For the past two years, Karen has served as a member of Senate leadership. Serving on the powerful Executive Appropriations Committee funding prioritized programs, balancing the budget, and reduced 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 of passing legislation during her three years as your Senator. Not many legislators Republicans or Democrats can be that successful.
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.
Serving and fighting for Salt Lake’s West Side
Karen is 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.
Karen sponsored and passed with the support of health insurance companies SB 39 requiring email notification to you when your health procedure has been pre-authorized – and then the insurance company cannot refuse to pay the bill.
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 protecting the West Side education funding interests as East Side County residents try to split our local school districts.
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