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The Legislative Session has Officially Finished

Dear Friends and Neighbors,

Week seven of the legislative session has come and gone and we are officially finished. It has been a productive 45 days. There were many bills that were left when the clock struck midnight, but that is the beauty of a 45-day session. If the legislation is important, it will come back next year. Good legislation usually takes time, research, and contemplation. Remember, your voice is needed. Most changes to state law start with a citizen contacting their legislator. Hopefully this “Letter Home” has been useful to you. I’m always open to suggestions about ways to improve.

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The Last Full Week of the 2018 Legislative Session is in the Books

Letter Home Week Dear Friends and Neighbors,

Week 6, the last full week of the 2018 Legislative Session is in the books. Next Thursday at midnight will mark the end of the 2018 Legislative Session. At this point in the session, we’re working to finalize the budget and complete the process of turning ideas into bills and turning those bills into law. Next week’s legislative schedule includes at least one more day of committee meetings, and three full days and over 30 hours of debate on the Senate floor.

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The Letter Home Week 3

Dear Friends and Neighbors,

We have just concluded week 3 of the 2018 Legislative General Session, and what a productive week it was! This week we recognized our Senate Art Contest Winners. We received over 300 submissions from high school students around the state for our annual contest.

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The Second Week of the 2018 Legislative Session is in the Books!

Dear Friends and Neighbors,

The second week of the 2018 Legislative Session is in the books! While a total of 21 bills have passed through the legislature, committee agendas and reading calendars are filling up with bills in a hurry. Meanwhile, appropriations committees are finalizing the base budgets and will begin working on the overall budget for the state. Find out more about the budgeting process here.

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Some of the Top Issues from Week 1

We have had a very busy and productive first week of session. Below you will find many of the important issues and bills discussed this week by the legislature. Thank you for your interest in our legislative process.

Welcome to the 2018 Legislative Session! President Niederhauser opened the session with remarks on federalism, tax reform, and the symbolism behind The Great Seal of the United States of America and this year’s Senate Coin. The largest portion of his speech was in honor of Senator Lyle Hillyard’s son – Matt. Born with down syndrome, Matt Hillyard passed away recently at the age of 42. He has been a fixture at the State Capitol for decades and is beloved part of the Utah Senate family. In his touching tribute President Niederhauser shared personal experiences with Matt, showed a Tribute video, and then turned the time to Senator Hillyard to make some remarks about the passing of his son. Senator Hillyard said there are three things you can do to honor Matt and keep his memory alive in the Senate, things that Matt always did:

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