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Subject: [LWVUT] KCPW LEAGUE OF WOMEN VOTERS LEGISLATIVE INTERIM PREVIEW WED JUNE 18 2014
Date: Wed Jun 18 01:33:20 MDT 2014
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Roger McDonough KCPW LEAGUE OF WOMEN VOTERS INTERIM LEGISLATIVE PREVIEW

(801) 359-5279 ext.         

 Record time 5:45 Tuesday    Roger  will speak with JENN GONNELLY   801-448-6536  REPORTING     
Program will air June 18 Wednesday  morning

 

http://www.lwvutah.org/legislative-updates.htm

 

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

 

Roger McDonough KCPW:

  Hi  Jenn.  WHAT’s the League of Women Voters following at the LEGISLATURE this Wednesday?

 

Jenn Gonnelly LWV:

Roger, this month the Interim Committees. are getting down to specific reports and even draft legislation.

They’re looking to future challenges:  for example: affordable housing, the impact of federal land ownership, raising student achievement levels and paying for transportation needs.

 

Roger McDonough: 

Which committee is looking at affordable housing?

 

Jenn: 

It’s the Economic Development and Workforce Services Committee.  Their agenda points out that the Wasatch Front population will increase by nearly a million people in the next 15 to 20 years. So new housing will be needed for the working middle class, as well as the working poor   

 

This is the committee that oversees the Department of Workforce Services, so their meeting willl also include a report on achievements and challenges of some of the 22 public assistance programs that department oversees. An example is abusive conduct in the workplace – which is on the agenda this month.

 

Roger:  And what about transportation needs?

 

Jenn:                                                                                   

The Transportation Committee is working on those.  They’ll hear long-term planning presentations from UDOT, UTA and the Driver License Division  this month, and UDOT will provide their annual report on planned additions or deletions from the current State Transportation Highway System

That  committee has assigned some of their members to study long-term transportation funding options. And they’ll hear how that study is coming along today. agenda

 

Roger: 

You mentioned federal land ownership.  That controversy seems to come up almost daily.

 

It does. And not only in Utah but all over the West and in Congress.  This month the Natural Resources, Agriculture, and Environment Interim Committee has planned a panel discussion on some impacts. – specifically on grazing rights and federal and local law enforcement, which were recently in the news 

 

The panel will include representatives of the federal Bureau of Land Management, the U.S. Forest Service, the Utah Farm Bureau Federation the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources and the sheriffs of Kane and Garfield Counties  So it should be a lively discussion.

 

Roger:  Should be a good one to listen in on. 

 

Jenn.  Right.  You might want to listen to the Education Committee in the afternoon as well.

A panel of teachers and principals will talk about what the legislature can do – or refrain from doing--to promote high student achievement.  

 

Also, a report on how education of prisoners affects reoffending by released prisoners is also scheduled.  The State Board of Education and the Department of Corrections work together on that recidivism program.

 

Roger:  We have an election coming up.  Are any of the committees addressing election issues this month?

 

Jenn: 

Government Operations is the place to go on those issues.  This year that committee has been assigned to review policy suggestions from the Final Report of the House Special Investigative Committee that investigated former Attorney General John Swallow . Today they’ll discuss the grand jury system and campaign contributions – specifically major campaign donors and anonymous campaign contributions. These issues are also being discussed nationally and are definitely on the League’s agenda. agenda

 

Roger   What else should we be watching?

 

Jenn:

You might be interested in the Political Subdivisions meeting, Roger They’ll discuss a UTOPIA telecommunications utility fee in light of a Macquarie proposal to supply basic broadband internet services to all.  However they would charge a base rate monthly fee to all residents whether or not they use the service, which is controversial. So the idea of broadband services for all as a kind of public utility may come up.

 

And speaking of public utilities and technology, the Public Utilities and Technology Committee will ponder changing the way the utility franchise tax for businesses is calculated, whether according to the price of fuel paid by the utility or as a percentage of fuel used by the consumer

 

Also, the company First Wind will talk  about how their solar electric energy generation impacts existing utility networks.  Other alternative energy providers are invited to testify as well. agenda   

 

Don’t forget you can, listen in to committee meetings or contact your legislator on line at Utah ’s legislative website   le.utah.gov 

Click on “Audio-Video” at the top of the home page, then click on the committee you want to follow.

And for more information, and to read the League’s studies “Funding Utah Public Education” and “Relocation of the Utah State Prison at Draper”, visit the League of Women Voters at lwvutah.org/ on Facebook and Twitter.

 

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More June 2014 Interim Meetings

Monday June 16, 2014

Administrative Rules Review Committee 9:00 a.m. in Room 30 House Building

Report from Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control changes in permit review practice

Presentation discussion on county health departments and boards which control safety, emissions and governance

Tuesday June 17, 2014

Executive Appropriations Committee 1:00 p.m. in Room 210 Senate Building

No agenda has been published

 

Legislative Management Committee 3:00 p.m. in Room 210 Senate Building

Reports on procurement of REMI-Taxpi software from Legislative Fiscal Analyst

Approval of appropriations subcommittee and interim committee schedules

Discussion of committee issues: education, government communications, political subdivisions agenda

 

Wednesday June 18, 2014

Economic Development and Workforce Services Interim Committee 9:00 a.m. Room 20 House Building

The Department of Workforce Services will report on achievements and challenges of some of the 22 public assistance programs it oversees.  The future of affordable housing,: the Wasatch Front population will increase by nearly a million people in the next 15 to 20 years. New housing will be needed for the working middle class, as well as the working poor. 

Also coming up: a sunset review of the Department of Workforce Services itself and a report on abusive conduct in the workplace. agenda

 

Judiciary Interim Committee 9:00 a.m. Room 215 Senate Building

Reports and discussion on expungement of government records of administrative proceedings connected to convictions, arrests, investigations, or detentions. Expungement is a committee priority study item agenda

 

Law Enforcement and Criminal Justice Interim Committee 9:00 a.m. Room 25 House Building

Report from the Department of Public Safety on their status and issues, as well as general policies for serving search warrants

 

Reports on recently enacted laws that add new felonies and enhancements on existing punishments, inmate education programs regarding the impact of education programs on inmate recidivism, the current rate of processing rape kits, and whether that rate is adequate, and restoration of civil rights to certain non-violent felons agenda

 

Natural Resources, Agriculture, and Environment Interim Committee 9:00 a.m. Room 30 House Building

The committee will have a panel discussion on the impact of federal land ownership. Grazing rights and federal and local law enforcement issues will be discussed by representatives of the federal Bureau of Land Management, the U.S. Forest Service, the Utah Farm Bureau Federation the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources and the sheriffs of Kane and Garfield Counties

 

They will receive a Report by the Water Quality Board on strategies for improving the Echo/Rockport Reservoirs total maximum daily load

 

As time allows, the committee will hear reports on the State Fairpark Master Plan, R.S. 2477, Utah-specific data from the Nevada Public Land Management Task Force and operations of the Public Lands Policy Coordination Office agenda    REVISED

 

Revenue and Tax Interim Committee 9:00 a.m. Room 210 Senate Building

Has an ambitious agenda:  Reports from the Office of Legislative Research on state and local sales and use tax system

Presentations on several pieces of draft legislation, including: distribution of local sales and use tax, which deals with limiting deposit of the revenue into the Remote Sales Account (that’s sales tax collected on remote (internet)  sales)  Also on the agenda: taxation of social security benefits;  the formula  that limits appropriations  (the formula includes inflation and population growth); sales and use tax on vehicle trade-ins; and  income tax credits and contributions accounts agenda   REVISED

 

Transportation Interim Committee 9:00 a.m. Room 250 Capitol Building

The committee will hear long-term planning presentations from UDOT, UTA and the Driver License Division

UDOT will provide their annual report on additions or deletions from the State Transportation Highway System

And the committee will hear a report on how their study of long-term transportation funding options is coming along agenda

 

LEAGUE OF WOMEN VOTERS OF UTAH LUNCH IN THE SENATE BUILDING CAFETERIA AT 12:00

 

Business and Labor Interim Committee 2:00 p.m. Room 210 Senate Building

Overview of Regulation of the title and escrow industry

Sunset Reviews on insurance comparison tables and the Comprehensive Health Insurance Pool, which insures the “uninsurable.” agenda

 

Education Interim Committee  2:00 p.m.  Room 20 House building

A panel of teachers and principals will what the legislature can do – or refrain from doing-- to promote high student achievement.

 

A report on how education of prisoners affects reoffending by released prisoners is also scheduled.  The State Board of Education and the Department of Corrections work together on this recidivism program

 

Revenue and Tax Interim Committee 9:00 a.m. Room 210 Senate Building

Has an ambitious agenda:  Reports from the Office of Legislative Research on state and local sales and use tax system

Presentations on several pieces of draft legislation, including: distribution of local sales and use tax, which deals with limiting deposit of the revenue into the Remote Sales Account (that’s sales tax collected on remote (internet)  sales) 

 

Also on the agenda: taxation of social security benefits;  the formula  that limits appropriations  (the formula includes inflation and population growth); sales and use tax on vehicle trade-ins; and  income tax credits and contributions accounts agenda   REVISED

 

Government Operations Interim Committee 2:00 p.m. Room 20 House Building

This year the Government Operations Interim Committee has been assigned to review policy suggestions from the Final Report of the House Special Investigative Committee that investigated former Attorney General John Swallow .

 

Today they’ll discuss the grand jury system and campaign contributions.  Staff and the state Elections Office will lead the discussion of major campaign donors and anonymous campaign contributions. agenda

 

Health and Human Services Interim Committee 2:00 p.m. Room 250 State Capitol

Review of electronic cigarettes and other tobacco products

Discussion of possible real time access to the state’s controlled substance database

Reports on drug and alcohol abuse recovery residences

Report on possible legislation which would inform physicians of net costs of pharmaceuticals to reduce spending agenda

 

Political Subdivisions Interim Committee 2:00 p.m. Room 25 House Building

Will review the good landlord program, which uses special fees and training of landlords to address the problem of higher demand for municipal services such as law enforcement seen in rental properties versus owner-occupied residences. 

 

Discussion of UTOPIA telecommunications utility fee in light of the Macquarie proposal to supply basic broadband internet services to all, but to charge a base rate monthly fee to all residents whether or not they use the service. 

Presentation on ethics laws for local government officials and employees, mainly their participation in partisan political campaigns

Discussion and reports on proposed legislation changes for school planning and zoning addressing life safety issues.  (not sure what that is – could be earthquakes or guns?) agenda    REVISED

 

Public Utilities and Technology Interim Committee 2:00 p.m. Room 215 Senate Building

The committee will hear a presentation on changing the way the utility franchise tax for businesses is calculated, whether according to the price of fuel paid by the utility or as a percentage of fuel used by the consumer

The company First Wind will talk about how their solar electric energy generation impacts existing utility networks.  Other alternative energy providers are invited to testify as well. agenda    REVISED

Thursday June 19, 2014

Prison Relocation Commission 8:00 a.m. Room 250 State Capitol

The committee will hear updates from working groups on site selection, financing, criminal justice reform and future actions

The committee will also discuss communication plans and criteria for site selection agenda

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