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“Talkin’ bout my generation”

“Vote! Vote! Vo-…oh, that’s not how we wanted you to vote… Sit back down and be quiet, you didn’t know what you were voting for.”- The story of the Utah legislature from the perspective of a young Utahn. We’re nearly through with the 2019 legislative session and one thing is frustratingly clear: our representatives have

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Legislative Frustrations

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]This is a blog post about good government. Maybe you think that means I’ll talk about things like fair representation, honesty, avoidance of conflicts, transparency, and the like. And yes, all of those things are important facets of good government, and they are things that the Alliance for a Better Utah and our affiliated organization,

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Provo lawmaker’s bill raises concerns about partisan representation in Utah

Source: The Daily Herald Rep. Norm Thurston, R-Provo has introduced a bill in Utah’s 2017 legislative session that has some people worried about giving one political party too much power. House Bill 11, which would remove political party affiliation requirements for certain state boards and commissions, was recommended by the Government Operations Interim Committee on

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OpEd: Legislators brought forth the good, the bad and the ugly

Utah survived another 45-day legislative session with more than 1,200 bills considered by legislators. Here are the Alliance for a Better Utah’s views on the good, the bad, and the ugly. To be sure, there was good news. The Clean Air Caucus remains vigilant in the effort to clean Utah’s air. Good thing, after another

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Day 1: Legislative session too important to tune out

As I write this the pomp and circumstance of a new legislative session is just getting underway. Aside from the actual legislative participants and a few observers, many Utahns are only vaguely aware that today marks the beginning of Utah’s 45-day legislative session. A lot will happen over the next few weeks–some of it will be

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Meet Christian Romano, Better UTAH’s newest intern

Christian Romano is an undergraduate at the University of Utah and a Karen Shepherd Intern for Ethics and Good Government. What can a 22-year-old intern without much experience tell you about the world around us? Perhaps more than you think. Though I’m inclined to think I can’t offer any insight that you can’t conjure up

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Nine suggestions for getting engaged on Utah’s Capitol Hill

After following this year’s legislative session for the first time as an intern for the Alliance for a Better Utah, I have made a list of suggestions for those interested in getting more involved on Utah’s Capitol Hill. Learn to navigate the Utah State Legislature’s official website, www.le.utah.gov. This site will become your light in the

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