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S.J.R. 11






Sponsor: Lyle W. Hillyard

             7      LONG TITLE
             8      General Description:
             9          This joint resolution of the Legislature honors O. William Asplund, Assistant Director
             10      in the Office of Legislative Research and General Counsel, for his service to the state of
             11      Utah.
             12      Highlighted Provisions:
             13          This resolution:
             14          .    honors O. William Asplund for his 28 years of service to the Utah Legislature; and
             15          .    recognizes O. William Asplund upon his retirement from the Office of Legislative
             16      Research and General Counsel and for his years of service as Assistant Director in
             17      that office.
             18      Special Clauses:
             19          None
             21      Be it resolved by the Legislature of the state of Utah:
             22          WHEREAS, O. William "Bill" Asplund was born April 29, 1939 in Alberta, Canada;
             23          WHEREAS, Bill's grandparents were homesteaders and his father made his living as a
             24      rancher;
             25          WHEREAS, after serving an LDS mission to England, Bill majored in economics at the
             26      University of Alberta and was recognized as the top student in his class;
             27          WHEREAS, Bill began his graduate work in Public Finance at the University of York

             28      in England, but finished his degree at the University of Alberta;
             29          WHEREAS, in 1962 Bill married Norma Hudson in the Cardston, Alberta LDS
             30      Temple;
             31          WHEREAS, from 1968 to 1976, Bill served as an adjunct professor in Utah State
             32      University's Department of Economics;
             33          WHEREAS, in 1976 he began his service with the staff of the Utah Legislature;
             34          WHEREAS, over the years Bill's responsibilities and assignments with the Legislature
             35      have included staffing the following committees: Agriculture; Business, Labor, and Economic
             36      Development; Public Education; Public Utilities; Revenue and Taxation; and Senate Rules;
             37          WHEREAS, Bill also staffed the following task forces: Agricultural Sustainability;
             38      Funding of Public Education; Government Revenue and Tax System; Legislative Property; and
             39      Learning Standards and Accountability in Public Education;
             40          WHEREAS, Bill has also served on the Tax Elimination Blue Ribbon Committee and
             41      for many years has served as the Executive Director of the Tax Review Commission;
             42          WHEREAS, since 1983, Bill has also served as the Assistant Director of the Office of
             43      Legislative Research and General Counsel;
             44          WHEREAS, Bill's intelligence and patience, his calmness in the midst of great
             45      pressure, has been of great assistance to the legislative process and those he has worked with
             46      during his service;
             47          WHEREAS, Bill and Norma are the parents of three and the grandparents of nine, with
             48      one more soon to arrive;
             49          WHEREAS, in his work both for the Legislature and in all areas of his life, Bill has
             50      demonstrated unique skill in understanding the root of a challenge or concern and contributing
             51      to sound discussion that yields a resolution; and
             52          WHEREAS, Bill's rare combination of talents has served the Legislature well and he
             53      will be greatly missed upon his retirement:
             54          NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the Legislature of the state of Utah,
             55      honor O. William "Bill" Asplund for his 28 years of service to the Legislature of the state of
             56      Utah and to the citizens of the state.
             57          BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the Legislature offers its deep gratitude to Bill and
             58      wishes him well upon his retirement from state service.

             59          BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that a copy of this resolution be presented to
             60      O. William Asplund.

Legislative Review Note
    as of 2-25-04 4:22 PM

A limited legal review of this legislation raises no obvious constitutional or statutory concerns.

Office of Legislative Research and General Counsel

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