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Guest opinion: Family separation negatively impacts Utah’s workforce, economy

This article originally appeared in the Deseret News. Growing up in Utah, I was taught that nothing mattered more than family. Through songs, religious activities and the phrase “families are forever” displayed in framed needlepoint, I understood from a young age how much families being together meant to Utahns. This …

Commentary: What is the ‘Utah Way’? Depends On Who You Are

This article originally appeared in the Salt Lake Tribune. If you are involved at all in Utah politics, you most likely have heard about the “Utah way” of doing things. But what exactly is the “Utah way?” The New York Times referred to the firing squad as “a Utah way …

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, …

Utah Lawmaker Mike McKell Makes False Claims During House of Representatives Debate on Coal Port Bill

This article originally appeared on Medium. Read it in its entirety here. The Utah House of Representatives passed SB248 from Rep. Mike McKell (R-Spanish Fork). As substituted, the legislation streamlines the ability for Utah counties to invest millions of dollars in an out-of-state coal port. During House debate, McKell repeatedly …

With sights set on the Supreme Court overturning Roe, Arkansas and Utah pass 18-week abortion bans

This article originally appeared in the Daily Kos. Read it in its entirety here. Another day, and another couple of state legislatures decide to pass abortion cut-offs that supporters know won’t pass constitutional muster unless the U.S. Supreme Court overturns Roe v. Wade. This time it was Utah and Arkansas lawmakers approving …

Lawmakers change voter initiative rules: Successful ones will be delayed for months and petition signatures will be posted online.

This article originally appeared in the Salt Lake Tribune. Read it in its entirety here. The Senate spent less than 30 seconds Wednesday discussing a bill that delays the implementation of successful ballot initiatives to give lawmakers a chance to change them. Senators then passed HB133 on a 22-5 vote. The measure …

Utah State Senate passes bill banning abortion after 18 weeks

This article originally appeared on 2 KUTV. Read it in its entirety here. SALT LAKE CITY (KUTV) — A bill that would make abortion in Utah illegal after 18 weeks of pregnancy was passed by the Utah State Senate on Wednesday evening. The initial proposal, House Bill 136, was filed by …

Utah lawmakers pass three bills that affect ballot initiative process

This article originally appeared in the St. George News. Read it in its entirety here. SA trio of bills tweaking the ballot initiative process are on their way to the governor’s desk after passing the Legislature. House Bills 133, 145 and 195 impact when successful ballot initiatives can take effect, when signatures need to be …

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