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Commentary: Utah’s new hate crimes law is a complicated victory

This article originally appeared in the Salt Lake Tribune. Tuesday, Gov. Gary Herbert proudly signed Utah’s new hate crime bill into law. It was a legislative effort that stalled for a number of years, but grew wings after the infamous attack at Lopez Tires, where a man brutally beat an 18-year-old and his father with a metal

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Health care advocates say Utah’s limited Medicaid plan, now open for enrollment, leaves tens of thousands without coverage

This article originally appeared in the Salt Lake Tribune. Read it in its entirety here. Leonard Bagalwa, a Congolese immigrant who helps Utahns find health insurance through federal programs, said he was excited when voters approved Proposition 3 last year, believing it would mean Medicaid coverage for his family beginning April 1. “Making enough money

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Tax reform falls short this session, but conversation continues

This article originally appeared on ABC 4. Read it in its entirety here. SALT LAKE CITY (ABC4 News) – Time ran out on a massive tax reform bill during the legislative session, but the conversation is moving forward. “Broaden the base and lower the rate.” That has been the rallying cry for tax reform in

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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 claimed that no taxpayer dollars

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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 legislation to prohibit abortions after

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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 already passed the House 50-20

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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 Rep. Cheryl Acton, R-West Jordan

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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 turned in, that they must

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