Serving and fighting for the West Side.

A Clear Voice For Worker Safety And Health Care

Karen led the legislative effort to protect Utah workers and their families. She sponsored and passed SB 13 requiring drug and alcohol testing on all state construction contracts, as well as being the Senate sponsor on HB 11 requiring all elevators to be serviced by certified mechanics. Moreover, Karen sponsored and passed with the support of health insurance companies SB 39 requiring requiring email notification to you when your health procedure has been pre-authorized – and then the insurance company cannot refuse to pay the bill.

Your Voice of Reason – An Effective Bipartisan Leader

For the past two years, Karen has served as member of Senate leadership – serving on the powerful Executive Appropriations Committee – funding prioritized programs, balancing the budget and reducing state government. During the 2010 legislative session, Karen passed all four of the bills she sponsored which means she has a nearly perfect success rate passing legislation during her three years as your Senator. Not many legislators Republicans or Democrats can to be that successful.  Moreover, Karen was the Senate sponsor of nine House bills   (five of which were sponsored by Republicans) – all of which passed the Senate and were signed by the Governor. This indicates Karen’s Republican and Democrat colleagues know she is an effective leader who can get things done for them, the State and for you.

An Experienced Voice To Improve West Side Transportation

Karen promised to be a voice for the west side and has kept that commitment to you. Sitting on the Senate Transportation Committee, Karen supported legislation to improve 5400 South from 40th West to 48th West, as well as improving many intersections on Bangerter Highway and on 3500 South in WVC. Karen fought the bureaucrats who wanted you to pay a toll to drive on the new Mountain View Corridor – and won – this road will be toll-free. Karen will continue to work for improved transit and improved east-west corridors.

Your Voice For Quality Public Education

As a former para-educator for the Granite School District, Karen knows what is needed to continually improve our classroom education in our neighborhood schools. She has supported additional funding to go into the classroom. As more students enter our public schools, Karen understands that funding for keeping class sizes manageable is a priority. Karen will be a leading voice in protection the West Side education funding interests as East Side County residents try to split our local school districts.

  • 2020 General Session Survey
    Please take a moment and fill out Karen’s survey for this year’s session.https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/FYCHJ3F
  • 2018 Newsletter: Week Four
    We had a great meeting last Friday at the Town Hall with Representative Hutchings, and this last Thursday along side Mayor Ben Mcadams. Thank you for staying informed and involved with our local issues. Please take my survey to let me know your stanceContinue reading
  • 2018 Newsletter: Week Three
    We continued to get a lot accomplished in week three. Three of my bills have now passed both the House and the Senate while three more are now being considered in the House. I am getting excited for my town hall meeting next weekContinue reading
  • 2018 Newsletter: Week Two
    We’ve hit the end of week two and my bills are moving fast. I currently have eight bills awaiting discussion on the Senate floor while three are going to be debated in the House next week. These are my bill that have already beenContinue reading
  • 2018 Newsletter: Week One
    Session Has Begun!!! Bills I am working on: SB 14: Industrial Accident Restricted Account Sunset This bill modifies provisions relating to the Industrial Accident Restricted Account. SB 21: Public Safety and Firefighters Retirement Death Benefits Provides equity in retirement payments to surviving spouses. SB 30: Aggravated Murder Amendments Adds securityContinue reading
  • June/July 2017 Newsletter: Interim
    In our committees, we focused on appropriations and economic outlook for the upcoming year. Some Topics of Interest During our Meetings: 1. Electric Roadways: USU is testing a 20-passenger bus with autonomous control and in-motion inductive wireless battery charging. https://le.utah.gov/interim/2017/pdf/00003177.pdf Budget Discussion for Snow Plow DriversContinue reading
  • Good 4 Utah Interview with Karen Mayne
    Democratic senator among top producers in 2017 legislature By: Glen Mills Salt Lake City, Utah- (ABC4 Utah) – State Senator Karen Mayne is among a vast minority in the Senate, but she was one of the top producers in this year’s legislative session. SheContinue reading
  • 2017 Session Newsletter: Week Three
    My Bills This Week: Metro Township Amendments SB138: This bill lays out certain rules regarding the creation and implementation of townships. To learn more, attend my upcoming Town Hall meetings (details below). Utah First Economic Development Amendments SB164: This bill directs the Governor’s Office ofContinue reading
  • 2017 Session Newsletter: Week Two
    It has been a full week at the Legislature. I have several bills making their way through committees and both chambers. Some important bills I am working on: Postal Facilities and Government Services SB65: This landmark legislation partners the Utah State Government and the FederalContinue reading
  • Town Hall Invites
    Kearns Town Hall Discussion: Metro-Township governance pending legislation and other bills Eddie P. Mayne Kearns Senior Center 4851 W 4715 South Kearns, Utah 84118 Saturday, February 18, 2017 Noon – 1:30pm Guests: Senator Karen Mayne, Representative Eric Hutchings, Metro-Township Chairman Steve Perry, Unified Police Officers, Salt LakeContinue reading
  • 2016 Year in Review
    So excited! Thank you Taylorsville City and Salt Lake County for the new Performing Arts Center in Taylorsville! Booming!! Construction, economic development–everywhere in the District our communities are exploding with growth! Local business, Gines Service, offered free check-up service to the community. Truly aContinue reading
  • January 2017 Newsletter: Week One
    Session Has Begun!!! Some important bills I am working on: Firefighters Disability Retirement Benefit Amendments SB18: This bill redefines the word “disability” in the context of firefighters. It will be easier for injured firefighters to get the benefits they need and deserve with thisContinue reading
  • 2017 ChamberWest Annual Awards Gala
    Join us on Friday, February 3, 2017 6:00-9:00 PM at the Maverick Center.
  • July/August 2016 Newsletter
    INTERIM STUDY SESSION: Business and Labor Committee: In this committee, we discussed a bill that would provide certain sales and use tax exemptions for a qualifying enterprise data center (SB3002). The bill addresses economic credits to help encourage new enterprise data centers to be builtContinue reading
  • April/May 2016 Newsletter
    INTERIM STUDY SESSION: We will be considering numerous subjects during the legislative interim. Here is a list of a few subjects: Business and Labor Committee: Alcohol Policies  Health and Human Services Committee: Medical Marijuana, End of Life Options, Access to Health Care Law Enforcement and Criminal Justice Committee: Death PenaltyContinue reading
  • Final Week of 2016 Legislative Session
    ​ February 2016 Newsletter Legislative Session Week 7 The Session Is Over!!! Committees That I am sitting on this session Rules Business and Labor Economic Development and Workforce Service Ethics Transportation, Public Utilities and Technology Retirement and Independent Entities Executive Appropriations Infrastructure and GeneralContinue reading
  • Legislative Session Week 6
    Only One Week Left! Committees That I am sitting on this session Rules Business and Labor Economic Development and Workforce Service Ethics Transportation, Public Utilities and Technology Retirement and Independent Entities Executive Appropriations Infrastructure and General Government Appropriations Subcommittee Retirement and Independent Entities AppropriationsContinue reading
  • 2016 Legislative Session Week 5
    Committees That I am sitting on this session Rules Business and Labor Economic Development and Workforce Service Ethics Transportation, Public Utilities and Technology Retirement and Independent Entities Executive Appropriations Infrastructure and General Government Appropriations Subcommittee Retirement and Independent Entities Appropriations Subcommittee Progress On MyContinue reading
  • 2016 Legislative Session Week 4
    Committees That I am sitting on this session Rules Business and Labor Economic Development and Workforce Service Ethics Transportation, Public Utilities and Technology Retirement and Independent Entities Executive Appropriations Infrastructure and General Government Appropriations Subcommittee Retirement and Independent Entities Appropriations Subcommittee Progress On MyContinue reading
  • Legislative Session Week 3
    Committees That I am sitting on this session Rules Business and Labor Economic Development and Workforce Service Ethics Transportation, Public Utilities and Technology Retirement and Independent Entities Executive Appropriations Infrastructure and General Government Appropriations Subcommittee Retirement and Independent Entities Appropriations Subcommittee Progress On MyContinue reading
  • Legislative Session Week 2
    Some Important bills I am working on: SB76: This bill will provide non profits with an option to provide workers compensation benefits to volunteers. Non profits will have one more option that allows them to protect those who volunteer. SB33: Occupational Safety Amendments. This billContinue reading
  • 2016 Session Has Begun!!!
    Some Important bills I am working on: Public Notice of Court Recording SB42: This is an important piece of legislation that will help to create more transparency within our court system. The law would require courtrooms to inform those present that they are being recordedContinue reading
  • SB57
    SB57: Bill would allow state to tap federal postal workers during emergencies “In my eyes, it gives [the postal workers] more universal use…and it gives another tool for the state and the federal government for immediate, effective, vetted service,” Mayne said, “I think it’sContinue reading
  • District 5 Town Hall Meetings
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  • October 2015 Newsletter
    UPDATE FROM SEPTEMBER INTERIM: A legislative road trip to Southern Utah was authorized in our Leadership meeting.  It is a way for all legislators to experience and understand the needs of all the counties in our state.  Coming from a highly populated area withContinue reading
  • September 2015 Newsletter
    ​ Interim Committee Presentations: Natural Resources, Agriculture, and Environment: Beekeepers will have restrictions and regulation by political subdivisions.  We have several beekeepers in our neighborhoods.  Will keep eye on the issue. Political Subdivisions: Legislation wants to amend our Good Landlord Program.  District 5 hasContinue reading
  • July 2015 Newsletter
    Administrative Rules We have had important conversations about additional training for police officers to help make them better public servants, such as psychological evaluation before and after the hiring of new officers. We are hoping this will help enhance new officers and police agenciesContinue reading
  • June 2015 Newsletter
    The summer months bring festivals, vacations, and outdoor fun, but for the legislature it signals the beginning of interim meetings. Each year during the spring, summer, and fall, legislators meet at least one day per month in what is called interim study as membersContinue reading
  • Community Roundtable: 2015 Utah Legislative Wrap-up
    See this video roundtable with Nick Burns at the Salt Lake Community College.
  • 2015 Legislative Session – Wrap Up
    From the desk of Senator Karen Mayne, District #5 Busy, groundbreaking, and left unfinished, these are the victories and challenges we faced as legislators this past session. We were busy with the largest amount of legislation that we have ever had, hearing hundreds of bills.Continue reading
  • 2015 Legislative Session – Week 6
    This legislative session has been one of the busiest, both on and off “the hill.” One thing that I have done differently this year was holding two separate town hall meetings. The first meeting was held in Kearns at the Eddie P. Mayne SeniorContinue reading
  • 2015 Legislative Session – Week 3
    Wow, what a great turnout at my town hall meeting last weekend! We had over 50 people at the Eddie Mayne Senior Center in Kearns. In addition, we also had many wonderful guests and elected officials that made appearances. It was a lively discussionContinue reading
  • 2015 Legislative Session – Week 2
    ALERT! If you have used Turbo Tax to file taxes, BEWARE! The Tax Commission has flagged 8,000 potential fraudulent filings. Until now, only 28 fraudulent filings have been identified in Utah. The only returns that have been flagged as being fraudulent have been found fromContinue reading
  • 2015 Legislative Session – Week 1
    Week one and we are already in full gear. During this week, every Appropriation Committee is meeting. In these committees, various councils and departments are presenting their budget and needs for the next fiscal year. Several challenges that we have faced are finding ways toContinue reading
  • 2015 State General Legislative Session
    2015 State General Legislative Survey Today is the beginning of the 2015 State General Legislative Session and like every year, it is going to be a big one. During this time we will hear hundreds of bills that will affect Utah and you. EachContinue reading
  • July 2014 Newsletter
    Hope you are enjoying the summer weather! Biking, hiking, BBQ’s, the hot weather brings out the best in us. Oh, of course there is also golf, my favorite. Hitting that ball around is great fun, but they need to make the hole bigger, thatContinue reading
  • May 2014 Newsletter
    Spring is here and summer is soon on its way. Seeing flowers in bloom makes everyone anxious for warm weather and outside activities–myself included. I love to play golf, so I have been hitting the balls around some in whatever free time I have. IContinue reading
  • Let The Race Begin
    It is my privilege to serve in the Utah State Senate representing my friends and neighbors on the West Side of Salt Lake County. My primary motive for the legislation I sponsor, the committees in which I sit, and the decisions I make isContinue reading
  • 2014 Legislative Session: Week 7
    The dust has settled and the session is over for 2014, but some issues where still left on the table. Medicaid coverage expansion and transit funding are just two of the important subjects that still need to be addressed. The Governor has sent aContinue reading