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Utah Legislature approves Better Boundaries deal

This article originally appeared in the Deseret News. Read it in its entirety here. SALT LAKE CITY — The Utah Legislature has officially signed off on a deal struck between lawmakers and backers of a voter-approved citizens initiative creating an independent redistricting commission to recommend new legislative, congressional and State School Board boundaries following the census every decade. The Utah House …

Press Release: Better Utah statement on non-consensual ultrasound bill passed by men

PRESS RELEASEFOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: March 10, 2020 Salt Lake City, UT – Following debate and passage of HB 364, Abortion Revisions, in the State Senate, Lauren Simpson, policy director for Alliance for a Better Utah, issued the following statement: “All the women, both Democrats and Republicans, walked off the floor …

Utah Passes Bill Requiring Abortion Clinics To Bury Or Cremate Fetal Tissue

This article originally appeared in the Huffington Post. Read it in its entirety here. Medical providers in Utah will be required to bury or cremate fetal tissue after an abortion or miscarriage under a bill that passed the state legislature on Friday.  Reproductive rights groups say the legislation, now on its …

Press Release: Abortion ban bill could result in second degree felony for women who perform their own abortions

PRESS RELEASEFOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: March 9, 2020 Salt Lake City, UT – Following debate and passage of SB 174, Abortion Prohibition Amendments, in the House Health and Human Services Committee, Lauren Simpson, policy director for Alliance for a Better Utah, issued the following statement: “It is time for any conservatives …

Fetal remains bill gains final passage in Utah Legislature

This article originally appeared in the Salt Lake Tribune. Read it in its entirety here. A requirement that health care facilities dispose of fetal remains by burial or cremation passed the Utah Legislature on Friday after lawmakers reinstated the two-option mandate for cases of miscarriage in addition to abortion. The …

Big Utah school funding changes clear first legislative hurdles

This article originally appeared in the Salt Lake Tribune. Read it in its entirety here. Lawmakers on Thursday took the first steps toward asking Utahns to vote later this year on a major shift in the way Utah funds its public school system. Members of the House and Senate committees …

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 …

House approves bill requiring ‘dignified’ treatment of fetal remains

This article originally appeared in the Deseret News. Read it in its entirety here. SALT LAKE CITY — The Utah House fell in line with its Senate counterpart on Wednesday, putting a final stamp of approval on the way fetal remains are to be handled in Utah following a miscarriage …

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