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Press Release: Sponsor makes false claims during House debate on coal port bill

PRESS RELEASEFOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: March 13, 2019 Salt Lake City, UT – Without a House committee hearing, the House of Representatives passed S.B. 248 from Rep. Mike McKell, which, as substituted, streamlines the ability for Utah counties to invest millions of dollars in an out-of-state coal port. During the House debate, Rep. McKell repeatedly claimed

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Press Release: Initiative bills confuse, delay, and create bureaucratic hurdles in the initiative process

PRESS RELEASEFOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: March 13, 2019 Salt Lake City, UT – Today, the Legislature passed HB 133 “Initiative Amendments,” and HB 145, “Citizen Political Process Amendments.” These bills make changes to the initiative process by pushing back the implementation date and making adjustments to the signature-gathering process. Representative Daw’s bill, HB 133, imposes an

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OpEd: Healthy Utah still looks like best solution to Medicaid dilemma

Better Utah intern Kyle Eng penned an op-ed in the Salt Lake Tribune discussing how  Gov. Herbert’s Healthy Utah is still the best option for expanding Medicaid in Utah. It has been more than 300 days since Gov. Gary Herbert introduced his version of Medicaid expansion known as “Healthy Utah,” which would have returned $446 million

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Conclusive data: Legislature is out of touch

As the 2015 Legislative Session comes to a close, one thing is abundantly clear: Legislators don’t care what voters think. Whose thoughts, exactly, do they care for? Donors? Delegates? We may never know for sure, but we do know that despite overwhelming public support or opposition on several key issues, lawmakers are ignoring the will

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The rhetoric of local control in Utah state legislature

It is not uncommon to see the Utah State legislature rail against the federal government with the demand that control should come from local governments. Yet in many cases, their view of local control only extends to the Utah State Capitol and not farther down the line to cities and counties across the state. There have

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More days equals more damage from the Utah Legislature

In just under 70 days the Utah State Legislature will meet for its annual 45-day session. There is a move among some legislators to push for a longer session. Utah has one of the shortest sessions in the country. We have a calendar-day session, meaning that once you take out weekends and holidays we are

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