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.

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Press Release: Better Utah statement on Utah Leads Together Plan

PRESS RELEASEFOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: March 24, 2020 Salt Lake City, UT – Following the release of the Utah Leads Together Plan in response to the COVID-19 crisis, Chase Thomas, executive director of Alliance for a Better Utah, issued the following statement:  “Given the failure of national leaders, it has become …

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Press Release: Better Utah statement on Prop 4 bill

PRESS RELEASEFOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: March 11, 2020 Salt Lake City, UT – Today, S.B. 200, Redistricting Amendments, passed the House with only four nay votes. Lauren Simpson, policy director for Alliance for a Better Utah, issued the following statement:  “We always appreciate bipartisan collaboration on the Hill, and we are …

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Lawmakers try to alter voter-approved redistricting reforms

This article originally appeared in the Washington Post. Read it in its entirety here. JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — With the census approaching, lawmakers in some states are attempting to alter recent voter-approved measures that were intended to reduce partisan gamesmanship when drawing new voting districts for the U.S. House and …

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Anti-gerrymandering compromise garners unanimous support from Utah Senate

This article originally appeared in the Salt Lake Tribune. Read it in its entirety here. A proposed rewrite of the state’s anti-gerrymandering law glided through the Utah Senate on Tuesday, leaving in the rearview the tense negotiations that forged it. “Well, senators, this is the bill that was so controversial, …

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No trace of impeachment tensions as Romney visits Utah Capitol

This article originally appeared in the Salt Lake Tribune. Read it in its entirety here. Three weeks ago, Utah lawmakers were talking about scolding Sen. Mitt Romney for his vote to convict President Donald Trump of wrongdoing. They spoke with him in tense, closed-door meetings and called his conduct during the impeachment trial …

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Press Release: Alliance for a Better Utah statement on Prop 4 compromise

PRESS RELEASEFOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: February 26, 2020 Salt Lake City, UT – Today, lawmakers and Better Boundaries came to a compromise on the Prop 4 replacement bill. Chase Thomas, executive director of Alliance for a Better Utah, issued the following statement: “A majority of Utahns passed Proposition 4 to prevent …

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Press Release: Lawmakers repeal the will of Utahns again

PRESS RELEASEFOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: February 21, 2020 Salt Lake City, UT – Today it was announced that lawmakers on Capitol Hill are planning on repealing Proposition 4.  Chase Thomas, executive director for Alliance for a Better Utah, issued the following statement: “A repeal of Proposition 4 is a blow to …

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Press Release: Utah citation honoring Trump shows state leaders afraid of a bully

PRESS RELEASEFOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: February 20, 2020 Salt Lake City, UT – Following the release of the language of the Citation in Honor of President Trump, Chase Thomas, executive director of Alliance for a Better Utah, issued the following statement: “Following Senator Romney’s courageous vote to impeach President Trump, Speaker …

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