Brian King

Healthy Relationships Bill Killed in Committee

Media Statement
 
For Immediate Release:
February 6, 2017
 
Contact:          Elizabeth Converse, Communications Director
                        Utah House Democratic Caucus
                        801-835-7087 | econverse@le.utah.gov
 
Healthy Relationships Bill Killed in Committee

Salt Lake City - House Bill 215 - Reproductive Health Education and service Amendments was killed in the House Education Standing Committee today. The vote stopped all progress on legislation that would expand options for parents looking to educate their children on issues of consent, bodily autonomy, and peer pressure.

Representative Brian King, the bill’s sponsor, said, “The legislature cannot keep ignoring what the people want. Utahns want a program the protects their kids from the things they will inevitably face in high school and in the rest of their lives. Public education is about giving these students building blocks for the future. Why are we leaving out the necessary cornerstone of relationships?”

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Good Landlord Programs Hurt Community Reintegration Efforts

Media Statement
 
For Immediate Release: February 1, 2017
 
Contact:          Elizabeth Converse, Communications Director
                        Utah House Democratic Caucus
                        801-835-7087 | econverse@le.utah.gov
 
Good Landlord Programs Hurt Community Reintegration Efforts

Salt Lake City - The Utah House Business and Labor Committee voted to pass HB 178 - Good Landlord Amendments out of committee and to the full House for a vote. The bill removes incentives for landlords to deny tenancy from anyone with a criminal conviction within the past four years.

Representative King, the bill sponsor, said “The government should not be able to coerce business owners into denying people housing. It isn’t right. As a state, we are trying to support small business while recognizing the hardships people face when trying to correct past mistakes. We should be making it easier to get on the straight and narrow, not harder.” 

Currently, 14 Utah cities have existing programs, including Salt Lake City, South Salt Lake, and Ogden. The legislation has the support of the Utah Department of Corrections, Adult Probation and Parole, Libertas Institute, the Utah Housing Coalition and many more. Information about support and the bill can be found here.

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Democrats Protest Potential Full Partisan Staff in Committee Changes

Media Statement

For Immediate Release: February 23, 2016

Contact:          Elizabeth Converse, Communications Director
                       Utah House Democratic Caucus
                       801-835-7087 | econverse@le.utah.gov

Democrats Protest Potential Full Partisan Staff In Committee Changes

Salt Lake City - House Democratic Caucus Manager Representative Patrice Arent adamantly opposed H.B. 220 - Legislative Organization Amendments, when it was heard today on the House floor. The bill proposes changing the makeup of the Legislative Management Committee and Audit Subcommittee which are responsible for the hiring of non-partisan staff directors, legislative scheduling, as well as prioritizing and hearing audit reports.

Representative Arent said, “I have the unique perspective of being a member of that non-partisan legislative staff as well as serving on the Legislative Management Committee. These committees are bipartisan because they need to be above the political gridlock we see in Washington. If the directors of our staff offices are hired by one party, it changes the nature of our staff. Then staff and the work they produce will be beholden to party politics.

Our staff serves us well, and impartially. If the committees that manage the legislature move from bipartisan to partisan, we will always wonder whether future management decisions are made for the benefit of the whole legislature, or just for one party.”

H.B. 220 passed the House Floor by a vote of 41 to 33 and will now go to the Senate.

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2016 Session Opens With Conflicting Goals

2016 Session Opens With Conflicting Goals

House Democratic Leader Brian King speaks out after Speaker Hughes' opening statements, calling them "disappointing".