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  • Final Gavel of 2014

    Another legislative session has drawn to a close and legislators are cleaning out their desks and getting ready to head home. Before we leave, I wanted to provide you with an overview of the session highlights. The Legislature took a new approach in dealing with the budget this year. In past years, we have held […]

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  • 2014 Convention Speech (Weber County)

    “This process is not about a person. It’s about a team. There are seven members representing Weber County. That’s not the largest voice. Utah County has 15. However, we understand cooperation. We work together with all our colleagues to help northern Utah. With that cooperation, we’re making a big difference in northern Utah. “It’s great […]

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  • Some last words on the 2014 Budget

    I’m writing this article in the waning hours of the 2014 Legislative Session. We have just finished voting on what we affectionately call “the Bill of Bills,” which is the final piece of our $13.5 million budget. The Bill of Bills is like your “odds and ends” drawer. This bill has all the final items […]

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  • Standard Examiner: Education Spending

    Education is one of the most important public policy and budgetary areas that the Legislature deals with each session.  Public Education is the largest single budget driver each year. Of course, the public policy part of education is very important as well since it shapes the future workforce and leaders of the state. Year over […]

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  • Op-ed: HB20 deals with police pursuit concerns

    Law enforcement personnel put their lives on the line on our behalf each day. They never know when they may be called upon to respond to a traffic accident, burglary, or trespassing incident. Sometimes they have to respond to an even more dangerous situation like a fleeing suspect. It is definitely a complicating factor for […]

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  • Op-ed: The House wraps up AG investigation

    Last July, the Utah State House of Representatives took the extraordinary step of forming an investigative committee to delve into the wrongdoings of former-Attorney General John Swallow. This was the first time such a committee has ever been convened in the history of the Utah and I hope it is the last that we ever […]

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