Tag: citizen initiative

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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Guest opinion: More Americans voting is not a Democratic ‘power grab’

This article originally appeared in Utah Policy. Last month, Mitch McConnell took to the floor of the U.S. Senate to denounce the recently released bill designated by the new Democratic House majority as its priority legislation for the session. Attacking the idea of making Election Day a public holiday, a proposal supported by a large

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Commentary: Our Utah representatives are not representing us

This article originally appeared in the Salt Lake Tribune. On Nov. 6, the voters of Utah voiced their demands loud and clear: We want Medicaid expansion, and we want it now. We want medical marijuana, and we want it now. The majority of Utah voters approved of both ballot initiatives, with Proposition 3 passing with 53.3

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The GOP Keeps Changing The Rules After It Loses Elections

This article originally appeared in the Huffington Post. Read it in its entirety here. Last Election Day, 555,651 Utahns ― 53 percent of voters ― backed a measure to expand Medicaid to low-income adults in the state. Last Monday, 79 Republicans made it clear they don’t care what those voters wanted. All but four GOP

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Could initiatives rescue voting?

Could the lack of ballot initiatives in Utah be hurting our voter turnout? Turns out, it could be a significant factor in our low number of voters. For the past 10 years, several states have led the way in voter participation: Maine, Wisconsin, Colorado, Alaska, Minnesota, Oregon and Washington. There is no obvious partisan similarity

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Good government groups speak out on legislation that weakens petition process

Salt Lake City–The constitutional right of the people of Utah to petition their leaders has come under increasing attack as the visibility, and potential success, of Count My Vote increases. Good government groups Alliance for a Better UTAH and Utahns for Ethical Government have issued the following statement in response to legislation that would weaken

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