Report to Utah District 6 on the 2018 legislative session. The first week of the session is now complete. It was a busy week. The bills I'm running are now all numbered and in process. HB 56 Emergency Personnel Recording Amendments is the furthest along at this point. #UtahHouseDistrict6 #RepCoryMaloy #2018UtahLegislativeSession
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.
A. Cory Maloy
A. Cory Maloy (R) was elected to the Utah House of Representatives for District 6 on Nov. 8, 2016