ST. GEORGE – Rep. V. Lowry Snow presently represents Utah House District 74, which covers a western portion of Washington County. As the Republican incumbent, Snow is challenged by Democratic opponent Dorothy Engelman.
“I consider it an honor to be a representative,” Snow said. He was originally appointed to the position in 2011, following Rep. David Clark’s resignation. “I try to do the best job I can. I can’t please every one of the 37,000 people of my district with every vote. I will try to do the very best I can if reelected.”
Work in the Legislature
Though he hasn’t sponsored any bills that made headlines, Snow said, he is proud of the work he has accomplished thus far. One example he pointed to is legislation passed during the 2013 General Session of the Legislature called Serious Youth Offender Amendments, or 2013 House Bill 105. The legislation passed and became effective May 2013, amending the state’s Serious Youth Offender Law to allow juvenile court judges greater discretion in determining when youth offenders should be tried as adults.
“The law previous, in some respects, was mechanical and strict in how much discretion the judges had, and I sponsored legislation that gave them broader discretion,” Snow said.
The adult penal system isn’t equipped to help deal with the supervision and rehabilitation of juvenile offenders, he said.
Legislation Snow is currently working on includes a bill addressing how ownership of water is transferred and change applications are approved. He has worked on measures related to clean energy and air quality, he said.
Public Lands, Lake Powell Pipeline
Two ever-present issues that resurface with each election in recent years are public lands and the proposed Lake Powell Pipeline. So where does Snow stand on these matters?
Snow supports a transfer of public lands management from the federal to state level. He does not want the state to “take control for control’s sake,” he said, but rather to use it as a means to gain greater access to resources that could generate greater funding for public education.
Snow said he also supports the idea of Utah and the federal government working together to identify public lands the state can manage and from which it can receive revenue.
As for the pipeline, Snow said: “I support the idea that we need to prepare in Washington County for the growth that is projected … the pipeline is infrastructure that would help us with that.”
However, Snow also said the issue of the Lake Powell Pipeline still needs to be thoroughly studied out and vetted to determine if it is actually necessary. The people in the county and the state also need to be fully educated on the pros and cons of the pipeline, he said.
“I do support the pipeline, at least the concept, subject to those conditions,” Snow said.
Nondiscrimination bill and legislative process
With same-sex marriage once again legal in Utah, a question legislative candidates are being asked is whether or not they support a nondiscrimination bill to be reintroduced by Sen. Steve Urquhart, R-St. George, next year. The bill would add housing and employment protections to the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community by amending the state’s current nondiscrimination laws.
“Before I support a bill or don’t support a bill, I’d like to see: What is it?” Snow said. In other words, he’d like to see it in writing. Also before assuming a position on a proposed bill, he said he would like to see legislative process the debate in committee hearings and on the House floor, as well as consider the input of constituents.
“I can’t underestimate the power of the process,” he said. Comparing it to his background in law, Snow said, he likes to hear “all of the evidence” before making a conclusion on any legislation.
“I will keep a fair and open mind on Sen. Urquhart’s bill,” he said. “It’s a very delicate and sensitive subject and I think that we need to be civil and kind and respectful in discussion and I will be that way.”
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