• Bryan Schott Interview

    The Role of Women in Politics

  • Open Utah

    We’ve Launched a New Transparency Data Site!

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  • Tax Payer Score Card

    Utah Taxpayer’s Association 2015 Legislative Scorecards

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    The Sutherland Institute’s 2015 Legislative Scorecard

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    With Nebo School District Students

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    Catherine Havens from Payson, Recipient of the Comcast “Leaders and Achievers” award

Legislative Wrap-up, Summer Edition

The period between legislative sessions is the time we get to dig deep into important issues. One topic that has always concerned me is our state’s heavy reliance on federal money. After months of work, the Federal Funds Commission is nearly ready to unveil a fully customizable tool that policymakers can use to analyze risks, costs, and mitigation strategies in order to make better-informed financial and policy decisions for our state. It is super cool.

View highlights from the June Interim meeting here.

Henderson Children: Brooklyn, Jimmy, and Sydney hold pictures of their great-grandfather in front of the B-17 Sentimental Journey

B-17 Sentimental Journey 

Last month, I witnessed a B-17 land at the Heber airport. This historic WWII bomber is one of only ten still in operation. The experience was incredible. My grandfather, Mahlon Ellingford, flew one of these B-17s during WWII. He was stationed in Sudbury, England in the 486th Bomb Group, and piloted thirty-five missions over northern occupied France and Germany, including the Ardennes during the Battle of the Bulge.

The sight of this massive bomber gracefully touching ground was a vivid reminder of the heavy price of freedom. I am grateful to my grandfather, and to all the men and women who serve and sacrifice on our behalf. America is still the land of the free because of them.



B-17 bomber on tour to preserve piece of WWII history stops in Heber City (Fox 13)

WWII-era B-17 bomber lands in Utah (Deseret News)

2015 Legislative Wrap-Up

First of all, I offer my sincere gratitude for allowing me the opportunity to represent you in the Utah State Senate. Serving in the legislature is one of the greatest honors of my life. It’s a responsibility I take very seriously. Out of the thousands of votes I take, I will inevitably cast some with […]


Legislative Wrap-up Week 5

The Utah Senate debated several weighty issues last week, from Medicaid expansion (“Healthy Utah”) to an increase in the gas tax. As you may have heard, the Senate voted 17 to 11 to pass the Governor’s Medicaid Expansion two-year pilot program. Although I appreciate the Governor for negotiating with the federal government and doing his […]


Legislative Wrap-up Week 3

Week 3 of the Legislative Session The session is now halfway over, but we still have a lot of work to do. Appropriations subcommittees have finished compiling their budget recommendations. Now the Executive Appropriations Committee will review and refine the final spending bills. Passing a balanced budget is not only mandated by our state constitution—it’s […]


Town Hall Meeting

Please Join Me for a Senate District 7 Town Hall Meeting Date:           Friday, January 23, 2015 Time:         7:00 pm Location:  Nebo School District Office — 350 South Main, Spanish Fork, UT Topic:       2015 Legislative Session  


Town Hall Meeting

Please Join Me for a Senate District 7 Town Hall Meeting Date:           Saturday, March 15, 2014 Time:         9:00 am Location:  Nebo School District Office — 350 South Main, Spanish Fork, UT Topic:         2014 Utah State Legislative Session Wrap Up


Legislative Wrap Up Week 5

Week 5 Legislative Wrap-up Another busy week has come and gone. All but two of my bills are out of committee now. The remaining two bills will either be heard this coming week or be left for another year. Update on my Bills Bills that have passed the Senate and House: SB 125 – Retired Volunteer […]


Legislative Wrap Up Week 4

Last week was short, due to Washington and Lincoln Day, but busy. We had the honor of hearing from Sen. Mike Lee on Wednesday, Rep. Jim Matheson on Thursday and Rep. Rob Bishop on Friday. The hot topic last week was SB54—a response to Count My Vote, whose organizers assert that increased voter participation is […]


Ghost Students

Last week, the Utah State Office of Education released an internal audit of distance-learning programs in several charter schools and one district school. The results are alarming. In a nutshell, a handful of Local Education Agencies (a charter school or school districts) have contracted with two particular private companies for “distance-learning” services. These contractors use […]


Legislative Wrap-Up Week Two

Legislative Wrap-up Week 2 February 3-7, 2014 Last week wrapped up our committee work on the base budgets.  Each one passed out of both the House and Senate. If you’re interested in a little light reading, you can view all of the base budget bills here. Now that those are complete we’ve begun working on […]