Daily Buzz: January 24, 2017

Overview of the Day:

The Utah House of Representatives met on the floor to debate eight bills this morning. House Bill 12, sponsored by Representative Steve Eliason, stirred the most discussion on the House Floor before being successfully passed.

This bill ensures the inclusion of a place for voters to write an email address and phone number on absentee ballot return envelopes. Poll workers will use this contact information if a returned ballot is rejected. A poll worker will then contact a voter via email or text, and the voter will be permitted to correct their rejected ballot.

Meet a New Representative: Susan Pulsipher

Representative Susan Pulsipher now represents District 50 in South Jordan. She received her B.S. degree in education and went on to get her Master’s in education leadership with an emphasis in policy from BYU. She has been both a member and the president of the Jordan School District Board. Rep. Pulsipher’s two heroes are Martha Hughes Cannon, the first female state legislator in the US and also Utah, and Abraham Lincoln. She’s a great addition to the House!

Legislative Schedule – Wed., January 25, 2017

8:00 AM: Social Services Appropriations Subcommittee

8:00 AM: Executive Offices and Criminal Justice Appropriations Subcommittee

8:00 AM: Higher Education Appropriations Subcommittee

8:00 AM: Infrastructure and General Government Appropriations Subcommittee

11:00 AM: House Chamber, House Floor Time

2:00 PM: House Business and Labor Committee

2:00 PM: House Education Committee

2:00 PM: House Health and Human Services Committee REVISED

2:00 PM: Senate Judiciary, Law Enforcement, and Criminal Justice Committee

2:00 PM: Senate Transportation, Public Utilities, Energy, and Technology Committee

2:00 PM: Senate Natural Resources, Agriculture, and Environment Committee

6:30 PM: Governor’s State of State Address (House Chambers)