FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: March 5, 2018
CONTACT: Katie Matheson | Alliance for a Better Utah
BALLOT INITIATIVES SAFE FROM LEGISLATIVE MEDDLING FOR NOW
Salt Lake City, UT – H.B. 471, a bill from Rep. Brad Daw (R – Orem) that would have delayed implementation of ballot initiatives once approved, failed in the House of Representatives tonight by a vote of 34-39. Although the sponsor said he was running H.B. 471 to deal with “practical considerations” following approval, such as spending requirements or inconsistent provisions, this window of sixty days following the next legislative session also left initiatives open to changes due to political considerations as well.
Chase Thomas, policy and advocacy counsel with Alliance for a Better Utah, issued the following statement:
“Even if by a slim majority, we’re happy to see that representatives honored the initiative process that is already well underway for November’s ballot. This bill was only one of multiple attempts over the course of this session to meddle with the various ballot initiatives that are gathering signatures. We hope lawmakers will take this vote as a sign to cease such attempts over the next three days, letting the will of the people continue unhindered.”
Alliance for a Better Utah is a good government advocacy and watchdog organization based in Salt Lake City. The organization works to improve the lives of all Utahns by ensuring balance, transparency, and accountability in Utah politics, policy, and government. More information at www.betterutah.org.