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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 bill making signature-gathering for ballot initiatives harder

PRESS RELEASEFOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: March 4, 2021 Salt Lake City, UT – Today, Utah’s Senate voted 22-7 to pass HB136 from Representative Teuscher, the bill which would make signature-gathering for ballot initiatives harder. The bill is backed by the Foundation for Government Accountability, a Florida-based conservative advocacy group that opposes Medicaid expansion. Lauren Simpson, policy director

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Better Utah responds to anti-democracy bill advancing in the Senate

PRESS RELEASEFOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: February 26, 2021 Salt Lake City, UT – Tonight, in a surprise turnaround, the Utah Senate voted 18-11 to advance SB205 from Senator Dan McCay. The bill would allow the Utah Republican Party to require candidates to be nominated through the convention process, abandoning the signature-gathering route created under the 2014 “SB

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Utah Senate votes to require burial or cremation of fetal remains

This article originally appeared in the Salt Lake Tribune. Read it in its entirety here. Members of the Utah Senate gave an early vote of support on Monday to a bill that requires health care providers to either bury or cremate the remains of an abortion or miscarriage. Bill sponsor Sen. Curt Bramble, R-Provo, said the bill is meant to ensure that the bodies of unborn children

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Senate to debate bill to delay effective date of voter-approved ballot measures to give Legislature a chance to ‘fix’ them

This article originally appeared in the Salt Lake Tribune. Read it in its entirety here. After legislators repealed and replaced two ballot initiatives passed by voters in November, a trio of bills designed to change the ballot initiative process is nearing the finish line. The Senate Government Operations Committee approved three such House-passed bills on

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