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During the 2016 General Session, Senator Karen Mayne passed SB57, a groundbreaking piece of legislation that laid the groundwork for the Governor of the state of Utah to call upon United States Postal Service employees to assist rescue and aid efforts in the aftermath of a major declared disaster. Several other states are now considering similar measures. This is a win-win situation for both states and the USPS. It enlists letter carriers, the people who know neighborhoods perhaps better than anyone else, to help in disaster response. I also expands the role of the USPS towards more universal operations, helping stabilize the organization.
Today, Senator Mayne introduced SB65, another piece of legislation that will increase cooperation between the state of Utah and the USPS. SB65 will authorize state agencies to provide select services through rural post offices. These post offices would be able to provide state services such as public high speed Wi-Fi access; fishing, hunting, and trapping permits; online access to make appointments or exchange documents with the Department of Workforce Service and Department of Motor Vehicles, and more.
Senator Mayne has worked closely with the Governor’s Office of Economic Development, our Congressional delegation, labor leaders in Utah and Washington, and her colleagues in the Senate to draft a bill with bipartisan support. As with SB57, SB65 is likely to be a model for states across the nation.