Today 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Last week, the 8th Annual Utah Fire Caucus event was held at the State Capitol. Former Representative Todd Kiser was honored for serving as a Fire Caucus Co-chair since 2008. Representative Larry Wiley presented him with his award.
A bill that would require minors using tanning beds to be accompanied by a parent moved a step closer to passage Tuesday despite threats from a Republican to change the measure when it has its final floor vote Wednesday.
Sen. Pat Jones, D-Holladay, proposed SB41 as a way to more tightly regulate tanning salons by requiring parents with minors to read about the health risks that come with a tanning session at a salon.
“If we do it for tattoos and we do it for body piercings, why shouldn’t we be doing this for tanning, which is much more dangerous than possible infections from body piercings and tattoos,” Jones said.
Swayed by evidence of the harms of indoor tanning and moving testimony from melanoma survivors, a Senate committee on Thursday endorsed a ban on underage tanning.
Sponsoring Sen. Pat Jones, D-Holladay, initially proposed prohibiting all minors from using commercial tanning beds, but retailored the ban to apply to those age 13 and under. Youths between the ages of 14 and 18 could tan, but only when accompanied by a parent.
The measure passed the Senate Health and Human Services Comittee 4-1, despite the reservations of regulation-averse Republicans.