2013 Sutherland Institute Legislative Policy Conference

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Join Utah’s decision-makers as they engage in robust dialogue about pressing issues facing the 2013 Utah State Legislature

House (West) Building, Utah State Capitol

Tuesday, Jan. 22, 2013

Schedule of Events

8:30-9:30 a.m.

VIP Breakfast–2013 Budget Challenges

Senator Lyle Hillyard, Co-Chair – Exec. Appropriations Committee

Representative Mel Brown, Co-Chair – Exec. Appropriations Committee


Breakout 1


Public lands management: Is Utah ready?

Representative Mike Noel, Chair – House Natural Resources, Agriculture & Environment Standing Comm.

Tony Rampton, Asst. AG – Public Lands Policy Coordinating Office

Brian Merrill, Commercial Recreation Rep. – Utah Resource Advisory Council

Ted Wilson, Former Senior Environmental Advisor to Gov. Gary Herbert


Utah liquor laws: public safety vs. economic development

Senator John Valentine, Chair – Senate Rules Committee

Melva Sine, CEO – Utah Restaurant Association

James Fell, Sr. Research Scientist – Alcohol, Policy, & Safety Research Center

Art Brown, President – Mothers Against Drunk Driving, Utah


Breakout 2


Energy development vs. air quality

Senator Ralph Okerlund, Senate Majority Leader

Kathleen Sgamma, VP of Govt. & Public Affairs – Western Energy Alliance

Brock LeBaron, Deputy Director – Utah Division of Air Quality

David Nimkin, Southwest Sr. Reg. Dir. – National Parks Conservation Assoc.


Should Utah expand Medicaid?

Senator Stuart Adams, Senate Majority Whip

Representative Rebecca Chavez-Houck, House Asst. Minority Whip

Dr. John Nelson, Former Pres. – American Med. Assoc. & Utah Med. Assoc.

Bill Tibbitts,  Associate Director – Crossroads Urban Center


Plenary Lunch

12:15-12:40 p.m. Legislative Preview

Speaker of the House Rebecca Lockhart

Senate President-elect Wayne Niederhauser


12:45-1:30 p.m. Should government subsidize a convention hotel in Salt Lake City?

Moderator: Rod Arquette, The Rod Arquette Show, KNRS 105.7 FM & 570 AM

Jason Mathis, Executive Director – Downtown Alliance

Jeff Sachs, Founding Partner – Strategic Advisory Group

Clint Ensign, Senior VP – Sinclair Companies (Grand America Hotel)

Royce Van Tassell, VP – Utah Taxpayers Association