We’re on the edge of our seats as the final stretch of the legislative session has officially started, with the clock ticking down to the midnight deadline on March 1st. Yes, you read that right, Midnight: the HEAL Utah team is gearing up for the all-nighter, fueled by determination (and probably a fair amount of coffee), committed to standing guard until the very last vote is cast. We’re here to ensure that no last-minute environmental surprises slip through as the session’s intensity peaks.
We hope everyone had an enjoyable President’s Day weekend, filled with relaxation and maybe a bit of reflection on our nation’s history.
This session, the spotlight has been on a concerning trend: a surge of legislation pushing for continued investment in fossil fuels. However, we must be crystal clear: this approach is wrong. Not only does the continual investment in fossil fuels harm our environment, but it also jeopardizes our economy and impedes our progress toward energy independence.
As we enter the final stretch with only 10 days left, the stakes are high, and every decision is crucial.
So, buckle up! It’s time to dive deep into the heart of the matter and stay informed about the legislation shaping our state’s future. Let’s make these last days count and ensure that Utah moves forward on a path that protects our environment and its health.
Can you believe it? We’re officially past the halfway mark of the 2024 legislative session! Just like the halftime show at the Super Bowl, where Usher wowed us with his moves, we’ve wrapped up our own celebration with Transit Equity Day on the hill. With over 1,092 pieces of legislation on the table, it’s been a whirlwind of proposals and debates. HEAL Utah is keeping tabs on over 50 environmental bills, and we’ve got the highlights of the session – the touchdowns, the fumbles, and everything in between.
With week 3 of the Utah legislative session officially wrapped up, we bid farewell to Energy Week, which brought significant discussions and decisions on the state’s energy future. But now, as we dive headfirst into Week 4, it’s time to shift gears and embrace Transit Week!
This week is Energy Week up on Capitol Hill, and we’re keeping a close eye on over 12 energy-related bills as they move through the legislative process. Many of these bills, along with others on our radar, will be discussed in committee meetings.
7 Days down, 38 to go! Last week, we saw the introduction of over 500 bills, the Governor’s priorities for the session, and the initial movement on environmental policies.
Welcome to the 2024 Utah Legislative General Session, where the future of our state’s environmental policies is at stake. In this blog post, we will break down the legislative process and explore its significance in shaping Utah’s environmental landscape. HEAL Utah, an environmental advocacy organization plays a crucial role in pushing for policies that promote clean energy, improve air quality, protect our communities from toxic & radioactive exposure, and ensure transparency in decision-making. Let’s dive into how it all works!
Individuals (like you!) can also influence policy that affects your health and quality of life by speaking up and becoming community lobbyists.
Every year we see more and more individuals redefining what it means to be a lobbyist who places community, accountability, and people over profit, setting the foundation for an era of greater democracy up on Capitol Hill.
Dive into Utah’s inversion season, exploring the health risks, environmental disparities, and policy efforts combating air pollution. Discover the impacts and solutions in our latest issue update.
Meet Kaile Akina, HEAL Utah’s vibrant new Community Engagement Manager. Leveraging experiences at PIK2AR and UVU Center for Social Impact, Kaile advocates for systemic solutions embracing all communities. We are excited to have Kaile on board.