“I’d like to see us prioritize our policy agenda to the top two or three items,” said New Davis Chamber President/CEO, Jim Smith, at the group’s recent meeting.
The committee members reviewed briefly, each item of the Public Policy Agenda formed for 2010. Items discussed included, the Utah Procurement Team, creation of an engineering program at Weber State University, funding for business resource centers, and infrastructure development at Falcon Hill. Other priorities involved funding for education, restaurant tax changes, transportation, a WSU Davis building, and health care reform.
Smith suggested the committee look carefully at the list and choose which three should receive primary focus during the upcoming session.
After the Legislature starts on Jan. 25, the committee will meet twice weekly to discuss bills that coincide with the Public Policy Agenda for Davis County. Each week, the committee meets on Capitol Hill with Davis County legislators, to present its position on current legislation pending in the House and Senate.
Committee member, Barbara Riddle, Davis Area Convention & Visitors Bureau CEO, asked that the priority list be flexible as new issues come up throughout the session. The group will use the list as a guide to make decisions on what bills to support or oppose.
Smith also told the committee he had been approached by EnergySolutions for support on waste issues. “They wanted to send a letter to the governor to support their business,” said Smith. “I wasn’t really comfortable with the way it (letter) was worded. So I told them we would need more information and discuss it. This is such an emotional issue.”
Rep. Julie Fisher, R-Fruit Heights, weighed in from a legislative perspective. “While I believe in what they’re (EnergySolutions) is doing, it’s an image challenge.” Some opponents fear Utah will become a nuclear dumping ground.
Other members wanted to hear why the governor opposes bringing nuclear waste to Utah. “It is such a polarizing issue in the state,” said Smith. “It’s not wise to take a position without discussion. I’d like to organize a chamber tour out to the ‘beautiful’ west desert.”