Sunday, February 22, 2015

Week 4 Update

Week three of the Legislative General Session.

Numbered bills for Rep. Fred C. Cox

http://le.utah.gov/asp/billsintro/RepResults.asp?Listbox3=COXFC

H.B. 29 Liquefied Petroleum Gas Board Amendments
passed the House and the Senate, waiting for the Governor's signature

H.B. 126 Design Professionals - Amendments (See Sub. 3)
in House Business and Labor. A new Sub. 2 has been written and is likely to move this week.

H.B. 162 Construction Trades Continuing Education Amendments
in House Business and Labor. It isn't moving as HB 193 removes the requirement instead of fixing it.

H.B. 177 Absentee Ballot Amendments (See Sub 2)
passed House and is at the Senate Government Operations Committee

H.B. 243 Vintage Vehicle Amendments
Passed the House and is in the Senate

H.B. 281 Revisions to Elections Law
failed to pass the House Government Operations Committee
An identical bill passed a Senate Committee and is on the 2nd reading for the Senate.

HB 286 Building Code Amendments
Is in House Rules

See the above link for more information and also for some bills in the works. Several bills may not be required if the situation is solved in another bill. 

Remember, any bill may change and that could change my support or opposition.

Committees

I have also been very involved in debating, amending and voting for and against many other bills, along with on going discussions on the budget and policy decisions.

Stay on top of posts from my blog:
http://www.fredcox4utah.blogspot.com/

CONTACT INFORMATION:
801-966-2636 (home)

Official Legislative Website and email
http://le.utah.gov/house2/detail.jsp?i=COXFC

The best way to get a hold of me is via email at:

There have been 3 town hall meetings, well attended with one more. Hundreds of Surveys have been returned. I am still reading them. I have some general statistics from them which is always amazing.
2015 Town Hall Meetings at Hunter Library 4740 West 4100 South West Valley City, Utah
Thu. January 22, 2015, 7:00pm to 8:30pm (completed)
Sat. January 24, 2015, 1:00pm to 2:30pm (completed)
Sat. January 31, 2015, 4:00pm to 5:30pm
Sat. February 28, 2015, 10:30am to 11:45am

A 2015 survey is at:
http://www.fredcox4utah.com/Survey2015.pdf


Other links:
http://www.fredcox4utah.com
http://www.fredcox4utah.blogspot.com

http://twitter.com/fredcox4utah

http://www.facebook.com/fred.c.cox  (personal profile)

http://www.facebook.com/fredcox4utah  (public page)
http://pinterest.com/fredccox/
http://www.linkedin.com/pub/fred-c-cox/13/7aa/a6b
https://plus.google.com/+FredCox/about
http://www.youtube.com/user/fredcox4utah/videos
http://fredcox4utah.tumblr.com/
http://instagram.com/fredcox4utah/

Monday, February 16, 2015

Week 3 Update

Week three of the Legislative General Session.

Numbered bills for Rep. Fred C. Cox

http://le.utah.gov/asp/billsintro/RepResults.asp?Listbox3=COXFC

H.B. 29 Liquefied Petroleum Gas Board Amendments
passed the House and the Senate, waiting for the Governor's signature

H.B. 126 Design Professionals - Amendments (See Sub. 3)
in House Business and Labor

H.B. 162 Construction Trades Continuing Education Amendments
in House Business and Labor

H.B. 177 Absentee Ballot Amendments (See Sub 1)
passed House and is at the Senate Government Operations Committee

H.B. 243 Vintage Vehicle Amendments
in House Transportation Committee

H.B. 281 Revisions to Elections Law
is on the agenda for House Government Operations Committee
An identical bill that I will be floor sponsoring passed a Senate Committee and is on the 2nd reading for the Senate.

HB 286 Building Code Amendments
Is in House Rules

See the above link for more information and also for some bills in the works. Several bills may not be required if the situation is solved in another bill. 

Remember, any bill may change and that could change my support or opposition.

Committees


I have also been very involved in debating, amending and voting for and against many other bills, along with on going discussions on the budget and policy decisions.

Stay on top of posts from my blog:
http://www.fredcox4utah.blogspot.com/

CONTACT INFORMATION:
801-966-2636 (home)

Official Legislative Website and email
http://le.utah.gov/house2/detail.jsp?i=COXFC

The best way to get a hold of me is via email at:

There have been 3 town hall meetings, well attended with one more. Hundreds of Surveys have been returned. I am still reading them. I have some general statistics from them which is always amazing.
2015 Town Hall Meetings at Hunter Library 4740 West 4100 South West Valley City, Utah
Thu. January 22, 2015, 7:00pm to 8:30pm (completed)
Sat. January 24, 2015, 1:00pm to 2:30pm (completed)
Sat. January 31, 2015, 4:00pm to 5:30pm
Sat. February 28, 2015, 10:30am to 11:45am

A 2015 survey is at:
http://www.fredcox4utah.com/Survey2015.pdf


Other links:
http://www.fredcox4utah.com
http://www.fredcox4utah.blogspot.com

http://twitter.com/fredcox4utah

http://www.facebook.com/fred.c.cox  (personal profile)

http://www.facebook.com/fredcox4utah  (public page)
http://pinterest.com/fredccox/
http://www.linkedin.com/pub/fred-c-cox/13/7aa/a6b
https://plus.google.com/+FredCox/about
http://www.youtube.com/user/fredcox4utah/videos
http://fredcox4utah.tumblr.com/
http://instagram.com/fredcox4utah/

Thursday, February 12, 2015

2015 HB 281 Revisions to Elections Law

2015 H.B. 281 Revisions to Elections Law
(See also S.B. 43)
An effective delay for two years. It leaves the "compromise" intact.


http://le.utah.gov/~2015/bills/static/HB0281.html


SB 43 and an identical piece in the house HB 281 doesn't change the deal. It just provides more time. It leaves 2014 SB 54 in place.

Count My Vote demanded that the Utah GOP needed to deal with Fire Fighters and Doctors and Mom's with sick kids being able to vote at our GOP neighborhood caucus night. If you remember their initial press conference, that was their focus.

It took longer than Count My Vote wanted to but at least the Utah GOP did fix it so the Fire Fighters and Doctors and Mom's with sick kids were able to vote at our GOP neighborhood caucus night, if their schedule didn't allow attending in person.

Why is more time needed? Not only is there a current lawsuit where this will allow time for it to play out it will allow time for the parties to respond to that decision.

2014 SB54 passed less than one year ago demands the Parties change the way delegates can vote at convention, or , as I read it, requires them to double the number of seats, with the backup delegate there just in case, and to have all 29 counties and state conventions in less than 2 weeks.

Not only that, but SB54 includes at least one item Count My Vote didn't because of constitution questions.

Providing time for the court to find out "where is the line" and provide the parties time to see if is even possible to deal with 2014 SB 54 at the county and state levels is smart.

Saturday, February 7, 2015

Week 2 Update

Week two of the Legislative General Session.


Numbered bills for Rep. Fred C. Cox

http://le.utah.gov/asp/billsintro/RepResults.asp?Listbox3=COXFC

H.B. 29 Liquefied Petroleum Gas Board Amendments
passed the House and the Senate Transportation and Public Utilities and Technology Committee and on the 2nd Senate Reading Calendar

H.B. 126 Design Professionals - Amendments (See Sub. 3)
in House Business and Labor

H.B. 162 Construction Trades Continuing Education Amendments
in House Business and Labor

H.B. 177 Absentee Ballot Amendments (See Sub 1)
passed House Government Operations Committee, on House 3rd Reading Calendar


H.B. 243 Vintage Vehicle Amendments
in House Rules

H.B. 281 Revisions to Elections Law
to be read in for the first time prior to going to House Rules
An identical bill that I will be floor sponsoring passed a Senate Committee  on Friday

To be numbered this week
Building Code Amendments

See the above link for more information and also for some bills in the works. Several bills may not be required if the situation is solved in another bill. 

Remember, any bill may change and that could change my support or opposition.

Committees

I have also been very involved in debating, amending and voting for and against many other bills, along with on going discussions on the budget and policy decisions.

Stay on top of posts from my blog:
http://www.fredcox4utah.blogspot.com/

CONTACT INFORMATION:
801-966-2636 (home)

Official Legislative Website and email
http://le.utah.gov/house2/detail.jsp?i=COXFC

The best way to get a hold of me is via email at:

There have been 3 town hall meetings, well attended with one more. Hundreds of Surveys have been returned. I am still reading them. I have some general statistics from them which is always amazing.
2015 Town Hall Meetings at Hunter Library 4740 West 4100 South West Valley City, Utah
Thu. January 22, 2015, 7:00pm to 8:30pm (completed)
Sat. January 24, 2015, 1:00pm to 2:30pm (completed)
Sat. January 31, 2015, 4:00pm to 5:30pm
Sat. Febrary 28, 2015, 10:30am to 11:45am

A 2015 survey is at:
http://www.fredcox4utah.com/Survey2015.pdf


Other links:
http://www.fredcox4utah.com
http://www.fredcox4utah.blogspot.com

http://twitter.com/fredcox4utah

http://www.facebook.com/fred.c.cox  (personal profile)

http://www.facebook.com/fredcox4utah  (public page)
http://pinterest.com/fredccox/
http://www.linkedin.com/pub/fred-c-cox/13/7aa/a6b
https://plus.google.com/+FredCox/about
http://www.youtube.com/user/fredcox4utah/videos
http://fredcox4utah.tumblr.com/
http://instagram.com/fredcox4utah/

Saturday, January 31, 2015

Week 1 Update

Week one of the Legislative General Session.

Numbered bills for Rep. Fred C. Cox

http://le.utah.gov/asp/billsintro/RepResults.asp?Listbox3=COXFC

H.B. 29 Liquefied Petroleum Gas Board Amendments
passed the House and in Senate Transportation and Public Utilities and Technology Committee

H.B. 126 Design Professionals - Amendments
on House Business and Labor agenda for Feb. 2


H.B. 162 Construction Trades Continuing Education Amendments
in House Business and Labor

H.B. 177 Absentee Ballot Amendments
in House Rules

See the above link for more information and also for some bills in the works. Some of those and other bills may not be required because of other proposed legislation, including alcohol restrictions for those on probation and parole and disabled adult child guardianship. Some bills may not be drafted this session. The bill request list should be updated by February 5th.

Remember, any bill may change and that could change my support or opposition.

I was willing to support one bill on Friday until a last minute substitute made the bill worse than the law we have now. I attempted to block the substitute and when that failed, hold the bill in committee. That motion failed. I then voted against the bill having other Representatives voting with me. The bill still passed the committee for more debate on the Floor of the House.


Committees
I have also been very involved in debating, amending and voting for and against many other bills, along with on going discussions on the budget and policy decisions.

Stay on top of posts from my blog:
http://www.fredcox4utah.blogspot.com/

CONTACT INFORMATION:
801-966-2636 (home)

Official Legislative Website and email
http://le.utah.gov/house2/detail.jsp?i=COXFC

The best way to get a hold of me is via email at:

There have been 2 town hall meetings, well attended with two more. Hundreds of Surveys have been returned. I am still reading them. I should have some general statistics from them in the next few days.

2015 Town Hall Meetings at Hunter Library 4740 West 4100 South West Valley City, Utah
Thu. January 22, 2015, 7:00pm to 8:30pm (completed)
Sat. January 24, 2015, 1:00pm to 2:30pm (completed)
Sat. January 31, 2015, 4:00pm to 5:30pm
Sat. Febrary 28, 2015, 10:30am to 11:45am

A 2015 survey is at:
http://www.fredcox4utah.com/Survey2015.pdf


Other links:
http://www.fredcox4utah.com
http://www.fredcox4utah.blogspot.com

http://twitter.com/fredcox4utah

http://www.facebook.com/fred.c.cox  (personal profile)

http://www.facebook.com/fredcox4utah  (public page)
http://pinterest.com/fredccox/
http://www.linkedin.com/pub/fred-c-cox/13/7aa/a6b
https://plus.google.com/+FredCox/about
http://www.youtube.com/user/fredcox4utah/videos
http://fredcox4utah.tumblr.com/
http://instagram.com/fredcox4utah/





Sunday, January 25, 2015

Gas Tax Options

If you read the survey I sent out, or this article:
http://www.sltrib.com/news/2084871-155/house-senate-split-over-gas-tax



There is a 3rd option. Keep the fuel tax a fixed number per gallon, 24.5 cents. Adjust that with a CPI increase or decrease each year with caps so it doesn't go up or down too fast. So next year could be 25 cents or perhaps 25.5 cents per gallon. The amount of funds wouldn't keep going down in value each year based on inflation.

The other two options, in my opinion, will not pass both houses. if it is sales tax, we could double the amount going to the state per gallon in a year if gas prices go back to $4 per gallon. It is too unstable with the potential of fast tax increases or leaving the state and local governments hurting for road funds again. .


Raising the fixed rate by 5 cents is a 20% increase for the tax. That doesn't fly with most voters where I live. Raising it by 10 cents or 41% increase is even worse.

We have, dozens of cities that want more money from the state for their local roads. You do realize 30% of the state fuel tax goes to the local cities, etc. for local roads. They have been raising local property taxes or cutting police or fire to cover the shortfall. They either want more money from a larger fuel tax or permission to raise local sales tax for this purpose.

Under Utah Art XIII sec. 5, 6   the State Fuel tax has to go to roads or drivers training or UHP or debt re roads. It doesn't go in a general fund. The Utah Legislature hasn't raised it a little based on CPI for many years.

The fuel tax doesn't go to the UTA. It does go to UDOT.

UTA gets its funding from local sales tax, specifically voted on to fund UTA. It has also received funds from the Federal Government.

Approx. 17% of the sales tax collected in Utah is transportation based, including cars, tires, oil, etc. Approx. that percentage of the state portion of that tax goes to roads. See again Utah Art XIII sec. 5, 6 . Those electric cars are paying into the road fund. The Governor in 2011 vetoed a bill, which sends this money to roads, which was passed again in a veto override session by the legislature. In his current budget, the Governor proposes to use this money for something else, but that would require the law to be changed, which based on Utah Constitution, Art. XIII, Sec. 5, (6), it likely will not.

This transportation based sales tax is general fund money that normally could be used  for any other state program. 

The State Income Tax, goes to K-12 Public Education and also Higher Education. Utah Art. XIII, Sec. 5 (5).

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