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Week 1 - Laying the Foundation

Week 1 has been both busy and productive for the Senate Democrats. On Wednesday evening, Senate Minority Leader Gene Davis joined House Minority Leader Brian S. King to lay out the Democratic vision for this legislative Session. The Democrats laid out four key priorities for this session:

Protecting Hard Working Utah Families by:

  • Providing Living Wages

  • Providing Paid Parental Leave for State Employees

  • Providing Equal Pay for Equal Work

Addressing Health and Public Safety by:

  • Supporting Full Medicaid Expansion

  • Addressing Homelessness/Affordable Housing

  • Protecting Vulnerable Women and Children

  • Expanding Domestic Violence Protections

  • Acting to improve Air Quality

  • Addressing Distracted Driving

Working to improve Education by:

  • Using Utah's Budget Surplus to Increase Per Pupil Funding Across the Board

Encouraging Responsive Governance by:

  • Recognizing that the Unprecedented Number of Voter Initiatives is an Indication that Voters Feel Unrepresented by the Legislature

See the full Democratic Response below:

Also this week:

Senator Karen Mayne moved several pieces of legislation, including a remarkable six bills through committees in one day, each with unanimous votes!

Senator Luz Escamilla was hard at work addressing funding for some of the most critical needs in our state on the Social Services Appropriations Subcommittee.

Senator Jani Iwamoto added to the perfect record for Senate Democrats this week with no less than three bills passing out of committees with unanimous votes.

Senator Jim Dabakis' Concurrent Resolution SCR3 - Concurrent Resolution on the Importance of Civil Liberties for Students passed the Senate with a unanimous vote and will be sent to the House for consideration.

We'll be back at it next week with several bills moving from committees to the Senate floor along with several new bills waiting to be introduced. Check back here often to see what is happening throughout the remainder of the session!

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