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Better Utah responds to anti-trans Interim discussion

PRESS RELEASEFOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: June 16, 2021 Salt Lake City, UT – Today, lawmakers on the Health and Human Services Interim Committee discussed the ability of trans girls to participate in school sports. According to the Utah High School Activities Association, there are currently no trans girls participating in school sports in Utah.  Lauren Simpson, policy

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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 Publishes Legislative Progress Report

PRESS RELEASEFOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: March 31, 2021 Salt Lake City, UT – Today, Alliance for a Better Utah published its annual Progress Report for the 2021 General Legislative Session. This year, lawmakers were graded for their votes on 66 important bills organized into four categories: Strong Communities, Equal Rights, Good Government, and Sustainable Future. All 104

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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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Prioritizing people during a pandemic

Chiara Kim is a policy intern with Alliance for a Better Utah. My non-verbal, autistic brother moved into a group home when he was 14. In the six years since, my family has been grateful for the services that state funding has helped provide. The residential staff, behavioral therapist, day program, and disability services all

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Better Utah in the News

Oklahoma, Utah face scrutiny over malaria drug purchases

This article originally appeared on PBS. Read it in its entirety here. OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Republican state leaders in Oklahoma and Utah are facing scrutiny for spending millions of dollars combined to purchase malaria drugs promoted by President Trump to treat COVID-19 patients that many other states obtained for free and that doctors warned shouldn’t be used without more testing. While governments in at least

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‘Price gouging’ complaint filed against $800K anti-malarial drug sale to state

This article originally appeared on KSL News. Read it in its entirety here. SALT LAKE CITY — The group Alliance for a Better Utah filed a “price gouging” complaint Tuesday against the Utah pharmacy Meds in Motion, which last month sold the state 20,000 doses of anti-malarial drugs for $800,000 amid the COVID-19 pandemic. “The people of Utah deserve to have this matter investigated,” Chase Thomas,

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Utah Legislature moves to shield businesses from coronavirus lawsuits

This article originally appeared in the Salt Lake Tribune. Read it in its entirety here. As the state makes moves to reopen its slumbering economy, the Utah Legislature approved a bill Thursday that would make property owners and business operators immune from lawsuits brought forward by people exposed to COVID-19. The bill’s sponsor, Sen. Kirk Cullimore, R-Draper, said the measure will make it easier for businesses to

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More deaths, no benefit from drug touted by Trump to treat coronavirus, study finds

This article originally appeared on CBS News. Read it in its entirety here. A malaria drug widely touted by President Donald Trump for treating the new coronavirus showed no benefit in a large analysis of its use in U.S. veterans hospitals. There were more deaths among those given hydroxychloroquine versus standard care, researchers reported. The nationwide study was not a rigorous experiment. But with 368 patients, it’s the largest look

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