Sen. Mayne wants Utah companies and workers to have preference on prison relocation projects

This Tuesday, Feb. 19, 2013 photo shows the Utah State Prison in Draper, Utah. Utah lawmakers are advancing a plan to relocate the state prison in southwest Salt Lake County. The Utah State Prison occupies about 700 acres in Draper where tech companies such as eBay and Microsoft have opened offices. Gov. Gary Herbert has called on lawmakers to fund the relocation so the corridor can develop as a technology hub. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)

She is one of only five Democrats in the Utah Senate but Senator Karen Mayne says fortunately members of both political parties work together on legislation that will benefit the state.

On KVNU’s For the People program Thursday, Mayne said she is a member of the Prison Re-location Committee and she is sponsoring a bill related to that issue.

“This is a billion dollar deal and it is all state dollars,” Mayne said, “it’s not federal dollars.

“The legislation that I am presenting, is that when they do the procurement for the prison and for the lands that we will leave (we build a new prison and obviously the land the prison was one), I want Utah workers and I want Utah companies to have preference.”

Senator Mayne says she is also a strong supporter of education and she has proposed more funding for education, especially for nursing education which she says is needed at this time.

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