As a surprisingly large portion of humanity dashes headlong toward an untimely Mayan Demise, I would like to compliment those Davis County Organizations that are savvy enough to recognize that Dec. 21, 2012, likely represents nothing more climactic than the last date that an ancient calendar craftsman completed before he broke his chisel.
With that realization giving them the foresight to make plans beyond a week from Friday, several local organizations have even gone so far as to make plans to get past the next looming doomsday: Dec. 31, 2012, also known as Fiscal Cliff Day.
With the bold assumption that some semblance of society will remain after New Year’s Day, the 40-plus members of the Davis Chamber Legislative Affairs Committee have completed a hefty set of plans and priorities to foster commerce through even the next potentially apocalyptic event. That, of course, would be the 2013 session of the Utah State Legislature.
The Committee is comprised of Davis Chamber members representing primarily large and small Davis County businesses. State, county and city government organizations are also represented, as well as utilities, service districts, political interest groups and non-profit organizations. Collectively, the Chamber Legislative Affairs Committee is the most concentrated group of public policy influencers in Davis County. And thus, local legislators pay attention to what they say.
This year their message is: Davis County is open for business and we need long-term, responsible and forward-thinking public policy regarding economic development, education, transportation, health care, energy development, tourism, and military affairs.
That is clearly a very tall order, but committee and sub-committee members have been formulating policy documents since the close of the 2012 session to ensure that all county interests are fully represented and well thought out.
The committee will begin meeting at the Capitol with the Davis County legislative delegation in January and, barring the end of the world, will meet with them weekly throughout the 2013 session. Their intent is to ensure sound public policy in Davis County for a long time to come. For more information about the Davis Chamber Legislative Affairs Committee, go to davischamberofcommerce.com or call 801-593-2200.