Alzheimer’s State Plan Task Force

Senator Karen Morgan is featured on The Tribune’s front page today.  Senator Morgan passed SB 48, Alzheimer’s State Plan Task Force, which creates a 20-member task force to examine how Utah will manage soaring costs related to the epidemic rise in Alzheimer’s disease. 

“I have called it a health care crisis,” said Senator Morgan.  “For me, the #1 thing to do is to educate the public and then figure out what to do to delay the onset of the disease.  We are going to see a trememdous increase in the prevalence of this disease.”

Thanks to Senator Morgan for addressing the health care needs of our state.

Congratulations, Cougars

This week marked the end of a spectacular season for BYU basketball.  Although some members of our caucus graduated from a different school and cheer for a different team, we would all like to congratulate the BYU basketball team on making it to the Sweet 16 in the NCAA tournament for the first time in 30 years. Kudos to the team for their best performance in three decades, and thanks for showcasing the state of Utah in such an admirable fashion.

A Time To Say “Thank You”

by Sen. Ross Romero, Senate Minority Leader

Thank you to the legislative staff members who spent countless hours researching legislation, writing bills, preparing the budget and making sure all of the behind the scenes work got done.  A special thank you to Janeen Halverson, Minority Executive Assistant, who is a great help to our caucus. Continue reading

Taylor Maryon Leads the Pledge

Today’s Senate floor time began with Taylor Maryon leading the Senate body in the pledge of allegiance.  Taylor is a veteran of the United States Coast Guard and currently serves as Senator Ben McAdams’ intern.

Taylor enlisted in the United States Coast Guard seven weeks before September 11, 2001.  During his two enlistments, he performed counter narcotics operations in Central & South America, piloted Search and Rescue lifeboats on Lake Superior, and led a domestic antiterrorism team in the Port of Houston.  Taylor achieved the rank of Boatswain’s Mate First Class (E-6).  Recently, Taylor was appointed Chairman of the Salt Lake County Veterans caucus.

Taylor Maryon, intern for Senator Ben McAdams

Thanks, Taylor, for your service to our country and to the Utah State Senate.

Women Working in Nontraditional Roles

It began with Rosie the Riveter, stated Senator Karen Mayne, as she introduced a number of women on the Senate floor who have chosen nontraditional occupations as a way to meet the challenge of supporting themselves and their families.  Rosie (We Can Do It!) is a cultural icon representing American women who worked in manufacturing plants during World War II.  These women sometimes took entirely new jobs, replacing the male workers who were serving in the military.

Utah Women in Trades (Wow--that reflector tape really works!)

Senator Mayne introduced Katie Leslie, who chose the Sheet Metal program at Ogden-Weber Tech College because there was a waiting list for Cosmetology.  She flew through the program, and with her hands-on experience, entered the apprenticeship program with the layout sheet metal fitting skills of a journeyman.  Katie landed a job with Mechanical Service & Systems, Inc., where she has worked for six years.

Isabell Navarro was devastated when her job at La-Z-Boy would no longer exist.  She scoured through dozens of college materials, and the Heavy Equipment Operator Program at Bridgerland ATC struck an exciting chord with her.  Now, Isabell is the first female heavy equipment operator hired at Nish Rock in Garland, Utah.

Jessee Yesenia, a struggling single mom and former waitress who needed a steady income to support her family, joined the JATC Laborers Apprenticeship program.  Jessee was able to go to school and get paid at the same time learning the flagging trade, making the same money as her coworkers who are men.

Concetta Defa has been an electrician for 15 years.  Concetta’s father passed away when she was 17 years old, and her mother struggled financially to support the family.  When Concetta became an electrician, she was able to help her mother in a way that she couldn’t help herself. 

Everyone’s story is different, but in the end, women are all looking for the same thing–security.  Women can create their own security for themselves and their families.

Read more about women in construction trades in an article by Peg McEntee in The Salt Lake Tribune.