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2015 Legislative Session Countdown Jan 26, 2014

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Rep. Dave Lifferth

Report card 2013 2014
Attendance 100% 96%
Utah TaxPayers Ranking 100%
#1/75
88%
#11/75
Southerland Ranking 79%
#15/75
89%
#8/75
Parents Choice Ed 89%
#20/75
88%
#8/75
Libertas Ranking 45%
#36/75
69%
#24/75
UEA Ranking 47%
#45/75
47%
#52/75

Legislator's Votes In favor of my legislation

99.5%

Social Media

Tweets

901
Facebook Posts 1,006
Blogs 105
Surveys 22
Votes consistent with constituents Surveys 100% 98%
(100% w/delegates)
Taxes increased $0 $0

Increased Education
Funding
2% 3.5%
Emails sent >23k >30k


Named 2013 Champion of Business by Salt Lake Chamber of Commerce

Latest Activity

David Lifferth posted a blog post

Prison Relocation Update #13 - Background Information

After fielding many question from constituents I am sharing many of those answers in this blog. I have gone back through many of the supporting documents that were given to legislators over the past several years. I have compiled these documents together and have been sending these background documents to constituents that want a lot of dry, hardcore political wonk documents. Send me an email if you need something to put you to sleep at night and I will send them to you.I will try to provide a…See More
yesterday
David Lifferth posted a blog post

Prison Relocation Update #12

(Some of the update was removed because of its sensitive and confidential nature)I am already swamped in getting ready for the next legislative session that begins on January 26th. In addition to my full time job, I have another full time job as a state legislator and another full time job fighting the prison relocation…See More
Thursday
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Dec 15
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Photos from Concealed Carry Permit class taught by Oda, Vilos, Aposhian

I took one of my sons and my only daughter to a Concealed Carry Permit class that was taught by Rep. Cut Oda, Attorney Mitch Vilos, and Utah Shooting Sports Chairman Clark Aposhian.Also in attendance were Representatives Robert Spendlove and Norm Thurston.…See More
Dec 13
David Lifferth posted a blog post

Blog from Dec 11, 2014 Legislative Preview on Education

(I will post my notes, but I wanted to get the outline posted as quickly as possible)USSB Joel Wright, USSB Jeff Moss, ASD Paula HillParticipants include:State School Board members Jeff Moss and Joel WrightAlpine School Board member Paula HillLaurel Price (CD4 District director for Congresswoman-Elect Mia Love)State Utah…See More
Dec 12
David Lifferth posted a blog post

Frequent Question: Why not just leave the prison in place?

Here is a representative question that I get on a regular basis:Hey David, Long time no chat, but just a quick question. If a proposition to keep the prison located where it was and rebuild on that land was re-proposed this legislative season, do you think it would get traction? I didn't follow how last session went. I know right now that Salt Lake, West Jordan, Eagle Mountain, Saratoga Springs are all very against it locating to their community so most of their representatives would jump on…See More
Dec 8
David Lifferth posted a blog post

Notes from December 3, 2014 Prison Relocation Committee Meeting

Prison Relocation Meeting NotesThe resolution to create and authorize the Prison Relocation committee was HCRC8Cost savings over time from new facilities, substantial economic benefits from selling the land that the prison currently occupies.SB286 Create PRADASteps 1 thru 3ScreeningAssessmentDetailed Technical…See More
Dec 3
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Ranking of Top Prison Sites after Round #2 Evaluations

Blog Posts

Prison Relocation Update #13 - Background Information

Posted by David Lifferth on December 20, 2014 at 12:00pm 0 Comments

After fielding many question from constituents I am sharing many of those answers in this blog. I have gone back through many of the supporting documents that were given to legislators over the past several years. I have compiled these documents together and have been sending these background documents to constituents that want a lot of dry, hardcore political wonk documents. Send me an email if you need something to put you to sleep at night and I will send them to you.

I will try to provide a summary of these documents and highlight important details in this Update.

All prison facilities in the state will be increased in capacity

Projected inmate capacities in Utah

400 Beaver

400 Davis

192 Kane

300 San Juan

192 Sanpete

400 Weber

1,884 Total inmate capacity in addition to Draper and Gunnison Prisons

 

There are currently 3,774…

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Prison Relocation Update #12

Posted by David Lifferth on December 17, 2014 at 8:00pm 0 Comments

(Some of the update was removed because of its sensitive and confidential nature)

I am already swamped in getting ready for the next legislative session that begins on January 26th. In addition to my full time job, I have another full time job as a state legislator and another full time job fighting the prison relocation to my district.

Yesterday I met with concerned residents that had schedule a meeting with Governor Herbert’s staff. In attendance was Wendy Pendleton, Heidi Balderree, Eagle Mountain Mayor Chris Pengra, Eagle Mountain City Councilman Adam Bradley.  Governor Herbert was not able to attend so he sent his Chief of Staff Mike Mower. This was actually advantageous because Mike Mower had served as the Governor’s representative on PRADA and PRC befire…

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Herald: Mayor Pengra: Prison location to Eagle Mountain doesn't make sense for taxpayers

Posted by David Lifferth on December 15, 2014 at 7:30am 0 Comments

Mayor Chris Pengra's Article in Daily Herald, December 14, 2014



http://www.heraldextra.com/news/community/mayors/mayor-pengra-prison-location-to-eagle-mountain-doesn-t-make/article_15f8d3f5-a00f-55ff-bac7-a85907d6ef53.html



Eagle Mountain has been named as one of the top six sites for the prison relocation. If you are unfamiliar with the issues driving the prison relocation argument, I will provide a synopsis of the salient points, and potential plans. You can view the “Master Plan for the Potential Relocation of the Draper Prison Preliminary Draft Report” here: http://le.utah.gov/interim/2014/pdf/00003309.pdf



There are multiple factors driving the prison relocation push. One factor is that the encroachment of…

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Photos from Concealed Carry Permit class taught by Oda, Vilos, Aposhian

Posted by David Lifferth on December 13, 2014 at 5:45pm 0 Comments

I took one of my sons and my only daughter to a Concealed Carry Permit class that was taught by Rep. Cut Oda, Attorney Mitch Vilos, and Utah Shooting Sports Chairman Clark Aposhian.

Also in attendance were Representatives Robert Spendlove and Norm Thurston.

Andrew working the full size Glock 17.

Classroom time with Rep Curt Oda and Attorney Mitch…

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Blog from Dec 11, 2014 Legislative Preview on Education

Posted by David Lifferth on December 12, 2014 at 12:00pm 0 Comments

(I will post my notes, but I wanted to get the outline posted as quickly as possible)

USSB Joel Wright, USSB Jeff Moss, ASD Paula Hill

Participants include:

State School Board members Jeff Moss and Joel Wright

Alpine School Board member Paula Hill

Laurel Price (CD4 District director for Congresswoman-Elect Mia Love)

State Utah Republican Party Treasurer Cameron Robinson

2 Alpine School District Principals

6 Current and Former Public School Teachers

Precinct Chairs from LD2

State and County Republican Delegates from LD2

Gov. Herbert’s budget proposal 6.25% increase in funding for Public Education
  • This budget proposal was just announced and so…
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Frequent Question: Why not just leave the prison in place?

Posted by David Lifferth on December 8, 2014 at 11:00am 0 Comments

Here is a representative question that I get on a regular basis:

Hey David,

Long time no chat, but just a quick question. If a proposition to keep the prison located where it was and rebuild on that land was re-proposed this legislative season, do you think it would get traction? I didn't follow how last session went. I know right now that Salt Lake, West Jordan, Eagle Mountain, Saratoga Springs are all very against it locating to their community so most of their representatives would jump on board.  Just wanted your frank feelings of if it was worth the time and effort to get a bill to change what was said last session.



Thx

[Name withheld by request]


No, that proposal would fail.



It is a function of math. To rebuild the prison in place it would cost half a billion dollars. That would…

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Notes from December 3, 2014 Prison Relocation Committee Meeting

Posted by David Lifferth on December 3, 2014 at 8:00pm 0 Comments

Prison Relocation Meeting Notes

The resolution to create and authorize the Prison Relocation committee was HCRC8

Cost savings over time from new facilities, substantial economic benefits from selling the land that the prison currently occupies.

SB286 Create PRADA

Steps 1 thru 3

  1. Screening
  2. Assessment
  3. Detailed Technical Evaluation

 

Milestones

Determine Primary Search Area      Completed

PRC Adopts Siting Criteria             Completed

Determine Development Plan        Completed

Inventory Prospective sites            Completed

Screen Prospective Sites                Completed

Conduct Site Assessments             Pending

Community Outreach/Information…

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Prison Relocation Update #10 - "I was against the prison relocation before it was cool"

Posted by David Lifferth on December 1, 2014 at 5:00pm 0 Comments

Prison Relocation Update #10

This prison update is actually a “Prequel” with relevant information, but dating back 10 months ago.  My opposition to putting the state prison in my district is nothing new as you will see from the following blogs and news reports. I readily admit that this is a complex and dynamic issue, but if you followed me on social media or my blog site and participate in my frequent surveys then you would be better informed on this issue than if you don’t interact with me.

 

I have had dozens of residents of Saratoga Springs and Eagle Mountain who have sent me emails demanding that I explain my vote to relocate the prison to Saratoga Springs and/or Eagle Mountain. Or, they tell me that I must reconsider my vote to build a prison in Saratoga Springs or Eagle Mountain. So let me again point out that I was one of three votes in the State House to move the prison.  There was a single “No” vote in the Utah State Senate, Senator Wayne Harper.…

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Duck for Thanksgiving

Posted by David Lifferth on December 1, 2014 at 1:30pm 3 Comments

These are some of the photos from my Duck Hunt and Duck Dinner for Thanksgiving. I am happy to say that I didn't eat any turkey during the entire week of Thanksgiving.

Setting up the Decoys

Only 3 Ducks, not even close to the daily max

Cleaning the Ducks…

Email from Constituent about Prison Relocation

Posted by David Lifferth on November 28, 2014 at 10:00am 0 Comments

I have received hundreds, if not a thousand or more, emails about the proposed relocation of the state prison to Saratoga Springs or Eagle Mountain.

This email is representative of the emails and has very clear and concise logical arguments. I have received permission from the sender to post it online.

Dear Representative Lifferth:



Thank you for your support in opposing the potential relocation of the Draper prison to the Saratoga Springs/Eagle Mountain area.  Some points that I feel emphasize why relocating the prison to our area is not a good idea include:



·         The potential site is bounded by Camp Williams to the north, Saratoga Springs to the east and south and Eagle Mountain to the south and west.  This area is presently unincorporated, but is prime area for either Saratoga Springs or Eagle Mountain to annex into their city boundaries.  In fact, Saratoga Springs’ General Plan indicates the intention to annex this…

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