Statement from Utah Senator Aaron Osmond on withdrawing from UCAT presidential appointment [UPH Wire]

*FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE* November 23, 2015 *STATEMENT FROM UTAH STATE SENATOR AARON OSMOND ON WITHDRAWING FROM UCAT PRESIDENTIAL APPOINTMENT* SALT LAKE CITY – Today, Utah State Senator Aaron Osmond (R-South Jordan) withdrew his name from consideration for President of the Utah College of Applied Technology, and issued the following statement. “After careful consideration of a counter-offer from my current employer, I have made the difficult decision to withdraw my name from the confirmation process for President of the Utah College of Applied Technology (UCAT). This decision does not come as…

HB277: Well-Intentioned, but Troubling

One of the near-certainties of the legislative process is that you’re likely to get laws that have the best of intentions with poor execution. When “it’s for the children” is one of the primary selling points, those odds would make a Vegas bookie very nervous. It looks a lot like HB277 is one of those bills. It intends to remove the statute of limitations on civil actions for child sexual abuse. These are certainly terrible crimes, but this change is very likely to punish more innocent people than guilty ones. We…

General Session Update from Senator Aaron Osmond, Week 2 – February 1st to February 7th, 2015

Dear Friends and Neighbors, As the 2nd week of the session has completed I feel we are off to a solid start, but there is still a lot to be done. Even though we have a very short session in comparison to other states, as a representative of our great state of Utah, I am proud that we are able to fully utilize this short time to pass the most impactful and important legislation needed in our state, and nothing more. There were many important issues that were discussed in…

When to Write a Bill and When Not To: Or is the Utah Legislature Going to the Dogs?

This past week Utah State Senator Aaron Osmond made news with the announcement that he would be carrying a bill in the Utah Legislature to designate the golden retriever as Utah’s ‘official state domestic animal’.  The idea for the bill came from a fourth grade elementary school class in his district. I love experiential learning.  It is essential for Utah students to not just learn about our system of government, but they should also experience it.  But even with that belief, do I support the bill? No. I understand the temptation…

Say What?! Utah Politicos in Quotes and Week in Review | Nov 17 – Nov 23

This week’s collection of interesting quotes from Utah politicos, Utah politics and beyond, ranging from the thought provoking to the jaw dropping, from the dead serious to the just plain hilarious. Did we miss any? Send them to us at UtahPoliticoHub@gmail.com, and we’ll consider them for next week’s edition. Reason #59 for Passing Legislation It’s just really a fun project to partner with these kids to teach them about the legislative process. — Senator Aaron Osmond, on his proposal to declare the golden retriever dog breed as the official “state domestic…

Book Review & More: “Free To Learn” by Peter Gray [Utah Political Summary]

For the vast majority of the first 60 years of their lives, nearly every person in the United States is intimately involved in our country’s public education system. You enter when you’re 5 years old (or sooner, in some places) and leave when your 18. If you become a teacher or administrator, you re-enter a scant 4 years later to remain for, potentially, the next 40 years. If you do not become a teacher or administrator, you likely reengage after a 5-15 year hiatus, when your children enter the system…