Chief Sponsor: Jennifer Dailey-Provost

5     Cosponsors:
6     Nelson T. Abbott
7     Cheryl K. Acton
8     Carl R. Albrecht
9     Melissa G. Ballard
10     Stewart E. Barlow
11     Gay Lynn Bennion
12     Kera Birkeland
13     Brady Brammer
14     Joel K. Briscoe
15     Walt Brooks
16     Jefferson S. Burton
17     Scott H. Chew
18     Steve R. Christiansen
19     Kay J. Christofferson
20     Clare Collard
21     James A. Dunnigan
22     Steve Eliason
23     Joel Ferry
24     Francis D. Gibson
25     Matthew H. Gwynn
26     Craig Hall
27     Stephen G. Handy
28     Suzanne Harrison
29     Timothy D. Hawkes
Sandra Hollins
Dan N. Johnson
Marsha Judkins
Brian S. King
Michael L. Kohler
Karen Kwan
Bradley G. Last
Rosemary T. Lesser
Karianne Lisonbee
Steven J. Lund
Phil Lyman
A. Cory Maloy
Ashlee Matthews
Kelly B. Miles
Carol Spackman Moss
Jefferson Moss
Calvin R. Musselman
Merrill F. Nelson
Doug Owens
Michael J. Petersen
Val L. Peterson
Candice B. Pierucci
Stephanie Pitcher
Susan Pulsipher
Paul Ray
Adam Robertson
Angela Romero
Douglas V. Sagers
Mike Schultz
Travis M. Seegmiller
Rex P. Shipp
Casey Snider
V. Lowry Snow
Robert M. Spendlove
Jeffrey D. Stenquist
Andrew Stoddard
Keven J. Stratton
Mark A. Strong
Jordan D. Teuscher
Norman K. Thurston
Steve Waldrip
Raymond P. Ward
Christine F. Watkins
Elizabeth Weight
Douglas R. Welton
Mark A. Wheatley
Ryan D. Wilcox
Brad R. Wilson
Mike Winder



33     General Description:
34          This resolution honors legislative staff.
35     Highlighted Provisions:
36          This resolution:
37          ▸     honors legislative staff for their significant contributions to the Legislature.
38     Special Clauses:
39          None

41     Be it resolved by the House of Representatives of the state of Utah:
42          WHEREAS, the staff for the Utah State Legislature is a world-class, exemplary model
43     of dedicated professionals;
44          WHEREAS, in the past several years, legislative staff have diligently and ceaselessly
45     worked to enable the Legislature to undertake large scale initiatives and to deal with significant
46     challenges facing the State of Utah, which have increased the workload and demands on
47     legislative staff;
48          WHEREAS, the fiscal, policy, legal, and legislative challenges arising from the
49     COVID-19 pandemic, a significant earthquake, and various incidents of civil unrest have also
50     contributed to the heightened workload and responsibilities of legislative staff;
51          WHEREAS, legislative staff members have continued to work extraordinary and
52     stressful hours during the 2020 interim, which had a historically high number of four special
53     sessions;
54          WHEREAS, the COVID-19 pandemic has presented elevated exposure to health risk,
55     to which the legislative staff have gone to extraordinary lengths to accommodate;
56          WHEREAS, legislative staff have proven to be essential workers and have consistently
57     provided exceptional service to the public, sometimes in the face of personal risk to their and
58     their families' health;

59          WHEREAS, legislative staff members have given of their time, energy, and talents, to
60     ensure the Utah legislative process continues uninterrupted;
61          WHEREAS, legislative staff members have responded to sudden changes that restricted
62     in-person meetings with decisive, efficient implementation to enable new ways of meeting and
63     conducting business while maintaining transparency and public access, resulting in Utah being
64     the first state in the nation to hold an entirely electronic legislative session;
65          WHEREAS, information technology staff within Legislative Services have toiled day
66     and night to implement various mechanisms for electronic meetings, to ensure that legislative
67     information systems and the Legislature's web site properly accommodated remote interactions,
68     and to set up and equip new meeting rooms suitable for conducting business during the
69     pandemic, in addition to all of their significant regular duties in keeping the electronic
70     backbone of the Legislature running;
71          WHEREAS, legislative printing staff within Legislative Services have made significant
72     adjustments to create remote solutions and have put in many hours printing bills, substitutes,
73     agendas, letterhead, and business cards, while also staffing the bill room and producing the
74     House and Senate journals;
75          WHEREAS, human resources staff within Legislative Services have worked quickly
76     and extensively to research, establish, and implement health guidelines and best practices for
77     the workplace, and have educated, assisted, and supported employees and legislators who have
78     been affected in many ways by the COVID-19 pandemic;
79          WHEREAS, staff members for the Senate have worked tirelessly to support senators
80     during the COVID-19 pandemic, providing critical information to assist senators in making
81     informed decisions, corresponding with countless constituents by proactively providing updates
82     and answering questions to prepare the Senate for interim sessions, special sessions, and the
83     2021 General Session;
84          WHEREAS, staff members for the House of Representatives have worked vigorously
85     to provide support and accurate and timely information, and have grinded to prepare
86     representatives for interim meetings, the four special sessions, and the 2021 General Session so

87     representatives could keep Utahns informed;
88          WHEREAS, staff members of the Office of Legislative Auditor General have assisted
89     legislators with information related to COVID-19, including testing, clinical trial therapies, and
90     challenges facing public education, and have deftly managed the transition to remote work in
91     an environment that requires daily interactions with entities being audited, while still releasing
92     a near record amount of audits in 2020;
93          WHEREAS, staff members of the Office of the Legislative Fiscal Analyst, despite
94     navigating remote work, have provided objective, accurate, and relevant budget advice from
95     the 2020 General Session through four special sessions, have helped legislators maintain a
96     balanced budget, have achieved 99% accurate revenue estimates despite economic disruptions,
97     federal interventions, and federal tax law changes, have recommended short and long term
98     appropriations adjustments to maintain structural balance, and have helped position Utah for a
99     healthy budget in the future;
100          WHEREAS, policy analysts within the Office of Legislative Research and General
101     Counsel have responded to the many unexpected challenges facing the state of Utah by
102     providing expert policy development, research, and analysis, by navigating the complex
103     transitions involved in organizing and conducting electronic meetings, and by providing
104     procedural advice and assistance to committee chairs and legislators who have faced new
105     technologies and meeting conditions;
106          WHEREAS, attorneys within the Office of Legislative Research and General Counsel
107     have provided excellent legal advice to individual legislators and the Legislature during times
108     of unexpected developments in state and national affairs and have worked extensive hours to
109     draft bills, substitutes, and amendments for the general session in addition to drafting nearly
110     100 bills for the special sessions, all while performing their regular duties of handling litigation
111     and their many other in-house counsel functions for the legislative branch;
112          WHEREAS, legislative security staff have worked under unprecedented circumstances
113     involving threats to public health and security concerns to ensure that the work of the
114     Legislature will proceed safely;

115          WHEREAS, many staff members within the above offices working as clerks, executive
116     assistants, administrative assistants, receptionists, committee secretaries, pages, document
117     managers, proofers, and many other support positions have worked long hours to facilitate the
118     work of their fellow employees and legislators and to ensure that the processes and products of
119     the Legislature are managed and produced efficiently, accurately, and professionally;
120          WHEREAS, legislative staff members have trained, managed, and provided
121     information and assistance to almost 100 legislative interns, whose help is greatly appreciated
122     by their assigned legislators;
123          WHEREAS, partisan staff members have worked diligently to support and
124     communicate the political ideas and initiatives of the legislators in their caucus and to provide
125     invaluable assistance, all while working respectfully and with good will toward fellow staffers
126     serving other caucuses;
127          WHEREAS, non-partisan staff have worked diligently to provide all legislators with
128     data, facts, and policy options to ensure that every individual legislator has the information,
129     support, and tools to formulate and express the political ideas and initiatives that they believe
130     are the most beneficial for their constituents and the State of Utah;
131          WHEREAS, all staff offices have coordinated and cooperated to assure that all of the
132     legislative functions stated above are performed efficiently and professionally;
133          WHEREAS, legislative staff members have made immense personal sacrifices to
134     perform above and beyond expectations;
135          WHEREAS, legislative staff is unmatched in dedication, passion, professionalism, and
136     skill;
137          WHEREAS, the success of our democracy would be hindered without their concerted
138     efforts;
139          WHEREAS, legislative staff bring comradery, commitment, and sense of place to the
140     Utah State Capitol;
141          WHEREAS, legislative staff give generously of their patience, skill, intelligence, and
142     time;

143          WHEREAS, legislative staff continue to respond promptly to legislators' needs;
144          WHEREAS, the Legislature continues to efficiently and effectively plan, provide
145     oversight, appropriate funds, and pass legislation with the help of legislative staff;
146          WHEREAS, legislative staff members work tirelessly and perform their services
147     without expectations of personal gain, public credit for their ideas, or fame and glory; and
148          WHEREAS, legislative staff members are the unsung heroes of Utah's legislative
149     process:
150          NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the Utah State Legislature wishes to
151     extend the deepest appreciation to our staff members, who we admire, respect, and on whom
152     we depend on in order to successfully perform our legislative duties in representing the people
153     of Utah.
154          BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that a copy of this resolution be sent to the employees
155     of the Utah Senate, Utah House of Representatives, the Office of Legislative Research and
156     General Counsel, the Office of Legislative Auditor General, the Office of the Legislative Fiscal
157     Analyst, and Legislative Services.