Saturday, January 24, 2015

Clean Air

At one of my Town Hall meetings, I was given this document. It was used to raise the question as if small users, such as wood burning, are being asked to take a bigger hit on clean air requirements because larger users are getting away with more.

See:
http://ssrn.com/abstract=2536928



Tuesday, January 20, 2015

2015 HB 126 Design Professionals - Amendments

Typically Interior Designers and Architects fight over what each can do under state licensing laws. That is true all over the country. As an architect, I was surprised that both the interior designers and the architects wanted me to run the bill. I have a proposed compromise and I am working to be fair to both sides.

http://le.utah.gov/~2015/bills/static/HB0126.html

The interior Designers submitted their fee and licensing proposal this summer and the issue was covered in two committee meetings in September and October. The Occupational and Professional Licensure Review Committee. In September, a request from the committee was made to open a bill file, which was done, but the result created a lot of people showing up to support it and oppose it. I personally had major problems with the bill at that time.

Over the last several months, I have met with several members of those groups, including the Utah Building Code Commission, the Architectural Licensing Board, Utah AIA (American Institute of Architects), interior designers, etc.

This bill is very different than I thought it would be last April and May when I was first contacted about the idea by the interior designers.

The bill doesn't require most interior designers to be licensed and it doesn't create a new area of practice requiring a license.

What it does do, is allow specific interior designers, with specialized education, training, experience, certification and a license, to provide signed drawings limited in scope of work, with a DOPL licensing number for a building permit that currently requires an architect license. We are not talking about colors, etc. This would allow then to create building permit drawings for non-bearing walls, doors, etc.

It is literally creating competition for me as an architect. There are many drawings that can be created without a license and those exceptions are not eliminated. There are about 160 interior designers with a NCIDQ certification that this may help, and others that may work toward this.

Additional Information:

Does not require interior designers to obtain a license unless they want to work in some of the areas that currently require an architect’s license.

Interior Designers who desire to expand their scope of practice now have pathways to meet the standards of the state for the specified licensed space through a combination of education, experience and examination. 

The expanded scope for a licensed interior designer is limited to specific types of interior spaces that already have the building exiting designed and does not involve changing beams, columns and bearing walls.

Increases the number and type of professionals that can compete for projects in this space.

One, Two, Three and Four Family Residential spaces remain unregulated. Interior designers practicing in these spaces are unaffected, and are able to continue to practice as usual. 

The title of “interior designer” is not regulated

Stakeholders met together to create bi-partisan agreement on a non-mandatory licensing bill that enacts permitting authority within specific interior spaces by individuals who meet the life safety requirements of the space.

Designers working on project drawings for commercial spaces requiring a permit will have more than one option when seeking Building  Permit Construction Drawings.

Additional details of the bill
    Minimum design education accredited by CIDA, or equivalent Requirement for professional experience

    National Council for Interior Design Qualification NCIDQ is the primary examination interior design licensing

    A code of guidelines for professional practice and ethics is outlined

    A requirement for continuing education included

    Grandfathering with education, experience and examination criteria License/Signing privileges to substantiate documentation

Saturday, January 3, 2015

2015 Town Hall Meetings

Utah House District 30, Fred C. Cox  2015 Town Hall Meetings at
Hunter Library 4740 West 4100 South West Valley City, Utah
 

Thu. January 22, 2015, 7:00pm to 8:30pm
Sat. January 24, 2015, 1:00pm to 2:30pm
Sat. January 31, 2015, 4:00pm to 5:30pm
Sat. February 28, 2015, 10:30am to 11:45am

A survey is at:
http://www.fredcox4utah.com/Survey2015.pdf


Thursday, December 18, 2014

Draper Prison to move or not to move

Representatives and Senators, [PRC members]

re: the Draper Prison, Uinta Five Reception and Orientation building along with the Oquirrh Five Annex and all of Wasatch.

Based on information provided to me by constituents in my area that work at the Draper Prison, I believe at minimum, the listed Draper buildings need to be replaced. They could be replaced on site, as there seems to be enough room to double or triple the number of beds at Draper, or possibly targeted to be replaced off site, at a new prison location, such as near the Wal-Mart Distribution Center near Stansbury Mountain, in Tooele County. Based on the report, there is enough room for Gunnison to match Draper in beds as it is currently. An alternate or 3rd site is not required.

I was wondering if we have a specific cost for constructing each of these 3 complexes and if the Draper Prison can function in place without any or all of these 3 buildings. Clearly, the buildings can be built on site and then these specific existing buildings can be demolished.

It is the opinion of many that the majority of the buildings at the Draper Prison, other than these, can function for many years, if not decades.

Any new cell complex should at least have the safety of layout of the 192 bed pods at Gunnison. From an aerial photo, it appears a large percentage of the beds at Draper are in the pod or super pod type layout with the central control station.

I have stood in Wasatch, in one of the active cell block common areas with my wife. I don't like that layout. We spent two years as volunteers at the Draper Prison. It was interesting to use the non-denominational chapel that I had worked on the drawings for many years ago.

While it has been many years since I worked on construction drawings for jails and prisons, I helped with the construction drawings for a Salt Lake County Jail expansion/remodel down town (later demolished), Oxbow, Gunnison, and using the 192 bed pod system, perhaps a dozen potential 1920 bed complexes around the country. At one point, I perhaps had drawn more parking spaces and jail/prison cells than anyone I knew in the State.

Based on the information I have now, I [still] would not have voted to move the prison when [others] voted on [it] last year. I realize Draper City is tired of having the prison and the property around it is getting worth more and so the State may want to move it sometime in the next few decades.

What I said in February 2014: 
http://fredcox4utah.blogspot.com/2014/02/do-not-move-prison.html

Since the timeline for moving has not be agreed to by the legislature, finding out from the Prison or your consultant the cost of replacing only the 3 complexes mentioned would be helpful for direction and discussion. 

For many years, anyone moving near the Draper Prison has known it was there. It would be wise if the prison is to be moved, for residents to have many years to know it is moving and where it is moving to, long before it does.

Fred C. Cox,
Rep. Elect, House 30
West Valley City, UT 84120

PS, based on me being at the West Jordan school where they had as many as 2,500 people show up opposed to the prison moving near there, and other similar reports, I don't believe any of the current 6 sites will work.

They may be close for employees, visitors, volunteers, schools, courts, and medical, but the Draper location has those already. Those items are more important than the cost of the land in Draper, as the people involved are worth more than the buildings and the land. Again, the majority of the buildings at Draper are fine, with no rush to replace. We do need to target replacing particularly the Wasatch block cells for prison officer and inmate safety, in my opinion.

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Not the other Fred Cox

Not the other Fred Cox.

My name is Fred C. Cox, and I am running for the Utah House of Representatives District 30. A photo of me is here:

When I was very young, some of my friends used to joke that I was the Fred Cox that played for the NFL football team, the Minnesota Vikings, as their field goal kicker. He played for them from about the time I was two years old to when I was in high school. A photo of him (taken many years ago) is here:

That Fred Cox scored lots of points for his team (1,365).

That Fred Cox is not running this year for State House District 30.

Neither is our current junior US Senator.

Almost everyone I have talked to understands that. The purpose of this email is to have you remind a few of your friends or relatives before Tuesday. They may like our US Senator or they may not like him. This Tuesday, he is not on the ballot.

I was never really good at football. In high school I was on the track team for running the two mile and on the cross country team. I wasn't really fast, but I could pace myself to finish. I also represented the school in chess, sang in choirs, and played table tennis.

In 2011 and 2012 I had more than 1300 floor votes on bills as a member of the Utah House of Representatives. That doesn't include votes in committees. (if you combine both years, I missed the fewest floor votes of any legislator of both parties and both houses). I was in the Senate Chambers during those 5 out of 1302 votes. There were also special legislative sessions, and I didn't miss any of those floor votes.

I read through each and every bill I had to vote on. I don't look at bills as republican or democrat sponsored bills. I vote on bills based on what the bill says and would do, and I have spoken against bills and spoken for bills based on the bill and not the sponsor or party. I will look for win-win solutions. A bill has to improve things, however small the steps, or it should not pass.

That is a record that I am proud of. I also had many Town Hall meetings. I was able to take bills that voters in our area wanted run and have them pass both houses and be signed into law by the Governor. I stood up against a tax increase on food and against the state government taking away our rights.

For those that have not already voted, I ask for your vote. For those with vote by mail ballots, they have to be postmarked by Monday, November 3rd, or be hand delivered to a voting location.

Fred C. Cox for State House District 30
Education Excellence, Clean Air and Water, Your Rights, and a Stable and Growing Economy

PS. I did not invent the Nerf Football.
 
Town Hall Meetings at West Valley Library 2880 West 3650 South West Valley City, Utah
Tue. October 7, 2014, 7:00pm to 8:30pm
Sat. October 11, 2014, 1:00pm to 2:00pm

Meet the Candidates Nights (PTA Sponsored)
Thu. October 2, 2014, 6:00:pm to 8:30pm Matheson Jr. High 3650 Montclair St, Magna, UT

Wed. Ocbober 8, 2014, 6:30pm to 8:30pm Hunter High School 4200 S 5600 W, West Valley City, UT
Thu. October 9, 2014, 6:00pm to 8:30pm Granger High School  3580 S 3600 W, West Valley City, UT

Town Hall Meetings at Hunter Library 4740 West 4100 South West Valley City, Utah
Wed. October 22, 2014, 7:00pm to 8:30pm
Sat. November 1, 2014, 12:00pm to 1:00pm

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Fred Cox for Utah House 30 Endorsements Update

The most important endorsements in this race 
are the voters in House District 30.


2014 Endorsements for Fred Cox, running for the Utah House of Representatives
(partial list, check back for updates)

Ron Bigelow,  former member of the Utah House of Representatives, 1995 through 2010

Gary R. Herbert, Governor of Utah
"I support former representative Fred Cox in his election for State House District 30. Fred is someone who has shown he will stand up for the principles of limited government and efficient use of taxpayer dollars."

Becky Lockhart, Speaker of the Utah House of Representatives
“Fred Cox is a man of courage. He stands up for what he believes is right for the people of his district.”

Wayne Niederhauser, Utah Senate President
Jonathan Johnson, Holladay, UT

Jim Bennett,  Bob Bennett 2010 U.S. Senate Campaign
"I met Fred Cox when he was helping other candidates running for office, including one running against my father. I found Fred to be hardworking and fair. While some in politics leave you feeling you don't want to see them again, Fred was willing to be my friend, even though we were helping candidates running against each other. When I found a national blog article that unfairly blamed my father for something another senator had done, and I found I couldn't immediately post a correction, I called Fred. Fred made sure that a correction was posted, even though that wouldn't help his candidate. We need civility in government and officials that care more about finding solutions for constituents than partisan bickering. With that, I endorse Fred Cox for State House of Representatives."

Cherilyn Eagar, Candidate U.S. Senate 2010, U.S. Congress 2012
Tim Bridgewater, Candidate U.S. Senate 2010

Bennion Spencer, Candidate for U.S. Congress 2008 "A Republican I could work with".

Dave Hansen, former Utah Republican State Party Chair

Steve Vincent, West Valley City, UT
Tom Huynh, West Valley City, UT

Phil Conder, West Valley City, UT
Jeffrey C. White, West Valley City, UT

Richard Snelgrove, Salt Lake County
, UT

Carbon Lundgren, West Valley City, UT

Kent and Carma Nay, West Valley City, UT
Skylar Burnside, West Valley City, UT
Michael A. Branan, West Valley City
, UT
Troy Council, West Valley City, UT
Robert Christensen, West Valley City, UT
Arnold Schaer, West Valley City, UT
David Beck, West Valley City, UT
William and Gretchen Blunt, West Valley City, UT

Nephi Robinson, Magna, UT

Kelly Allen, former PTSA Junior High School President, West Valley City, UT
Kathy Hall, West Valley City, UT

Helen H. Redd, Holladay, UT
James Humphreys, Weber County, UT
Sinama Meli, 2010, 2012 Candidate for Utah House of Representatives
Thomas W. Clay, 2013 Candidate for Utah Republican Party Secretary
The Salt Lake County Republican Assembly

National Federation of Independent Business, NFIB/Utah SAFE Trust

Utah State Lodge Fraternal Order of Police

National Rifle Association - Political Victory Fund, (NRA)

2014 NRA Endorsement for House District 30

Political Victory Fund
National Rifle Association of America
Institute for Legislative Action
555 Capitol Mall, Suite 625
Sacramento, California 95814

 State and Local Affairs Division
Brian Judy, Utah State Liaison

September 24, 2014

Fred Cox
4466 Early Duke Street
West Valley City, Utah 84120

Dear Mr. Cox

Congratulations!  You have been endorsed by the National Rifle Association - Political Victory Fund for the General elections in 2014. Your strong support for the Second Amendment and the working knowledge of the issues surrounding this most important debate are greatly appreciated.

On behalf of the NRA members in your district, please accept my best wishes for success on November 4th!

Please feel free to contact me if I can be of further assistance.

Sincerely,

Brian Judy
Utah State Liaison

http://www.fredcox4utah.com/NRApvfHouse30.pdf