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January Newsletter

 

Happy New Year!!! I hope this year brings lots of joy and happiness to you and your families. This month on the 18th, we will start the 2022 Legislative Session. There are a variety of topics that have come up during this last year that will be addressed. Read on to see important bills to watch and how you can get involved in the session. 

Each year I like to get an idea of issues that are important to you. Things change constantly in our lives and our priorities change as well.

Click HERE to be taken to a survey to give your input on what's most important to you and your family. 

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

 
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Rep. Collard introducing an amendment to adopt one of the Independent Redistricting Commission's maps.
Redistricting Utah

In last month's email, we discussed what happened with redistricting and how the new maps have been drawn up. The new maps that were voted on and passed by the Legislature can be seen HERE. We were unsuccessful in adopting one of the UIRC maps this year. Our house district number has changed from House District 22 to House District 27. If you would like to see if your address is still in the district, you can look at the link and find your street. Soon THIS interactive map will be up and running but it's still going a take a few more weeks to be accurate. If you have any questions about redistricting or the process that we went through, please reach out to me at any time. 

 
Happening on the Hill

I have been working on many bills this year, so far three of them have been numbered.

H.B. 18 Intimate Image Distribution Amendments: This original bill was introduced by Rep. Kwan last year and was passed. This bill made distributing intimate images without the consent of a person a second-degree felony. The amendments that have been made in this bill are clarifying the word "individual" to "a person who is 18 years or older." This was a technical change requested by the state attorney.  

H.B. 24 Employment Advisory Council Amendments: The Employee Advisory Council is responsible for advising the department of WFS and the Legislature in formulation policies and discussing problems related to preventing unemployment, encouraging and adopting vocational rehab methods, and promoting the creation and development of job opportunities as well as other things. The purpose of this amendment is to repeal the sunset date of the council. 

H.B. 71 Utah Fair Housing Act Amendments: The Utah Fair Housing Act protects the rights of people therefore they cannot be denied housing because of their race, color, religion, sex, national origin, familial status, source of income, disability, sexual orientation, or gender identity. The amendments of this bill made some language clarifications to help protect those looking to get into homes. 


If you would like to get a look into all of the bills that have been numbered for the 2022 session you can click HERE.

Minimum wage has come up again recently with 26 states changing their minimum wage starting in 2022.  Here is a great article from KSL last night that has a lot of information regarding minimum wage and the states that have adopted new laws. 


Follow Along

A great system that the Legislature has set up is the ability to track bills that you are interested in following. To do that you can go to le.utah.gov/tracking/trackinglogin and set up an account. 
Once you create an account you can type in the Bill Number and click "add" and it will send you emails and updates on how the bill is progressing. You can also log in at any time and check the status of the bills you are interested in. 

If you would like to tune into the Legislative Session, you can watch it live, or see past sessions by going to le.utah.gov and clicking the Calendar Icon on the main screen. That will pull up the week's schedule and you can click the play icon in any session you would like to watch. As of today, you can see all the interim meetings we have had through the year by clicking back through the weeks. When the session starts on the 18th you will be able to see what is happening right at the moment. 
 
UDOT Overpass for Cyprus High

 Last month I spoke with UDOT about getting an overpass crosswalk for the new Cyprus High that is being built. This would go over 8400 W. to the high school and would benefit the elementary school students as well.  This has been something our community has been talking about for years and it needs to be done to keep our students safe and keep the flow of traffic moving. Thank you, to those who reached out to me to let me know that you support this as well. UDOT is now doing a feasibility study to look into getting it done. I will keep you updated on the progress. 

Please Get Vaccinated

 
These last few days we have seen a large surge in Coronavirus cases. Omicron has proven to be highly contagious.  Our hospitals are overwhelmed once again. The overwhelmed hospitals don't just affect the people with COVID. It affects anyone who needs to be hospitalized for any reason. Whether that be a car accident, a stroke, or a heart attack, we need to make sure we have room to take care of everyone when they need it most. We also need to keep in mind our very overworked healthcare staff who have been dealing with this pandemic on the front lines. They are tired. So please do your part and get vaccinated to keep yourself safe and to help those who can't. 

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

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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