HURRICANE – Rep. Brad Last has served six terms in House District 71 and hopes to continue moving forward in his areas of focus in the coming two years.
“The thing that I’ve been working on the most during my tenure in the Legislature has been education issues,” Last said.
Among his duties in the Utah State Legislature, Last is chair of the public education appropriations subcommittee. He’s said he’s currently working on some technical bills related to education funding.
“That is where most of my effort is going to be spent,” he said.
Last said most legislators specialize in a few key areas that they understand well and are particularly passionate about. For him, education has been a priority.
“So much stuff comes at you in the Legislature,” he said. “You deal with everything from nuclear waste to Medicaid expansion to education.”
Lake Powell Pipeline
Last said two issues people frequently bring against him, other legislators and the county commissioners are growth in Southern Utah and the Lake Powell Pipeline. He said he strongly supports the Lake Powell Pipeline. Nothing should be done to limit growth, he said, but growth matters should be planned out appropriately.
“In my perspective,” Last said, “Southern Utah is going to continue to grow because of all the things that make it attractive.”
He said it’s his job as a legislator to help find funding and other resources for the Lake Powell Pipeline, which includes getting help from the state in support of the project.
Daylight saving time
Among some of the issues that will come before the Legislature this year will be the question of whether to eradicate daylight saving time in Utah. Last said he would personally be in favor of it.
Aside from the option of keeping Utah’s daylight saving time observance just as it is, the two other alternatives being considered are following Arizona’s model of staying on Mountain Standard Time throughout the year, or else creating a new daylight saving time that would have Utah “springing forward” year round.
“We’ll see how that goes,” Last said.
Last said other areas of focus in the coming term will be helping Utah become a more business-friendly state, lowering taxes and advocating government accountability.
“Making sure government is accountable and transparent,” he said.
He said he feels he is working with a group of legislators who have common sense and credibility and who work effectively together.
“Those of us from Southern Utah, one thing I’m really proud of is we really work together and care about Southern Utah,” Last said.
Early voting began Oct. 21 and runs through Oct. 31. The general election is Nov. 4.
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