Utah Legislature

Politics can be confusing, but we’re here to help! Our staff works hard to promote political awareness and participation among all groups in Utah.

During the legislative session, you’ll find us hanging out at the Capitol building for the latest scoops in lawmaking. We publish regular reports during each session to keep you up to date on new bills and ballot initiatives.

Keep an eye out for out for our forthcoming Voter Guide, which provides impartial outlines of several significant issues in Utah politics.

2019 BillsBetter Utah on the Hill

Press Release: Sean Reyes’ attempt to take a healthcare from Utahns heard in Federal Appeals Court

PRESS RELEASEFOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: July 9, 2019 Salt Lake City, UT – Today, a federal appeals court will hear oral arguments in Texas Vs U.S. The lawsuit is backed by Utah Attorney General Sean Reyes, and aims to repeal the Affordable Care Act in its entirety.  Lauren Simpson, policy director …

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2019 BillsAccountability/Transparency

Press Release: Better Utah comments on anticipated first tax reform meeting

PRESS RELEASEFOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: May 30, 2019 Salt Lake City, UT – Following the failure of HB441, the tax reform bill from the 2019 legislative session, the Tax Restructuring and Equalization Task Force was formed to take on the gargantuan task of tax reform. In recent weeks, various politicians have …

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2019 BillsBetter Utah on the Hill

Stop the bans

Earlier this week I was honored to have been asked to speak at a rally hosted by Planned Parenthood, the theme of which was, “Stop the [abortion] Bans.” This rally was a part of a national day of action in response to the recent slew of anti-abortion laws that have …

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2019 BillsBetter Utah on the Hill

Press Release: Some Utah Republicans are working to undermine Utah’s Hate Crimes law

PRESS RELEASEFOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: April 25, 2019 Salt Lake City, UT – In response to a proposed resolution seeking to repeal SB103, Utah’s newly minted hate crimes law, at the Utah GOP convention next week, Lauren Simpson, policy director for Alliance for a Better Utah, issued the following statement: “It …

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2019 BillsAccountability/Transparency

Have you checked out Better Utah’s new Progress Report?

It can be tough to know if your legislators are doing a good job. State representatives tend to slide under the radar, and local elections just aren’t as sexy! We get it, but we also believe supporting good local candidates is the way to make your vote go the distance. …

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2019 BillsAccountability/Transparency

Press Release: 2019 Legislative Progress Report Shows Poor Progress From Utah Legislators

PRESS RELEASEFOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: April 9, 2019 Salt Lake City, UT – Alliance for a Better Utah released their annual Legislative Scorecard today, this year under a new name: Legislative Progress Report. As a whole, the House and Senate both averaged a C grade. “The process of scoring votes is …

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2019 BillsBetter Utah on the Hill

Commentary: Utah’s new hate crimes law is a complicated victory

This article originally appeared in the Salt Lake Tribune. Tuesday, Gov. Gary Herbert proudly signed Utah’s new hate crime bill into law. It was a legislative effort that stalled for a number of years, but grew wings after the infamous attack at Lopez Tires, where a man brutally beat an 18-year-old and …

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2019 BillsAccountability/Transparency

Press Release: 78,000 Utahns Left Out On First Day Of Medicaid Enrollment

PRESS RELEASEFOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: April 1, 2019 Salt Lake City, UT – In response to the first day of Medicaid enrollment following implementation of limited Medicaid expansion, Chase Thomas, executive director of Alliance for a Better Utah, issued the following statement: “Thanks to the hard work of advocates, activists, and …

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