As ladies proceed to face a disproportionate effect of the COVID-19 economic downturn
, The Salt Lake Tribune sent a survey earlier this month to each of Utah’s 104 state lawmakers
, asking: What are you doing to assist ladies because the Beehive State appears to be like to efficiently emerge from the coronavirus pandemic?
Legislators got every week to reply, and The Tribune heard again from 24 lawmakers, which is roughly 1 / 4 of whole members. Sixteen Democrats and eight Republicans, or 14 ladies and 10 males, stuffed out the survey.
In case your consultant or senator isn’t included on this checklist, it means that they had not responded as of Thursday afternoon. The Tribune will proceed to replace this reporting on-line.
With every week left within the basic session, here’s what the 24 lawmakers mentioned they’ve been engaged on. Their solutions have been condensed and edited for readability.
Rep. Cheryl Acton, R-West Jordan:
, which places a cap on telephone charges from county jails. “I’ve talked to many wives and moms of inmates who can barely afford to speak with their spouses/youngsters,” she mentioned.
“That invoice is controversial however necessary to preserving ladies’s sports activities, which have made large advances over my lifetime,” in accordance with Acton.
Rep. Stewart Barlow, R-Fruit Heights: “
I’m the Home sponsor for SB41
… that goals to enhance psychological well being entry by telehealth providers,” he mentioned.
Rep. Homosexual Lynn Bennion, D-Cottonwood Heights:
, which addresses how a lot discover an proprietor should give earlier than coming into a renter’s residence. “A lot of the tales coming to me are from ladies who haven’t felt protected of their flats on account of upkeep, restore employees or landlords coming into with out discover,” she mentioned.
Bennion mentioned she is concentrated on housing and homelessness. “I’m involved that top prices of housing are a unfavorable affect on all of us, however particularly lower-income people and households.”
Rep. Joel Briscoe, D-Salt Lake Metropolis: “As a member of the housing affordability fee, I assist the request … to acceptable $15 million to the Olene Walker Housing Belief Fund for inexpensive housing.”
Rep. Clare Collard, D-Magna:
, which might incrementally raise the minimum wage in Utah to $15 by 2026
. Briscoe additionally mentioned he helps this.
Collard additionally sponsored HB351
, which offers paid depart for state workers after the delivery or adoption of a kid.
Rep. Jennifer Dailey-Provost, D-Salt Lake Metropolis:
, which will increase broadband infrastructure, digital entry and digital fairness. It will “guarantee higher remote employment opportunities for women
who usually should additionally steadiness working from residence throughout the pandemic, mixed with supporting online learning for their children
,” she mentioned.
Sen. Luz Escamilla, D-Salt Lake Metropolis:
“I’m working laws and (an) appropriations request to deal with among the gaps and points that immediately affect ladies. As co-chair of the Women in the Economy Commission
, I’m working yr spherical on points that affect ladies and the financial system,” she mentioned.
Rep. Craig Corridor, R-West Valley Metropolis:
“I proceed to assist and advocate for insurance policies and payments that enhance alternatives for ladies, together with equal pay, elevated political, training and employment alternatives, and elevated inexpensive youngster care. One of many payments I’m most pleased with through the years is allowing campaign contributions to be used for child care
whereas a politician is campaigning.”
Rep. Suzanne Harrison, D-Draper:
“Little one care is more and more unavailable and unaffordable for households. … I’m a co-sponsor of legislation to expand eligibility of child care assistance
from the state. … Final session, I sponsored two bills to encourage businesses to help pay for the costs of child care for employees
. These payments confronted vital opposition all through the method regardless of having assist from … the enterprise group. I additionally advocate for elevated assist for our public colleges and inexpensive healthcare, that are crucial for the success of girls.”
She additionally ran SB64
, which will increase the penalty for repeat home violence offenders, and SB163
, which might share campus crime data with students in an easily accessible way
And Iwamoto has labored with “my colleagues of coloration in ensuring there was testing availability, funding and different wants” met for communities disproportionately affected by COVID-19.
Rep. Marsha Judkins, R-Provo:
, which would require landlords to identify all fees renters would be responsible for before they sign their lease
. “I really feel that this invoice will lead to extra steady housing, which is essential for job retention for ladies and higher academic outcomes for youngsters,” she mentioned.
“A excessive precedence of mine this session has been elevating salaries for [Division of Child and Family Services] caseworkers, nearly all of that are ladies. Ladies are capable of keep within the workforce if their wages are enough to assist themselves and their households. For many state workers, especially in social services, this is unfortunately not the case
. The lengthy hours that they put in for pay that falls under the poverty line pushes loads of ladies out of this job,” she added.
Rep. Brian King, D-Salt Lake Metropolis:
, which requires a background examine for firearm gross sales. “By conducting background checks on all firearms transfers, we will maintain weapons out of the fingers of those that shouldn’t have them, like home abusers,” and King mentioned this is able to “relieve the burden presently being felt by ladies in abusive conditions, and might save lives not simply of abuse victims, however of all Utahns.”
“One other invoice that I hope will positively have an effect on each ladies and ladies shifting ahead is HB93
,” he mentioned, which “would streamline and strengthen the state’s youth suicide prevention applications in public colleges.”
“A restoration that doesn’t equally assist ladies is not any restoration in any respect,” he mentioned. “… I’ll proceed to push for entry to inexpensive youngster care, sources for reproductive well being and financial improvement initiatives that elevate ladies and LGBTQ+ group.”
Rep. Rosemary Lesser, D-Ogden: She helps payments elevating the minimal wage and rising youngster care eligibility.
“As quickly because the legislative session ends, I’ll resume my position as a volunteer with Medical Reserve Corps giving vaccines in Weber County. Profitable emergence from this pandemic would require the hassle of all of us on many ranges,” she mentioned.
Rep. Ashlee Matthews, D-West Jordan:
, which continues the expanded entry to youngster care subsidies that Utah carried out final yr with federal emergency aid cash. A number of lawmakers who responded to the survey mentioned they’re co-sponsors and assist this invoice.
Rep. Candice Pierucci, R-Herriman:
, which offers home violence and lethality evaluation coaching for regulation enforcement officers.
“With colleges being closed, and victims staying residence with their abuser, it’s tougher for them to get the assistance and sources they want,” she mentioned. Ladies are additionally out of labor at larger charges than males, which she mentioned “speaks to the significance of kid care alternatives and financial restoration.”
Sen. Kathleen Riebe, D-Cottonwood Heights:
, which might have Utah ratify the Equal Rights Amendment
Riebe can also be “lifting and supporting any laws that highlights the plight of girls,” and she or he is “bearing witness to the struggles of the feminine academics … to navigate and juggle a push to get again at school, but keep protected and mitigate daycare wants.”
Rep. Carol Spackman Moss, D-Holladay: “Whereas I don’t have laws that particularly addresses ladies, my employees and I’ve helped ladies with points associated to eviction, unemployment, rental help and job loss.”
Rep. Jeff Stenquist, R-Draper:
, which addresses funding for an training marketing campaign in regards to the risks of consuming whereas pregnant.
Rep. Andrew Stoddard, D-Sandy:
“My background is in prison justice, so I attempt to focus closely on home violence and sexual assault coverage. I’ve tried to increase protections for victims
, which is very necessary this yr since domestic violence rates have gone up
and resources have been harder to come by
. I even have supported payments coping with small companies and youngster care as a result of ladies and minority-owned, small companies have been tougher hit.”
Rep. Raymond Ward, R-Bountiful:
, which he mentioned makes “a tiny change to the state’s abortion legal guidelines by letting ladies view the abortion info module on the Utah Division of Well being’s web site earlier than a face-to-face go to, slightly than having to go to a clinic first.
He additionally sponsored HB363
, which might “be sure that ladies who’re on Medicaid throughout their pregnancies don’t lose protection within the postpartum interval,” when a mother may be dealing with mental health issues
, he mentioned.
Rep. Elizabeth Weight, D-West Valley Metropolis: “I’m serving to increase consciousness of assorted conditions which have uniquely impacted and proceed to affect ladies throughout the pandemic, whilst it’s coming into the vaccination section. Ladies in my neighborhood have been primarily answerable for quite a few nuclear and prolonged household wants, in addition to assist to spouses by the occasions of both or each of them working from residence. Even conversations have helped different ladies and me understand and perceive the ‘important’ nature of so many roles sometimes stuffed by ladies.”
Rep. Mark Wheatley, D-Murray: “I’ll once more draft laws to deal with equal pay for equal work.”
Rep. Mike Winder, R-West Valley Metropolis:
, which provides minority illustration to the Intergenerational Poverty Advisory Committee. “A number of the ladies hardest hit from the pandemic have been ladies of coloration,” he mentioned.
Becky Jacobs is a Report for America corps member and writes in regards to the standing of girls in Utah for The Salt Lake Tribune. Your donation to match our RFA grant helps maintain her writing tales like this one; please think about making a tax-deductible present of any quantity at this time by clicking here.