Stephen H. Urquhart

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Stephen H. Urquhart
Senator Stephen Urquhart
Member of the Utah State Senate from the 29th District
Incumbent
Assumed office
2009
Preceded by John Hickman
Member of the Utah House of Representatives from the 75th District
In office
2001–2009
Succeeded by Don L. Ipson
Personal details
Born (1965-06-20) June 20, 1965 (age 50)
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) Sara
Residence St. George
Occupation Attorney

Stephen Harold Urquhart (born June 20, 1965)[1] 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.[2]

Early Life, Education, and Career[edit]

Stephen Harold Urquhart was born June 20, 1965.[3] Urquhart received his Juris Doctorate from Brigham Young University and his bachelor's degree in Biology from Williams College. [3] He is a lawyer by profession.[3] Urquhart is married to his wife Sara,[4] has 4 children, and has self-declared that he can beat anyone at Foosball.[5] He now lives in St. George Utah.[3]

Political career[edit]

Urquhart is an American politician from Utah. [3] A Republican, he has been a member of the Utah State Senate, representing the State's 29th Senate district in Washington County since 2009. [4] Prior to that, he served in the Utah House of Representatives from 2001 to 2009. [3] 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. [3]

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

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2014 Sponsored Legislation[edit]

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

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Pivotal Bills[edit]

Senator Urquhart sponsored S.B. 100, Antidiscrimination Amendments during the 2014 legislative session. [6] Although this bill was kept in the Rules Committee, it was the topic of many conversations. [7] 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. [7] 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.[7] 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. [7] People of any race, religion, sexual orientation, etc. still can be fired/evicted; but not because of their race, religion, sexual orientation, etc. [8]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. [8] 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.” [8]

Senator Urquhart also drafted SB 284, which focuses on Concurrent Enrollement for High School students. [3] 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. [9] Amendment 3 exempts from that fee certain general education courses and youngsters who are eligible for free-and-reduced-lunch-eligibility program. [9] Under SB 284, poor youngsters would be exempted from paying the fees, and no one would pay for fees for certain general education courses.[9]

References[edit]

  1. ^ [1]
  2. ^ http://www.utahsenate.org/aspx/senmember.aspx?dist=29
  3. ^ a b c d e f g h i "Stephen H. Urquhart". Salt Lake City, Utah: Utah State Senate. Retrieved April 7, 2014. 
  4. ^ a b "Stephen Urquhart's Biography". Project Vote Smart. Retrieved April 7, 2014. 
  5. ^ "Steve Urquhart Twitter". Retrieved April 7, 2014. 
  6. ^ a b "2014 Sponsored Legislation". Salt Lake City, Utah: Utah State Senate. Retrieved April 7, 2014. 
  7. ^ a b c d Lisa Riley Roche and Dennis Romboy. "Protesters demand LGBT anti-discrimination bill be heard". Salt Lake City, Utah: Deseret News. Retrieved April 7, 2014. 
  8. ^ a b c "CONCURRENT ENROLLMENT: FACTS AND FICTION". Salt Lake City, Utah: Steve Urquhart. Retrieved April 7, 2014. 
  9. ^ a b c "SteveU". Salt Lake City, Utah: Steve Urquhart. Retrieved April 7, 2014.