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Dear Friends and Neighbors,     

  

It’s hard to believe we’ve had our first interim meetings and are already preparing for the 2025 General Session! Time is flying by, but I am excited about the great things to come in Utah.   

  

During May interim meetings, I worked with my colleagues to consider many important topics and heard insightful updates on legislation. Interim is integral to the legislative process, and I was honored to be involved. 

  

Utah Continues to Rank #1: 

In the latest rankings from U.S. News and World Report, Utah has once again claimed the coveted title of the No. 1 best state overall, marking its second consecutive year at the top spot. This recognition not only validates what Utahns already know, which is our state's exceptional quality of life, but also shines a spotlight on our achievements for the world to see. 

  

The study examined over 70 indicators across eight categories: healthcare, education, economy, infrastructure, opportunity, fiscal stability, natural environment and crime and corrections. Notably, Utah has made significant strides, jumping from No. 5 to No. 2 in education and from No. 15 to No. 9 in crime and corrections. 

  

Utah's reign as the best state overall by U.S. News and World Report is just one in a series of recent triumphs. For a 17th consecutive year, our state has secured the top ranking for Economic Outlook in the prestigious "Rich States, Poor States: ALEC-Laffer State Economic Competitiveness Index." The Wall Street Journal also declared Salt Lake City to have the hottest job market of 2023. 

  

These accolades are a testament to the dedication, ingenuity and spirit of all Utahns. From our thriving economy to our breathtaking landscapes, Utah continues to stand out as a beacon of excellence. Let's celebrate our achievements and continue striving for even greater heights together. 


Fallen Officer 

Honoring our fallen officers is a solemn duty we undertake each May 15th, Peace Officers Memorial Day, during National Police Week. This day stands as a poignant reminder of the ultimate sacrifice made by those who bravely serve our communities. It is a time for citizens and law enforcement alike to gather, pay tribute and offer support. 

  

This year's commemoration, however, bore a heavy weight as we mourned the loss of Sergeant Bill Hooser of the Santaquin Police Department. Just days before Peace Officers Memorial Day, our state gathered to honor the life and sacrifice of Sgt. Hooser, who tragically lost his life in the line of duty on May 5th. His heroism will forever echo through his community and our state. 

  

Let us cherish the memory of Sgt. Hooser and all officers who have selflessly served, ensuring our safety and security. May their courage and sacrifice never be forgotten, and may we always recognize them as the heroes they are.


Confirmation of Utah’s Two Newest Judges  

It is the Senate’s great responsibility to provide advice and consent on various appointments made by the governor. During May interim, we met to confirm several appointments, including two new judges—Judge Richard Pehrson and Judge Richard Daynes—both for the 3rd District Court. These individuals have shown exceptional expertise and a strong dedication to public service. I am grateful for their willingness to serve our state in their new capacity. Watch their confirmations here.



Water Conservation Reminder  

As the days grow warmer and we begin turning on the sprinklers to water our lawns and gardens, I’m grateful for the precipitation we have received this winter and spring. Our reservoirs are currently 90% full – a 22% increase from this time last year. While this is great news for our state, we must stay vigilant with water conservation to prepare for dryer years.