Senate Journal: Day 2 – January 24th, 2017

Senate Journal: Day 2 – January 24th, 2017

Senate Journal: Day 2 – January 24th, 2017 In Summation Committee meetings and karaoke. Happy Pre-Birthday to Senator Hillyard’s son Matt. The annual karaoke party brings legislator, lobbyist, staff, and strangers alike together for some fun and reminds us that

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Senate Journal: Day 1 – January 23th, 2017

Senate Journal: Day 1 – January 23th, 2017

Welcome to the 2017 General Session of the Utah Legislature Despite being just the first day of the session we have already surpassed the record for amount of bills filed by a long shot and may end up with around

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President Niederhauser’s Opening Remarks

President Niederhauser’s Opening Remarks

President Niederhauser’s Opening Remarks President Niederhauser opened the 2017 Legislative session by calling for a rebalance of power between the State and Federal Governments and celebrating Utah’s participation and leadership in women’s suffrage. Below is the text his speech: “For the

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Leadership Statement on Bears Ears National Monument

Leadership Statement on Bears Ears National Monument

(Image: Bears Ears buttes by Tim Peterson) FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE December 28, 2016 CONTACT: Bryan Smith Utah State Senate 801-708-5121 bsmith@le.utah.gov UTAH SENATE MAJORITY LEADERSHIP STATEMENT ON BEARS EARS NATIONAL MONUMENT DESIGNATION SALT LAKE CITY – Today, Utah State Senate

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Meet Our New Executive Appropriations Chair

Meet Our New Executive Appropriations Chair

  Meet Our New Executive Appropriations Chair November brought a lot of changes to the Utah State Senate. The elections gave us a few new senators, and leadership gave us new committee chairmanships. One of the biggest changes in committee

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Congratulations Jonathan Ball

Congratulations Jonathan Ball

Congratulations to Jonathan Ball! Budgeteer: Someone who budgets (Seriously, this is a real word).  The definition seems simple enough but, when you’re working with a $15 Billion budget that must balance out every year, things get a little more complicated.

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Senate Chairmanships Announced

Senate Chairmanships Announced

Senate Chairmanships Announced Every two years, after leadership elections, the Senate President makes committee assignments and selects Chairs for each Standing Committee and Appropriation Subcommittee. Each Senator typically serves on two Standing Committees and one Appropriation Subcommittee. Here are the

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Special Session Info

Special Session Info

Update: The 4th Special Session of the 61st Legislature has concluded its business! HB 4001 Solid Waste Amendments passed in the House on a vote of 68-0-7 and in the Senate on a vote of 23-0-6. HB 4002 Class B

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Senate Leadership Elections Results

Senate Leadership Elections Results

Senate Leadership Election Results Tonight the Senate Majority Caucus voted to keep the same leadership team for the next two years. Here are the details: President: Wayne Niederhauser Majority Leader: Ralph Okerlund Majority Whip: Stuart Adams Assistant Majority Whip: Pete

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October Confirmations

October Confirmations

October Confirmations The Senate confirmed the following appointments on October 19th, 2016: Alcoholic Beverage Control Commission Olivia Vela Agraz is reappointed as a member of the Alcoholic Beverage Control Commission, a term to expire July 1, 2020. See Utah Code

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The Utah Senate Honors Kent Hart

The Utah Senate Honors Kent Hart

The Utah Senate Honors Kent Hart   In July of this year, the state of Utah lost a valued member of its legal community. Kent Hart fell to his death while vacationing in Norway with his sons and new wife.

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A Warm Welcome to Senator Don Ipson

A Warm Welcome to Senator Don Ipson

A Warm Welcome to Senator Don Ipson The winds of change blew through the Senate Chambers today as Don Ipson was sworn in as the newest senator in the Utah State Senate. Senator Ipson served in the Utah State House

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A Fond Farewell to Senator Urquhart

A Fond Farewell to Senator Urquhart

A Fond Farewell to Senator Urquhart The Utah State Legislature is a better place because of the 16 years of service given by Senator Steve Urquhart. He has fought tirelessly for equality, higher education and justice issues. Unfortunately, all good

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Welcome Senator Hemmert

We Welcome Dan Hemmert, his wife Natalie, and their family to the Utah Senate This afternoon, newly-appointed state senator Dan Hemmert took his oath of office and begun his work representing the people of District 14. Here is the press

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Project Discus

Project Discus

Project Discus is good for the future of Utah Project Discus is hailed by some, hated by others, and misunderstood by many. As negotiations are potentially beginning again, several of our Senators have weighed in on this opportunity. The Deseret

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New Heart Study Helps Our Own

New Heart Study Helps Our Own

New Heart Study Helps Our Own During the 2014 Legislative General Session, Senate Majority Leader Ralph Okerlund, gave everyone a scare and collapsed due to heart failure.

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Reclassification of Marijuana

Reclassification of Marijuana

Reclassification of Marijuana You may remember that Senator Brian Shiozawa sponsored a resolution this past General Session that urges Congress and the federal government to reclassify marijuana in order to expedite the level of research being conducted. That resolution was

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State Sovereignty Threatened by Federal Lands

State Sovereignty Threatened by Federal Lands

State Sovereignty Threatened by Federal Lands By Senator David Hinkins   Did you know that 66% of our land here in Utah is under federal control? Federal agencies, that are not held accountable to the local voter, determine how our

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July 2016 Special Session: The Details

July 2016 Special Session: The Details

July 2016 Special Session: The Details Update: The July 2016 Special Session has concluded! All of the bills passed with the exception of HB 3005 Grandparent Rights Amendments. That bill failed in the House with a vote of 27-40-8. To

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Public Lands Chairs Address Billing Questions

Public Lands Chairs Address Billing Questions

Public Lands Chairs Address Billing Questions   Utah’s Commission for the Stewardship of Public Lands is working to reclaim our public lands. As a part of this effort, the Commission has hired attorneys to investigate the legal feasibility of managing

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Goodbye Senator Jackson, we wish you the best

Goodbye Senator Jackson, we wish you the best

Goodbye Senator Jackson – we wish you the best Today, Utah Senator Al Jackson resigned.  He will move back to the east coast to stay close to work and family.  Here’s the press release. FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE July 1, 2016

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June Senate Confirmations

On June 15th, 2016, the Senate confirmed the following appointments made by Governor Gary Herbert.   Indigent Defense Commission Walter F. Bugden is appointed as the practicing criminal defense attorney recommended by the Utah Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers on

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Know Before You Fly: New Drone Rules

Know Before You Fly: New Drone Rules

Know Before You Fly: New Drone Rules   With fire season upon us, Senator Wayne Harper called a press conference to announce the new drone rules as well as to highlight the Know Before You Fly website.

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A word about the Utah State Developmental Center and its future

A word about the Utah State Developmental Center and its future

A word about the Utah State Developmental Center and its future By Margaret Dayton Utah State Senator Originally Posted in the always-informative Policy Buzz on UtahPolicy.com   Last Thursday evening, Representative Mike Kennedy, Representative Kay Christofferson, and I had a

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Keeping Up: Dual Immersion

Keeping Up: Dual Immersion

Keeping Up: Dual Immersion Our Dual Language Immersion Program here in Utah has been a smashing success.

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Utah Senate Seeking Public Comment on Judicial Nominees

Utah Senate Seeking Public Comment on Judicial Nominees

UTAH SENATE SEEKS PUBLIC COMMENT ON COURT NOMINEES The Utah Senate Judicial Confirmation Committee  is seeking public comment on the following judicial nominees:

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DOJ Overreach? Legislature to Research Gender Identity Issues

DOJ Overreach? Legislature to Research Gender Identity Issues

  DOJ Overreach? Legislature to Research Gender Identity Issues Yesterday, the Legislative Management Committee asked the Education Interim Committee to study the DOJ directive that local schools change their processes to accommodate gender identity issues.

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“Dooda” to the Bears Ears National Monument Proposal

“Dooda” to the Bears Ears National Monument Proposal

Dooda to the Bears Ears National Monument By David Hinkins Utah State Senator, District 27 Dooda is the Diné (Navajo) word for no.

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FORBES Offers Praise for Utah’s UPSTART Program

FORBES Offers Praise for Utah’s UPSTART Program

FORBES Offers Praise for Utah’s UPSTART Program   Senator Stuart Adams shared this email with his colleagues, with an eye toward the vote next Wednesday. We thought you might appreciate it too. From: Stuart Adams Sent: Tuesday, May 10, 2016 1:17 PM Subject: Forbes

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On the Passing of Senator Bennett

On the Passing of Senator Bennett

Last night, Utah State Senate President Wayne Niederhauser issued the following statement on the passing of former United States Senator Robert F. Bennett: Bob Bennett was a dignified patriot. He cared deeply for this country and for years offered his

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