FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: February 16, 2021
Salt Lake City, UT – Today, with three weeks left of the session and some big bills still in the queue to be debated, the Utah House unanimously passed a motion which would limit floor debate time from ten minutes to five minutes.
Lauren Simpson, policy director of Alliance for a Better Utah, issued the following statement:
“Lawmakers will be discussing a lot of complex and controversial bills in the next three weeks. If the House does not have time to give these issues the careful consideration they deserve, they either need to run fewer bills or expand the length of the session.
“Scheduling time for a robust debate and thoughtful consideration is one part of an overall commitment to transparency and accountability. Five minutes is not enough time to thoughtfully discuss important issues. When bills are fast-tracked and debate is shortened, the best ideas cannot rise to the top—special interests will win and Utahns will lose.”
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.