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Misguided Amendment

Q: How many Utah state senators does it take to do the right thing? A: One. And her name is Senator Luz Robles. The Utah Legislature passed a resolution this summer urging Congress to pass a balanced budget amendment to the U.S. Constitution. This has been a pet project of U.S. Sens. Mike Lee and …

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Utah legislators not qualified to interpret U.S. Constitution

Sheryl Allen, former state representative and member of the Constitutional Revision Commission, recently commented on the Legislature’s move, through SB44, to end the commission’s independence (“Election doesn’t make legislators constitutional scholars,” Opinion, June 7). We at the Alliance for a Better UTAH believe that SB44 is a strike against the principles of good government and …

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Election Doesn’t Turn Legislators into Constitutional Scholars

True or false quiz: 1. Being elected to the Utah Legislature makes you a constitutional law expert. 2. The Utah Constitution can be easily amended and advice from legal scholars is not needed. Of course, the answers to the above questions are false, but in 2011 the Legislature passed an ill-advised bill that indicates some …

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Defining Charity: the LDS Church and Carl Wimmer

In a recent 24-hour period, LDS Church President Thomas S. Monson praised the church’s welfare program and urged members to help others, while Rep. Carl Wimmer, quoting someone else, tweeted the following: “It’s wrong for someone to confiscate your money, give it to someone else, and call that ‘compassion’.” We truly live in interesting times. …

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Texting Made Public

As House Bill 477 heads to repeal, the Alliance for a Better Utah believes that the Sutherland Institute’s Paul Mero got it wrong in contending that texting is a form of “contemporaneous communication” to be shielded from public view (see “Mero Moment: GRAMA and Transparency” at www.sutherlandinstitute.org). The better argument is that in the interest …

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