2023 Session - Week 2

2023 Session - Week 2

Neighbors, Friends, and Constituents,

With only 45 days to debate and pass hundreds of bills, every day is important and full of meaningful deliberation. I’m pleased to report that our second week was another productive one.

In addition to presenting and discussing the bills I’m working on, my intern and I had an opportunity to spend time with Governor Spencer Cox and Lieutenant Governor Deidre Henderson. This was a brief meet-up, but it provided ample time to get to know each other better. I am grateful for their leadership and look forward to continuing to work together.

Rep. Welton, Gov Cox, Lt Gov Henderson

Stay up-to-date on our weekly schedules and watch committee meetings or floor time here. As a reminder, this helpful video tutorial is another great way to learn about the legislative tracking service and how to virtually participate and provide a public comment. 

Bills I’m Working On

This session, I’m excited to sponsor several important pieces of legislation. Visit the links below to learn more about the bills I’m sponsoring:

Base Budget 

Balancing a state budget is one of the most important constitutional responsibilities given to lawmakers. But you may be surprised to find out that Utah is the only state in the nation that allows all lawmakers to be a part of this critical process. 

All 104 Utah lawmakers sit on an appropriations subcommittee, and this week, the House and Senate successfully passed the base budget. This will help fund ongoing operating costs in several key areas. 

My colleagues and I will continue to make adjustments to the state budget over the next several weeks. 

Utah Broadband 

The internet has become a must-have for all Utahns, but unfortunately, a high-quality internet connection isn’t currently available to everyone. We want to change that. We are using a multi-factor approach to get broadband to as many people as possible, but we need your help. 

What is connectivity like where you live? Do you wish it were faster or more reliable? By filling out the Connecting Utah High-Speed Internet Survey, you can help provide essential information as we apply for federal funding to bolster our efforts. 

Don’t miss this opportunity to make your voice heard.

Stewardship: Safeguarding Our Natural Resources

I’d like to remind you that the House podcast is a great way to learn more about specific issues being debated during this session. 

In the latest episode, Rep. Walt Brooks, Chair of the Natural Resources Committee, discusses stewardship of our water, energy, and natural resource policies. Utah is rich with natural wonders, which is why it’s imperative that we use them responsibly. This will ensure generations to come are able to enjoy the natural abundance of Utah. Click here to listen to the latest episode.

Looking forward, January 30th to February 3rd is being referred to as #WaterWeek. We’ll be talking about preserving, conserving, and optimizing Utah’s water, another crucial aspect of safeguarding our natural resources.

As always, I’m grateful for the trust you’ve placed in me as we navigate the legislative process. If you have any questions or concerns, please don’t hesitate to reach out for answers. 



Representative Doug Welton

Utah House District 65