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2022 Session – Week 1

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Updated: Feb 28, 2022

Last week was the beginning of Utah's legislative session, which will go for 45 days. For the next two months, my fellow senators and I will gather to create new laws and establish budgets for essential programs and services. During the first day of the 2022 General Session, we were honored to have Elder Gerrit W. Gong, a member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, offer the opening invocation. Following the prayer, the Utah Highway Patrol Officer's Color Guard presented the colors, and Jennie Taylor — widow of the former Mayor of Ogden, Maj. Brent Taylor — led the pledge of allegiance. We also heard a powerful rendition of the national anthem by Kaylee Bucio, a 5th grader from Riverside Elementary School.



I am filled with gratitude for and pride in our great state and county. Utah has a strong reputation of excellence, and I am proud to represent a state with so much talent, leadership and success. I am also extremely grateful for each of you and look forward to representing you and our community throughout the remainder of this session.


Last week I met with members of the Vernal Youth City Council. It was a great event where members of the Vernal Youth City Council (and other Youth City Councils) got to meet with legislators and local leaders.



President Adam's Opening Remarks

During the first Senate floor session, President Adams spoke on Utah's resilience and progress in 2021. He recognized the struggles Utahns faced during the pandemic and thanked Utah Highway Patrol officers, healthcare workers and teachers for their continued sacrifice and service. Utah faced 2021 with durability and strength while maintaining a strong economy, a low unemployment rate and unbreakable community ties. President Adams also gifted a special coin to each senator with an engraving of Benjamin Franklin as a reminder of his influential leadership. I join President Adams in celebrating our great progress and potential as a state and thank each of you for your contribution to our success.


Intern

Savannah Olsen is my intern this session. She is from Rochester, MN and is currently in her junior year at BYU studying political science. Savannah plans to go to law school after she graduates. She is "super excited" about this internship and "loves working with Senator Winterton." Learning more about the legislative process is fascinating to Savannah and she is very grateful for this opportunity.

Celebrating Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

In 1991, Gov. Norm Bangerter established the Martin Luther King Jr. Human Rights Commission. In 2019, the Utah Legislature codified the commission into state statute. Every year, the commission coordinates with governments, private organizations and schools to encourage ceremonies and activities which commemorate Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. This week, people across the state celebrated Dr. King's legacy with rallies, v