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:

Karen-Workplace Safety WeekKaren and Lt. Gov. Bell

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.







2013 Intern Appreciation Day!

Thank you to our awesome Utah Senate Democrats‘ interns!
• Senator Davis’ Interns: Elizabeth Stubbs & Vic Ardiano
• Senator Mayne’s Intern: Keegan Rank
• Senator Jones’ Intern: Taylor Bouchard
• Senator Robles’ Intern: Mario Organista
• Senator Dabakis’ Intern: Ben Ader

Read personal messages from the senators to their interns on Facebook.

Photo by Flawur Media

Utah Senate Democrats Lunch Winners

We were excited to host our first Utah Senate Democrats Lunch Winners on March 1 at the Capitol. We were thrilled both parties were represented!

More than 100 people entered the contest via social media within three weeks. We had a great conversation with the winners over chicken mole enchiladas and chiles rellenos catered by Rico Foods. We discussed education, health care and our own families, among other topics.

The winners were:
• Carlos Vasques of Fruit Heights, Davis County.
• Sarah Al-Obaydi of Salt Lake City.
• Jahn Curran of Salt Lake City, Rose Park.
• Michael Christensen of West Valley City.
• Julie Dole of West Jordan and Salt Lake County Republican Party Chair.

Senator Mayne Promotes Workplace Safety Week in June in Utah

Senator Karen Mayne held a press conference on February 28 to address legislation in regards to workplace safety, including a measure that designates June 23-29, 2013, as Workplace Safety Week in Utah.

Senator Mayne continues to push workplace safety legislation each year. She is working with several companies, agencies and organizations to create legislation to promote safety in the workplace.

Here are some of her proposals for the 2013 Legislative Session:
Concurrent Resolution Designating a Week to Recognize Workplace Safety, SCR9:
Designates June 23-29, 2013, as Workplace Safety Week in Utah. This resolution is to encourage Utahns to participate in activities that recognize the importance of safety in the workplace, on the road and when using public transportation.
Concurrent Resolution Recognizing Workers’ Compensation Fund for Workplace Safety, SCR2: Recognizes the Workers Compensation Fund and its role in promoting workplace safety and helping injured workers.
Substitute Joint Resolution Concerning Railroad and Railroad Crossing Safety, SJR8: Encourages Utah Driver License Division to include testing and education on safe motor vehicle operation in and around rail lines and railroad crossings.
2012 Legislative Session
Transportation Safety Revisions, SB195: Made laws regarding railroad crossing and automobile traffic uniform.

Supporters of legislation:
• Union Pacific Railway
• Railway Users
• Associated General Contractors
• Home Builders Association
• Associated Building Contractors
• Utah Trucking Association
• Utah Mining Association
• Utah Petroleum Association
• Utah Department of Transportation
• Unified Police
• Retailers Association

Read press release here.

Educator Dr. Dan Jones honored Today in Senate Chamber

Utah legendary political science professor and political pollster Dan Jones was honored  today in the Senate by his wife Senator Patricia Jones via an Official Citation.  Dr. Dan Jones retired in 2012 after an illustrious 52-year career of teaching at various educational institutions in the state of Utah, culminating with 34 years at the University of Utah.  Thousands of individuals across the state of Utah and throughout the nation, including prominent political and business leaders, fondly trace their zeal for the American political system back to their Political Science class with Dr. Dan Jones.  Many close family members were in attendance today.



HCR4-Thanks for Helping Combat Wildfires during 2012

Senator Karen Mayne is the Senate sponsor of HCR4, Concurrent Resolution on Utah Wildfires, a resolution of the Legislature and Governor expressing appreciation to the many dedicated individuals from state, federal, and local agencies, and volunteers, for helping combat the state’s many wildfires during the 2012 wildland fire season.  Senator Mayne presented HCR4 on the Senate floor today, and she recognized firefighters from throughout the state of Utah, the Bureau of Land Management, and the U. S. Forest Service who were in attendance.

The 2012 wildland fire season was the busiest we have seen in several years.  In terms of numbers of fires, it was the busiest on record.  Lower than average snow back, along with a dry spring, resulted in unseasonably early fire conditions.  By the time the official fire season started, Utah was experiencing the driest May and June in 30 years.  An unprecedented number of large fires occurred during a two-week period during this time.  Utah averaged a large fire every other day during this period.  A number of records were set this season.  The number of fires was the most on record (1,528 fires) and the number of acres burned (413,626 acres) was well above the ten-year average.  There was a record number of large fires, and a higher than average number of those fires occurred on state and private lands.  (Source Utah Department of Natural Resources)

Senator Mayne recognizes SLCC Culinary Students


Today Senator Karen Mayne recognized students and faculty from Salt Lake Community College’s Culinary Arts Program.  For more than 25 years, the Culinary Arts Program at SLCC has been preparing students for careers as chefs or food and beverage supervisors in a wide range of industries.

For the past three years, through a strong and unique partnership between the SLCC Culinary Institute and the Capitol Preservation Board, these students have been preparing and serving food on Capitol Hill.  They handle the catering for many of the meals served across the Capitol complex, both during the legislative session and throughout the year.

These students are working to earn an Associates Degree in Culinary Arts.  As part of their requirements to graduate, students must have 1,500 hours of on-the-job training in addition to their two years of classroom instruction.  Working on Capitol Hill provides these students with the opportunity to earn 1,000 of those required hours.

During the legislative session, the students will prepare and serve more than 30,000 meals utilizing 2,100 pounds of tater tots, 1,500 pounds of chicken, 500 pounds of cheese, 450 pizzas, and 60 gallons of fry sauce.

Thank you SLCC culinary students and good luck in your future careers!