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Guest column: As the end nears, the urgency increases

By CHRISTINE WATKINS
State Representative District 69

The clock is ticking down for the 2009 Utah Legislature. We are all feeling the urgency to get bills heard and either passed or defeated. My Resolution supporting the Navajos and their ability to collect and track child support is on its way to Governor Huntsman to be signed.

It will be my first piece of legislation that successfully passed through the House of Representatives and Senate.

HB96, a bill I sponsored to allow Charter Schools another opportunity to join the Utah Retirement System, is on its second reading in the Senate having passed the house 71-4.

I am also the House sponsor for SJR16, Senator David Hinkins' Nuclear Energy Resolution, I am also the House Sponsor for SB 67, Miners' Safety and Training, Senator Luz Robles is the Senate sponsor. This bill will provide much needed funding for the CEU/WETC training center. I am also the House Sponsor for SJR16, Senator Hinkins' resolution, supporting the Expansion of Correctional Facilities in San Juan County. We are all working to have these bills and resolutions passed by midnight Thursday, the last day of the session.

A bill that has caused a lot of controversy and attention is HB 187, a bill that attempts to define private property owner's rights and public recreationalist's rights on navigable waterways passing through private property. I appreciate the many emails sent to me by the constituents in my district regarding this sensitive issue. Your collective thoughts help me decide which side of the issue is representative of the region. Another bill that is beginning to stir controversy is SB 68, which attempts to put into law language that dangerously elevates mining rights above the rights of private property owners.

The legislators who work for the few districts that are contiguous to us have been very gracious in working with me to deal effectively with issues directly impacting our rural area.

I have worked with Representatives John Mathis, Patrick Painter, and Kay McCiff, as well as Senator Hinkins in resolving issues for the respective units of Utah.

I want constituents to know that they should feel free to come to the Utah State Capitol to share their ideas and concerns during the 2009-2010 sessions next year. I would love to meet you and help with any of The clock is ticking down for the 2009 Utah Legislature. We are all feeling the urgency to get bills heard and either passed or defeated. My Resolution supporting the Navajos and their ability to collect and track child support is on its way to Governor Huntsman to be signed.

It will be my first piece of legislation that successfully passed through the House of Representatives and Senate.

HB96, a bill I sponsored to allow Charter Schools another opportunity to join the Utah Retirement System, is on its second reading in the Senate having passed the house 71-4.

I am also the House sponsor for SJR16, Senator David Hinkins' Nuclear Energy Resolution, I am also the House Sponsor for SB 67, Miners' Safety and Training, Senator Luz Robles is the Senate sponsor. This bill will provide much needed funding for the CEU/WETC training center. I am also the House Sponsor for SJR16, Senator Hinkins' resolution, supporting the Expansion of Correctional Facilities in San Juan County. We are all working to have these bills and resolutions passed by midnight Thursday, the last day of the session.

A bill that has caused a lot of controversy and attention is HB 187, a bill that attempts to define private property owner's rights and public recreationalist's rights on navigable waterways passing through private property. I appreciate the many emails sent to me by the constituents in my district regarding this sensitive issue. Your collective thoughts help me decide which side of the issue is representative of the region. Another bill that is beginning to stir controversy is SB 68, which attempts to put into law language that dangerously elevates mining rights above the rights of private property owners.

The legislators who work for the few districts that are contiguous to us have been very gracious in working with me to deal effectively with issues directly impacting our rural area.

I have worked with Representatives John Mathis, Patrick Painter, and Kay McCiff, as well as Senator Hinkins in resolving issues for the respective units of Utah.

I want constituents to know that they should feel free to come to the Utah State Capitol to share their ideas and concerns during the 2009-2010 sessions next year. I would love to meet you and help with any of




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