Dear Friends and Neighbors,

The Legislature is off to a great start as members of both the House of Representatives and Senate have rolled up their sleeves and gotten to work. This year, I was asked to lead the committee from the House to notify Governor Herbert that the House was ready for business. I was accompanied by my son Landon, Representative Edward Redd, and Representative Sandra Hollins. The Governor was very gracious as he welcomed us into his office.

For my fist week, I have included a legislative survey that will be mailed to many homes throughout the district and it will be posted online. Your input is appreciated as we craft solutions to challenges we face. Some of our challenges include the the legalization of medical marijuana, education funding, state school board elections, and infrastructure funding. If you have not completed the online survey, please consider doing so using the link below.


I currently serve as the House Chair of the Judiciary Standing Committee. This committee reviews legislation which alters our criminal and civil penalties. Consequently, our legislative workload is substantial and has broad impact across the state. The committee’s weighty agenda has frequently placed it in a central role in Utah politics.

I also serve on the House Business and Labor Standing Committee and the Infrastructure and General Government Appropriations Subcommittee. The Infrastructure and General Government Appropriations Subcommittee is especially important given our significant growth in Southern Utah County and our need for additional infrastructure funding.

Utah Lake Restoration

This session I am putting forward legislation to address the restoration of Utah Lake. This legislation will create the following:

  • A review panel to evaluate proposals for the comprehensive restoration of Utah Lake
  • Establishes review panel authority and duties
  • Provides a process and criteria for evaluating proposals to restore Utah Lake
  • Creates authority for the the review panel to evaluate and accept proposals.

This legislation will provide for the careful process as we find solutions for restoring Utah Lake. I have served on the Utah Lake Commission since 2013 and believe it is time to start thinking outside the box and moving forward with significant restoration efforts.

Get Involved this Year!

Please consider getting involved this session by attending a town hall meeting. The first town hall meeting will be held this Saturday morning. Breakfast will be provided for FREE thanks to the generous support of Scott Barlow and Revere Healthcare! Details are set forth below:

Bills and Bagels
February 3, 2018
7:30 AM – 9:00 AM
Location: Nebo School District Office Building
350 S Main, Spanish Fork, UT 84660

Thank you for the privilege of representing House District 66. I look forward to hearing from you. If you have any questions during the legislative session, please feel free to contact me any time. I can be reached on my cell phone at (801) 210-1495. If for any reason you are unable to contact me during the legislative session, my intern Seth Gillespie can be reached at (385) 441-0587 or


Mike McKell
Utah House of Representatives
State House District 66

(801) 210-1495

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