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2022 Legislative Session


Welcome to the 2022 Legislative Session. I’m honored to serve you and hope to represent you well. I want to hear from you.

Rep. Carl Albrecht

Your input will help me represent you as I vote on important issues during the Legislative Session. Please visit utrepsurvey2022.questionpro.com?custom70=HD70 to take the survey. The Legislature will likely consider over a thousand bills this session, but the ones I’m running that I’m most excited about are:

HB168- Preferences of Water Rights

Amendments

HB180- Off-road Vehicle Safety Education

Irrigation Canal Amendments

(Not yet numbered)

Electric Power Grid Amendments

(Not yet numbered)

Tax Cut Amendments

(Not yet numbered)

Committee assignments

I will be serving as chair of the Public Utilities, Energy, and Technology, Standing Committee. I will also serve on the Natural Resources, Agriculture, and Environment Standing and Appropriations Committees. I will continue to serve on the Federalism Commission, State Legislative Water Commission, and as co-chair for the Rural Caucus. The Rural Caucus is held at 7 a.m. every Friday; I invite all members of the public to attend. In addition, I will be meeting with Rural Educators every week to discuss ways to improve the education system in rural counties

Policy pillars for 2022 General Session

The Utah House Majority Caucus identified five policy areas to serve as pillars to frame the 2022 Legislative Session. I am excited to debate these important issues over the next 45 days as we practice a forward-thinking, principled, and collaborative approach to public policy.

Water

Affordable Utah

Education Modernization

Maintaining the Utah Way

Generational Investments

If you want to view the complete policy booklet, please visit house.utah.gov

State of the State

On Jan. 20, we welcomed Gov. Spencer Cox to the House Chamber to hear this year’s State of the State address. Gov. Cox endorsed my work on improving Utah’s energy infrastructure and providing sustainable energy supplies. Speaker Wilson gave his response to the address by stating, “We greatly value the strong working relationship we have with Gov. Spencer Cox, Lt. Gov. Deidre Henderson and the entire administration. Because we work from the same conservative foundation, the Gov.’s agenda aligns with many of the principles we laid out in our Utah Way Forward plan on the first day of the session. We look forward to working productively with the Executive Branch throughout the session and beyond.”

Mask mandate

On Friday, January 21, 2022, the Utah House of Representatives voted to pass a Resolution to overturn the mask mandates in Salt Lake and Summit County. Many House Republicans cited that mask wearing should be a personal decision, not the job of government. The resolution passed the House with a 45-29 vote, with one absent.

Tax cuts

Tax cuts are a big focus for the Utah Legislature in the 2022 General Session. The Utah Legislature is pushing forward bills to help the citizens of Utah. I have worked extensively with House Leadership and other legislators to find the most effective way to lighten the burden for the people of Utah.

Podcast

This week, Speaker Brad Wilson joined us to discuss the policy priorities for the House Majority Caucus and the specific issues we can expect the Legislature to tackle over the next 6 weeks. Listen now on Spotify or Apple Podcasts.

Cowboy Recognition

Additionally, I had the wonderful opportunity to recognize outstanding Utah cowboys with Gov. Cox and other members of the Legislature. I met 2021 bareback bronc rider, world champion Kaycee Field. Kaycee said, “I’m proud to represent the State of Utah on the world stage. I learned much of my skills from my father, who was also a successful rodeo cowboy. I love the U.S.A. and was honored to compete for the State of Utah. We are very proud of all our successful cowboys from the state of Utah.

I will be keeping you updated throughout the session on these important issues that influence your local communities. Thank you.

Rep. Carl Albrecht, R-Richfield, represents Utah’s District 70, which includes a portion of Grand County.