Senator Mayne Kicks Off Utah Safety Week 2015

Against a construction site background for today’s press conference, Senator Karen Mayne kicked off Utah Safety Week, a week of celebration and support to continue Utah’s emphasis on job safety for our workers.   “Our companies, our Legislature, and our Governor came together to promote workplace safety to make it possible for our workers to go to work in the morning and go home whole,” remarked Senator Mayne today at the press conference.  Events are planned for the entire week, culminating with Utah Safety Council’s 2nd Annual Night Out with the Salt Lake Bees.

Workers Compensation Fund sponsored an essay contest and awarded scholarships to the following winning students.

Jordan Miles
Caleb Curtis
Aleisha Keller

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Senate Honors Terry Schow

The Utah State Senate paused briefly today to honor Terry Schow, who recently retired as Director of the Utah Division of Veterans Affairs.  Director Schow served with distinction on behalf of Utah’s veterans.  The Utah Legislature presented Mr. Schow with an Official Citation recognizing his 35 years of service to the State of Utah, to all branches of the United States military, and especially to the veterans of this State.


Tribute to Senator Jones from Utah Policy

Jones 2013Today Utah Policy’s Bob Bernick paid tribute to Senator Patricia Jones, who will be retiring from legislative service at the end of 2014.  Bob Bernick is a long-time Deseret News government reporter and political editor.  He writes fondly of working for decades with Senator Jones as a pollster and lawmaker and her husband Dan Jones as a pollster and University of Utah political science professor.  Together they built the highly respected polling firm of Dan Jones & Associates.

Mr. Bernick compliments Senator Jones on her outstanding professional career and public service.  Read Bob Bernick’s Notebook:  Ch-Ch-Ch-Changes.

Congratulations, Senator Jones.


Senator Mayne and Colleagues Visit Utah High Schools

Mayne 2013At the invitation of Senator Karen Mayne, several legislators, Granite School District officials, and a UEA representative visited Granger and Kearns High Schools today.   The objective of today’s visit was to observe the learning environment in these schools, identify areas for improvement, and work on solutions.

Those in attendance today were Senator Mayne, Senator Gene Davis, Senator Howard Stephenson, Senator Aaron Osmond, Representative Greg Hughes, Granite School District Superintendent Martin Bates, Granite School District Assistant Superintendent Mike Fraser, and UEA representative Kory Holdaway.

Channel 13 and Channel 2 reported details.  Legislators, school officials, and students were interviewed.

Award of Excellence for Senator Mayne

Award of Excellence 2013Senator Karen Mayne received the 2013 Award of Excellence In Workplace Safety and Health, in recognition of her exceptional contribution to improving the safety and health of Utah workers.  The award was presented to her by the Rocky Mountain Center for Occupational and Environmental Health, University of Utah School of Medicine.

Congratulations Senator Mayne!


Senator Patricia Jones – Eleanor Roosevelt Award Recipient

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State Senator Patricia Jones has been chosen by the Utah State Democratic Party as this year’s recipient of the Eleanor Roosevelt Award.  Senator Jones will be recognized at a luncheon October 8, 2013.

Senator Jones exemplifies the high standards and compassionate philosophy of First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt.  As a legislator, Senator Jones is committed to quality public education, adequate and available healthcare, and a strong Utah business community.  She is a role model for all women in our state.

Congratulations, Senator Jones!

Senator Mayne Supports Workplace Safety Week

“It’s Utah’s first Workplace Safety Week, and it kicked off Monday at one of the largest active construction sites in Salt Lake City.  Lt. Gov. Greg Bell and Utah Senator Karen Mayne, D-District 5, were at the University of Utah’s Ambulatory Care Project to promote safer workplaces.”

More information and photos at:

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Workplace Safety Week, June 23-29, 2013

by Senator Karen Mayne
Senate Minority Whip

During the recently completed General Legislative Session of the Utah Legislature, the House of Representatives and the Senate passed SCR 9, Concurrent Resolution Designating a Week to Recognize Workplace SafetyToday, Governor Herbert hosted a ceremonial bill signing of SCR9 and also SCR2, Concurrent Resolution Recognizing Workers Compensation Fund for Workplace Safety.

The week of June 23-29, 2013, will be Workplace Safety Week in the State of Utah.

Working together to make a safe environment for all is our goal.  The cost of an accident, whether financial, emotional, and/or physical, is an injury to all citizens of Utah.  Workplace Safety Week is an added push to enhance safety in the workplace.  Our slogan and goal is to have No Workplace Accidents June 23-29.  A week with NO accidents–a dream come true!

Safety campaigns, media events, and outreach programs are being planned for Workplace Safety Week to inform the public and raise awareness of workplace safety.  We all need to embrace the Culture of Safety in the State of Utah.







Senator Mayne announces release of One-stop Resource Guide

Mayne 2013Yesterday, Senator Karen Mayne announced the release of Your One-Stop Resource Guide After a Layoff.  Senator Mayne developed the Guide in cooperation with the Utah Department of Workforce Services, the Utah Labor Commission, United Way of Salt Lake, Organized Labor, and Rio Tinto.  The Guide provides valuable information about resources available to individuals who have been laid off such as managing finances, securing new employment, family counseling, etc.  Read about it here.  The guide is available at all Workforce Service job centers in the state and also online at