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2017 Interim Session – Voter Participation Update

Government Operations Interim Committee There were a range of topics in this month’s Government Operations Interim Committee meeting, but we honed in on one major topic: voter participation. Rep. Patrice Arent presented on Presidential Primary Funding. During the legislative session, Arent and her co-sponsor, Sen. Curtis Bramble, passed a bill requiring the state to hold

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Op-ed: Progress and a few poor messages from 2017 Legislature

Source: Salt Lake Tribune Another 45 days have come and gone. During that time, more than 1,500 bill files were opened, and hundreds have been passed by the Utah Legislature on their way to becoming the law of the land (the not-so-public land, if the Legislature has its way). Everyone involved — legislators, interns, lobbyists,

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Clean Air Caucus

What could possibly bring Utah’s Republicans and Democrats together? Take a deep breath and you’ll have the answer. Air pollution, a longstanding problem that harms both citizens’ health and the state’s economic growth, caused legislators to reach across the aisle and create the bipartisan Clean Air Caucus. The group was founded by Rep. Patrice Arent,

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Faulty Air-Quality Monitors – and an Escape

What you don’t know can certainly harm you, especially when it comes to the air you breathe. That’s why Utah’s network of air-quality monitors is vital to citizens’ health – and why it’s so troubling that many of these monitors are outdated, damaged and obsolete. “Monitors are the foundation of our air quality program,” Rep.

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Bill to Turn Two Committees Partisan Advances

Source: Utah Political Capitol A bill that will seriously alter the political makeup of two key legislative committees advanced Wednesday. HB 220 – Legislative Organization Amendments, sponsored by Representative LaVar Christensen (Republican – Draper), would add two additional Republicans to the Legislative Management Committee and the Legislative Audit Subcommittee. At present, an equal number of

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Reason may yet prevail in gun debate

Last week was a big week for gun laws at the legislature.  On Wednesday, five bills were heard during House committee hearings. I attended the hearing for HB76 (this bill would change concealed carry law to allow for guns to be carried without a concealed carry permit) and HB114 (the Second Amendment Preservation Act). My

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Better UTAH Beat Episode 36 – February 12, 2013

The following is the transcript from this week’s Better UTAH Beat. It aired on February 12, 2013. ——– The state legislature is now in the third week of the 2013 legislative session. That means there are only five weeks left of this year’s general session. And, with only five weeks to go, there is a

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Simple Bills Can Cause Not-so-simple Problems

While the rest of the country is rejoicing because the Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania Groundhog did not see his shadow, northern and central Utahns remain under the shadow of another capricious creature: winter inversion. Though last week afforded a few days of beautiful sun and rising temperatures, a high pressure system and a buildup of noxious PM

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