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2022 Session - Week 3

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It’s hard to believe we are already at the end of week three of the session! As of this week, 535 bills have been numbered and 58 of those bills have passed in both the House and the Senate. We only have 4 weeks to go!

This week I presented many of my bills on the Senate floor, including two house bills. The Senate started meeting twice a day on the floor which means we were able to vote on a lot of legislation. I also had the opportunity to speak to the Utah Association of Chambers of Commerce for their annual conference about my bills and I met with students from Timpanogos Middle School during their Capitol visit! This was a fun opportunity to answer questions the students had about legislative processes and to teach them about some interesting issues. Finally, I was able to meet with the various groups from GO Utah Aerospace and had an interview with L3HARRIS.

We have a lot of work to do, but we are making great progress. Below is an update on a handful of the bills we considered this week.

National Board Certified Teachers

This week, we were happy to recognize 30 wonderful teachers who have gone the extra mile to become National Board Certified Teachers. National Board Certification is the most respected professional certification available in education and goes beyond required state licensure. We commend these teachers for their efforts and wish them continued success in their professional endeavors.

Unclaimed Property

Tuesday, February 1, was National Unclaimed Property Day. One in five Utahns have lost money, and each year the state receives tens of millions of dollars of Utahns’ lost money and tangible property. At the end of 2021, we received $66.7 million in lost property online, waiting to be claimed. I encourage each of you to search our state’s unclaimed property database at for any unclaimed property you, your family, friends, deceased relatives or organizations might have.

Ballot Amendments

Election ballots, especially longer ballots, are expensive to print. Currently, the legal language of each referendum or ballot initiative is printed on election ballots in its entirety, which considerably increases printing costs. Not only are longer election ballots costly to print, but it has been found that the longer a ballot is, the more difficult it is for the average voter to understand.

S.B. 38 Ballot Amendments wouldallow initiatives and referenda to be summarized in plain language on the ballot while also referring the voter to a separate insert or website containing the entire initiative or referendum text. We estimate this change will save the state almost $500,000 per election. S.B. 38 passed in the Senate and House and will now be considered by the governor. Listen to the bill presentation on the Senate floor here.

Voting History Amendments

In 2020, 30% of voters were not listed on voter roles because they chose to keep their information private. This discrepancy caused some individuals to worry about election transparency and integrity. S.B. 32 Voting History Amendments will remove the discrepancy by requiring an election officer to, when reporting voting history for an election, include certain information relating to a voter whose voter registration is classified as private, without disclosing the identity of the voter. S.B. 32 passed in the Senate and the House and will now be considered by the governor. Listen to the bill presentation on the Senate floor here