Representative Albrecht Reports on First Week of 2019 Legislative Session

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By the Office of Representative Carl Albrecht

The 2019 Legislative Session commenced on Monday, Jan. 28.

On Tuesday, Representative Carl Albrecht presented his first bill, HB 110, to the House Economic Development and Workforce Services committee. It was passed unanimously and moved to the House Floor for consideration. This bill was heard by the House on Friday, where it also passed unanimously. This bill will now move to the Senate for consideration.

During the week, Representative Albrecht met in each of the committees he serves on, where he heard and debated bills that will be coming to the House in the following weeks. He serves on the following committees:

  • House Public Utilities, Energy, and Technology Committee as Chair
  • House Natural Resources, Agriculture, and Environment Committee
  • Commission for the Stewardship of Public Lands
  • Natural Resources, Agriculture, and Environmental Quality Appropriations Subcommittee
  • Clean Air Review Policy Board (to review clean air bills to make sure we get “bang for the buck”)

Representative Albrecht is involved the Rural Caucus where he serves as co-chair with Representative Wilde and Senators Hinkins and Sandall. He also participates with the Sportsman and Conservative Caucuses.

Representative Albrecht also met with and delivered a message to a group of fifth grade students from Pahvant Elementary in Richfield on Tuesday. They were taken on a tour of the Capitol and recognized on the House Floor.

On Wednesday, Representative Albrecht filmed a segment for The County Seat, which will air on Feb. 2 at 11 p.m. and Feb. 3 at 8:30 a.m. and can be found on The County Seat’s YouTube channel. He also spoke with a Price radio station on Thursday morning at 7:30 a.m. and Richfield’s radio station Friday morning.

Representative Albrecht is currently sponsoring the following bills:

  • HB 78 – Federal Designations
    • Requires a governmental entity that is advocating for a federal designation within the state to bring the proposal to the Natural Resources, Agriculture, and Environment Interim Committee for review
  • HB 110 – Rural Economic Development Incentives
    • A modification of 2018’s HB 390 which authorized a rural employment expansion grant to businesses for the creation of new jobs in fourth, fifth or sixth class counties. HB 110 will raise the maximum total incentive amount a business can apply for from $25,000 to $250,000.
  • HB 125 – Quantity Impairment Modifications
    • Makes a one-word change to code dealing with water diversion applications
  • HB 175 – Transportation of Veterans to Memorials Support Special Group License Plate
    • Creates a special group license plate to support programs to transport veterans to Washington D.C. to visit veterans’ memorials
  • HB 220 – Radioactive Waste Amendment
    • Would allow low-level radioactive waste to be classified at the time of acceptance. Before any waste is received it would have to receive approval from Division of Waste Management and Radiation Control (DWMRC).
  • Two other bills are in the drafting stage, one dealing with rural online working hubs and one on public safety code amendments.

The following is a letter from Representative Carl Albrecht:

As you heard in the Governor’s address, a $225 million tax cut is proposed, which would reduce income tax and sales tax. There is also a proposal to tax services in an effort to broaden the base. There are many options out there at this point. I will keep you informed as this moves forward. I fear there will be winners and losers with a tax on services, so I need to hear more from the Revenue of Tax Committee.

I have also received many comments on Proposition 3, Expansion of Medicaid, both for and against. I have also heard from constituents who strongly support ensuring the state remains financially whole. I’ll keep you informed as this discussion progresses.

As always, I appreciate hearing your comments. Please call, text or email me or my intern Rachel Brown. Thank you for the opportunity to represent you.

Contact me:
Representative Albrecht
carlalbrecht@le.utah.gov
435-979-6578

Rachel Brown
rbrown@le.utah.gov
385-479-0815

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