Dear Friends:

Happy New Year and welcome to the first of my periodic legislative updates for 2017.  As in years past, I hope these brief messages will serve to infrom you about some of the interesting things happening in the Utah Legislature, particularly during the upcoming Legislative Session.  It is my hope that you will always let me know your thoughts about pending legislation as well as how to further improve the State of Utah.  Your input is invaluable.


The 2017 Legislative Session

The 2017 Utah Legislative Session begins on January 23 and concludes on March 9.  The Legislature's website is a great way to keep up to date during the session, as well as during our Interim and task force meetings throughout the year.  There you can find legislation, fiscal analysis, committee schedules, video and audio of live and prior proceedings and many other helpful tools to help you follow the Utah Legislature.  The website is:  

During the upcoming legislative session, I will serve on the following committees:  House Public Utilities, Energy & Technology, House Government Operations Committee and Public Education Appropriations (joint House and Senate Committee) and International Trade and Relations Committee. I continue to serve as Vice Chair of the Ethics Committee, among a variety of other committee duties.


How to Reach Me and Social Media

Your input is vital to helping improve Utah's government and our community.  I always look forward to hearing your thoughts about state legislative issues.  The best way to reach me is through email.  My email address is:

During the session, I can receive hundreds of emails a day, so I always try and prioritize messages coming from residents of House District 36.  If you could include your home address in your email, it would be of great help to me.  In case I need to reach out to you by phone, please also include the best number to reach you.  If your message is for information purposes only and does not necessitate a reply, please let me know so in the message.  I value your input, so I personally read every email I receive.  Please remember that all email messages sent to me are subject to the Government Records Access and Management Act.

I often comment on legislative issues on social media.  If you are interested, please consider following me on Facebook (where I am most active) and Twitter.


January 21, Clean Air, No Excuses Rally

Please join me on January 21, 2017 at 1:00 pm for the "Clean Air, No Excuses Rally" on the south steps of the Utah Capitol Building.  The rally will be a great chance to let the state's lawmakers and public know how important clean air is to Utahns.  Four years ago, I founded the bipartisan Clean Air Caucus.  I helped start this group because I know how imperative it is that the Legislature better understand air quality issues and pass effective and meaningful plans to help clean our air.  I hope you will attend the rally to let your voice be heard.  We need clean air! 


It is my tremendous privilege to serve as your representative.  I am always grateful to the residents of Utah House District 36 for the trust you have placed in me, and I am eager to continue to serve you and the State of Utah in the coming months.