The countdown is over and the 2013 Utah State Legislative Session will begin on Monday, January 28th at 10am. I am enthusiastic with a bit of nervousness.
I have heard this same question about 100 times this past week: "Are you ready for the Legislative Session?" My answer is "I don't know if I can ever be ready, but I am doing everything that I can to be ready." I am reading bills, I am getting in-depth financial analysis of education and transportation budgets, I am meeting with state department leadership, I am meeting with constituents, parents, school principals, business leaders, many meetings with precinct chairs, other legislators old and new, many meetings with Republican Party leadership, I even met with the Democratic Minority Leader Jen Seelig.
Hopefully, I will be as ready as I can be and my many years of experience will serve me well.
I encourage you be engaged and involved in the political process. Read the various bills, listen to the news reporting with a skeptical ear, and discuss and debate the details with friends and neighbors. Please let me know your opinion on the legislation that is being debated over the next 6 weeks.
Send me emails and text messages with the code in the subject line so that I can respond to you quickly. I will try to respond as quickly as I can, given the constraints of time and bandwidth that I have.
I am working with my legislative intern to prepare a weekly summary of the major events and legislation that happens each week. I plan to email that summary to you and my other constituents on Fridays after the week’s work is complete. Hopefully, that will keep you abreast of some of the most important issues. So look for an email from me each Friday for the next 6 weeks.
Since I am on the Education and Transportation committees, you may want to follow the bills that are being debated at these web pages:
Here is a link to a page that allows you to track a bill by its number: http://le.utah.gov/asp/billtrack/track.asp
As I find more links that I think you will find interesting, I will send them to you.
I plan to conduct frequent surveys over the next six weeks to ask for your opinion. I hope that you would take the time to help me best know how I can represent you.
One more thing: I made the commitment to the Utah County Republican Party Delegates that voted for me unanimously at the County Convention that they already know how I will vote on each of the bills that come before me. I made that same commitment to the Utah County Republican Party Central Committee. And I make that same commitment to you. I will study out each bill to the best of my ability and I will vote for what is best for my constituents in Saratoga Springs and Eagle Mountain.
Thanks for your support,
Representative Dave Lifferth