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Policy Positions

Pro-life and Pro-family

I am in complete agreement with our Cache GOP Platform which states, I am fully supportive of the statement found in our Cache GOP Platform which says: "The family is the fundamental institution and strength of our society. We support legislation which recognizes the rights and the responsibilities of parents for their minor children. We believe in the right to life for both the born and unborn, and we strongly oppose legalizing abortion except to preserve the life or health of the mother or in cases of rape or incest. We believe that men and women should be responsible in their sexual relationships and that parents should teach that responsibility to their children. We urge the strengthening and enforcement of laws protecting against pornography, prostitution, abuse within families, and the abdication of parental responsibility."


Public Education

I believe we need to reduce federal and state mandates, increase teacher training and pay, and implement more efficient and effective ways to teach children and prepare them for careers, family, and life. I believe Utah has the brightest students and the most hardworking, dedicated teachers in the country. 

We need to empower parents to make the best decisions for their children... the students. All the various educational opportunities out there for our students, from traditional public schools to public charter schools, to private and online schools, and homeschooling need to be pursued. Parents should be free to find the way that is best for their own individual children.

The Cache GOP Platform says, “We encourage systematic changes in the funding and administration of education in Utah as necessary to further promote excellence, parental involvement, more choices and competition, and better opportunities for our best teachers and administrators.”


Second Amendment Rights

The second amendment was included in the Bill of Rights to protect us from an overreaching government. It was not intended to ensure our ability to hunt for food. Laws that limit our ability to protect our homes, our families and our communities have no place in Utah.

I have had a Concealed Firearm Permit for many years and have been endorsed by the NRA.


Water Conservation

As we experience one of the worst droughts in Utah's history I was glad to support several important water bills during the 2022 General Session including; HB282 - Water Wise Landscaping Amendments, HB410 - Great Salt Lake Watershed Enhancement, and HB33 - Instream Water Flow Amendments.

 
I opposed SB110 because it required each municipality to create a water conservation plan. Many cities already have a conservation plan and those which do not should not be coerced by the state to create one.


Taxes and Other Fees

The Cache County GOP Platform reminds us that "The combined burden and complexity of Federal, state, and local taxes are too severe. Republicans support tax reforms at each level, including reducing tax rates, simplifying tax rules and reports." The Legislature has reduced taxes by $1.15 billion in the 3 years of my tenure.


Election Integrity

During the general session I sponsored two bills that improve election processes and increase voter confidence.

HB87 requires county clerks to maintain the voting roles 90 days before each primary and general elections. Regular voter list maintenance will go a long way in ensuring that only eligible voters will be sent a voting ballot.

HB411 requires that all problems with absentee or mailed in ballots are addressed and solved 3 days prior to canvasing.

During the 2021 General Session I co-sponsored co-sponsored H.B. 70 which requires the lieutenant governor to create a system that tracks all ballots that are mailed or deposited in ballot drop boxes; and allows a voter to choose to receive text message or email notifications regarding the status of the voter's trackable ballot. It also requires the lieutenant governor to maintain a website by which a voter may confirm the status of the voter's trackable ballot.


Caucus Convention vs Signatures

REALTOR(R) Ballot Initiative Signature Gathering Effort Under WayDelegates are tasked with researching candidates to determine who will represent them best and should appear on the primary election ballot.

I believe the caucus system is the best way for Utah citizens to select which candidates should appear on the ballot. SB54 made it possible for a candidate to be placed on the ballot by simply gaining signatures. This path strengthens the incumbent's ability to win the nomination by simply paying people to gather signatures from people who may or may not have researched the candidates. Candidates who gather signatures bypass the research and representation elements of the caucus system and our republic. I believe candidates who gather signatures lack faith in the delegates and our representative form of government.


Government Overreach

I believe lawmakers should evaluate each bill that crosses their desk by looking through two lenses. The first lens is the U.S. Constitution and the second is the GOP Party Platform. These documents are filled with truths that when understood and followed help lawmakers clearly see which bills are necessary and useful to the people and which are not.


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