In Utah, citizens play the leading role.
You elect us. You fund us. You live under the laws we create. Your tax dollars and fees pay for state priorities, to the tune of over $13 billion dollars per year.
You also evaluate us – with your vote and your participation in public discussions. We hope you do so fairly, with full information and insight into our work. It is essential that you not abdicate this responsibility.
We anticipate you will use this site and the tools linked here to form the kind of partnership that should exist between citizen and elected official.
- SenateCloud — Engage with the senate whenever and wherever you live on social media
- SenateSite.com — Senate blog site
- UtahSenateDemocrats.org — Alternate blog hosted by the Senate Minority Caucus
- le.utah.gov — Track bills, review audio and video archives, find committee information, and more. This site won NCSL's Online Democracy Award
- Taxpayer Receipt — Discover where and how your tax money is being spent
- COBI — Encyclopedia of information about Utah State's budget
- Utah.gov — Exactly what the name implies
Ready for more? Here are some tips to help you engage more actively in the process.
- Visit us. Come to floor time, committee meetings, forums, etc. Get familiar. When you spend time on the Hill, your legislators will start to recognize you. When they do, it's easier to talk to them. If we're in session, or not immediately available you can send in a Blue Note – which you can find at the senate security desks outside the Senate Chamber.
- Email your senator. You can find each senator's email address here. (Tip: It can help to put your address in your email. With so many messages to filter, senators appreciate knowing if you live in their district).
- Call your senator. Many of Utah's State Senators have their personal cell phone numbers listed on our public roster, and are more than willing to take a call from you. Remember to respect a senators' time. Utah has a citizen legislature – we all have families, jobs and lives outside the Capitol.
- Tweet us. Seriously. We'll notice. Follow @UtahSenate – we tend to follow back.
- Connect on social media. Not only will you remain informed about the Senate, but this gives you an extra way to contact us. Find and follow our social media channels at the SenateCloud.
- Text or tweet your questions to us- so we can answer you live. Each day of the legislative session, we host an informal Q & A with reporters. We stream it, so you can watch online and ask questions too. Tweet your questions to @UtahSenate, or text them to us.
- Follow this basic rule of communication: Show legislators respect, and they'll (likely) reciprocate. You may not see eye-to-eye with us on every issue, but mutual respect and solid information enhance your credibility, and if you're credible your words carry more weight.
- Meet with your senator. You will often be able to set up a time to talk with your senator in person. If that thought makes you nervous, take some talking points with you to help you clarify your thoughts. Keep in mind that Utah's legislators are part-time public servants with 'real jobs' (so be patient with scheduling). We're usually not just willing but happy to meet with the people we represent.
- Send a letter. Remember to include your address, and a few different ways we can reach you.
We like it when citizens engage, so we try to make the process easy – even though there are some real-world constraints on our time, especially during the legislative session.
Note that during the 'interim' – or the period from mid-March to mid-January when the senate is not in session – it may take a while for senators to receive letters that are sent here to the Capitol. Sometimes it's faster to use the address listed on the roster.
Thank you for your time, thought and attention. We look forward to working with you!
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