Nice write-up in Lehi Free Press. It's an honor to represent the people of District 6 and a pleasure to work with Senator Anderegg and Representative Christofferson.
Everyone, here is the first of the weekly videos I will do during the legislative session to keep you posted. The session begins Monday! I look forward to hearing from you during the session. It is important. All of the ways to contact me are found at my website, www.corymaloy.com. It is an honor to serve each of you in Utah House District 6.
Don't forget about the town hall meeting I'm holding Jan. 24th at 6:30 pm at Lehi Elementary School
(Sorry for the poor quality of this video. I shot it on my own thinking I could surely focus properly, but now I know I can't. ? They will look better in future videos and I promise to smile more.) ?
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Kimberly Scott at St. George News in covering my bill HB129, Self-defense Amendments, asks the question in the headline, Should victims be able to defend themselves without facing criminal charges?
What do you think? Should people be able to defend themselves? The article goes on to state that David Spatafore, a lobbyist for the Utah Chiefs of Police Association asked legislators not to support the bill last year, saying the bill's passage could send the wrong message to would-be vigilantes.
Let's keep this bill in perspective. The bill sends the correct message to citizens of this state that they have the right to defend themselves from villains. The bill reiterates the original intent of the law safeguarding the right of all Utahns to protect themselves from unlawful aggression. The language of the bill and the law is very clear, those using any form of self-defense -- guns, knives, fists, martial arts, flight -- are well within their rights to protect themselves. To suggest otherwise is absurd. Those against this bill and the self-defense law want to make law-abiding citizens who find themselves in harms way, criminals.
Spatafore also suggests, "civilians are not trained to know whether to flee or fight within a matter of moments during a confrontation." I disagree. The instinct to survive and protect oneself is not only natural and correct; it is a right. This bill is for all law-abiding citizens of Utah. It ensures their right to self-defense. It does not protect criminals, encourage vigilantism, or permit unlawful aggression by those who may try to use self-defense as an excuse. For once, let's side on the protection of the innocent, the victims of an attack.
It would have been great if Ms. Scott had also interviewed self-defense experts or perhaps even the bill's sponsor.
It's time to pass permitless carry
Guns & Ammo ranked the best states for gun owners in 2017. In the rankings, Utah was in a six-way tie for the best (Washington DC was dead last). The only item preventing Utah from being a clear #1 was its lack of permitless carry. It is past time to pass permitless carry in Utah. I'm developing a bill I hope to present to the Legislature allowing permitless carry for lawful gun owners during a Governor-declared state of emergency or evacuation - only during the declared time of emergency. Florida currently has a law like this in place. Utah doesn't deal with an annual hurricane season, but the possibility exists for earthquakes, extreme winter storms, flooding and other natural disasters warranting a state of emergency. This bill would allow lawful gun owners to protect them and their families during times of extreme emergency. The bill isn't a full permitless carry option but could get us closer to that goal.
Now is the time to begin preparing for caucus 2018. This is the year caucus needs to be bigger, better and with more participation than ever before. There is no better time to exercise your right to participate in an our elections than at caucus time.
The beginning of a new year brings a new election season. 2018 will mark the year federal, state, and county elections take place throughout the state. There is no better time for the people of Utah and the people of House District 6 to exercise their right to participate in the election process than in their caucus - the path of the people.
In just a few short months, family members, friends, neighbors, and communities will gather at their precinct meetings to elect county and state delegates, elect precinct officers and caucus about the candidates and issues. I encourage everyone - all the people of Lehi and Saratoga Springs - to attend their precinct caucus. It is fun, it is fulfilling, and it is essential.
Due to the fast growth of our area, House District 6 will grow from 16 precincts to 19 precincts. If you want to become a delegate, now is the time to prepare. Speak with your family members, ponder and pray, and throw your hat in the ring. Let people know you plan to run. Begin finding out the concerns and desires of your neighbors, begin investigating the candidates. Then run as a delegate and/or a precinct officer. Precincts can start now gathering together in cottage meetings to discuss the candidates and prepare for the caucus meeting. One of the best things precinct officers can do is to hold as many precinct meetings to discuss and even practice the voting process.
The caucus is open to everyone of voting age. One great idea several precincts have been discussing is arranging group evening care groups for children so both parents can attend and participate.
There are many ways to prepare for the caucus. Begin now. Make caucus your precinct's meeting. Make them personal. Exercise your right to participate in the caucus.
I'll continue to post more information about the caucus and the convention as we move forward to March 20. I live in Lehi Precinct 2. I look forward to meeting with my friends and neighbors at our caucus meeting.
Peace, good will toward men
“Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men.” Those are the words uttered by a multitude of the heavenly host who praised God following the birth of the Christ Child – a Savior – before a band of shepherds watching over their flocks.
What a beautiful moment that must have been. Each year Christians around the globe celebrate that glorious moment. I for one am one of those Christians and encourage each of us whether you are Christian or not to ponder, remember and live those great words.
Let’s each look inside ourselves this Christmas season, ask what it is that we can do to make the world a more kind and welcoming place and then do it.
My family and I wish each of you peace and goodwill on this Christmas Day. May you and your families experience blessings of health, happiness, and good fortune throughout this coming year. Our prayers are always with you.
Cory and Linda Maloy
Linda and I attended a memorial service for several U.S. military personnel whose unclaimed remains sat on mortuary shelves for years. Recently, family members were reunited with four of the servicemen.
The service was a pleasant experience full of a spirit of patriotism -- interesting how that spirit feels much the same as the Spirit of God. (Watch the video below of the flag folding presentation.)
The service was put on by the Utah chapter of the Missing in America Project (MIAP).
With gray clouds and a light rain as a backdrop, a procession of family members, and veterans and police officers on bikes, escorted a funeral hearse holding the remains of 22 Utah servicemen from the U.S. Navy, Army, and Marines to the Utah Veterans Memorial Park for the memorial service.
"For many years, these servicemen remained unclaimed," said Roger Graves, MIAP Region 2 Coordinator for Idaho, Montana, Nevada, Utah, and Wyoming. "We are all family, and we claim them."
The memorial included full military honors with a three-gun salute, taps, a bell ringing the reading of each serviceman's name, and a flag folding presentation for each of the four surviving family members.
Difficult to believe and understand, all of the servicemen were veterans of wars going back to World War II and whose remains in urns went unclaimed by family members and sat in mortuaries for years.
The family of Richard Andrew Varela told Senator Daniel W. Thatcher (R-Tooele) and me how they knew their son was dead, but no one informed them. For years they searched for Richard's remains finally finding them in Utah about 18 months ago – they live in Colorado, and Richard died in 1986.
Senator Thatcher and I are looking into how this situation is possible and looking at how potential legislation may prevent occurrences in the future. It appears at this point; the remains are turned over to a mortuary where they stay with no requirement to find out where they belong.
We have seen over the past many weeks the ugly eye of division, hate, intolerance, pride, and violence. We, as U.S. citizens of Utah House District 6, know this division is not what defines us; we know Americans have been coming together for the great cause of freedom since before the signing of the Declaration of Independence in 1776.
We certainly witnessed this unifying gathering of patriotism during the days and weeks following the terror attacks of September 11, 2001, and again in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey – Americans, you and I and millions more, working to help, serve and love one another as only Americans can.
During this very day, the people of the Caribbean, the State of Florida and other regions of the United States are either coming out from the wreckage of Hurricane Irma or preparing to face her wrath. There is a swelling sense of patriotism to help, treat and rebuild the broken bodies, homes, and communities resulting from these disasters. Likewise, patriotism does not stop at the borders of our community as helping hands reach out to earthquake ravaged Mexico, and other disaster devastated parts of the world.
President Trump said it beautifully when he recently proclaimed September 11, 2017, as Patriot Day.
“Throughout history, everyday Americans and first responders have done the extraordinary through selfless acts of patriotism, compassion, and uncommon courage. Not just in New York, Virginia, and Pennsylvania, but across our great Nation, Americans on September 11, 2001, bound themselves together for the common good, saying with one voice that we will be neither scared nor defeated. The enemy attempted to tear at the fabric of our society by destroying our buildings and murdering our innocent, but our strength has not and will not waiver. Americans today remain steadfast in our commitment to liberty, to human dignity, and to one another.
“We will always remember the sacrifices made in defense of our people, our country, and our freedom. The spirit of service and self-sacrifice that Americans so nobly demonstrated on September 11, 2001, is evident in the incredible response to Hurricanes Harvey and Irma. The same spirit of American patriotism we movingly witnessed on September 11th has filled our hearts as we again see the unflinching courage, compassion, and generosity of Americans for their neighbors and countrymen.”
This Patriot Day, may we never forget the terrible hatred that befell this great nation on September 11, 2001; may we always remember the patriotism that arose to unify a nation of people. Honor this day with love, tolerance, generosity, patriotism, by neither offending or becoming offended, by helping people, by enjoying your family and friends, and by praying to Almighty God for His goodness and mercy upon all people.
God bless each of you, your families, our country and our community.
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Our Schools Now wants to get their citizens' initiative petition on the ballot, which would be a major income and sales tax increase for education. If you can, attend one or more of these meetings and let your voice be heard:
NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING
Public notice is hereby given that Our Schools Now will hold public hearings to review its citizens’ initiative petition. Our Schools Now’s proposed initiative language is available for public review on the state elections website, http://www.elections.utah.gov/ .
Seven public hearings will be held, at the times and locations listed below. For more information, please contact Our Schools Now at 175 East 400 South, Suite 650, Salt Lake City, Utah 84111, or visit http://www.ourschoolsnow.com/.
6:00 p.m., Tuesday, July 11, 2017 Hillcrest Elementary School, 960 N 1400 E Logan UT 84321
6:00 p.m., Tuesday, July 11, 2017 Orem Elementary School, 450 W 400 S Orem UT 84058
Wasatch Front Region
6:00 p.m., Tuesday, July 11, 2017 Wasatch Elementary School, 30 R Street Salt Lake City UT 84103
Uintah Basin Region
6:00 p.m., Tuesday, July 11, 2017 Ashley Elementary School, 350 N 1150 W Vernal UT 84078
6:00 p.m., Tuesday, July 11, 2017 Ephraim Elementary School, 570 S 300 E Ephraim UT 84627
6:00 p.m., Tuesday, July 11, 2017 Castle Heights Elementary School, 750 N Homestead Blvd Price UT 84501
6:00 p.m., Tuesday, July 11, 2017 Legacy Elementary School, 280 E 100 S St. George UT 84770
NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING - OUR SCHOOLS NOW.pdf
On this Independence Day I am reminded of the precious liberties that we take so for granted. There is so much divisiveness in political discourse today and in society in general that “One Nation Under God” seems like a distant memory at times.
I hope this Independence day we can all remember that no matter how imperfect, we are blessed to live in this great country and have freedom that is unimaginable in most of the world. May we each add rather than take away from being “One Nation” and remember we can stand strong on principle without being divisive.
I wish you all a happy and safe Independence Day. God bless the United States of America and the Great State of Utah!
A. Cory Maloy
A. Cory Maloy (R) was elected to the Utah House of Representatives for District 6 on Nov. 8, 2016