Consider this your invitation to join us in the policy making process.

Welcome to the fourth incarnation of The Senate Site, an ongoing experiment to see if we can add something meaningful to the way people understand and participate in our little mountain republic.

Feeling nostalgic about the old sites? They are preserved herehere, and here, like Jurassic mosquitoes dunked in amber.

The site is hosted by the Utah Senate Majority, but we’ve invited all of our colleagues to participate. You can too. If you would like to write a guest blog, please drop us a line.

Keep in mind

  • One person’s blog entry is just that; it doesn’t imply endorsement by anyone else.
  • If you think an idea is bad, chances are others do too. Most bad bills die. Watch for it.
  • The political parties of the state have their own points of view and their own websites. Don’t mistake us for them.
  • Respectful, informed discussion leads to better perspective. Better perspective leads to better laws.
  • We want to hear from you.  Please share your thoughts with us and share this site with your friends.
  • We hope you enjoy the time you spend here, and..

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Everything you need to know about the Utah Legislature

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Senate Basics

The Utah Constitution assigns legislative power to a part-time citizen legislature that meets each year, beginning on the fourth Monday in January and ending in mid-March. When the legislative session adjourns, senators return to their homes, families, and regular occupation, to live under the laws they created.

To become a Utah State Senator you must be citizen of the United States, a resident of the state of Utah for three years, at least 25 years old, a resident of the district from which you are elected for six months, and be a qualified voter in that district.

Senators are elected to four-year terms, with roughly half the senate standing for election every two years.

Senate Background

The Utah Senate currently consists of twenty-four men and five women. Occupations include attorneys, businessmen, businesswomen, bankers, educators, an engineer, CPAs, homemakers, a pharmacist, a nurse, a doctor, a dentist, an orthodontist, an art-dealer and former university president. Seven of the 29 senators served in the House of Representatives prior to being elected to the Senate.

The political makeup of the Utah State Senate is about 80 percent Republican and 20 percent Democrat.

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