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Significant Session Dates


Current Legislative Happenings

What education measures will the legislature study over the next few months? – May 18
During its first meeting of 2022, the Education Interim Committee approved items it will be considering between now and the ...
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NEA Rankings and Estimates: Utah teacher salaries are on the rise
Utah had the nation’s third highest percentage growth in average teacher salaries and the seventh highest percentage growth in overall ...
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Answers to questions about HB396: Paid Professional Hours for Educators
During the 2022 General Legislative Session, the UEA was instrumental in creating and passing a law (House Bill 396) that ...
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UEA asks governor to veto voucher expansion bill
The UEA officially asked Governor Spencer Cox to veto a bill that would expand private school vouchers. Senate Bill 62 ...
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Links and Resources

Policy Ambassador Messages

Participants in the UEA Policy Ambassador program are trained in the legislative process, provided opportunities to engage with their legislators and invited share their experiences with other UEA members. Below are recent posts from the educators selected as UEA Policy Ambassadors. Read more about 2022 Policy Ambassadors and view all posts.

Band Together to Create Real Change – Legislative post by UEA Policy Ambassador Shelly DeWitt
Legislative report submitted by UEA Policy Ambassador Shelly DeWitt, school psychologist in the Tooele County School District I participated in ...
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Seeking Solidarity, and Finding It – Legislative post by UEA Ambassador Rebecca Packard
Legislative report submitted by UEA Advanced Policy Ambassador Rebecca Packard, aspiring educator When a UEA representative spoke in the Secondary ...
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What My Dues Do – Legislative post by UEA Advanced Policy Ambassador Sarah Nichols
Legislative report submitted by UEA Advanced Policy Ambassador Sarah Nichols, National Board Certified special education teacher at Highland High School ...
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Legislative Activities

UEA Legislative Activities

Teachers’ voices are critical to the policymaking process. Whether you are a casual observer or a diehard political junkie, the Utah Education Association wants to keep members informed on education issues. There are plenty of opportunities to stay informed and for your voice to be heard. UEA communications during the Utah Legislative session typically has the following main elements:

UEA ‘Under the Dome’

Read daily updates from the UEA Legislative Team, follow the progress of education-related bills and view comprehensive legislative resources at UEA Under the Dome. This site is updated regularly with news and links to relevant information. The UEA President and other members of the UEA Legislative Team also provide regular updates on activities and their commentary on happenings during the session.

Weekly Briefing

The UEA Legislative Team conducts a UEA Capitol Insights Zoom briefing each week during the legislative session. You’ll hear the latest updates on important education issues and have the chance to ask questions of the UEA Legislative Team. The final 2022 briefing was held on February 24.

  • The UEA Legislative Team will hold a session re-cap for all UEA members on Thursday, March 17 at 4:30 p.m. CLICK HERE TO REGISTER (NOTE: If you already signed up for the UEA Capitol Insights weekly Zoom briefings, you do not need to re-register.)

Email Updates

Registered UEA activits receive email updates sent daily during Legislative Session. Use the form below and click “Submit” to be a UEA activists and receive the UEA Capitol Insights e-newsletter.

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Live Video Updates

Watch for regular Facebook Live updates from your UEA Legislative Team at the Capitol. Follow the UEA on Facebook at facebook.com/UtahEducationAssociation.

‘Why Educators Lobby’ Video

Wondering why UEA encourages educators to get involved in the legislative session in the first place? Hear Utah legislators and fellow teachers explain how policy and budget decisions are made, how these decisions impact educators and why educators should get involved.

Lobbying Training Videos

Watch UEA videos on effective lobbying during the 2022 Legislative Session.

UEA Policy Ambassadors

A team of UEA Policy Ambassadors represent teachers and provide commentary during each Legislative Session (view posts and more about UEA UEA Policy Ambassadors).

UEA Action Bulletin

The UEA will provide legislative email updates on important breaking news through the UEA Action Bulletin e-newsletter.

‘UEA Action’ Member Newsletters

A summary of current happenings is shared with all members in each monthly issue of the UEA Action e-newsletter during the Legislative session. A summary of UEA activities and results from the Utah Legislative session is included in the April print issue of the UEA Action Digest delivered to all members.

Questions?

Please feel free to reach out to any member of the UEA Legislative Team if you have any questions.

Educator Day on the Hill

About UEA Educator Day on the Hill

Legislators often say, “I know what UEA thinks, but I want to hear from a real teacher.” UEA Educator Day on the Hill is an opportunity to introduce yourself to your representatives, meet and share information and concerns and gain knowledge of the legislative/political process.

Additional Educator Day on the Hill resources:

2022 UEA Educator Day on the Hill details

  • Attendance at 2022 UEA Educator Day on the Hill was limited due to COVID-19 precautions and Capitol construction. The final 2022 UEA Educator Day on the Hill event was held Friday, February 25.

Typical Educator Day on the Hill activities:

  • Meet at 7 a.m. on Capitol Hill in the Aspen Room, located in the Senate Building (350 N. State Street).
  • The UEA Legislative Team will brief attendees on education bills and the public education budget.
  • Attend a committee meeting or watch floor debates to see policymaking in action.
  • The Team will assist you in contacting legislators from your legislative districts.
  • Educator Day on the Hill attendees reconvene at noon in the Aspen Room to “de-brief” the morning’s activities. Lunch is provided.
  • EDOH-Plus, providing additional legislative training for first-time Educator Day on the Hll attendees, is available the Thursday evening prior to each event. Reimbursement for travel expenses may be available. Please contact your local leader and/or UniServ director if you are interested.

UEA Legislative Team

Whether we like it or not, what happens on Utah’s Capitol Hill impacts what we do in the classroom. That’s why your UEA Legislative Team works with Utah legislators and policymakers to support our teachers and promote the UEA Legislative Platform as determined by Utah educators at the UEA House of Delegates.

Your UEA Legislative Team Members

Heidi Matthews, UEA President
Tel: 801-266-4461, ext. 102
heidi@myUEA.org

Renee Pinkney, UEA Vice President
Tel: 801-266-4461, ext. 105
renee@myUEA.org

Jennifer Boehme, UEA Executive Director
Tel: 801-266-4461, ext. 104
jennifer.boehme@myUEA.org

Jay Blain, UEA Director of Policy and Research
Cell: 801-641-5297
jay.blain@myUEA.org

Chase Clyde, UEA Director of Government Relations and Political Action
Cell: 435-260-9760
chase.clyde@myUEA.org

Sara Jones, Ph.D., UEA Director of Educational Excellence and Government Relations
Cell: 801-558-5500
sara.jones@myUEA.org

Mike Kelley, UEA Director of Communications
Cell: 801-699-1452
mike.kelley@myUEA.org

Legislative Voting Records

Each year, the Utah Education Association tracks numerous bills during the legislative session. The UEA then reviews the voting records of legislators and highlights selected bills voted on in the Legislature that would have significant impact on public education, the education profession and the UEA. It is important to note that a voting record is but one of several indicators used to evaluate legislators. It does not explain the reasons a legislator voted a certain way on a bill, and in some cases the final percentage might not accurately reflect a legislator’s overall support for public education.

From bills affecting funding for public education, educator professionalism and grading schools to parent rights, technology and school board elections, lawmakers consider a wide variety of education-related measures during their 45-day session. In addition to using “final floor votes” on most bills, the UEA analysis includes committee votes and votes on important amendments. Often times these votes provide a more critical, or accurate, indication of a legislator’s support. The UEA encourages you to contact your legislators directly to ask them to explain their votes. Contact information for your legislators is available from the Utah Legislature look-up page.

 

Previous Utah State Legislative Voting Records

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