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Week Six Recap

 
We are now in the last week of the legislative session and we have passed over 200 bills in the House and Senate so far. Our final committee meetings will be tomorrow per the Utah Constitution and it will also be the last day the House will consider House bills. The rest of the week the Senate and the House will only consider bills from the other body. 

During this last week, we have seen and heard a lot about what is currently going on in Ukraine. I expect we will see more and I hope that all of this ends soon. My heart is with the country of Ukraine and the people in our state who are from and have family still there. We are with you. 


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Happening on the Hill


In committee this week we heard bill HB 429 Great Salt Lake Amendments which would require the state to do more research into the Great Salt Lake and its watershed to know how we out to work on fixing issues surrounding it. Given the proximity of the lake to our district and the effects that a receding lake may have on the quality of life I am in full support of this bill. 

HB 443 Utah Inland Port Amendments was voted on and passed last week. This bill while it makes some positive changes for the Inland Port, it essentially removed the seats on the committee that were held by Magna, WVC, and SLCo. I know that this port is going to have a huge impact on our county and the cities closest to it. While I voted against this bill, I appreciate the amount of negotiation and compromise that has occurred and I'm hopeful the port will bring in great jobs and resources to our communities. 

I was the House Floor sponsor for Sen. Karen Mayne's bill S.B. 137 Property Decontamination Amendments passed unanimously in the House chamber. This bill will allow municipalities to better abate "meth homes."  Having lived next to a "meth home"  for a couple of years, I personally know this bill will make a difference and keep our communities and residents safer.

H.B. 410 Great Salt Lake Watershed Enhancement passed with bipartisan support. This bill enhances funding to help the Great Salt Lake by allocating $40,000,000 from the General Fund to the Department of Natural Resources to maintain and develop strategies to deal with the fluctuating lake levels. They will also use this funding to preserve the brine, wildlife, minerals, and marshes. I was very happy to be one of the co-sponsors on this bill.
Senators Mike Lee and Mitt Romney at the Capitol


Senators Mike Lee and Mitt Romney visited our caucus during lunch and spoke to their work in congress focusing on the Russian and Ukraine situation (Lee), the bipartisan infrastructure bill (Romney), and taxing the carbon but making sure that we impose tariffs so that we are not simply offloading our carbon onto less conscious producers overseas. I'm very glad they were able to take time during their busy schedules to come to talk to our caucus. It was wonderful to have them here. 
Honoring the 125th anniversary of the National Parent Teacher Association
Congratulations Cyprus Pirates

I wanted to take a moment in this email to congratulate the Cyprus High Pirates on their amazing win against Farmington. This is their first win in a state tournament game since 2004. You can read more about their game from the Deseret News. GO PIRATES!
Rep. Collard speaking with constituent Iragi Nshangalume at the Planned Parenthood Teen Lobby Day about a bill she was interested in. 
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Utah's award-winning website set up by 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 now, you can go to the calendar and sort by week to tune in to whichever day that's important to you. 

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