Senator Escamilla Shares Thoughts on Prison Relocation to SLC

Media Statement

Senator Escamilla

For Immediate Release

Contact: Lisa Beaudry, Communications Director
Utah Senate Democrats
801-427-2232 |

Senator Luz Escamilla
Cell: 801-550-6434

Sad Day for Salt Lake City, its Residents and its Leaders

Salt Lake City –Senator Luz Escamilla voices overwhelming frustration with
location announcement by the Prison Relocation Commission and issues the
following statement:
“I am truly disappointed with the news that the Prison Relocation
Commission has selected Salt Lake City as the site for the building of the
new state prison,” exclaims Senator Escamilla. “The residents and leaders
of Salt Lake City have been loud and clear when opposing this possible
west side relocation site.”

“I feel a big mistake is being made to build a state prison in this
limited available space area when we should be developing this area for
economic development purposes. The west side of Salt Lake City has been a
helpful and responsible neighbor and stepped up to house the only State
Parole Violator Center (The Fortitude Treatment Center) and several
halfway houses. Instead of this area being asked to bear the
disproportionate burden of having these types of facilities in their
community, the only fair choice would be that the rest of the state share
this responsibility.”

“I believe this matter is not finished, and I am hopeful members of the
state legislature will consider the importance of a more appropriate
relocation site for the state prison than the west sideof Salt Lake City.
I will be sure to remind them that this vote is a vote on the site and
location, not on prison reform or our state’s criminal justice reform.”


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.


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 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

Senator Mayne releases “Your One-Stop Resource Guide After a Layoff”

Senator Karen Mayne and community partners including, Department of Workforce Services (DWS), United Way and 211, Utah Labor Commission, Organized Labor and Rio Tinto, among others, have developed “Your One-Stop Resource Guide After a Layoff” to assist employers or employees who face decisions around changes in the work force.  A press conference will be held tomorrow, May 22, 2013, to announce it’s release.  Details are below.  Click here for complete press release.

Resource Guide for Layoffs To Be Released

State Senator Karen Mayne, DWS to introduce program focused on resources

11 a.m. Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Department of Workforce Services, Administration Building
140 East 300 South, Salt Lake City, UT

Senator Karen Mayne
Jon Pierpont, Utah Department of Workforce Services Executive Director











Democratic Caucuses to Hold Press Briefing


For more information, contact:

Emily Bingham Hollingshead
Communications Director, Utah Senate Democrats
Ph: 435.590.9961

Eric Ethington
Communications Coordinator, Utah House Democrats
Ph: 801.647.8609

Utah House & Senate Democratic Leadership to hold mid-session press briefing today

Salt Lake City – Members of  House and Senate Democratic Leadership Team will hold a press briefing today, Thursday, February 16, 2012 at 12:15 pm to discuss the 2012 session and answer questions regarding pending legislation and budget proposals before both bodies.

Senator Ross Romero, Democratic Leader in the Utah Senate
Senator Karen Morgan, Democratic Whip in the Utah Senate
Senator Pat Jones, Democratic Assistant Whip in the Utah Senate
Senator Ben McAdams, Democratic Caucus Manager

Representative David Litvack, Democratic Leader in the Utah House
Representative Jennifer Seelig, Democratic Whip in the Utah House
Representative Brian King, Democratic Assistant Whip in the Utah House
Representative Christine Watkins, Democratic Caucus Manager

What: Discussion on pending legislation and budget proposals
Where: Old Supreme Court Chambers of the Utah State Capitol
When: Thursday, February 16, 2012, 12:15pm – 12:25pm



Dems forum cheers overhaul of health care

From the Salt Lake Tribune
by Pamela Manson

State Sen. Gene Davis, D-Salt Lake City, said the Affordable Care Act requires that 80 percent of premiums must be used for health care. Utah already has an exchange for small businesses and should take the next step, he said.

“I really believe the state of Utah needs to take the lead in creating our own exchange for individuals,” rather than waiting for the federal government to do it, Davis said.

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Lawmakers scrap effort to ban anti-gay discrimination

From the Salt Lake Tribune
by Rosemary Winters

Despite strong support in public polls and endorsements from prominent business leaders, lawmakers on Friday snuffed out a statewide effort to ban discrimination against gay and transgender Utahns.

In a 4-2 vote, a Senate committee shelved SB51 after a 90-minute public hearing with a standing-room-only crowd.

Sen. Ben McAdams, the bill’s sponsor and a Salt Lake City Democrat, said he was disappointed the bill failed but called the hearing a “valuable discussion” and a “huge milestone.” This is the fifth year that Democrats have run such a bill but the first year to get a Senate hearing.

This year, the Salt Lake Chamber and executives from, 1-800-Contacts and eBay have endorsed the measure, saying it would enhance Utah’s reputation as a welcoming place to do business. Nearly three-fourths of Utahns support such a law, according to a recent poll by Dan Jones & Associates.

Already, 14 Utah cities and counties have ordinances that ban housing and employment discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity. McAdams said adding those categories to Utah’s existing anti-discrimination laws, which protect individuals from bias based on race, religion, disability and other characteristics, would make the law consistent statewide.

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