In January of 2018, I attended a panel aimed at millennials to better understand Utah’s Legislative Session. It had been nearly a year since I had graduated from law school, and I was still struggling to find work and searching for purpose. I felt too shy to show up to an event where I didn’t
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PRESS RELEASEFOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: April 25, 2019 Salt Lake City, UT – In response to a proposed resolution seeking to repeal SB103, Utah’s newly minted hate crimes law, at the Utah GOP convention next week, Lauren Simpson, policy director for Alliance for a Better Utah, issued the following statement: “It is beyond distressing that a
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
This article originally appeared on Fox 13. Read it in its entirety here. SALT LAKE CITY — What just happened? The Utah State Legislature just happened! Hard to believe it was 45 days ago that lawmakers opened the 2019 legislative session to protests over their plans to replace Proposition 3, the voter-approved Medicaid-expansion ballot initiative.
This broadcast originally appeared on KRCL. Listen to the radio segment here. Queering the Blank Slate with Vox’s Carlos Maza. Day 44 of 45 at the Utah Legislature, which finally puts some teeth into the state’s hate crimes law. New plays from Plan-B’s Theater Artists of Color Writing Workshop. Tonight’s lineup: Queering the Blank Slate:
This originally appeared as an op-ed in the Salt Lake Tribune. This isn’t another op-ed about gun violence. This is an op-ed about hate crimes. Hate crimes that could come right to your front door. Hate crimes that could attack your places of worship, as mine was attacked on Saturday. I was in a great
Nearly two dozen Utah religious leaders are urging the Utah Legislature to pass SB86, which would enhance penalties for hate-driven crimes against people or property. Under the bill, sponsored by state Sen. Daniel Thatcher, R-West Valley City, punishment for a class A misdemeanor could be meted out at a harsher, third-degree-felony level if the crime targeted
[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Faith leaders throughout the state joined together to sign a letter in regards to S.B. 86, “Victim Selection Penalty Enhancement,” sponsored by Sen. Thatcher. They urged legislators to support the legislation, emphasizing the need for Utah to remain a place of safety and refuge for all groups of people. The list of signatories includes leaders
Source: Deseret News On May 2, Orrin Hatch, alongside Democratic California Senator Diane Feinstein, proposed the Protecting Religious Affiliated Institutions Act, a bill that would make threats to obstruct the free worship of any religious group — including to deface or destroy mosques, synagogues, or churches — a federal crime. This is a praiseworthy and
Source: KCPW Alliance for a Better Utah’s Chase Thomas joins Roger McDonough to discuss a contentious hearing over a proposed change to Utah adoption law, a measure to broaden the definition of hate crimes in the state, and a legislative nod to bringing the Winter Olympics back to Utah. Listen to KCPW report here.