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Better Utah responds to anti-trans Interim discussion

PRESS RELEASEFOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: June 16, 2021 Salt Lake City, UT – Today, lawmakers on the Health and Human Services Interim Committee discussed the ability of trans girls to participate in school sports. According to the Utah High School Activities Association, there are currently no trans girls participating in school sports in Utah.  Lauren Simpson, policy …

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Better Utah responds to premature end of unemployment benefits

PRESS RELEASEFOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: May 12, 2021 Salt Lake City, UT – Today, Governor Cox announced that the additional $300 weekly unemployment benefits and other federal unemployment programs related to the pandemic would end June 26, rather than the federal expiration of Sept. 6. The move to end the unemployment stipend prematurely is a trend among …

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Better Utah Publishes Legislative Progress Report

PRESS RELEASEFOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: March 31, 2021 Salt Lake City, UT – Today, Alliance for a Better Utah published its annual Progress Report for the 2021 General Legislative Session. This year, lawmakers were graded for their votes on 66 important bills organized into four categories: Strong Communities, Equal Rights, Good Government, and Sustainable Future. All 104 …

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Better Utah responds to bill making signature-gathering for ballot initiatives harder

PRESS RELEASEFOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: March 4, 2021 Salt Lake City, UT – Today, Utah’s Senate voted 22-7 to pass HB136 from Representative Teuscher, the bill which would make signature-gathering for ballot initiatives harder. The bill is backed by the Foundation for Government Accountability, a Florida-based conservative advocacy group that opposes Medicaid expansion. Lauren Simpson, policy director …

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Better Utah responds to anti-democracy bill advancing in the Senate

PRESS RELEASEFOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: February 26, 2021 Salt Lake City, UT – Tonight, in a surprise turnaround, the Utah Senate voted 18-11 to advance SB205 from Senator Dan McCay. The bill would allow the Utah Republican Party to require candidates to be nominated through the convention process, abandoning the signature-gathering route created under the 2014 “SB …

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Better Utah Responds to committee comments on CROWN Act

PRESS RELEASEFOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: February 9, 2021 Salt Lake City, UT – Today, during the Senate Economic Development and Workforce Services Committee, lawmakers discussed S.B. 80, Utah Antidiscrimination Act Amendments, sponsored by Sen. Derek Kitchen. During discussion on the bill, Senator Derrin Owens and other lawmakers made a host of inappropriate and offensive comments. Senator Owens …

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Press Release: Better Utah responds to HB197

PRESS RELEASEFOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: February 5, 2021 Salt Lake City, UT – Today, the House Government Operations committee voted 7-3 to advance HB197, Voter Affiliation Amendments, (Representative Jordan Teuscher, R). The bill will continue on to the full House.  Lauren Simpson, policy director for Alliance for a Better Utah, issued the following statement:  “When Utahns affiliate …

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