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December Newsletter

 

Last month we went through the special legislative session that focused on redistricting and the name change for Dixie State University. We accomplished both sentiments. Dixie State University will be changing its name to Utah Tech University. We are hopeful this change will bring more people to the University and help students obtain some of the best jobs out there. Below you can read more about how redistricting went and what is going to change.

As always, reach out to me if you have any questions or concerns by clicking the link below.

 
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Redistricting Utah

Last month we were called into a special session to vote on new boundaries for our state. This happens every ten years when the census is complete to make sure that each person is being represented fairly.

As I have talked about in past emails, the new Utah Independent Redistricting Commission (UIRC) was assigned and gave their input on how the state lines should be drawn. I really appreciate their commitment to keeping communities whole. Thank you to those who served on this commission.

During the legislative special session, I introduced an amendment on the congressional maps to adopt the purple UIRC map, which kept counties and cities mostly whole, and I voted against the house maps because they are completely splitting up communities. In the house maps submitted and passed for congressional districts, Salt Lake County will now be split up into four congressional districts. This is a bit unsettling because in 2018, Utahns voted in favor of the Utah Independent Redistricting Commission and I fully support them, making sure that your voices were heard. 


How has redistricting affected our community? Currently, within our district, all of Magna is kept together as a whole, same as Copperton with parts of Kearns and West Jordan in our district as well. With the new maps, fortunately, Copperton is staying whole. Magna has now been split up, and West Jordan and Kearns have also been split into several different districts. 

To view a list of all the new maps that were proposed and passed you can click HERE
 
In The Works

Emergency Preparedness:

The regular session will convene next month. During the interim meetings, we have been getting prepared for new ideas and bills on issues affecting Utah. I am continuing to work hard on perfecting language on the Emergency Preparedness Amendments that will help Utahns be more prepared for the next large earthquake happens. Just this last week there was a 3.1 earthquake that struck in the Kannaraville area which is just south of Cedar City. This is a reminder that we live in an earthquake country, and we are in a race against time. Utah prides itself in being prepared but in this instance, we are vastly underprepared.

Affordable Housing:

Yesterday, I joined a Webinar with the Crossroads Urban Center to discuss the need for permanent supportive housing. We talked about funding and appropriations and where that funding should and would go. We also spoke about the needs of Utahns and those experiencing chronic homelessness. During the next legislative session, I will be working with other legislatures on affordable housing issues and appropriations. The full video of the Webinar is on Facebook and linked HERE

Pedestrian Walkway for the New Cyprus High:

As the new high school is being built in Magna, I have been working with Stakeholders to get a pedestrian walkway in the works across 8400 W. (UR-111) for safe access to and from the schools. Around the time when Elk Run was built and started classes, Councilman Michael Jensen was working on getting funding for a pedestrian walkway, we didn't get the walkway and now have a crosswalk instead. In my opinion, the crosswalk isn't as sufficient with more students and vehicles in the area, there is a need for a safer alternative.  I am meeting with UDOT tomorrow to discuss the issue further. The safety of our students is of the utmost importance, and we need to be proactive rather than reactive. I would like to hear your feedback on what you think we need in that location. Feel free to send me a message on Facebook or respond to this email with your thoughts.

 

Leg Chair Corner



Message from our House District Chair:


Do you want to become more involved with the Democratic Party? Would you like to help choose which candidates run for office? 
Contact Dave Albertsen at 801-651-1958 to find out how to become a precinct officer, or even become a candidate for elected office. 


~
Dave Albertsen

 

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Who Can Get Vaccinated


All Utahn's age five and up can get vaccinated now. This is a great leap in fighting the coronavirus pandemic. Currently, children can only receive the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine. To find a location near you you can visit vaccinefinder.org. I hope that you make the decision to help keep our community safe, and stop the spread of COVID-19.

Booster shots are now available for everyone who has gotten the first two doses. You do not need an underlying medical condition to qualify.

Granite School District will be offering free COVID-19 shots to everyone 5 and up on a walk-in basis. There is no appointment needed. Click here for a full list of dates, times, and locations. 

 
To find a vaccination clinic near you visit coronavirus.utah.gov

December is such a great month to give back to our community and show thanks to each other. I hope you all have wonderful celebrations during this time and are able to spend it with the people you care about the most. 
 
Happy Holidays!
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