Dear Friends and Neighbors,
We finished our legislative session and are now in what is called interim, a time for senators to study bills, work on possible legislation for next year’s session and listen to constituents and state agencies on suggested policy improvements. During interim, legislators meet once a month for committee meetings where Utahns are welcome to comment on issues, voice concerns or advocate for change. Learn more about interim committees here. To view all the bills passed during the 2021 session, click here.
I’m excited about the roll-out of the COVID-19 vaccines, it seems the process has been smooth and efficient. So far, over 1 million Utahns have received at least one vaccine dose, with more getting vaccinated each day.
Interior Secretary Deb Haaland visits Utah
Interior Secretary Deb Haaland recently toured Southern Utah and met with Governor Cox, members of Utah’s federal delegation and tribal leaders to discuss national monuments in our state. The subject of federal land management has always been a point of contention in Utah as U.S. Presidents have made unilateral decisions to create national monuments with little to no input from local stakeholders. As a state leader, I want to see a permanent legislative solution to set boundaries for Bears Ears and Grand Staircase-Escalante national monuments, with protections to prevent further mistreatment under the Antiquities Act for the State of Utah.
Governor Cox recently wrote an op-ed highlighting the issue. Read his thoughts here.
Utah’s Economy Ranked #1
U.S. News & World Report released its annual state rankings and while Utah’s economy has always fared well, this year our state leads the nation. Read more about the rankings here.
Lt. Gov. Deidre Henderson announced the launch of her returnship initiative designed to provide workforce opportunities in Utah. A returnship, which is similar to an internship, focuses on people re-entering the workforce. Read more here.
Rapid Antigen Testing
The Utah Department of Health (UDOH) continues to offer free rapid antigen testing at many locations throughout the state. Find a location near you here.
In the News:
I Look Forward to Hearing From You!
I'll try to continually keep you informed about my work on the Hill – likewise, please keep in touch – I’d love to hear your insights and opinions.
I can be reached by email at firstname.lastname@example.org. You’re also welcome to join me at the Capitol and if you’d like to meet with me in person outside of interim or the legislative session, you can reach Jason Gould at email@example.com. He’ll help us get in touch.
I’m truly grateful for the opportunity you’ve given me to serve in this capacity. We live in a unique and special place. Thank you for all you do to make Utah the best state in the nation – and thanks for paying attention.
Until next time,
Senator Dan McCay
Utah Senate District 11