Tag: prop 2

Remember in November

Since the beginning of time, government accountability has been rooted in the same struggle: where there is power, there is potential for corruption. We’ve seen this throughout our nation’s history, and it’s no surprise–power can be intoxicating. Leaders all around the world and throughout history have proven to be real-life examples of just how destructive

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Senator speaks out after his lawmaking role, businesses pegged as ‘conflicts of interests’

This story originally appeared at kutv.com. Read it in its entirety here. One Utah senator’s business interests impacting ballot initiatives are being called into question after a blog was published on Monday and he isn’t remaining quiet about it. Angela Bacca wrote in Medium, an online publishing platform, that Senate Majority Leader Sen. Evan Vickers (R-Dist.

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Press Release: Senator Vickers’ business interests reveal further issues with the Legislature’s handling of Props 2 and 3

PRESS RELEASEFOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: July 23, 2019 Salt Lake City, UT – Yesterday, a story about Senator Vickers’ business interests in the pharmaceutical industry broke. Sen. Vickers, the Senate Majority Leader, has two family-owned pharmacies in Iron County which distribute 34 percent of the County’s opiates–more than even Walmart’s pharmacy. Iron County, like many rural

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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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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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Local group focuses on protecting propositions ahead of session

This article originally appeared in ABC 4 News. Read it in its entirety here. Utah voters passed three propositions on the November ballot. Now, the question is, how will the legislature respond? We already know they modified the medical cannabis proposition, but what will they do with Medicaid expansion and an independent redistricting commission? Alliance for

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Utah Legislature Overrides Voter-Approved Medical Marijuana Law

This article originally appeared in Public News Service. Read it in its entirety here. SALT LAKE CITY – Utah voters on Nov. 6 approved Proposition 2 to allow medical marijuana to be dispensed in the state. But that didn’t stop some of the bill’s opponents from going to state lawmakers and getting the measure rewritten

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Utah organizations react to passage of ‘compromise’ bill

This article originally appeared on ABC 4 News. Read it in its entirety here. SALT LAKE CITY (ABC4 News) – Utah Governor Gary Herbert signed a bill into law Monday that will replace a medical marijuana proposition approved by voters in November. The Utah Medical Cannabis Act as it was coined was announced in early October ahead of

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Utah has a new medical marijuana law — but not the one approved by voters in the recent election

This article originally appeared in The Salt Lake Tribune. Read it in its entirety here. On Monday, the first business day after Utah’s medical cannabis initiative became law, state legislators supplanted it with a more tightly controlled plan for providing marijuana-based treatment. The Utah Medical Cannabis Act, designed as a replacement for voter-approved Proposition 2, breezed

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