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Utah’s conflict of interest problem

With the Legislative session now a month behind us, it’s a good time to reflect not just on what happened, but what we want the Legislature to look like in the future.  Utah has long resisted implementing meaningful ethical standards for public officials. As a matter of fact, a few years ago lawmakers decided to

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Better Utah responds to reduced debate time in Utah House

PRESS RELEASEFOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: February 16, 2021 Salt Lake City, UT – Today, with three weeks left of the session and some big bills still in the queue to be debated, the Utah House unanimously passed a motion which would limit floor debate time from ten minutes to five minutes.  Lauren Simpson, policy director of Alliance

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Wasted time

Sitting on the deep green plushy seats in the House gallery on one of my first days of the 2019 session, I remember coming to the Capitol as a child and how extravagant that room seemed at the time. I hear a Representative request a “personal privilege” from the Speaker, which is then granted. My

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Rep. Mia Love skips 83 percent of votes in lame-duck session, most of any ousted lawmaker

This article originally appeared in 2 KUTV. Read it in its entirety here. Congresswoman Mia Love has been largely absent from Washington, D.C., since losing re-election. She’s missed 83.5 percent of votes since the beginning of November, according to data found on government transparency website GovTrack. It’s the worst lame-duck voting record of the nearly three dozen

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District 8 Utah House hopefuls spar over GOP dominance, private sector ties

This article originally appeared in the Standard Examiner. Read it in its entirety here.  OGDEN — If elected, Steve Waldrip, the Republican hopeful for the District 8 seat in the Utah House, says his GOP affiliation would serve constituents well. Being part of Utah’s dominant party would give him a place at the table in Republican caucus

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Will Senate stand up to obstructionist House?

Salt Lake City — Through a series of procedural votes, a majority of House members have now gone on record against Governor Herbert’s Healthy Utah plan, despite the plan’s widespread support among a majority of Utahns, the state Senate and the Governor. The Alliance for a Better UTAH has released the following statement in response

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An open letter to House Speaker Becky Lockhart

The Alliance for a Better UTAH has released an open letter to House Speaker Becky Lockhart following the dismissal of Rep. Lowry Snow as the Chair of the House Committee assigned to investigate allegations of wrongdoing by Attorney General John Swallow. The letter asks Speaker Lockhart, in the interest of transparency and public trust, to

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