Clean Air and Climate Lobby Day Tomorrow (2/26) with MWEG
Action Utah and Mormon Women for Ethical Government (MWEG) will be lobbying tomorrow, focusing on clean air and climate issues. I'll be giving an overview of HB403, and Action Utah will give an overview of upcoming clean air bills and appropriations requests. This is a great opportunity If you haven't yet talked to your legislator about these issues. Meet in the Seagull Room in the Senate Building at 12:30. You can sign up here.12:30-1:30p – Community lobbyist training1:30p-4:00p - Air quality bills/funding orientation and in-person lobbyingClimate Utah Bill Tracker
We have added a bill trackerto the Climate Utah web page. Bookmark this and keep an eye on it. This is for climate-related legislation, and it will stay updated as each of these bills moves through the legislature. For a broader list of air quality and environmental legislation, see bill trackers by:
Action Utah(now includes HB304)
League of Women Voters(now includes HB304)
Utah Clean Energy
HB304 Sign-On Letter
We've created a sign-on letter for HB304. Current signers are: Climate Utah, the Utah League of Women Voters, and the Utah Citizens' Council. Please share this with any contacts you have who may be interested in signing on. The link will always point to the latest version and will be updated as we add signers.
HCR005 Committee Hearing
Friday 2/15 was a disappointing day in climate legislation. Rep. Ward's HCR005- Concurrent Resolution Urging Policies That Reduce Damage from Wildfires, was heard in the House Natural Resources Committee. Rep. Ward, Professor John Armstrong from Weber State, Professor Ben Abbott from BYU, and Helen Moser from LWV all testified and did a great job speaking about the effects of climate change on wildfire risk. In the end, the committee passed an amendment removing all of the climate language from the resolution.
You can listen to audio of their testimony here.
Ben Abbott blog post - Does Information Matter at all in Politics?
BYU Universe - HCR5: Committee favorably recommends bill aimed at reducing wildfires
HD53 constituents - please thank Rep Wildefor his vote. He was the only Republican who voted 'no' on the amendment and wanted to pass the resolution as written. firstname.lastname@example.org 385-290-7769 cell
Next meeting Th Feb 28 at 9am
Repeating this from Yoram's email this morning - This week we'll be meeting on Thursday from 9-10am in the usual location (Room 400 in the Capitol Building, top floor, north side). All are welcome!