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Senate to debate bill to delay effective date of voter-approved ballot measures to give Legislature a chance to ‘fix’ them

This article originally appeared in the Salt Lake Tribune. Read it in its entirety here. After legislators repealed and replaced two ballot initiatives passed by voters in November, a trio of bills designed to change the ballot initiative process is nearing the finish line. The Senate Government Operations Committee approved …

State lawmakers postpone contentious tax overhaul bill

This article originally appeared in the St. George News. Read it in its entirety here. A massive tax overhaul Utah lawmakers hoped to pass this session has been put on hold. Gov. Gary Herbert and top Republican legislators announced in a press conference Thursday that more time is needed to …

Press Release: Better Utah responds to tax bill announcement

PRESS RELEASEFOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: March 7, 2019 Salt Lake City, UT – In response to the announcement that the Legislature will not be passing tax reform this session, Chase Thomas, executive director of Alliance for a Better Utah, issued the following statement: “We commend lawmakers for taking time on this …

RADIOACTIVE: MARCH 6, 2019

This broadcast originally appeared on KRCL. Listen to the radio segment in its entirety here. Tonight’s lineup: Legislative updates from the following groups: Emily Walsh, League of Women Voters of Utah Lauren Simpson, Alliance for a Better Utah Troy Williams of Equality Utah (taken from comments at a press conference earlier today) Erin Jemison, policy director …

“Talkin’ bout my generation”

“Vote! Vote! Vo-…oh, that’s not how we wanted you to vote… Sit back down and be quiet, you didn’t know what you were voting for.”- The story of the Utah legislature from the perspective of a young Utahn. We’re nearly through with the 2019 legislative session and one thing is …

Despite pending Utah Supreme Court ruling, Senate committee approves bill to have partisan elections for the state Board of Education

This article originally appeared in the Salt Lake Tribune. Read it in its entirety here. A Republican state senator has proposed allowing candidates for the Utah Board of Education — the elected panel that oversees the state’s public schools — to run under a political party. It’s an unexpected and …

U.S. Supreme Court declines to hear Utah GOP appeal of candidate nomination law

This article originally appeared in the Deseret News. Read it in its entirety here. SALT LAKE CITY — The prolonged, bitter battle over Utah’s controversial candidate nomination law appears to be over, at least as far as the courts are concerned. The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday declined to hear …

The lengthy legal fight over Utah election law is over as U.S. Supreme Court refuses to accept GOP appeal

This article originally appeared in the Salt Lake Tribune. Read it in its entirety here. The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday ended five years of legal battles by the Utah Republican Party to quash a 2014 election law that allows candidates to qualify for the ballot by collecting signatures and/or …

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