Advocates, Legislators to Meet at Reception
The rotunda of the Capitol building in Salt Lake City will be filled with advocates from the disability community Thursday afternoon for a reception with state legislators. The event, which runs from 4:30 to 5:45 p.m., is sponsored by the Legislative Coalition for People with Disabilities and is open to the public. Last year’s event drew several hundred people from organizations around the state, including Utah State University’s Center for Persons with Disabilities, OPTIONS for Independence and the Grassroots Advocacy Partnership.
Northern Utah legislators who attended the reception in 2013 were Rep. Ed Redd, Rep. Jack Draxler and Sen. Lyle Hillyard. Rep. Rhonda Menlove was in a committee meeting and could not attend.
Jeff Sheen, CPD policy analyst, said last year’s event was well-attended, as it has been in previous years. Legislators are building relationships with the disability community, and event such as these are invaluable opportunities for advocates to meet with legislators to discuss issues and concerns.