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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 …

These Citizen Activists Fought Hard to Expand Health Care. Then Their Lawmakers Rebuked Them. Utahns took Med

This article originally appeared in the Huff Post. Read it in its entirety here. It’s hard to get a ballot initiative in front of voters in Utah. Proponents of changing state law via direct action by voters must get petitions signed by the equivalent of 10 percent of the number …

Press Release: Sponsor makes false claims during House debate on coal port bill

PRESS RELEASEFOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: March 13, 2019 Salt Lake City, UT – Without a House committee hearing, the House of Representatives passed S.B. 248 from Rep. Mike McKell, which, as substituted, streamlines the ability for Utah counties to invest millions of dollars in an out-of-state coal port. During the House …

Press Release: Initiative bills confuse, delay, and create bureaucratic hurdles in the initiative process

PRESS RELEASEFOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: March 13, 2019 Salt Lake City, UT – Today, the Legislature passed HB 133 “Initiative Amendments,” and HB 145, “Citizen Political Process Amendments.” These bills make changes to the initiative process by pushing back the implementation date and making adjustments to the signature-gathering process. Representative Daw’s …

Press Release: Instead of Spending Money to Reduce Abortions, the Utah Legislature Passed a Costly Message Bill

PRESS RELEASEFOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: March 13, 2019 Salt Lake City, UT – Today, the Utah Senate passed Representative Cheryl Acton’s bill, HB 136, Abortion Amendments. This bill unconstitutionally limits a woman’s right to choose after 18 weeks. Lauren Simpson, policy director for Alliance for a Better Utah, issued the following …

Utah lawmakers tee up a court fight with passage of an 18-week abortion ban

This article originally appeared in the Salt Lake Tribune. Read it in its entirety here. Republican Utah senators were undaunted by the near-certainty of lawsuits and an uphill battle through the courts as they voted 23-6 along party lines Wednesday evening to ban elective abortions after 18 weeks of fetal …

Plan to send $53 million in state funds to West Coast export terminal project advances in the Utah Legislature

This article originally appeared in the Salt Lake Tribune. Read it in its entirety here. A bill that could direct more than $50 million toward developing a deep-water export terminal on the West Coast passed the House on Wednesday. Supporters of the legislation couched it as a way to bolster …

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