Town hall, capitol tour, nursing mothers, stronger punishment for killing K9 officers, tax reform and an update on the bills I'm running.
Dr. Martha Hughes Cannon is off to Washington DC. Philo will have a good home in Utah and remain an honored Utahn.
The people of a stunned nation once again endure the pain, suffering, and deaths of innocent people perpetrated by a criminal, a monster, a murderer. Once again, the people of this nation mourn, pray and think about the victims and their families trying to understand why these terrible events occur. My family joins the nation in prayer for the people of Parkland, Florida.
With those prayers, I add my voice to those calling for action. We need to do all we can to stop these events from occurring while building a strong defense in our schools to protect school children.
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During week three, HB56 passed the Senate and is off to the governor's desk for signature, I voted for HB205, and the debate on Dr. Martha Hughes Cannon replacing Philo T. Farnsworth to represent Utah in the U.S. Capitol.
MTECH here in Lehi needs to build a new building next to their current building to serve their growing population of students. They are a great school with great programs, great instructors, and great leadership. Serving on the Infrastructure and General Government Appropriations Committee, I was pleased to cast my priority vote to fund the building and happy to see the committee as a whole prioritized MTECH at the top of the list. The Executive Appropriations Committee needs to agree to fund the building based on our committee's recommendation, but the school is that much closer. They already acquired the lot for the new building and the appropriation will be on top of the funds they have already raised from donors. https://mtec.edu/
Today HB 56, Emergency Personnel Recording Amendments, passed in the Utah Senate and is off to the Governor for his signature making the bill law. This has been a long time coming. It is a wonderful bill that will help paramedic firefighters and first responders in their training. It protects audio recordings that they may make of their work to revive people for use in training. In other states where this has been implemented, a noticeable spike in the survivability rate as been seen. This bill has always been about helping our first responders save more Utah lives. I’m very proud to be the sponsor of such a great bill. I’m grateful to Brandon Howard, a Lehi resident and paramedic firefighter, who brought me this issue and has been a wonderful advisor throughout. I’m also grateful for the help of Senator Jake Anderegg who served as the Senate floor sponsor of the bill. I hope and pray that Utah firefighters and other first responders will continually be blessed for their work and that they may always be safe.
It was another great week up on the Capitol. Special thanks to Lehi's Barbara Chamberlain and Lisa Simons who gave the House opening prayer and lead us in the Pledge of Allegiance respectively. Watch the video for an update on Week 2.
After speaking with all sides that would be affected by this bill, I made the decision last night to end my efforts to present and pass HB246, HOA Amendments. It became clear the bill in its current state would not gain the support necessary to pass through the legislature without extreme concessions that would make the goal and intent of the bill impossible to achieve. Since the bill is with the House Rules Committee, I’ve requested the Committee place a hold on the bill indefinitely, which they have granted. Still, I encourage unit/lot owners within HOAs and declarants to work closely together during the period of administrative control in a more open way, with greater transparency and with a spirit to make HOA developments throughout Utah the best communities they can be for their residents.
A. Cory Maloy
A. Cory Maloy (R) was elected to the Utah House of Representatives for District 6 on Nov. 8, 2016