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.
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.
Congratulations to Senator Ben McAdams who was named as one of the Democratic Legislators to Watch from around the nation by Governing Magazine. Continue reading
At Utah State University’s May 7, 2011, commencement, former Senator Mike Dmitrich received an Honorary Degree, Doctor of Laws, for his service to the State of Utah, and in particular, his dedication to higher education.
Senator Mike Dmitrich was elected to the Utah House of Representatives in 1968 at the age of 31, appointed to the Utah State Senate in 1991, and elected to the Senate in 1992. He served continuously in the House and Senate for 40 years, honorably representing Utah’s citizens in eastern and southern Utah. He served as both Senate Minority Leader (2001-2008) and House Minority Leader (1983-1990) during his legislative career.
During Senator Dmitrich’s 40-year career, he received many honors and awards. Among the most recent are the Utah State University 2009 Distinguished Service Award and the College of Eastern Utah 2008 Lifetime Achievement Award.
Congratulations, Doctor Dmitrich!
(Photos courtesy of MJ Gardner)
(from left) President Stan Albrecht, Mike Dmitrich, Bob Foley, Member of Board of Trustees, and Doug Foxley, Member of Board of Trustees
Today’s decision to hold off a vote on the override of HB 328 – State Government Work Week – was unprecedented and not in the best interests of the citizens of Utah. Governor Herbert vetoed this bill because switching back to a five-day workweek for state government will cost taxpayers nearly one million dollars per year. Continue reading
The members of the Utah Senate Democratic Caucus applaud the United States armed forces, the intelligence community and President Barack Obama on the successful operation that ended with the death of Osama bin Laden. The fact that this was carried out without any civilian or American casualties is a testament to the outstanding training and abilities of our armed forces. Continue reading
Accompanied by bill sponsor Senator Karen Mayne, Governor Gary Herbert ceremonially signed Senator Mayne’s recently passed legislation, SB 11–Worker Classification Coordinated Enforcement, SB 35–Construction Licensees Related Amendments, and SB 191–Workers’ 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.
Yesterday, Senator Luz Robles received the 2011 Par Excellence Award from the University of Utah Alumni Association. Senator Robles has a bachelor’s degree in business marketing and a master’s degree in public administration from the University. Only three years after completing her education, she was elected to the Utah State Senate, District One. She is currently vice president and Hispanic/Latino market manager at Zions Bank. Click here to read all about Senator Robles’ Par Excellence Award.
CONGRATULATIONS, SENATOR ROBLES!
We join with the rest of Utah in mourning the passing of Senator Dennis Stowell over the weekend. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family as they deal with the loss of their loved one. Continue reading