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 Federal Government to provide state and federal services at post offices.

Workers’ Compensation Dependent Benefits

SB120: This legislation will provide more funding for dependents of those who lost their lives due to work-related accidents.

Public Transit District Amendments

SB103: For too long our west side area has been ignored by the Utah Transit Authority. Promises of future service were made, but never kept. In my opinion, much of that neglect is the result of the opaque nature of UTA and its leadership. That’s why I’m authoring Senate Bill 103 (first substitute), to end the secretive nature of the UTA, place in statute rules that will open their meetings, and speed the process of appealing denied open records requests. This lack of transparency and public trust resulted in Utah and Salt Lake Counties rejecting a ballot proposal that would have taxes for roads and public transit. For the past quarter century we on the west side have been told money is not available. It’s not the money, it’s the attitude.

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

You can read my bills online here!

Hot Bills On the Hill:

  • HCR11 Concurrent Resolution Urging the President to Rescind the Bears Ears
  • National Monument Designation
  • HCR12 Concurrent Resolution Urging Federal Legislation to Reduce or Modify the Boundaries of the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument
  • HB23 Income Tax Credit Modifications
  • HB11 State Boards and Commissions Amendments
  • HB36 Affordable Housing Amendments
  • SB29 Utah Marriage Commission 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

Good advice for the session!!

Honoring Gail Halvorsen, “Candy Bomber” during the Berlin airlift

Enjoyed meeting with Farnsworth Elementary 5th grade class this week. Smiling faces!

Presenting one of my bills during Senate floor time

Survey Results- Previous Newsletter:

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

1.   Would you sign a referendum to increase education spending?

Yes: 65%, No: 35%

2.   Should we place a sales tax on food for public education?

Yes: 12%, No: 88%

3.   Should we eliminate a tax exemption from your State Income Tax for public education?

Yes: 75%, No: 25%

4.   Should we continue the vote-by-mail option?

Yes: 100%, No: 0%

5.   Do you support or oppose designating Bears Ears as a National Monument?

Yes: 78%, No: 22%

New Constituent Survey:

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

https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/QLK9HBH

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 Lake County Officials

Special Guests: Local Leaders

West Valley City Town Hall

West Valley City Hall Council Chambers
3600 Constitution Blvd
West Valley City, UT 84119
Thursday, February 23, 2017
7:00pm – 8:30pm

Guests: Senator Karen Mayne, Representative Karen Kwan, Representative Elizabeth Weight, West Valley City Representatives, West Valley City Mayor Ron Bigelow, Salt Lake County Elected officials

 

2016 Year in Review

Salt lake Couny

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 a day of public service, thanks!

Sharing ideas with students in our community! Hopefully igniting the passion for growth, opportunity, and successful living.

Groundbreaking ceremony in Kearns. Partnering with Habitat for Humanity to build beautiful new homes!

Honored to support and pass legislation to remember our fallen officers.

Collecting food with Postal Workers, thanks guys!

Mayor Bigalow hosted Veterans at the Cultural Center. Kearns celebrated their annual Veterans Day at the historical Cannon Arena and Taylorsville Flags Flying and Patriotic Events.

Delighted to support Girl Scout Troop #177. Great opportunity for young women–Future Leaders!

Kearns Historian Pam Todd sharing Camp Kearns Memorabilia, an adventure in the history of Kearns.

I always enjoy visiting with Mayors and Council-members in the District.

West side talent used in making Disney movie–Classic Magna location.

Meet my Intern for the 2017 Legislative Session!

Michael Scott is currently a BYU student studying Finance. He will be assisting me in scheduling meetings and responding to constituents. His email is: mscott@le.utah.gov

My Legislation

A. I have several pieces of legislation involving the Workers Compensation Fund.

  1. Enhancing benefits to family members who have lost their life through worksite injury.
  2. Creating a working group to study WCF issues
  3. Legislation to address policy shifts

B. “Utah Student Privacy Act”- Protecting Privacy of students’ information

C. “Postal Facilities and Government Services”- Post Offices offering state services (SB65)

D. A number of bills addressing transparency, open meetings, timely GRAMA requests, responsible distribution of transportation dollars, better oversight of our transportation agency “UTA”

E. “Addiction Recovery Amendments”- Appropriate licensing of sober-living facilities

F. Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control- financial stability for the DABC agencies

G. Acupuncture Practice Fairness Act

H. Encouraging Utah workers and Utah firms to build the multi-billion-dollar expansion at the Salt Lake City Airport (SJR2)

I. Legislation to complete transition to the metro-townships

J. Scholarships for Public Safety Officers

K. Enhancement for a fire fighter retirement benefit (SB18)

L. Water companies giving notice of their responsibilities regarding lateral water lines (SB45)

*Other legislation in the mix—I will keep you posted!

Town Hall Meetings

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 Lake County Officials

Special Guests: Local Leaders

West Valley City Town Hall

West Valley City Hall Council Chambers
3600 Constitution Blvd
West Valley City, UT 84119
Thursday, February 23, 2017
7:00pm – 8:30pm

Guests: Senator Karen Mayne, Representative Karen Kwan, Representative Elizabeth Weight, West Valley City Representatives, West Valley City Mayor Ron Bigelow, Salt Lake County Elected officials

From My Desk

I will be sending out my newsletter on a weekly basis during session. If you have questions or concerns, please reach out to me! I look forward to starting session and working hard for my district. I was re-elected the Minority Caucus Whip for the upcoming session and will continue working with all to accomplish our goals.

Talking to educators in our community, and all over the state, one common thread is apparent–love of the children.

Teachers’ “drop out” rate is high. Students are opting not to follow the education path; the pay is too low, the responsibility and stress is too high.

Our teachers are called upon to be both teachers and surrogate mothers and fathers sometimes.

If you feel there is a problem in your child’s education needs, partner with your teacher and school for resolution. If you feel policies in our state need to change, be vocal and be involved.

If your teacher or school needs your time, step up. Do what you can to help.

And if you want to make a difference in a teacher’s life, send a note to the teacher saying “thank you for caring”, “thank you for choosing the greatest gift to humanity–the gift to educate.”

Thank you,
Karen

Comments, questions or concerns are welcome!
801-232-6648
801-968-7756

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 this bill in place.

Utah Student Privacy Act

SB102: This bill tightens the privacy of students K-12. Every student has a personal folder that is passed from teacher to teacher each year. Because personal information is often stored in these documents, SB102 will require schools to keep a strict list of people they will allow to see it. The risk of sensitive information leaking will diminish.

Joint Resolution Encouraging the Employment of Utah Workers for Airport Redevelopment Efforts

SJR2: It is important to me that we hire as many Utahns as possible to work on our local projects. This joint resolution will help us create more jobs for our citizens.

You can read my bills online here!

Hot Bills On the Hill:

SB16 Sales and Use Tax Exemption Changes

SB35 Veterans Tuition Gap Program Act Amendments

SB46 Medicaid Expansion Amendments

Zion Curtain Legislation

HB71 Hygiene Tax Act

HB76 End of Life Options

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

Monday, January 23, Women’s March at the State Capitol

Constituent Survey 

Take my new survey here!

Join me for my Town Hall meetings!

Get updates on the Legislative session, my bills, and pending Metro Township legislation.

KEARNS

WEST VALLEY CITY

Thank you,
Karen
801-232-6648
801-968-7756

My intern Michael Scott can be reached at:
mscott@le.utah.gov
(801) 870-0944