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Citing population growth, Utah lawmakers want more paid assistants

Feb 15, 2022, 8:30 AM | Updated: 8:50 am
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House Speaker Brad Wilson, R-Kaysville, presides over the House during the 2022 session of the Utah Legislature at the Capitol in Salt Lake City on Thursday, Jan. 27, 2022. Photo Kristin Murphy, Deseret News

SALT LAKE CITY — Members of the Utah Senate would like to hire more staff. it’s needed, said Sen. Minority Whip Luz Escamilla, because of Utah’s population growth.

According to the Senate leadership, right now there are six to eight lawmakers per paid assistant. A new bill would increase that number and give some members a dedicated assistant.

Each member of the Republican and Democratic leadership would get a dedicated assistant, as would the chair of each standing committee and several other vice chair’s.

The cost to taxpayers would likely be at least a million dollars.

Two Democratic members of the Senate wouldn’t get a dedicated staffer because the Utah senate only has six Democrats and four of them are in leadership positions.

This story will be updated.

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