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SUZANNE HARRISON
Salt Lake County Council At Large 

 

Important Announcement!

I am honored to announce that I am running for Salt Lake County Council At Large! 

Please join us on March 5th for our official campaign launch.


Where: Valley Regional Park, meet near the north parking lot. 
When: March 5, 2022, from 3:00pm-4:00pm.
What: Official campaign launch. Please wear a white, blue, or yellow shirt if you can. Cookies will be provided. 

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 Focused on our Future 

It is an honor to represent the people of Sandy, Draper, and White City in the Legislature. 

I am a moderate with a track record of effectiveness on issues ranging from clean air to reducing the cost of health care. We have talented, informed people in House District 32, and I listen to constituents, learn from every conversation, and work hard to represent our community.  I bring civility, integrity, and a willingness to work with others to find common sense solutions to the Legislature.

As a legislator, I run common-ground bills with Republican co-sponsors and have passed legislation focused on:

  • Reducing healthcare costs

  • Supporting education and student safety

  • Improving access to mental health resources

  • Emergency preparedness (Sandy water crisis)

  • Improving our air quality

I believe there is more work we can do together. The future of our state depends on elected officials that will fight to preserve what makes Utah great, while also working with others to make Utah even better. I will remain focused on our future and I’m asking for your vote.

 2021 Legislative Wrap-up 

The 2021 Legislative Session is over! This year, I passed three pieces of legislation as well as one bill that I floor-sponsored (meaning the bill originated in the Senate). These bills dealt with issues like healthcare costs, emergency management, and clean air—issues that impact us all. I also co-sponsored bills on issues ranging from mental health care to domestic violence prevention to privacy protection.

Overall, I happy to report that the 2021 General Session of the Utah Legislature was a success. As a body, we passed over 500 bills, and while there were bills I disagreed with, the democratic process remains effective and strong. The bills that passed both the House and the Senate can be found here. You can also click here for a document with summaries and explanations of some of this year's legislative highlights.

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My 2021 Legislation 

Passed 

  • HB 96 Emergency Management Amendments
    This bill will help our cities, counties, and state prepare for future emergencies by improving communication and coordination between state and local government. 

     

  • HB 99 Public Employees Health Program Amendments
    This bill will help save taxpayers and our state money by allowing the Public Employees Health Plan to negotiate for better prices on expensive medications.

     

  • HB 206 Epinephrine Auto-injector Access Amendments
    HB 206 will save patients money on epi-pens, a life-saving medication used for severe allergic reactions. This bill will allow patients to purchase this expensive and life-saving medicine for a reduced price via a program through our Public Employee Health Plan. This program will be available to any Utahn who needs this essential medication. 

     

  • SB 146 Emissions Testing Amendments
    Three years ago the legislature passed a pilot program for diesel passenger cars and trucks to be included in the inspection and maintenance program in Utah County. The Division of Air Quality estimates over 1,250 tons of emissions were reduced by implementing this program in the first year alone. This bill simply made the pilot program a permanent maintaining all of the good progress the state has made in reducing emissions in these counties.

 

Not Passed 

While not all of my sponsored legislation passed this session, I am still proud of the conversations we started and will return to work on these issues in the future. Here are a few of those bills: 

  • HB 194 Diabetes Prevention Program (Passed through the House, did not receive a vote in the senate)
    This bill would have created a pilot program for the National Diabetes Prevention Program and will save tax dollars by helping Medicaid patients improve their health and avoid developing diabetes.

     

  • HB 310 Campaign Finance Modifications
    This bill would bring more transparency and accountability to political campaigning. This bill would allow Utah to actually enforce the existing state laws on campaign finance (right now there are few penalties). This bill would also require campaigns to disclose expenditures in the last month of an election. 

     

  • HB 445 Paycheck Protection Program Recipient Relief Grant Program
    Small business owners are the backbone of our state’s economy.  In a year when the legislature is giving $100 million in tax cuts, this targeted plan would have delivered significant help to the many small businesses owners, who weathered the economic downturn with a much deserved boost. This bill would have given certain small business owners a needed tax break for loans they received under the Federal Paycheck Protection Program (PPP).  While this bill didn't pass, I'm hoping it will be addressed in a future special session.

 
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 Meet Suzanne 

I grew up in Provo where my parents both spent their careers working at BYU. I went to Timpview High School and then attended Stanford University where I met my husband, John, who was raised in Centerville, Utah.

 

After Stanford I graduated from medical school at the University of Utah, and completed my residency in anesthesiology at Harvard University. We’ve lived in District 32 for over a decade. Our children attend local public schools. John works as a Senior Director of Engineering at Lucid Software.

 

I am a board-certified medical doctor at Riverton Hospital. I also volunteer in our community, schools, and in our church.

I originally ran for office because I did not feel represented in our state legislature. I am asking for your vote so I can can continue to fight for your family. I promise to remain an effective fiscal watchdog and to focus on the issues that affect everyday Utahns.

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