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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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Firearms Folly

States’ rights have been a source of argument for more than two centuries, and deserve legitimate debate. Every year our Legislature seems intent on taking one or more positions that are so lacking in merit that they can serve no purpose other than to challenge federal authority. In attempting to exempt all firearms made and …

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