I am Norm Thurston, and I was elected in 2014 to represent District 64 in the Utah House of Representatives. Thank you for trusting me to represent you at the Utah State Legislature.
I Need Your Input
It has been very helpful to hear from you during the past year and I welcome your feedback and ideas. In order to truly represent you, I need to hear from you.
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How I'm Representing You
For the 2016 session, I will be on the following committees:
- Health and Human Services Standing Committee
- Political Subdivisions Standing Committee
- Public Education Appropriations Subcommittee
You can track my floor & committee votes for 2016 year here (or click here to see this file in a separate window.)
You can also see my floor & committee votes from 2015. Click here to open the file in a separate window.)
Issues I'm Working On
For 2016, there are several issues that I want to work on. Here is a a summary. Please watch for the latest posts for more specifics.
- Defining the Proper Role of the State School Board
- Reducing or Eliminating Earmarks in Public Education
- Daylight Savings Time - Ending the need to change clocks
- Medicaid Reform and Changes
- Second Amendment Issues
Issues I'd Like to Work On
- Replacing federal education funds
- More efficient compensation structure for public employees
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Ideas and Proposals
Highlights of 2016 legislation that I proposed, sponsored or worked on (see the complete list here):
- HB58 2nd Sub Hemp Extract Amendments (Rep. Froerer) - Reauthorizes the Hemp Extract Card program and adds requirements for reporting and research.
- HB67 Weapons on Public Transportation - Removes the differential treatment of the peaceful, concealed possession of weapons on public transportation
- HB94 Local Government Financing Amendments - Creates a demonstration program to allow one or more local school districts an opportunity to receive their state funds as a block grant
- HB319 Automobile Safety Inspections - Make changes to the program to reduce burden on taxpayers and increase public safety
- HB325 Office of Rehabilitation Services - Proposes to move the Office from the State Office of Education to another agency
Here is a summary of the bills I filed in 2015:
- HB397 Local Government Financing Amendments - Creates a demonstration program to allow one or more local school districts an opportunity to receive their state funds as a block grant
- HB263 State School Board Powers Modifications - Defines the term "general control and supervision"
- HB257 Educator Licensing Modifications - Limits power of the board to regulate higher education programs
- HB297 State School Board Elections Amendments - Proposed a method to allow elected local school board members to elect the state board
- HB247 Daylight Savings Time Amendments - Proposes to move Utah permanently to Mountain Daylight Time (more light in the evening year round)
- HB235 Occupational Licensing Amendments - Allows fast-learners an opportunity to obtain a license through examination before completing time-based requirements
- HB350 Weapons on Public Transportation - Removes the differential treatment of the peaceful, concealed possession of weapons on public transportation
- HB255 Public Employee Compensation and Benefits Amendments - Creates a wellness benefit for state employees that encourages them to not delay needed care and maintain a relationship with their primary care provider
- HB272 Forensic Mental Health Coordinating Council Revisions - Makes needed technical changes
Friday, March 25, 2016 7-9 pm
Town Hall Meeting - Post-Session Legislative Review
Provo City Library, 550 N University Avenue, Provo, Utah
Room 302, Brimhall Room