For Immediate Release: January 29, 2016
Contact: Elizabeth Converse, Communications Director
Utah House Democratic Caucus
Democratic Legislators Attempt to Halt Transfer of Rehabilitation Office
Salt Lake City – Democratic Members of the Social Services Appropriations Subcommittee attempted to halt the transfer of the Utah Office or Rehabilitation from the State Office of Education to the Department of Workforce Services, citing concerns of funding and of clients of the Office. The recommendation for the move passed the subcommittee and a final vote will be by members of the Executive Appropriations Committee.
Senator Luz Escamilla stated,“We thank our Republican colleagues who heard the voices of USOR clients and supported our motion to establish USOR as a stand-alone agency, but I am disappointed by the action of the Social Services appropriations subcommittee. The Utah State Office of Rehabilitation provides critical services to people with disabilities and making this agency a stand-alone would increase visibility, transparency, accountability and importance of its services. The decision was made without the cost analysis necessary to make this type of decision. I hope the legislature listens to the community impacted by this decisions.”
A more in-depth explanation, with further comments from other members of the committee is available at