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2022 Session - Week 4

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Dear friends and neighbors,


It was another busy week at the Capitol. The session is officially more than halfway through. This week SB97 and SCR2 passed both the Senate and the House! I met with middle schoolers from Rocky Mountain and Timpanogos Middle Schools. They prepared a presentation for Representative Mike Kohler and me concerning teen marijuana use and its effects. I also met with a high school government class from Vernal. They had some wonderful questions about the legislative process. It was also great to meet with constituents from Wasatch county to address their concerns about specific legislation. Lastly, 2News interviewed me about crude oil and the impact some legislation will have on the Uintah Basin.



Early Literacy

Helping our students read is a foundational task that sets the trajectory for the rest of their lives. Students who cannot read proficiently by the end of 3rd grade are less likely to graduate and more likely to be on public assistance long-term. Currently, half of Utah students are not reading at grade level by the 3rd grade.

S.B. 127 Early Literacy Outcomes Improvement addresses this issue by aligning existing literacy programs toward a common goal, equipping teachers and administrators with evidence-based methods, placing literacy coaches in lower performing schools, and providing resources to support parent, family and community efforts. S.B. 127 passed in the Senate and will now be considered in the House. Listen to the bill presentation on the Senate floor here.