Tag: Norm Thurston

Better Utah op-ed

Lauren Simpson: Utah’s lawmakers are in election-year mode

This article originally appeared in the Salt Lake Tribune. Read it in its entirety here. The Utah legislative session felt different this year. Between COVID-19, an instant repeal of the tax reform passed by the Legislature one month prior and an uncharacteristically slow release of bills, Capitol Hill veterans agreed it was a singularly unique session. And on top of all that, the cloud of the 2020 election loomed over every

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Press Release: Better Utah calls for veto on bills that hurt democratic process

PRESS RELEASEFOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: March 21, 2019 Salt Lake City, UT – Today, Alliance for a Better Utah sent a letter to Governor Herbert, requesting his veto on three bills that hurt the democratic process in Utah. The bills, S.B. 123, Election Process Amendments,  H.B. 133, Initiative Amendments, and H.B. 145, Citizen Political Process Amendments,

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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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Press Release – BETTER UTAH DENOUNCES VOTE TO UNBALANCE PARTISAN BOARDS AND COMMISSIONS

Salt Lake City, UT – This afternoon, the House Government Operations Committee voted to favorably recommend HB 11 State Boards and Commissions Amendments. This bill, sponsored by Rep. Norm Thurston (R – Provo) would remove “the political party affiliation requirement for certain boards and commissions” on 29 of 74 boards and commissions that currently have

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