Before I forget, I wanted to wish everyone a happy Valentines Day (tomorrow) and a happy Presidents Day (Washington and Lincoln) on Monday. I have lost my voice, so I am happy to have a long weekend to rest and be quiet for a couple of days.
Instead of doing a survey with a collection of responses to different bills this week, I would like to focus just on the 2 medical marijuana bills. I’m doing this to get a better sense of how the voters in my district view this important…Continue
Added by David Lifferth on February 13, 2016 at 8:54pm — No Comments
was able to visit with the Student Government Class on Wednesday February 10th at the Utah State Capitol. We had a pizza party and my intern gave them a tour of the State Capitol. I was also able to have them recognized in the House Gallery. I challenged each member the Student Government Class to be prepared to some day represent our communities in the State Legislature.…Continue
Added by David Lifferth on February 10, 2016 at 3:00pm — No Comments
I spoke in favor of funding an appropriation for ProStart in the Public Education Appropriations Committee yesterday. ProStart is the state wide program that prepares high school students for a career in the Restaurant/Food Service Industry.…Continue
Added by David Lifferth on February 10, 2016 at 10:30am — No Comments
There appears to be significant misunderstanding of HB225. This section of law is already on the books. I can't tell if this is an intentional misunderstanding or not.
My bill HB225 (http://le.utah.gov/~2016/bills/static/HB0225.html) makes changes to existing law that is already on the books in Utah. If you read HB225, only the underlined portions of the bill are what my proposed changes are. The rest of…Continue
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I have approval from Jennie to post her email on my blog site
From: Jennie Jackman
Date: Tuesday, February 2, 2016 at 9:31 PM
To: Rep. Lifferth
Subject: Constituent Support for SB73
Hello Representative Lifferth,
I would like to introduce myself to you. I belong to a tribe of chronic pain warriors. We battle pain everyday from different diseases. My dear friend Liz is dying from cancer, my sweet friend…
Added by David Lifferth on February 5, 2016 at 8:11am — No Comments
From: Darin Jackman
Date: Tuesday, February 2, 2016 at 8:59 PM
To: Rep. Lifferth
Subject: Support of SB73
I am writing you in support of Senator Madsen’s bill SB73. My wife suffers from several chronic illnesses that leave her in incredible amounts of pain. She has interstitial cystitis, a painful bladder condition in which the urothelium (the lining of the bladder) is damaged and covered in ulcers and glomulerations. The cause of…
Added by David Lifferth on February 3, 2016 at 8:45am — No Comments
I have approval from Rod Torrence to post his email on my site:
Let me introduce myself; My wife and I are citizens of Eagle Mountain and operate “Cedar Trails Honey LLC” . we have resided here for the past 14 years. I started a bee business 3 years ago in the town center as a result of my passion for honey bees.
I grew up in Wyoming, helping relatives with their commercial…
Added by David Lifferth on February 3, 2016 at 7:54am — No Comments
Some Other Responses:
R: People with larger lots are going to use more water. There would need to be some way to prorate according to property size to make this bill fair.
C: I strongly believe the tiers should take into account the size of the property. It is not fair or logical to expect that a family living on 5 acres or even 1 acre would use the…
Added by David Lifferth on January 31, 2016 at 4:00pm — No Comments
Some Other Responses:
R: I used to be against online sales tax, but I notice I'm being charged when I buy things. So if others are doing it we probably should be too. I don't know what "revenue neutral" means, sorry.
P: As long as it is not more than what is collected at in-state locations. I would even recommend that we consider collecting the…
Added by David Lifferth on January 29, 2016 at 7:30pm — No Comments
From: Ken Ivory
Date: Monday, January 25, 2016 at 12:11 PM
To: [Utah House Members]
Subject: Video Recap of the Legal Analysis presentation to the Comm. Stewardship of Public Lands
In light of Speaker Hughes’ remarks this morning, I thought you might appreciate this 90-Second video summary of the landmark legal analysis presented to our legislative Commission for the Stewardship of Public Lands last month.
90-Second Video Recap…
Added by David Lifferth on January 27, 2016 at 11:23am — No Comments
Americans for Prosperity are sending out a flier to voters in my district to thank me for the conservative votes that I have cast in the Utah State Legislature. Here is what they will look like. I didn't ask them to do this, they are doing this for me and other conservatives in the legislatures.…Continue
Added by David Lifferth on January 25, 2016 at 8:59pm — No Comments
I welcome and appreciate scrutiny from the Trib's "Lawmakers rake in cash from special interests". We need more of this scrutiny of how elected officials raise and spend money. I don't think that the article went far enough and they only scratched the surface on some of the issues. I expect that this will be an issue in the Senate District 13 race this year.
Here is a link to the original article:…Continue
Added by David Lifferth on January 24, 2016 at 5:00pm — No Comments
I got an email from a voter about proposal to collect sales tax on internet/online sales. He made some good points and I was able to respond to him. He gave me permission to use his email without his name.
From: [name removed]@gmail.com>
Date: Saturday, January 23, 2016 at 10:29 AM
To: DTS <dlifferth@[domain removed]>
Subject: Don't Tax The Net
Dear Representative David…
Added by David Lifferth on January 23, 2016 at 7:32pm — No Comments
A number of important issues will be considered during the 2016 Legislative Session, but keep in mind that at this point last year, the legislation that eventually became the second most time-consuming issue of the session wasn’t even on most people’s radar – S.B. 296. This religious liberties/anti-discrimination bill subsequently has been hailed as a model of cooperation between competing interests for states around the…Continue
Added by David Lifferth on January 22, 2016 at 3:19pm — No Comments
The State of Utah continues to move forward in the fight for control over the land within its borders. Good information drives good decisions, and even more information has recently been added to what we already knew about the case for state control of public land.
More than half of all land in the west is claimed by the federal government. Eastern states, on the other hand, which control up to 99 percent of their own lands, have been able to manage them in a way that is…Continue
Added by David Lifferth on January 22, 2016 at 3:12pm — No Comments
I can't reconcile Sen. Madsen and Rep. Anderegg's financial reporting with what I have heard from Lobbyists that donated to their campaigns to pay for them and their wives to go to Italy and Switzerland. I will ask for an investigation to audit their financial reports.
In this post John Swallow era, these reporting requirements are very strict with the purpose of being open and transparent with the voters.
Social Media photos of the Anderegg's and Madsen's trip…Continue
Added by David Lifferth on January 18, 2016 at 7:17pm — No Comments
Today Eagle Mountain City hosted its first annual commemorative March to honor Dr. Martin Luther King Jr and others form the civil rights era. I counted 75 participants before the march began at Frontier Middle School. The march lasted approximately 1 mile and ended at the Eagle Mountain City Hall. Others joined us there for hot chocolate and cake and a few speeches. It rained and snowed on us, but that was nothing compared to what some in the Civil Rights era marches had to…Continue
Added by David Lifferth on January 18, 2016 at 3:52pm — No Comments
I hosted a Legislative Preview at the Thunder Lounge which is the loft above the Produce Area at Ridley's Market in Eagle Mountain. I do a preview before and a recap after each legislative session.Continue
Added by David Lifferth on January 15, 2016 at 4:30pm — No Comments
[This email came well after I opened a bill file to address this issue]
Subject: Proposal for legislation
Honorable members of the Utah Legislature;
I'm writing to solicit sponsorship and support for a change to Utah's Wildlife Code. As a retired Utah peace officer, a hunter and a Christian, I adamantly believe that this change needs to happen.
Under the Utah Wildlife Code 23-13-2(42)(a) UCA, the humane killing of severely injured game animals…
Added by David Lifferth on January 15, 2016 at 1:00pm — No Comments