Stephen H. Urquhart
|Stephen H. Urquhart|
|Member of the Utah State Senate from the 29th District|
|Preceded by||John Hickman|
|Member of the Utah House of Representatives from the 75th District|
|Succeeded by||Don L. Ipson|
|Born||June 20, 1965|
Stephen Harold Urquhart (born June 20, 1965) is an American politician from Utah. A Republican, he has been a member of the Utah State Senate, representing the State's 29th Senate district in Washington County since 2009. Prior to that, he served in the Utah House of Representatives from 2001 to 2009.
Early Life, Education, and Career
Stephen Harold Urquhart was born June 20, 1965. Urquhart received his Juris Doctorate from Brigham Young University and his bachelor's degree in Biology from Williams College.  He is a lawyer by profession. Urquhart is married to his wife Sara, has 4 children, and has self-declared that he can beat anyone at Foosball. He now lives in St. George Utah.
Urquhart is an American politician from Utah.  A Republican, he has been a member of the Utah State Senate, representing the State's 29th Senate district in Washington County since 2009.  Prior to that, he served in the Utah House of Representatives from 2001 to 2009.  He has also served as a board member for the Dixie Regional Medical Center, St. George Art Around the Corner, and St. George Community Center. 
In 2014, Senator Urquhart sat on the following committees (and subcommittees) in the Senate:
- Appropriations Higher Education Subcommittee chair;
- Public Education Subcommittee
- Senate Education Committee
- Senate Judiciary, Law Enforcement, and Criminal Justice Committee
2014 Sponsored Legislation
|Bill Number and Title||Primary or Floor Sponsor||Bill Status|
|SB001 Higher Education Base Budget||Primary||Governor Signed 2/19/2014|
|SB066S004 Prejudgment Interest Revisions||Primary||Governor Signed 3/31/2014|
|SB089 Amendments to Definition of Public Utility||Example||Governor Signed 4/1/2014|
|SB100 Antidiscrimination Amendments||Primary||Held in Rules Committee|
|SB107 Math Literacy - Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics Initiative||Primary||Senate/ filed 3/13/2014|
|SB152 Homeowner Association Reserve Account Amendments||Primary||Senate/ filed 3/13/2014|
|SB153S002 Association Foreclosure Amendments||Primary||Senate/ filed 3/13/2014|
|SB223 Billboard Related Amendments||Primary||Senate/ filed 3/13/2014|
|SB253 Substitute Distracted Driver Amendments||Primary||Governor Signed 4/1/2014|
|SJR 8 Substitute Joint Resolution on Term of Appointed Lieutenant Governor||Primary||Sent to Governor for Signature|
|HB016 Wrongful Lien Amendments||Floor; Primary Sponsor Rep. Webb||Governor signed 3/29/2014|
|HB056S002 Mechanics Lien Revisions||Floor; Primary Sponsor, Rep. McKell||Senate Strike Enacting Clause 3/13/2014|
|HB072 Higher Education Grievance Procedure Amendments||Floor; Primary Sponsor Rep. Wheatley||Governor Signed 4/1/2014|
|HB095 Applied Technology College Governance Amendments||Floor; Primary Sponsor Rep. Ipson||Governor Signed 3/29/2014|
|HB096 Utah School Readiness Initiative||Floor; Primary Sponsor Rep. Hughes||Governor Signed 4/1/2014|
|HB105S009 Plant Extract Amendments||Floor; Primary Sponsor Rep. Froerer||Governor Signed 3/20/2014|
|HB150 S004 Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics Amendments||Floor, Primary Sponsor Rep. Peterson||Governor Signed 4/1/2014|
|HB157 Substitute Rape Kit Processing Amendments||Floor; Primary Sponsor Rep. Seelig||Governor Signed 3/31/2014|
|HB197 Daylight Saving Time Study||Floor; Primary Sponsor Rep. Menlove||Governor signed 4/2/2014|
|HB273 Property Tax Residential Exemption Amendments||Floor; Primary Sponsor Rep. Snow||Governor Signed 3/27|
|HB289 Traffic-control Signal Amendments||Floor; Primary Sponsor Rep. Anderson||Governor Signed 3/27/2014|
|HB326 Substitute State Construction Code Revisions||Floor; Primary Sponsor Rep. Spendlove||Governor Signed 3/29/2014|
|HCR 12 Substitute Concurrent Resolution Recognizing the 30th Anniversary of the Sundance Institute||Floor; Primary Sponsor Rep. Seelig||Senate/filed 3/1/2014|
Senator Urquhart sponsored S.B. 100, Antidiscrimination Amendments during the 2014 legislative session.  Although this bill was kept in the Rules Committee, it was the topic of many conversations.  13 gay rights protesters seeking a hearing for the anti-discrimination bill were handcuffed and taken into custody by Utah Highway Patrol troopers Monday for blocking access to a legislative committee hearing while they were demanding for S.B.100 to be heard.  Before the troopers took action shortly after 2 p.m., the protesters were told they were committing a potential felony and a class B misdemeanor by interfering with the hearing scheduled in the Senate Building on the Capitol grounds. Currently, Utah law prohibits workplace and housing discrimination based on race, color, religion, gender, pregnancy/childbirth, age, national origin, or disability. Senator Urquarts bill would add protections for sexual orientation/gender identity.  People of any race, religion, sexual orientation, etc. still can be fired/evicted; but not because of their race, religion, sexual orientation, etc. In other words, if a person is otherwise qualified, housing and employment decisions should not be based on that person’s sexual orientation/gender identity. This addition to the law is straightforward and simple.  In Senator Urquharts own words, “without hurting anyone, it [SB100] will protect individuals. It will promote economic development. It is supported by a significant majority of Utahns.” 
Senator Urquhart also drafted SB 284, which focuses on Concurrent Enrollement for High School students.  This made students pay not more than $30/credit hour—for credits that they concur in, which would still be at least an 80% subsidy.  Amendment 3 exempts from that fee certain general education courses and kids who are eligible for free-and-reduced-lunch-eligible kids.  Under SB 284, poor kids would not pay the fees, and no one would pay for fees for certain general education courses.
- "Stephen H. Urquhart". Salt Lake City, Utah: Utah State Senate. Retrieved April 7, 2014.
- "Stephen Urquhart's Biography". Project Vote Smart. Retrieved April 7, 2014.
- "Steve Urquhart Twitter". Retrieved April 7, 2014.
- "2014 Sponsored Legislation". Salt Lake City, Utah: Utah State Senate. Retrieved April 7, 2014.
- Lisa Riley Roche and Dennis Romboy. "Protesters demand LGBT anti-discrimination bill be heard". Salt Lake City, Utah: Deseret News. Retrieved April 7, 2014.
- "CONCURRENT ENROLLMENT: FACTS AND FICTION". Salt Lake City, Utah: Steve Urquhart. Retrieved April 7, 2014.
- "SteveU". Salt Lake City, Utah: Steve Urquhart. Retrieved April 7, 2014.