2015 Legislative Session Summary Newsletter

Dear Friends and Neighbors,

We’ve reached the end of another 45 day Utah Legislative session.  As in previous years, the session moves at a very fast pace which accelerates to a crescendo at midnight on the final day—528 bills were passed in 45 days!  I’ve summarized below some of our actions which I believe may be of interest to you.

Budget and Funding:  Once again we balanced the budget. We had some additional revenues this year to allocate, and that helped us support some specific needs in …

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2015 Legislative Survey Results

1. Medicaid Expansion

There has been a lot of discussion about the Governor’s proposed Healthy Utah plan. This is a proposal to expand Medicaid coverage to anyone making less than 138% of the Federal Poverty Limit (FPL). Proponents of the plan point to the expanded coverage for individuals who currently do not have any health insurance and that the federal government is supposed to pay for up to 90% of the cost. Opponents to the proposal point out that the cost to the state of Utah …

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Smarter use of correctional funds

One of the driving forces behind the decision to move the Utah State Prison from its present location is based on projected population growth requiring an additional 2,700-new beds to house prisoners over the next 20 years. The issue of increased prison population growth is also based on the fact that our inmate growth has risen by 18 percent, just since 2004. That’s six times faster than the national average. Additionally, the state currently spends $270 million annually on corrections, but statistics show that almost …

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Do away with Daylight Saving Time?

On certain prescribed dates in spring and fall, we change our clocks as part of a ritual known as Daylight Savings Time, designed to alter the way we mark time. The question of whether Utah should continue with DST has come before the Legislature in prior years without any legislation being passed. But this year, the issue seems to have found momentum and is being fueled by citizen input looking to see a change in the law.

I have had a number of my constituents contact …

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The electric vehicle revolution hits Utah

This article was published on KUTV.com on October 16, 2014.

With winter approaching those infamous inversions are right around the corner, but the bad air has lawmakers from both parties concerned. Now both sides of the isle are working together on a solution, involving electric vehicles.

“I’ve got five hires that I’ve hired all within the last year, all under the age of 30, four are from out of state. I am scared to death for their first winter here,” said Utah Paperbox owner Steve Keiser.

Business leaders …

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Clean energy advocates showcase benefits of electric vehicles

Article published in the Deseret News on October 15, 2014.

SALT LAKE CITY — Advocacy organizations are calling on the public and their elected representatives to embrace the smog-busting attributes of alternative vehicles — especially electric cars — by showcasing them Wednesday at an event outside Utah’s Capitol.

Groups such as Utah Clean Energy want a five-year extension of the $1,500 annual tax credit on the purchase of electric vehicles and the implementation of a new financing formula to encourage the transition to clean vehicles for large …

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Utah Clean Energy Award

Utah Clean Energy Award

Last week, Representative Patrice Arent and I were each presented with a Legislative Leadership Award by Kevin Emerson representing Utah Clean Energy.  We were recognized for our legislative work in promoting clean air solutions through use of clean energy. I appreciate working with Rep. Arent and other members of our legislative Clean Air Caucus in a true bipartisan effort to help address Utah’s air quality challenges.  Thank you Kevin for this honor and for all your work in supporting clean energy legislation.

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Snow named Rotarian of the Year

Snow named Rotarian of the Year

Article originally appearing in the St. George News on October 2, 2014.

ST. GEORGE – V. Lowry Snow, local attorney and currently serving District 74 in the Utah House of Representatives, was recently recognized as Rotarian of the Year (2013-14) by the 65-member St. George Rotary Club, according to Janet O’Riley, president of the largest of Washington County’s four chartered Rotary clubs.

Snow has been involved in many successful activities and service projects since joining St. George Rotary in 2008, but was selected for this recognition because of …

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Utah Business Coalition Business Champion Award

Utah Business Coalition Business Champion Award

Rep. Lowry Snow was honored with the Business Champion Award (see attached letter – click on image to see full letter).

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Attorney General Sean Reyes visit to St. George

Attorney General Sean Reyes visit to St. George

It was a pleasure to visit with Utah Attorney General Sean Reyes when he was in St. George.

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