2016 Interim

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 Learn more
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 Learn more
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. Learn more
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 Learn more
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 Learn more
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. Learn more
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 Learn more
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 Learn more
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 Learn more

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 Learn more
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. Learn more
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. Learn more
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. Learn more
“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. Learn more
May 2016 Special Session: The Details

May 2016 Special Session: The Details

May 2016 Special Session: The Details Learn more