you will find noteworthy information from the past week and some information about a few things I have been working on.

I want to encourage you to reach out to me if you have any questions, concerns, or thoughts over the legislation I am working on. I appreciate your feedback, and I am grateful you have trusted me with the responsibility to represent you at the legislature.

Thank you,
Representative Dan Johnson
House District 4

Bill Highlight
This week I am highlighting a bill that has been the product of two years of hard work. H.B. 303 Emergency Medical Services Revisions. This bill:
Requires municipalities and counties to ensure at least a minimum level of 911 ambulance services are provided within the municipality or county.
Many rural communities have a lack of emergency services. I want to make sure that these communities and more rural parts of our state have the facilities available to them to handle an emergency when it occurs. To read more about this bill, click here.
Vaccine Volunteers
Governor Cox and Lieutenant Governor Henderson announced their goal to have all adult Utahns receive the COVID-19 vaccine by the end of May. In tackling this goal, there is a large need for willing and able volunteers. Click here to see if you qualify and sign up to volunteer!

Tax Relief
Several bills are making their way through the legislative process that will provide tax relief to many Utahns. Last week, H.B. 86 Social Security Amendments passed the House unanimously and, if passed by the Senate, will benefit many living on a fixed income. Additionally, H.B. 161 Military Retirement Tax Amendments passed the House this week, which removes the tax on military retirement, benefiting those who have served our country. Finally, a bill is in the works to help restore the child dependent exemption.

Sarah’s Bill
This week, we had the pleasure of welcoming Sarah Frei and her parents to the House Floor. Sarah was involved in a car accident over the summer, resulting in the loss of her legs. Sarah’s optimistic outlook is truly inspiring. HB 20 Driving Under the Influence Sentencing Amendments, nicknamed “Sarah’s Bill,” will create stricter bail terms for DUI offenses.

Video Update
To watch a video update, click on the picture below!

Virtual Access To Meetings
You can click here to see which committees I am in, as well as watch the meetings. I have been assigned to:
The House Education Committee
The House Transportation Committee
Public Education Appropriations Subcommittee
Bills Passed During The 2021 Session
For a list of bills passed by the Utah House thus far, click here.


2021 Legislative Update: Week 3
The third week of the 2021 Legislative Session has come to an end. Despite the pandemic, we are working hard and getting a lot done. Many of my bills have been passed through committees and are on their way to the floor. However, there is still much to do in the remaining three weeks!

As with each week, below you will find some helpful links and information about the third week of the 2021 Legislative Session. If you have any questions, concerns, or thoughts on the legislative process, please reach out to me. I appreciate your feedback, and I am grateful you have trusted me with the responsibility to represent you at the legislature.

Thank you,
Representative Dan Johnson
House District 4

Presenting In Committee
This week, I made a request from the Social Services Appropriations committee for RESPECT (Respite, Parent Education, Care informed by Trauma)

I also presented on Domestic Violence, Essential Victim Services Funding. These are issues I am very passionate about. I have been working for the past year to ensure these programs have the funds available to operate effectively and help those in need.

Presenting on Domestic Violence, Essential Victim Services Funding

With Jill Anderson, the CAPSA Executive Director. She helped with the Domestic Violence appropriation.
COVID-19 Vaccines
Vaccines are now available for: healthcare workers, long-term care facility staff and residents, first responders, Utahns 70 and older, and K-12 teachers and school staff. Contact your local health department or school district to schedule your vaccination. All local health departments are experiencing a high volume of calls and website traffic as demand for the COVID-19 vaccine is high. Please understand that they can only distribute as many vaccines as they receive each week, and appointments fill up quickly. Everyone who wants the vaccine will get it over time.

Tax Bills
This week, the House passed HB 86-Social Security Tax Amendments, which provides tax relief for many living on a fixed income.

The House Revenue and Taxation Committee also passed HB 161 Military Retirement Tax Amendments, sponsored by Rep. Candice Pierucci. This bill creates a nonrefundable income tax credit for military retirement pay.

Fallen Officer Resolution
This week, the House honored Utah’s fallen officers. We are grateful for the sacrifice of Officer Nate Lyday and the many others who risk their lives protecting us.
Survey Results
Below is a word cloud from the survey that I sent out a few weeks ago. I wanted to share this with you to show you what many people in our district value most!

Meet My Intern!
I would like you to meet my intern for this session, Olivia Hoge! She is a senior at Utah State University studying Poltical Science with minors in art and English. She is a hard working, organized, bright individual who I am lucky to have woeking beside me. I am thankful for the service she provides to the House of Representatives and me.

Independent Redistricting Commission
Appointments to the Utah Independent Redistricting Commission were named this week. The appointments are:
Governor Spencer Cox appointment: Chairman Rex Facer
President Stuart Adams appointment: Lyle Hillyard
Speaker Brad Wilson: Rob Bishop
President Adams and Speaker Brad Wilson joint appointment: N. Jeffrey Baker
Senate Minority Leader Karen Mayne appointment: Christine Durham
House Minority Leader Brian King appointment: Pat Jones
Senate and House Minority joint appointment: William Thorne
The commission will work to redraw district boundaries within our state, following updates from the census. You can find Speaker Wilson and President Adams’ joint statement here.

Virtual Access To Meetings
You can click here to see which committees I am in, as well as watch the meetings. I have been assigned to:
The House Education Committee
The House Transportation Committee
Public Education Appropriations Subcommittee
Bills Passed During The 2021 Session
For a list of bills passed by the Utah House thus far, click here.

Representative Johnson’s Legislative Page

To see my official page and information about me, click here.


2021 Legislative Update: Week 2
The second week of the 2021 Legislative Session has come to an end. I’m excited to report that this week we passed the base budget, which includes more money for public education than ever before – nearly $6.5 billion for fiscal years 2022 and 2023! Additionally, the Capitol and Committee meetings are now open to the public. That said, we will continue to provide access to all committee meetings online.

Below you will find some helpful links and information about the second week of the 2021 Legislative Session. As always, if you have any questions, concerns, or thoughts on the legislative process, please reach out to me. I appreciate your feedback, and I am grateful you have trusted me with the responsibility to represent you at the legislature.

Thank you,
Representative Dan Johnson
House District 4

Base Budget
This week we passed a base budget that included a $400 million increase in public education funding and gave our state employees a 3% raise! We also passed H.B. 85, which would provide our senior population a social security tax cut. Both houses also passed S.B. 1 Public Education Base Budget Amendments this week. This is the single biggest investment for public education in state history, with nearly $6.5 billion in funding for FY 2022 and FY 2023.

I am honored to be a part of this work and am proud to provide our children, teachers, seniors, and state employees much deserved funding, raises, and tax cuts.
Bill Highlight
This week, I am highlighting H.B. 124 Civics Engagement Pilot Program Amendments. This bill changes the start date of the civics engagement pilot program to the 2021-2022 school year. The Civics Engagement program will:
Create a civics engagement pilot program to assess the benefits of, and methods for, implementing a requirement to complete a civics engagement project as a condition for receiving a high school diploma.
To read more about this bill, click here. To see what other bills I am working on this session, click here.
Congressional Delegation Visits
As a body, we welcome members of Utah’s congressional delegation each session. This week, we were joined by our newest representatives, Congressman Blake Moore and Congressman Burgess Owens. We discussed their roles in D.C. and how we can work together to better the lives of Utahns.

I am eager to work with Congressman Moore, who is our Representative in Logan. I am confident he is going to work hard for our district and keep our interests in mind.

Virtual Access To Meetings
You can click here to see which committees I am in, as well as watch the meetings. I have been assigned to:
The House Education Committee
The House Transportation Committee
Public Education Appropriations Subcommittee
Resolution Recognizing Donovan Mitchell
This week, the House passed HR 3, House Resolution Honoring Donovan Mitchell over Shaquille O’neal. Wearing her referee jersey, Rep. Kera Birkeland presented the resolution recognizing Donovan Mitchell for his indomitable spirit and dedication on and off the court, stating, “The House of Representatives of the State of Utah recognizes the exemplary service of Donovan Mitchell Jr. to the Utah Jazz and the people of the great state of Utah.” Although Shaq may think otherwise, we think we are pretty lucky to have Spida represent Utah. Sporting his #45 jersey from the dais, Speaker Wilson said, “We’ll take Spida over Shaq any day! [Donovan Mitchell]’s greatness extends far beyond the court. He’s an example of service, dedication, and selflessness, and Utah is lucky to have him.”

Bills Passed During The 2021 Session
For a list of bills passed by the Utah House thus far, click here.

Representative Johnson’s Legislative Page

To see my official page and information about me, click here.


2021 Legislative Update: Week 1
The 2021 Legislative Session is underway. This Session will be unlike any other. We have a lot of work to do to ensure our state recovers from the COVID-19 pandemic. Throughout the next few weeks, I will be updating you on what I am working on and the legislative session’s highlights.

Below you will find information about the first week of the legislative session and a few helpful links. If you have any questions, please reach out.

Thank you,
Representative Dan Johnson
House District 4

Virtual Access To Meetings
You can click here to see which committees I am in, as well as watch the meetings. I have been assigned to:
The House Education Committee
The House Transportation Committee
Public Education Appropriations Subcommittee
Bill Highlight
The work we do in the legislature isn’t always exciting. However, it is important. Those of us that represent our constituents on a more local level deal with more local issues. Through the next few weeks, I will highlight a bill I am working to pass into law. This week I am highlighting H.B. 70. This bill:
Requires the Lieutenant Governor to create a system that:
tracks all ballots that are mailed or deposited in ballot drop boxes
sends email or text notifications to a voter with updates on the status of the voter’s trackable ballot; and
allows a voter to opt out of receiving text and email notifications regarding the status of the voter’s trackable ballot;
Also creates a website by which a voter may confirm the status of the voter’s trackable ballot.
To read more about this bill, click here. To see what other bills I am working on this session, click here.
Get Your Vaccine When You Can!
I want to encourage everyone to get their vaccination when they become available to you. Carlene, pictured below, did a great job administering my vaccine to me. God bless all of our health care workers and first responders.

Policy Priorities
We have a lot of work to do over the forty-five-day session. A few of our policy priorities are:
Broaden Economic Success
2020 brought a host of economic challenges, but Utah was well prepared to meet them. Allocating taxpayer funds in a way that maximizes each dollar, prepares us for the next crisis, and broadens economic success to each corner of the state will be critical to Utah’s continuing economic rebound and future prosperity.
Build a Connected Future
Continued investment in transportation, recreation, and technology infrastructure projects will provide the foundation for Utah’s long-term prosperity and quality of life.
Extend Opportunity to All
Efforts to improve access to healthcare, housing, and education will open the door of opportunity to everyone in the state. Utah can only reach its full potential when all Utahns can make the most of their individual talents.
Balance Emergency Power
Finally, after facing a global pandemic for almost a year, it is apparent that we must reassess how we respond to emergencies to allow for swift action, but never at the expense of the will of the people.
To read more about our policy priorities, click here.

Representative Johnson’s Legislative Page

I have served as your Representative since 2019. It has been the honor of my lifetime. To see my official page and information about me, click here.