For Immediate Release
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Emily Bingham Hollingshead
Communications Director, Utah Senate Democrats
Bill establishing diversity training for new lawmakers goes to committee
Salt Lake City – A bill that establishes diversity and sensitivity training for newly elected lawmakers will be heard in a committee meeting today.
S.J.R. 24 Joint Rules on Legislator Orientation would require that training for new senators and representatives include instruction on demographics of Utah. The training would include statistical data on age, gender, race, religion, ethnicity, and socio-economic standing. It would also discuss respect and sensitivity for diverse groups in our state.
“As Utah continues to grow and become more diverse it is important to know who we represent as a state,” said bill sponsor Sen. Ross Romero (D-Salt Lake City). “Understanding our community’s potential, found in its diversity, will help us grow and prosper.”
The Senate Democratic Leader added that “it is important as we discuss our state’s diversity that we are inclusive and tolerant in our words and actions as representatives of our State.”
The bill will be heard by the Senate Government Operations and Political Subdivisions Standing Committee.
Who: Senator Ross Romero, presenting SJR 24
What: Senate Government Operations & Political Subdivisions Committee
When: Tuesday, February 28, 2012 at 4:00 pm
Where: 415 State Capitol, Utah State Capitol Complex
For more information or interview requests, please contact Emily Hollingshead at 435-590-9961.