TREMONTON -- A unique bit of state government is coming to Box Elder County.
Members of the Legislature's Social Services Appropriations Subcommittee will hold a pair of meetings Tuesday in Box Elder, beginning with a meeting from 8:45 a.m. to noon at the Bear River Health Department at 440 W. 600 North. A second meeting is set from noon to 4:15 p.m. at Bear River High School, 1450 S. Main St., in the visual technical room of the school.
Rep. Rhonda Menlove, R-Garland, is chairwoman of the committee along with Sen. Allen Christensen, R-North Ogden. She said she believes it will be the first time the committee has met outside of Salt Lake County. She smiled in suggesting she might have had some influence in moving the gathering to her district.
The meeting in Tremonton will include a tour of the Bear River Health Department, among eight items on the agenda. The meeting originating at the high school will be a tour of the Bear River Valley Hospital and then a tour of the Community Resource Center at the old LDS seminary building across from the high school, where a women's crisis center and a family support center are housed.
Menlove said there will be value in committee members taking the tours to see how services are provided at the local level.
There are 21 legislators on the committee, including Senate President Wayne Niederhauser, R-Sandy, a native of Tremonton, and House Majority Leader Brad Dee, R-Washington Terrace. The committee also includes Sen. Peter Knudson, R-Brigham City, a longtime lawmaker in Box Elder County, and Sen. Todd Weiler, R-Woods Cross, Rep. Paul Ray, R-Clinton, and Rep. Edward Redd, R-North Logan, a physician from Cache County.
Besides the tours, agenda items also include an update on the state's implementation of the Affordable Care Act, often dubbed Obamacare, and will include staff updates on Medicaid spending in the state and an issue brief on Medicaid providers.