Dear Salt Lake County Republicans,
It's been a whirlwind few months and there are many exciting items to share with you. As of March 14, the Utah Legislative Session for 2019 has concluded. There were over 1,000 bills filed and 574 bills passed. Our own Salt Lake County representatives led the way by introducing several "heavy lifting" bills that were successfully passed into law.
Over the next several weeks, we will feature a "Legislator of the Week" from Salt Lake County, the reason for their specific bill, and the status of their solution.
This week's "Legislator of the Week" is Representative Kim Coleman (kimcoleman4utah42.com). Representative Coleman covers District 42, which includes the west side of West Jordan, parts of South Jordan, and a portion of Herriman.
Rep. Coleman sponsored 14 bills this session and this week, we are highlighting her legislation HB31 that empowered citizens with a more fair and equitable process in how their drinking water is distributed.
Rep. Coleman first introduced this important issue in Legislative Session 2018. It was determined that dozens of cities throughout the state were operating in a grey area and there were tremendous unintended financial consequences.
Rep. Coleman's bill was then moved to study during the summer interim 2018. During this time, Representative Coleman succeeded in bringing multiple parties to the table, encouraged open and fact-based dialogue and achieved consensus among all participants. Here is a summary of the resulting bill:
The Problem: Over 100,000 non-residents of Salt Lake City, living along the east bench in Salt Lake County, receive their drinking water from Salt Lake City. Much of that water is "contracted water" with a 30-day termination clause allowing Salt Lake City to terminate drinking water at will. This is concerning for several reasons which include:
1. Threatens to drastically harm property values if drinking water gets terminated and there is no alternative water source.
2. Lack of representation. Non-residents of Salt Lake City who get their water from Salt Lake City, have no voice in the process regarding rates, service, etc.
3. Aging infrastructure. A city has less reason to replace the infrastructure outside of its city boundaries. The result is crumbling water infrastructure and no representative to be held accountable by the voters for this failure to deliver a basic need.
1. A serving city must treat equally those living inside and outside of the serving city's municipal boundaries.
2. A serving city must provide a map of their "service area" so residents know their water source.
3. Aging infrastructure and replacement cannot be ignored.
HB31 unanimously passed the House with 70 Yeas and 0 Nays
HB31 unanimously passed the Senate with 24 Yeas and 0 Nays
Congratulations Representative Coleman for successfully bringing together many differing opinions and interests while solving a complex, decades-old issue. Well done!!!
For more information on HB31, supporting documents, testimony, etc., please visit the following: https://www.waterrights.utah.gov/meetinfo/studycommittees.asp
Republicans Winning Races
Our Salt Lake County party's number one goal is to elect Republicans. Our many volunteers and members are focused and making great progress and we need your continued support and efforts.
Our shortlist moving forward includes:
1. Register new move-ins. Salt Lake County is seeing many new faces and families. Many of these new residents have not registered to vote. Now that the weather is improving, we need "boots on the ground" volunteers to get these folks registered as Republicans.
2. Our new website https://www.slcogop.com/ is up and running!
3. We have secured over 200,000 verified e-mail addresses in Salt Lake County alone with access to over 600,000 statewide. Our sophisticated email service ensures a much higher delivery and open rate to our targeted audience. This service is also available to all elected officials. We are able to target specific Districts and provide to you delivered, opened and forward rates and data.
4. Active community outreach and engagement.
5. A growing E-Club sustaining membership raising several hundreds of dollars each month. This money is dedicated to election and re-election efforts in our County. If you have not joined our E-Club, I encourage you to do so.
Thank you for your support, your volunteer time and your interest in issues affecting Salt Lake County. It is a pleasure serving with you as we prepare for an exciting and all-important election cycle 2020.
Our County party must continue to unite, work smarter, lead by example and better help our candidates and elected officials.
See you soon at Convention 2019.
Chairman Salt Lake County GOP
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