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.

2019 BillsAccountability/Transparency

Press Release: 2019 Legislative Progress Report Shows Poor Progress From Utah Legislators

PRESS RELEASEFOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: April 9, 2019 Salt Lake City, UT – Alliance for a Better Utah released their annual Legislative Scorecard today, this year under a new name: Legislative Progress Report. As a whole, the House and Senate both averaged a C grade. “The process of scoring votes is …

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Press Release: 78,000 Utahns Left Out On First Day Of Medicaid Enrollment

PRESS RELEASEFOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: April 1, 2019 Salt Lake City, UT – In response to the first day of Medicaid enrollment following implementation of limited Medicaid expansion, Chase Thomas, executive director of Alliance for a Better Utah, issued the following statement: “Thanks to the hard work of advocates, activists, and …

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Wasted time

Sitting on the deep green plushy seats in the House gallery on one of my first days of the 2019 session, I remember coming to the Capitol as a child and how extravagant that room seemed at the time. I hear a Representative request a “personal privilege” from the Speaker, …

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Press Release: Senators Lee and Romney must support making Mueller report public

PRESS RELEASEFOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: March 22, 2019 Salt Lake City, UT – Today, news broke that Robert Mueller’s report on the Russia investigation has been delivered to Attorney General Barr. A bipartisan bill has been introduced in the U.S. Senate that would require that the Mueller investigation be made public, …

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Press Release: Better Utah calls for veto on bills that hurt democratic process

PRESS RELEASEFOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: March 21, 2019 Salt Lake City, UT – Today, Alliance for a Better Utah sent a letter to Governor Herbert, requesting his veto on three bills that hurt the democratic process in Utah. The bills, S.B. 123, Election Process Amendments,  H.B. 133, Initiative Amendments, and H.B. …

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Utah Senate passed bill to protect gravel pits, mining businesses from local interference

This article originally appeared on KJZZ. Read it in its entirety here. SALT LAKE CITY (KUTV) — The Utah Senate has passed a bill which protects gravel pits and mining businesses from local interference. Originally failing in the House, H.B. 288 bounced back to the Utah Senate, where it was amended and passed …

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The rise and fall and rise of a controversial gravel-mine protection bill hated by Utah’s clean-air activists

This article originally appeared in the Salt Lake Tribune. Read it in its entirety here. A controversial gravel-mining protection bill that easily passed the House about halfway through the 2019 Legislature disappeared for weeks only to arise from the pit on the last day of the session and pass the …

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All the things the Utah State Legislature did to your life this year

This article originally appeared on Fox 13. Read it in its entirety here. SALT LAKE CITY — What just happened? The Utah State Legislature just happened! Hard to believe it was 45 days ago that lawmakers opened the 2019 legislative session to protests over their plans to replace Proposition 3, …

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