Breast Cancer Screening Bill Passes the Utah Senate

From the Salt  Lake Tribune…
by David Montero

The Utah Senate on Tuesday passed a bill that would encourage medical providers to inform patients of the presence of dense breast tissue and recommend extra screenings to detect possible cancer growth.

Sen. Karen Mayne, D-West Valley City, introduced SB32 this week on the Senate floor and appeared to have total support as lawmaker after lawmaker delivered sometimes-emotional testimony about knowing people diagnosed with breast cancer.

“This will save thousands of lives,” Mayne said.

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Senator Mayne Wants to Crack Down on Graffiti

From the Deseret news:

SALT LAKE CITY — A white vinyl fence in Sen. Karen Mayne’s neighborhood is a frequent target of graffiti artists.

“I’m just tired of this. I’m tired of the naughty words. I’m tired of the swastikas,” Mayne said Monday during floor debate in the Utah Senate.

Mayne has introduced a bill, SB107, that would prohibit the possession of “any instrument, tool or device that is commonly used to make graffiti with the intent to deface the property of another.” Violators could be charged with a class C misdemeanor.

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Utah Democrats Standing Up For Women’s Health



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Emily Bingham Hollingshead
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Dense Breast Tissue Awareness Bill Passes Senate Committee Unanimously

SALT LAKE CITY – Utah State Senators gave a nod to Senator Karen Mayne’s Breast Cancer Awareness bill today.   The bill passed unanimously out of the Senate Health and Human Services committee this afternoon.

SB31 would recommend that patients who have received a mammogram be notified as to whether or not they have dense breast tissue.  In some cases, dense breast tissue makes it more difficult to diagnose breast cancer through a mammogram .   “The bill simply gives women more information about our own health.  Knowledge is power.  This arms us with  knowledge about our bodies and gives us tools to properly deal with our personal medical issues,” Senator Mayne testified.

Committee members Senator Luz Robles-D, Salt Lake City,  and Senator Pat Jones-D, Salt Lake City, expressed concern that women are not already receiving this information, and encouraged the medical community to give as much education to women as possible regarding the issue.  “Please take this to all of Utah’s doctors an make sure that women are aware, so that they can get proper information regarding their health,” said Senator Jones.

“Women are smart,” said Senator Mayne. “If you give us the knowledge, we will know what to do to take care of ourselves.  But first, we need the information.”

The bill now goes to the Senate floor for debate.

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Senator Karen Mayne’s Bill Would Save Lives



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Emily Bingham Hollingshead
Communications Director, Utah Senate Democrats
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Senator Karen Mayne working to save women’s lives

SALT LAKE CITY – Senator Karen Mayne-D, West Valley City, is sponsoring a bill that will aid in the fight against breast cancer.  Senate Bill 31 would require doctors to notify a woman if she has dense breast tissue if it has been discovered in a mammogram.   When a woman has dense breast tissue it may be difficult to detect if breast cancer is present.   The bill would simply require that the patient be notified that she has dense breast tissue, along with a recommendation  to consult with her doctor for more information.

“This bill will save lives,” she says. “It’s about arming women with knowledge. Knowledge is power.”

The bill will be heard in the Senate Health and Human Services Committee today, January 25,  at 2:00pm  in Room 250 of the Utah State Capitol.

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Senator Karen Mayne: Bill would ban local governments from meeting during caucuses

From the Salt Lake Tribune
by Pamela Manson

Two state legislators say they plan to introduce a bill that would ban local government groups — from city and county councils to school boards — from meeting when major political parties are holding their neighborhood caucuses.

The goal is to reduce scheduling conflicts and increase attendance at the caucus meetings, where attendees vote for county and state delegates. The delegates then attend state and county conventions, where they choose their party’s candidates for every office that is up for election in November.

The sponsors of the measure, Rep. Kraig Powell, R-Heber City, and Sen. Karen Mayne, D-West Valley City, said the legislation would be the first to amend the state Open and Public Meetings Act to specify when public bodies would not be allowed to meet.

The candidates chosen by the caucus-convention process win the November election in Utah “in virtually all cases,” according to a statement from Powell and Mayne.

“Whether you are Democrat, Republican, unaffiliated or anything else, I believe it is your patriotic duty in this state to at least be at your neighborhood caucus for one night every two years,” Mayne said.

Powell told The Salt Lake Tribune that caucuses are for everyone, not just party activists. He said “unaffiliated” is the most popular choice when voters register and that those Utahns are not attending the meetings.

“They can and should still participate in the neighborhood caucus,” Powell said. “I believe Utah’s caucus day is the real election day.”

The bill, titled Utah’s Real-Election-Day Education for Neighborhood Caucuses Act, also would require the lieutenant governor to publicize the date and time of the neighborhood caucuses. This year, the Democrats are holding their caucus meetings on March 13 and the Republicans on March 15.

Other parties will announce their caucus dates individually.

In West Valley City, Mayor Mike Winder has proposed that the City Council pass a resolution saying West Valley will not hold council, committee or other meetings on the nights that political parties hold their caucuses.

The resolution also would call on other governments, religious organizations, businesses and community groups to adjust their schedules to avoid conflicting with the caucuses.

The proposed West Valley resolution is scheduled for a vote at the council regular meeting on Tuesday. The proposed bill is slated to be introduced at the opening of next week’s legislative session.



Senator Karen Mayne’s bill to target graffiti suspects

From KSL…

by Paul Nelson

SALT LAKE CITY — Today is the first day of the 2012 legislative session. One of the bills being proposed this year would give officers and prosecutors more options to go after people suspected of tagging graffiti.

“It’s just something that we don’t want in our community, we don’t want in our neighborhoods and we don’t want in our state,” said Sen. Karen Mayne, who is sponsoring Senate Bill 107.

Mayne says police officers don’t have any truly meaningful ways to go after people they suspect of tagging. Under SB 107, graffiti would be at least a class B misdemeanor. The charges could be more serious depending on how much damage is done.

The measure also would make it a class B misdemeanor to possess items used to make graffiti, if officers and prosecutors thought the suspect intended to use them that way.

“When you’re out at 2:00 in the morning with a spray can, a ladder and brushes, you’re not painting my neighbor’s garage,” Mayne observed.

Mayne says paints used by taggers are more damaging to walls and fences than in years past.

“They’re costing people so much money to fix their fences, and now [with] this corrosive stuff that [taggers] can put on fences, they will have to replace the fence,” Mayne said.

She says the proposal has received a lot of support from law enforcement agencies all over the state.





“Women of Distinction” Award for Senator Mayne

Senator Karen Mayne received the “Women of Distinction” Award from the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation.  This fine group helps adults and children cope with chronic disease.  The group helps fund a camp for children with colon issues where they can be comfortable with kids who are experiencing the same health challenges.  It’s a wonderful group of caring individuals, and Senator Mayne wishes them great success. 

Congratulations, Karen!

Sen. Mayne’s Worker Classification Bills

Senator Karen Mayne’s landmark legislation, Senate Bill 35, was featured this week in news reports by KSL Television and the Deseret News. Click here for KSL’s report and interview with Senator Mayne and here for the Deseret News article.

Senate Bill 35, along with its companion bills, SB 11 and SB 191, closed a loophole that allowed companies to designate workers as “owners,” thereby avoiding paying taxes and other employee-related costs. Senator Mayne’s legislation insures the protection of workers’ rights.

Senator Mayne predicts her landmark legislation will serve as a model for other states. She has already been contacted by lawmakers in Hawaii, Colorado, and Illinois who are interested in sponsoring similar legislation for their states.

Click here for archived post of bill signings.

Sen. Mayne Recognized for Community Service

Last week the city of Taylorsville, Utah, celebrated its annual Taylorsville Dayzz, a fun gathering for West Side residents with entertainment, a carnival and rides, fireworks, exhibits, food, etc.   Senator Karen Mayne was one of the major sponsors of the event.  

Last Saturday, Senator Mayne was the commencement speaker for graduation ceremonies at Granite Peaks Lifelong Learning.  Granite Peaks is an integral part of Granite School District, offering community education, adult education, and independent study.  Much to Senator Mayne’s surprise, she was given the Dr. Joseph E. Allen Community Service Award.  It is awarded to individuals who support and promote community education and lifelong learning.
Congratulations, Senator Mayne, for these acknowledgments of your outstanding community service.

Senator Mayne–Signing of Worker Classification Bills

Accompanied by bill sponsor Senator Karen Mayne, Governor Gary Herbert ceremonially signed Senator Mayne’s recently passed legislation, SB 11Worker Classification Coordinated Enforcement, SB 35Construction Licensees Related Amendments, and SB 191Workers’ Compensation Coverage Waivers.  These three companion bills closed a loophole that allowed some companies to designate workers as “owners,” thereby avoiding paying taxes and other employee-related costs.  Senator Mayne engaged numerous government agencies, business entities, and individuals in this effort, garnering their assistance and support.  Our community is well served by legislators such as Senator Mayne.