Accountability & Transparency

The fundamental purpose of our work is to maintain open and transparent government by keeping the electorate informed. Though some find it hard to believe, our state is home to a diverse population of backgrounds and perspectives. Utah citizens put a great deal of trust in local government to ensure that everyone is represented equally.

When elected government officials abuse that trust, whether by acting in accordance with their personal beliefs instead of the law, accepting “gifts” in exchange for political favors, indulging the influence of outside groups or by making important decisions in closed caucus meetings, ABU is there to speak out.

Accountability/TransparencyIssues

Press Release: Better Utah calls for resignation of Kaysville Mayor Katie Witt

PRESS RELEASEFOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: May 18, 2020 Salt Lake City, UT – Today, in response to Mayor Katie Witt’s plan to hold a free concert in Kaysville, Alliance for a Better Utah called for her resignation. The concert would likely break state health guidelines during the Covid-19 outbreak, and could …

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Remember in November

Since the beginning of time, government accountability has been rooted in the same struggle: where there is power, there is potential for corruption. We’ve seen this throughout our nation’s history, and it’s no surprise–power can be intoxicating. Leaders all around the world and throughout history have proven to be real-life …

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2020 BillsAccountability/Transparency

Press Release: Better Utah publishes Legislative Progress Report

PRESS RELEASEFOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: May 12, 2020 Salt Lake City, UT – Today, Alliance for a Better Utah published its annual Progress Report for the 2020 General Legislative Session. This year, lawmakers were graded for their votes on 54 important bills organized into four categories: Strong Communities, Equal Rights, Good …

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Press Release: Better Utah submits price gouging complaint with Utah Department of Consumer Protection against Meds in Motion

PRESS RELEASEFOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: April 28, 2020 Salt Lake City, UT – Today, Alliance for a Better Utah submitted a price gouging complaint with the Utah Department of Consumer Protection against Meds in Motion. The complaint, which can be found here, outlines the $800,000 sale of antimalarial drugs to the …

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2020 BillsAccountability/Transparency

Press Release: Another power grab by the Utah Legislature

PRESS RELEASEFOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: April 17, 2020 Salt Lake City, UT – In response to the Utah House passing S.B. 3004, Covid-19 Health and Economic Response Act, Lauren Simpson, policy director for Alliance for a Better Utah, issued the following statement:  “S.B. 3004 is an example of a solution in …

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2020 BillsAccountability/Transparency

Press Release: A pandemic is no time for a power grab

PRESS RELEASEFOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: April 15, 2020 Salt Lake City, UT – Starting Thursday, the Utah Legislature will convene in a special session to address the impact of the COVID-19 emergency. One bill the Legislature will address is H.B. 3005, Pandemic Response and Consultation Act. The bill, sponsored by Representative …

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2020 BillsAccountability/Transparency

Digital special session

The Legislature will kick off a special session to deal with the impacts of COVID-19 this Thursday, and we want to be sure you have all the information you need to get involved. The session could go for up to 10 days, and will be held entirely online.  The historic …

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Press Release: Virtual public comment during special session not actually public

PRESS RELEASEFOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: April 14, 2020 Salt Lake City, UT – In response to the announcement of the first Special Session for the Utah Legislature to be carried out entirely online, Lauren Simpson, policy director for Alliance for a Better Utah, made the following statement: “While we appreciate how …

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