FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: March 3, 2021
Salt Lake City, UT – Today, Utah’s House of Representatives voted 51-20 to pass HB294, the pandemic “Endgame” bill from Representative Paul Ray. The bill would establish an “end date” to the pandemic based on arbitrary data.
Lauren Simpson, policy director for Alliance for a Better Utah, issued the following statement:
“We all want the pandemic to end and having a framework for how Utah gets back to normal post-COVID is a good idea, but choosing an arbitrary end date is unnecessary and risky. After a year of sacrifices and struggles, the last thing Utahns need is to risk a fourth wave because over-eager lawmakers are personally tired of the pandemic and pushed the state back to normalcy too soon.
“In spite of our difficulties and differences, we’ve held together for this long. We should be willing to go the last mile in order to finally defeat COVID once and for all.”
Alliance for a Better Utah is a nonprofit that holds politicians accountable and advocates for progressive policies that make Utah an even better place. The organization improves the lives of all Utahns through advocacy, transparency, and accountability in Utah politics, policy, and government. More information at www.betterutah.org.