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Gov. Herbert signs bill requiring him to consult with legislative leaders during emergencies

This article originally appeared in the Salt Lake Tribune. Read it in its entirety here. Gov. Gary Herbert on Monday endorsed one final bill from the Legislature’s recent coronavirus-related special session — a proposal that requires him to consult with House and Senate leaders before taking emergency action. The mandate means Herbert must now give a heads-up to legislators at least 24 hours ahead of an

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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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