By Jon Greiner
Utah State Senator, District 18
Following in the footsteps of Senators Bell
, I wanted to preview a few of my bills this year.Public Safety Survivor Benefit
(SB 39): This bill is personal for me because a friend and fellow officer, Cecil Gurr, was shot and killed in 2001 while in the line of duty. I felt it disingenuous not to increase the retirement benefit for a surviving spouse of a retired public safety officer from 65 percent to 75 percent, matching other state retirement provisions.Scrap Metal Transactions
(SB 44): This bill defines transactions between the public, and scrap metal dealers. I want to help protect homebuilders and homeowners by addressing the increasing problem of stealing strip metal from construction sites and selling the metal to scrap dealers.Search and Seizure of Parolees
(SB 123): I am sponsoring this bill because I believe ANY law enforcement officer should be able search a current parolee, not just parole officers. This bill piggy-backs the recent Sampson vs. California U. S. Supreme Court decision.
Please take a moment and share your thoughts about these bills, and any advice you may have for me as a new legislator (but spare me all the wisecracks about the Hatch Act. Believe me, I've heard them!). Thanks.