2018 Newsletter: Week One

Session Has Begun!!!

Bills I am working on:

  • SB 14Industrial Accident Restricted Account Sunset
    This bill modifies provisions relating to the Industrial Accident Restricted Account.
  • SB 21Public Safety and Firefighters Retirement Death Benefits
    Provides equity in retirement payments to surviving spouses.
  • SB 30Aggravated Murder Amendments
    Adds security guards, search and rescue personal, and ambulance employees to the list of “first respondents” covered under aggravated murder legislation.
  • SB 40Workers Compensation Dependent Benefit Amendments
    Allows payment to dependents of a worker killed on the job.
  • SB 42Sunset Amendments for State Services Agreements
    Which shares federal postal services with state agencies.
  • SB 53Workers Compensations Coordination of Benefits Amendments
    Puts policies in place to pay medical costs of injured workers.
  • SB 64Workers Compensation Health Care Amendments
    Governs the cost paid for services for injured workers.
  • SB 70Human Resource Requirements
    Directs charter schools and special service districts to have a human resource person in place.
  • SB 74Voter Privacy Amendments
    Protects voter privacy information.
  • SB 85Controlled Substance Disposal Amendments
    Codifies legislation for the safe disposal of drugs in skilled living facilities.
  • SB 92Workers Compensations Attorney Fees Amendments
    Sets guidelines for legal fees for injured workers.

My Other Legislation:

(yet to be numbered):

  • Design and Build Amendments: cuts regulations so affordable and appropriate housing can be built effectively.
  • Construction Trades Licensing Amendments: allows new licensing for sprinkler technicians.
  • Concurrent Resolution on Reducing Gang Activity: which puts an emphasis on supporting interventions in Elementary school to combat the growing problem of early gang recruitment.
  • Metro Township Modifications, adds additional governing structure for Metro Townships.
  • Separation from Payroll Amendments, allows for better reporting of wages for separate employees.
  • State Fire Code Amendments, provides codes that better mirror federal standards.
  • Transportation Infrastructure for Charter and Private Schools, establishes plans for long term transportation needs.
  • UTA Board Realignment

You can read my bills online here!

Hot Bills On the Hill:

  • HB0205 – Down Syndrome Nondiscrimination Abortion Act
  • SCR004 – Concurrent Resolution on Deaths from Opioid-induced Postoperative Respiratory Depression
  • SB0071 Road Tolls Provisions
  • HB0038 Fireworks Restrictions
  • HB0012 Family Planning Services Amendments

Visit the website here.

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

Visit the website here

Week One In Review

Wednesday, January 24, Democrats Respond to the State of the State Address

Great to meet with students from my district! -Thomas Jefferson Junior High

Spoke with 7th graders who asked some very engaging questions!

This week was a busy one for me, as I have presented several of my bills to the Senate committees already!

Meet my session intern! TJ Waltz is a student at Weber State University. He is studying Political Science. He has already been a huge help this session.

Constituent Survey 
Tell me what is important to you.

Join me for my Town Hall meeting!

Get updates on the Legislative session, my bills, and what’s happening in the community.

Thank you,


My intern TJ Waltz can be reached at: 801-870-0944

To stay up to date on day to day events, follow me on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and my website:


Main Legislative Website: http://le.utah.gov/

Main Senate Minority Website: http://www.utahsenatedemocrats.org/home/

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

  1. Budget Discussion for Snow Plow Drivers


  1. Fire Suppression on Federal Lands


  1. Budget Discussion on School Technology Programs


  1. Budget Discussion on Intergenerational Poverty Interventions


You can always listen and follow along during our interim meetings by going to our legislative website!

I am honored to receive the Workplace Safety Award from the AFL-CIO .  My partners WCF and Labor Commission also were honored. All working together for a safe work environment.

As a member of the Airport Authority Board, touring the explosion of construction…..jobs, jobs for Utahns. That’s my goal!

Honoring firefighters!! So appreciative to be the Fire Caucus Leader in the Senate.

What’s Happening in the District?


Kearns Council Community Get Together! It was a packed crowd enjoying rock climbing, hot dogs, hamburgers, and a beautiful summer evening. Thanks for all the volunteers and helpers who made it possible. 


Taylorsville Parade! I love parades. I still don’t have the parade wave down, but I’m trying! Thank you to all those who sat in the hot sun to greet us. I love being in my community.

West Valley City:

Our Neighborhood Night Out Get-Together.  Really, good turn-out.  Neighbors helping neighbors, it works!!!

Scholarship Program:

Partnering with Workers Compensation Fund of Utah and the AFL-CIO, I have been able to bring lucrative scholarships to my local high schools. In the last 6 years, thousands of dollars have been directed to my students in West Valley, Kearns, Taylorsville. They have written essays on safety in the workplace and safe practices in everyday life. It is never too early to teach the importance of a safe community and a safe workplace. The emotional, financial, and physical damage done to the worker and family members, are a forever change. So, the path is to educate our youth of the value of safe choices. This year we were able to award six scholarships. Kearns, Granger, and Hunter, were the winning essays, each were given $750.00 a piece.  At the awards ceremony, a mother of one of the Kearns winners, hugged and thanked me. No, I thanked her for encouraging and supporting our future leaders. It is our job to nurture our future.

Pictured above: Granger Safety Scholarship Winner

Pictured above: Hunter Safety Scholarship Winner

Pictured above: Kearns Safety Scholarship Winner

New Constituent Survey:

Thank you for your participation in my surveys! Please take my new survey by clicking the link below:


Past Survey Results:

  1. The Homeless issue was in the “headlights” of Salt Lake County. West Valley was considered as a potential site for a Resource Center.

A) Do you feel West Valley City has been a partner in the handling of the homeless issue?

Yes 46%, No 54%

B) Do you agree with the selection (South Salt Lake) for the new Resource Center?

Agree 61%, Disagree 39%

C) Do you feel Salt Lake County/Salt Lake City/Utah State Government has been efficient in the planning and operation of relocating our homeless population?

Yes 12%, No 88%

2. KEARNS RESIDENTS: Are you satisfied with your local code enforcement?

Yes 78%, No 22%

3. WEST VALLEY CITY RESIDENTS: Are you satisfied with your local code enforcement?

Yes 57%, No 43%

4. TAYLORSVILLE RESIDENTS: Are you satisfied with your local code enforcement?

Yes 60%, No 40%

Thank you so much for your feedback and comments. They help me more than you know!

From My Desk:

In 2014, I passed SB36, Voter Information Amendments, to protect our voter names and personal voter information from outside venters. They would purchase the information and place that information on their website. My bill passed and protections are now in place.  Saying that, the current administration has seen fit to ask for information from voters, under the guise of voter fraud. No state to my knowledge, has had an issue with the last presidential cycle. Utah has repeated, “our election was conducted without any problems”. The Lt. Governor’s office has complied with the order; hence my new legislation was filed. I will revisit the problem of privacy for the voters and assumed transparency for Utahns.  We used to take pride in our high percentage of voting citizens, now our state has a dismal record.  Trust in the voter pool needs to be guarded and Utahns need to have comfort in the state’s effort to protect information. In passing the first protection legislation, I met stiff push-back.  But, the journey needs to start again, to be as safe and secure with your trusted information.

Thinking out loud…

Sitting in Leadership Committee, we were given an update of the “state of the economy”. Our trusted and skilled economic analysts laid out the business direction for our state. We are touted as business friendly! Highly skilled! Highly educated! And a Dynamite work ethic!! Perfect! Then, they said, we are known for low wages??? Low wages shouldn’t be a calling card for businesses. Our state is the “business state” to be located in, but business shouldn’t lower wages to settle here. Competitive wages, living wages, appropriate compensation for workers, is a just way of doing business. A day’s work for a day’s pay. Utah’s business atmosphere should expect wages comparable with other states! We deserve it!

Thank you,

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. She talks about what it takes to get her bills through as a democrat in the state legislature.


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 of Economic Development to promote and encourage the employment of Utah workers, the purchase of Utah goods, and the growth of Utah businesses.

Scholarships for Public Safety Officers

SB165: This bill allocates $200,000 every year to a scholarship fund for our state’s police officers. Because pay is often low for our officers, this fund will help them achieve the higher education they need and desire.

These three bills are all on the Senate Second Reading Calendar, to be read on the Senate floor in the near future.

You can read my bills online here!

Hot Bills On The Hill:

  • SB172 Barber Licensing Restriction Changes
  • SB29 Utah Marriage Commission Amendments
  • SB176 Public Transit Authority Collective Bargaining Amendments

Visit the website here.

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

Visit the website here

It was a privilege to honor the Workplace Safety Committee for their efforts and dedication to educating the public about safe work practices. 

Workplace Safety week has been designated this year to be from June 18-24.

I am honored to have been awarded the Chamber West Hall of Fame Award. It is a pleasure and a privilege to serve you! 

Survey Results – Previous Newsletter:

Thank you for taking last week’s surveys. Here are the compiled results:

1. Do you favor taking money from the Transportation Fund for Education?

Yes: 46%, No: 54%

2. Should we remove the sales tax on personal hygiene products? (HB71, Hygiene Tax Act)

Yes: 41%, No: 59%

3. Do you support collecting “sales tax” on online purchases?

Yes: 77%, No: 23%

4. Do you support Planned Parenthood?

Yes: 77%, No: 23%

New Constituent Survey:

Please click the following link to answer a few questions about issues being debated during the Legislative Session: