Press Releases

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Oct 01 2014

Hatch on California Law to Protect Student Privacy

Utah Senator Introduced Legislation to Close Loophole in Federal Law to Protect students, provide tools to parents when information is shared with third parties

U.S. Senator Orrin Hatch (R-Utah), a current member and former Chairman of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee, today applauded the California Legislature for passing the Student Online Personal Information Protection Act to protect students’ online data. Hatch, along with Sen. Ed Markey (D-Mass.), introduced the Protecting Student Privacy Act in July to strengthen federal law to prohibit the sharing and use of private student data to third-party vendors, as well as to provide parents with clear information about where their children’s information is stored. 

“It’s good to see that states are taking the important initiative to safeguard student’s data, and it’s time the federal government follows suit to tighten federal laws that govern student privacy,” Hatch said.  “The legislation Sen. Markey and I introduced in July does that by closing a loophole in the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act. It’s the right step to take and I hope Congress acts soon to protect students’ privacy.”

U.S. Senator Orrin Hatch (R-Utah), a current member and former Chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, issued the following statement after U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder announced his resignation:

“I appreciate Eric Holder’s service as Attorney General, even though we did not agree on every issue. I hope President Obama will consult with members of the Judiciary Committee about who he will nominate to be the next Attorney General, and I look forward to participating in the confirmation process.”

Sep 24 2014

Hatch on the 30th Anniversary of Hatch-Waxman Law

Landmark Legislation Has Cut Health Care Costs, Spurred Innovation, and Created Jobs

U.S. Senator Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) issued the following statement today on the 30th anniversary of President Ronald Reagan signing into law the Drug Price Competition and Patent Term Restoration Act, otherwise known as the Hatch-Waxman generic drug legislation.

Sep 22 2014

GAO: Action Needed to Combat $5 Billion Tax Refund Fraud

New Report Calls on IRS to Implement Stronger Safeguards to Protect Private Taxpayer Information

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) must take bold and innovative action to combat more than $5 billion in fraudulent identity theft tax refunds, according to a new report by the Government Accountability Office (GAO).
U.S. Senator Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) joined with all 44 Republican Senate Colleagues in urging President Obama yet again to approve the Keystone XL Pipeline.