By representative Carl Albrecht, District 70
The legislative redistribution committee has been busy at work, traveling across the state to gather feedback and review maps. Be sure to submit your own maps for review using the state of the art drawing tool available at https://redistricting.utah.gov/maps/.
The Legislature will meet in special session in mid-November to approve maps that will determine Utah’s borders for the next decade. You can keep up to date by following the Legislative Boundaries Committee on social media (Twitter & Facebook) and by visiting redistrict.utah.gov.
President Biden recently called on the Department of Labor to require all companies with more than 100 employees to either require employees to receive the COVID-19 vaccine or test negative weekly. The president’s decision to make vaccination of private entities compulsory is unprecedented and unacceptable. While a private company may choose to require vaccinations or tests for its employees, the government forcing companies to take these steps is too much of a manual.
Speaker of the House Brad Wilson said, “I want to reaffirm my continued support for the immunization effort. Vaccines have proven to be the most effective measure in reducing the pressure on our hospitals and saving lives. However, requiring employers to impose these decisions on their employees is not the role of government and should not become the new precedent. “
Veterans Home Service Project
The Utah House Majority Caucus participated in a service project at the William E. Christoffersen Salt Lake Veterans Home. Representatives pulled weeds, painted planters, planted flowers, and helped with other landscaping needs. We loved the opportunity to give back to our veterans and appreciate all they have done to serve our country.
Monoclonal antibody treatments
Monoclonal Antibody Treatment Centers are now providing care to patients in Utah. These treatments should not replace the vaccine but can ease the burden on our hospitals by preventing hospitalizations and saving lives. See your health care provider if you are at high risk and your COVID-19 test is positive.
Learn more about monoclonal antibody treatments here: https://coronavirus.utah.gov/noveltherapeutics/
September interim Meetings
The Legislative Assembly met in September to resume interim meetings. The committees discussed several important and topical issues, including vaccine requirements, access to child care, student mental health, bail reform and more. The topics discussed and the action to be taken by the committee are available at https://le.utah.gov/interim/2021/pdf/00003099.pdf The October meetings are scheduled for October 19 and 20.
Highlights of management credits
The Office of the Legislative Budget Analyst presented the 2021-2022 budget for the State of Utah to the Executive Appropriations Committee during the interim September period. This budget funds all of our state’s needs, including education, transportation, outdoor recreation, affordable housing and more. You can read the full report here: https://le.utah.gov/interim/2021/pdf/00002925.pdf
The Credit Executive Committee also discussed how the state can use ARPA funds to meet our critical water needs, received an update on the new University of Mental Health facility. Utah and reviewed a report from the Homeless Council.
UtahRaptor State Park Update
Earlier this year, the legislature passed HB 257 to create Utah Raptor State Park near Moab. New development, engineering and design plans for the park are well underway. This new national park will feature two new campgrounds with around 60 to 70 individual campsites, a handful of group campsites, an entrance post, a visitor center and many other exciting amenities.
Military and defense economic impact
The Utah Defense Alliance commissioned the Kem C. Gardner Policy Institute to assess the economic impacts of Utah’s defense industry. Utah’s defense industry makes a substantial contribution to the state’s diverse economy, contributing 10.3% of state employment and $ 13.9 billion in personal income. Listen to the presentation or read the full report at https://le.utah.gov/MtgMinutes/publicMeetingMinutes.jsp?Com=SPEVMA&meetingId=17737
Head over to Spotify or Apple Podcasts to listen to the recent Utah House Majority podcast, covering topics ranging from economic development to our new civic engagement program!
Upcoming Events Statewide
Dreamscapes immersive art exhibition (Salt Lake) Through December, Thursday to Sunday
Cedar Saturday Market (Cedar City) every Saturday
Tuacahn Saturday market every Saturday
Tuacahn Amphitheater (St. George) Open-air theater performances until October 21
Nature Hills Harvest Fest (Cedar City) October 2–16
Moab Red Rock Festival October 9
Fall Harvest Festival (Cache) October 15-16
Fall Festival and Pumpkin Lane (St. George) October 25
As always, thank you for the opportunity to represent you in the Utah House of Representatives. Please contact me with any questions or concerns by calling or texting me at (435) 979-6578 or emailing [email protected]