I hope you’ve had a chance to enjoy the beautiful autumn leaves since the start of fall. The Nebo Loop and Santaquin Canyon have been stunning. I hope you had the opportunity to get out and soak up the beauty of this great state.
As we move into the holiday season, I’m grateful for the opportunity to reflect on family, tradition, and the many blessings that come with living here in Utah. I am immensely grateful for our community and the good people that live here.
It’s hard to believe another legislative session is right around the corner. But in preparation, there are a few updates I want to share.
Interim meetings have been incredibly beneficial in helping us learn more about the needs of our state to better prepare legislation for the upcoming general session.
→ Read more: Legislative Interim Meetings (Utah State Legislature)
Our next interim meetings will take place this week on November 14 and 15. You can participate in person or online at le.utah.gov.
Get Out The Vote
General elections will take place on Tuesday, November 21. Don’t forget to exercise your right to vote! Learn more about how you can register, as well as the different ways you can cast your ballot at vote.utah.gov.
Stand with Israel Rally
In the wake of the horrific and unfathomable acts of terror committed by Hamas, I want to express my unwavering support for our brothers and sisters in Israel.
Though we continue to pray for peace, we can’t tolerate acts of violence, and we recently held a Stand with Israel Rally to demonstrate this. I am proud to say that Utah stands with Israel, and I will embrace every opportunity to show solidarity.
New Santaquin City Center
I had the honor of attending a ribbon cutting for the new Santaquin City Hall. It’s a beautiful facility that will undoubtedly be an asset to our community.
Mayor Olson paid tribute to Santaquin leaders and residents who established Santaquin—and expressed his desire for the new facility be a place to come together.
Utah has a proud history as the crossroads of the West, dating all the way back to the completion of the Transcontinental Railroad in 1869.
To commemorate the famous driving of the golden spike and mark this momentous piece of our state history, a 40-foot monument has arrived in Utah and will be on display at the Capitol before its permanent installation in Box Elder County in May.
→ Learn more: 'It means a lot to us': 43-foot golden spike monument making its way to Utah (KSL.com).
One of the highlights of my year was the groundbreaking for MTECH in Payson. This is a project I worked on for many years during my time on the city council, and it was rewarding to see the project move forward.
MTECH specializes in trades and technology and offers a high-quality education through stackable credentials and hands-on learning. The vast majority of MTECH student graduate debt-free with marketable skills.
This new facility will be a boon to our residents.
UDOT Lane Striping Project
UDOT continues to work on its striping project to improve the lane markings on I-15 and other Wasatch Front freeways. This will be helpful during periods of inclement weather, especially rain, making the lanes easier to see.
→ Learn more: ‘This is a big deal’: UDOT begins new lane striping strategy after years of complaints (KSL.com
Want to know more about the Inland Port Authority? In the latest episode of our House podcast, Executive Director Ben Hart joins us to discuss their ongoing projects and the long-term economic development plans for the state.
→ Listen: Get to know the Inland Port Authority (Utah House of Representatives Podcast on Spotify)