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Utah Senate District 19

Members of the Utah State Senate serve four-year terms and are not subject to term limits. Half of the Senators are up for re-election every two years. Utah legislators assume office the first or second day of session (January). Utah's state senators represent an average of 95,306 residents.

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    Katy Owens

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The Utah constitution allows citizens to make laws through an initiative process. What is your opinion of the initiative process and would you change it, if you could?

What actions should Utah take to promote clean air and mitigate the effects of climate change?

According to the Kem Gardner Institute, projected population growth in Utah is an increase from 3 million (in 2015) to 5.8 million by 2065. Can we maintain the quality of life we value with this amount of growth — particularly on the Wasatch Front? What about water, transportation and schools?

Many Utahns go to work when sick, potentially exposing many other people to infections. This is because nationally, 40% of service jobs—retail sales, food service, child care, etc.) do not offer paid sick leave and almost 12% of Utahns lack health care insurance. How can this problem be addressed?

The Utah State Constitution reads, in part, "Both male and female citizens of this State shall enjoy equally all civil, political and religious rights and privileges." The Equal Rights Amendment to the Constitution of the United States reads, “Equality of rights under the law shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any State on account of sex.” Should Utah ratify the ERA which expresses the same view as the Utah Constitution? Explain your po-sition.

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Campaign Mailing Address 7980 Boothill Dr.
Park City, UT 84098
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Campaign Phone (435) 647-6051
Twitter @katyforutah
Current Employment Founder and Senior Policy Specialist at Democracy Research, LLC
Education MA in Political Science from the University of Colorado, Denver and BA in International Affairs from Lewis and Clark College.
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I support the initiative process and believe it is a necessary failsafe that allows voters to directly propose changes they’d like to see in our state, especially when the legislature has neglected to take action on an issue.
Market forces are already pushing us toward more renewable energy sources in Utah. We should encourage this transition and move away from fossil-fuel based heating and transportation.
We need to be intentional about planning for growth, which includes ensuring that new developments consider water resources, the influx of kids that need access to schools, and walkability.
The covid-19 pandemic has exposed inequities within our society, one of which is the lack of paid sick leave, especially among workers who are considered essential to keep our economy moving. This is something that can and should be addressed at the state level.
Yes. Utah women were the first in the nation to cast a vote in an election, and we should honor that legacy. Everyone should be equal under the law.