Rep. Maloy to present Existing Weapons Restrictions Resolution during 2019 Legislative Session
Encourages Utah to know and enforce existing laws instead of supporting gun control legislation
LEHI, Utah, Jan. 23, 2019 – Utah House Representative Cory Maloy, R-Lehi, will introduce HJR 7 – Joint Resolution on Existing Weapons Restrictions during the 2019 Utah General Legislative Session. The resolution recognizes that the best way to protect the vulnerable without infringing on the right of the people to bear arms is to enforce the laws already found in Utah Code.
“Remembering and enforcing Utah’s current laws that restrict firearm and weapons possession based on certain situations will better protect our children and society,” said Maloy. “So-called ‘red flag’ or ‘extreme risk protection laws’ that are popping up around the country are actually control and confiscation strategies by gun control groups infringing on the rights of law-abiding citizens who utilize their U.S. and Utah constitutional right to own and bear arms. They do nothing actually to protect our citizens from criminals and murderers.”
The resolution points out 21 existing Utah laws addressing weapons use and restrictions. For example:
These are just a few of the current laws that exist to protect the citizens of Utah.
The State of Utah is known across the country and around the globe for how it “does things right” in many significant areas. The Joint Resolution on Existing Weapons Restrictions points out one other important area where Utah has done it right – that of serving as an example to the nation in how to protect the vulnerable without infringing on the right of the people to bear arms.
“Whereas red flag laws attempt to turn law-abiding citizens into criminals, this resolution points out Utah’s existing laws that seek to protect citizens by prosecuting and restricting actual lawbreakers and criminals,” said Maloy.
About Representative Maloy
Representative Maloy was elected by the people of Utah House District 6 to serve in the Utah House of Representatives in 2016. He will begin his third Utah Legislative Session in 2019. He resides in Lehi, Utah and serves on the House Economic and Workforce Services Committee, the Infrastructure and General Government Appropriations Committee, and as vice-chair on the House Business and Labor Committee. He is a business owner and public relations professional for Maloy PR.
The 2019 Utah Legislative Session looks to be like many before it, busy. It will deal with some of the most crucial policies and issues facing the state today. From Tax reform to Medicaid expansion and everything in-between. Here is my agenda of bills this year.
First, I was appointed as vice-chair of the House Business and Labor Standing committee. I’m looking forward to working with Rep. Jim Dunnigan who is Chair along with the rest of the committee. We will be tackling some of the most significant issues in the state in this committee.
Here are the bills I’m working on:
Towing. In 2017, during my first legislative session, I was able to pass HB 393, Towing Amendments. The law established the Governor’s Towing Advisory Board and streamlined towing certification of towers under the state. The bill went a long way to better protect consumers from predatory towing while also making it easier for towing companies to work in multiple cities and areas throughout the state.
In 2019, I will be introducing the next phase of towing amendments that will again better protect consumers from predatory towing and help towing companies provide better service. Utilizing many of the discussions and recommendations from the Towing Advisory Board, this towing amendment bill will:
HB 114 – Self-defense amendments. This bill is back from last year. It received broad support but didn’t pass due to the session ending before it could be passed in the Senate. It was second on the list when the session ended.
Utah State Law is clear that when someone is assaulted by an aggressor, they can defend themselves without first fleeing. Someone who defends themselves is a victim of that violent aggression. This bill makes it clear that prosecutors cannot continue that victimization by asking questions such as “why didn’t you flee,” “why didn’t you first try to call the police,” etc. They were not required to do so before defending themselves. The bill does not allow people to use this law to be an aggressor.
Initiative Funding Amendments. Candidates for political office are required to provide information on who is paying for their campaign marketing activities. Those running a ballot initiative do not have this requirement. This bill will make it a requirement for them to disclose who is paying for their ballot-initiative campaign activities.
Driver License Suspension Amendments. Last year I passed a bill ending the practice of suspending someone’s driver license for a non-driving offense – specifically for drug-related charges that had nothing to do with driving. This bill extends that to include eliminating the suspension of a driver license for unpaid fines under $1,000. This ensures people who still need to drive to work, pick up children from school, etc. will still be able to do so. They will still be responsible for addressing their citations and paying fines, but they won’t lose their driver license while going through that process.
Second Amendment. I will be running a few bills in support of the Second Amendment. I will be aggressively opposing bills that are threats to the Second Amendment and blatant gun control bills including red flag and extreme risk protection order bills (ERPO).
I've received a few emails regarding the Special General Session called by Governor Herbert for the legislature to address medical cannabis. The session is scheduled for Monday, Dec. 3.
The emails I have received have encouraged me to leave Prop 2 as is, while others have encouraged me to support the compromise bill developed by both proponents and opponents of Prop 2. At this point, I have read in detail HB 3001 and plan to support the bill. I believe the majority of the people of House District 6 also support the bill.
Related to House District 6, it is apparent a clear majority of voters do not support Prop 2. Though it passed statewide, it was soundly defeated in the general election in our district. (5,494 votes for; 8,598 votes against) There were no precincts in District 6 where Prop 2 won.
Additionally, several weeks ago before the election I conducted a survey in District 6 that indicated a significant lack of support for Prop. 2. Here are the results:
Will you vote for Prop 2
It is my belief that within District 6, the most crucial aspect of this entire issue among our citizens is a clear consensus to bring medical cannabis medicine to those who can benefit -- those that have been waiting, those who can benefit now, and for those who will benefit in the future. It is equally clear, our district does not believe Prop 2 is the correct way to do it.
HB 3001 is a well thought out and organized bill that will bring what we all want to give to those in need faster, better, and safer.
The bill is available for review at this link.
Following years of work by proponents to provide medical marijuana for the benefit of those suffering from pain and other debilitating health issues, and following months of heated and divisive dialogue between opponents and proponents of Proposition 2 -- The Utah Medical Cannabis Act, a compromise was reached and announced today by Utah Governor Gary Herbert, Utah Senate President Wayne L. Niederhauser, Utah House Speaker Greg Hughes, and key players from both sides of the issue.
The compromise, brokered by Speaker Hughes, will appear in the form of a newly drafted bill file also entitled, Utah Medical Cannabis Act, that will be discussed, debated and voted on by members of the Utah Legislature following the November 6 election in a Special Session. Governor Herbert announced today he plans to make the formal call for the Special Session.
The compromise came together after many hours of heated discussion and debate on what both sides of the issue wanted. According to Speaker Hughes, the common ground centered on the desire of all parties to provide the benefits of medical marijuana to those people in need and who could benefit.
The special session will address the bill regardless of the outcome of the people's vote on Proposition 2 on Election Day.
I have always supported the on-going work to find a medical marijuana solution that is good and beneficial for all Utahns suffering from pain and other conditions and believe this new bill will accomplish that. In fact, I am thoroughly convinced the bill will be good for patients in need, good for the State of Utah, and good for the people of Utah. I believe it will both serve the state and set an example of good practices for other states.
I was and remain opposed to Proposition 2 -- it is clearly not the best solution. Proposition 2 is poorly written and could potentially cause harm to many Utahns and increases the likelihood of marijuana abuse. I added my voice to the many others urging the people of Utah to Vote No on Proposition 2.
I just received the language of the compromise bill for my review and will write more about it after I have thoroughly reviewed it.
For now, let me be clear. This compromise was made possible because opponents and proponents finally sat down and worked out a great policy plan to serve the people of Utah. I respect the positions of both sides, and I'm grateful they worked together to find a position that works for all sides -- everyone.
I am disappointed in the level of divisiveness, anger, attacks and lack of civility from both sides that has occurred over the past few months around this and other issues. We the people of Utah are greater than this, and the fact that the key players of this issue finally sat down and did the hard thing -- finding and determining the correct policy -- proves we as a people and as a state can accomplish great things. We've done it before, we are doing it now and we will do it again and again in the future.
I am eager to move forward in this direction. The people who can benefit the most are now looking at weeks instead of months or even years of uncertainty before receiving the benefits of marijuana.
Whether you vote for or against Proposition 2, please vote. Either way, please join me in supporting this new bill. And encourage and push our federal elected officials to change federal law on marijuana from a schedule 1 to a schedule 2 drug. At the federal level, marijuana is against the law -- an unenforced law. Let's get it changed.
Governor Herbert called a special session of the Utah legislature for this Wednesday, July 18 at 2:30 pm. It is the 2nd special session of the 2018 legislature. See the Governor's proclamation.
Two weeks ago I attended a meeting in Washington DC in which Vice President Mike Pence made an address. Part of his brief speech encouraged us to pray for our country -- not for an agenda or cause, but our country. His welcome and encouraging words reminded me of this article I wrote several years ago about President Washington's faith in God's hand in the formation of the United States of America. Here is that article.
Among the founding fathers, one was respected above all. George Washington--the greatest American.
I think George Washington would frown today on the absence of God in our society and country. “Separation of Church and State,” the proponents yell. Lawsuits to remove a heritage of long-standing references to God continually arise, public prayer condemned, children’s faith mocked and stifled in public schools across the country--a never-ending list of faithlessness.
This on-going trend to remove God from our society and country is wrong. The independence of the United States was divinely blessed and its founders inspired to write the U.S. Constitution. The nation began with a premise of religious freedom. It was an institute that both believed in a Supreme being and protected the rights of its citizens to worship that Being the way they wanted. It would not and could not establish a state religion or force anyone to worship one.
It is clear from his history, Washington believed God’s hand was at the helm of this country and its Constitution. The following are quotes from George Washington on the topic:
“Without the beneficent interposition of the Supreme Ruler of the universe, we could not have reached the distinguished situation which we have attained with such unprecedented rapidity. To him, therefore, should we bow with gratitude and reverence, and endeavor to merit a continuance of his special favors. --To the General Assembly of Rhode Island. Fitzpatrick 35:431. (1797)
“It is not a little pleasing, nor less wonderful, to contemplate that after two years’ maneuvering and undergoing the strangest vicissitudes that perhaps ever attended any one contest since the creation, both armies are brought back to the very point they set out from, and that that which was the offending party in the beginning is now reduced to the use of the spade and pick-axe for defense. The hand of Providence has been so conspicuous in all this that he must be worse than an infidel that lacks faith, and more than wicked that has not gratitude enough to acknowledge his obligations. --To Thomas Nelson. Fitzpatrick 12:343. (1778)
“I am sure there never was a people who had more reason to acknowledge a divine interposition in their affairs than those of the United States; and I should be pained to believe that they have forgotten that agency which was so often manifested during our revolution, or that they failed to consider the omnipotence of that God who is alone able to protect them.” --To John Armstrong. Fitzpatrick 32:2. (1792)
“It is indeed a pleasure, from the walks of private life, to view in retrospect all the meanderings of our past labors, the difficulties through which we have waded, and the fortunate haven to which the ship has been brought? Is it possible after this that it should founder? Will not the all-wise and all-powerful Director of human events preserve it? I think he will. He may, however (for wise purposes not discoverable by finite minds), suffer our indiscretions and folly to place our national character low in the political scale; and this, unless more wisdom and less prejudice take the lead in our governments, will most assuredly be the case. --To Jonathan Trumbull. Fitzpatrick 27:399. (1784)
On the Constitution. “We may, with a kind of pious and grateful exultation, trace the fingers of Providence through those dark and mysterious events which first induced the states to appoint a general convention, and then led them one after another...into an adoption of the system recommended by the that general convention, thereby, in all human probability, laying a lasting foundation for tranquility and happiness, when we had but too much reason to fear that confusion and misery were coming rapidly upon us. That the same good Providence may still continue to protect us, and prevent us from dashing the cup of national felicity just as it has been lifted to our lips, is [my] earnest prayer.” -- To Jonathan Trumbull. Fitzpatrick 30:22. (1788)
“By the miraculous care of Providence, that protected me beyond all human expectation, I had four bullets through my coat and two horses shot under me, and yet escaped unhurt.” -- To John Augustine Washington. Fitzpatrick 1:152. (1755)
“I am grateful to that Providence which has directed my steps, and shielded me through the various changes and chances through which I have passed, from my youth to the present moment.” --To Jonathan Trumbull. Fitzpatrick 5:390. (1776)
“A superintending Providence is ordering everything for the best, and...in due time all will end well.” --To Landon Carter. Fitzpatrick 9:454. (1777)
“I know the delicate nature of the duties incident to the part which I am called to perform; and I feel my incompetence, without the singular assistance of Providence, to discharge them in a satisfactory manner. -- To the citizens of Baltimore. Fitzpatrick 30:288. (1789)
Note: Quotes were pulled from: Parry, Allison Skousen, The Real George Washington: The True Story of America’s Most Indispensable Man. (National Center for Constitutional Studies, Fourth Printing, 2008)
It has been my great pleasure working with Mike in the Utah House—we will miss him. Dr. Kennedy is a colleague and mentor – someone I trust and respect. I look forward to his service as U.S. Senator representing the Great State of Utah. He is a hard-working, well-spoken, experienced legislator. He has experience legislating the most important policies and issues for Utah and will continue to do so as Senator. There is no doubt he will exercise his conservative values in Washington to help Utah, limit government at all levels, support free-market principles and protect our rights. Dr. Kennedy’s unshakeable beliefs, honesty, and integrity cannot be questioned. He will work hard for Utah. Please join Linda and me, along with many, many other people throughout Utah in voting for Dr. Mike Kennady as U.S. Senator from Utah.
Representative Cory Maloy
Utah House of Representatives, House District 6
Linda and I have enjoyed getting to know Jim Phelps. Right off the bat, you can see how hard he works for the people of our county. He is diligent, respectful, genuine and understanding – he greatly cares for the people. We are convinced his experience and background in law enforcement will provide the best service and protection we can achieve in our fast-growing county. His experience as a U.S. Marshall allows him to both work with federal agencies and against them when needed – we need both from our sheriff. He has gained our trust and we are convinced he is the best candidate to protect our families, fight property crimes, help eliminate domestic violence, fight a growing drug and gang problem, and has the ability and skills to provide strong fiscal management of the Utah County Sheriff’s Office. Please join Linda and me in supporting and voting for Jim Phelps as our next Utah County Sheriff.
Representative Cory Maloy
Utah House of Representatives, District 6
Slow down through the freeway construction zone! The speed limit is 60 MPH for only a few miles and workers are everywhere. Watch out for them.
Last week, Representative Kay Christopherson (R) Dist. 56 and I had the opportunity to meet with about 75 crew members of the I-15 tech corridor project at the beginning of National Safety Week.
Most of the crew were there for a pep talk by management and foreman on safety as well as to pass some safety requirement seminars. It was a pleasure speaking with these workers who are from all over the state and work on this project as well as others.
When you look at these people in the eyes and then look at the freeway behind them with thousands of vehicles traveling 60, 70, 80 or more miles per hour, you quickly realize they truly work in some dangerous situations. In many cases they are working within a few feet of the freeway exposed to speeding traffic.
As you drive through the work zone, slow down! The speed limit is 60 MPH for only 3-4 miles. Watch out for those workers.
The I-15 tech corridor project started about a month ago and will widen the freeway from SR-92 to Lehi Main Street, replace interchanges at SR-92 and 2100 North, replace several bridges, add a one way frontage road system, and a Triumph Blvd. overpass. The project is scheduled for completion at the end of 2020.
Last Friday I filed as a candidate for re-election to the Utah House of Representatives, District 6. Today I put out my formal announcement for my re-election campaign (see below). I want to thank each of you for your support and confidence in me as your representative. It is a humbling honor to serve you. Watch my Facebook page and my website for upcoming delegate events and cottage meetings.
Cory Maloy to seek re-election to the Utah House of Representatives
“It is an honor to serve the people of House District 6”
LEHI, Utah – March 16, 2018 Representative Cory Maloy formally announced today his intent to run for re-election in the Utah House of Representatives for Utah House District 6. Maloy is currently serving his first term.
“It has been an exciting term serving House District 6,” said Maloy. “We’ve tackled some big issues challenging our district. For example, securing the funding necessary to complete I-15 through Lehi and Thanksgiving Point, fighting against tax increases and government overreach, helping our first responders receive the tools they need to save more lives, added protection to our law enforcement officers, increased the ease-of-ability of people to move to Utah and obtain their business licenses, supporting and protecting our Constitutional rights, protecting Utah’s public lands, and many other issues and policies.”
As a House Representative, Maloy plans to continue focusing on these and other critical areas:
Maloy is founder and principal of Maloy PR, a successful public relations firm based in the heart of Silicon Slopes of Lehi.
“I’m a builder,” said Maloy. “During my entire career, I’ve had the opportunity to help PR firms and different organizations succeed. I’ve been able to do this with a combination of creative and well thought out strategy. I help to unify people for a common cause. I bring that experience to the Utah Legislature.”
In addition to serving as a House Representative, Maloy served as Chair of Legislative District 6 of the Utah County Republican Party (UCRP). He led the unification of Republican causes including protection of the influence and relevance of its delegates to exercise strength on Party matters. He has also served on the UCRP Steering Committee as Volunteers Officer and PR and Media Officer, as a Precinct Chair and as a county and state delegate.
People can reach Maloy at (801) 477-0019, firstname.lastname@example.org, and at www.corymaloy.com.
A. Cory Maloy
A. Cory Maloy (R) was elected to the Utah House of Representatives for District 6 on Nov. 8, 2016