By Sutherland Staff

  • Defeated a push to legalize marijuana: We worked with a coalition of medical experts, public health experts and elected officials to defeat a proposal to legalize marijuana so liberally that Utah would soon be on the path toward legalizing recreational marijuana use.
  • Ensured informed voting through partisan state school board elections: We worked with a coalition of conservative organizations to ensure that voters can easily determine what their state school board candidates stand for by passing compromise legislation that created nonpartisan state school board primaries for 2016 state school board elections, with partisan identification of state school board candidates being required starting in 2018.
  • Defeated unbalanced gay rights laws: We opposed and successfully defeated a hate crimes proposal and adoption legislation that would have upset the balance between religious liberty and gay rights established by the Utah Compromise from last year.
  • Protected Utah’s most vulnerable and taxpayers from Obamacare, while helping those most in need: We helped pass a proposal to allow the chronically homeless and those with substance abuse or mental health problems to access Medicaid coverage, without harming the lowest-income children, the disabled, and Utah taxpayers by tying Utah into full Medicaid expansion under Obamacare. We also helped encourage free healthcare services for low-income families with legislation that allows doctors to count time spent delivering free healthcare toward their medical license renewal requirements.
  • Passed legislation to free Utah’s public lands from federal neglect: We successfully enacted a law to help fund a lawsuit to free public lands in Utah, and a law that ensures that any lands freed from federal neglect and mismanagement will be publicly and sustainably accessible for recreation, wilderness conservation, and economic purposes.
  • Protected Utah children from so-called “comprehensive” sex education: We defeated a bill that would have expanded sex ed in public schools to include controversial instruction in the use of condoms and other forms of contraception better suited to value-based, parental instruction.
  • Ensured that early childhood education resources remain targeted toward at risk children: We successfully amended legislation to ensure that Utah’s all-day kindergarten and preschool programs are appropriately targeted toward children in multi-generational poverty and low-income children that demonstrate genuine academic need.
  • Helped low-income families achieve self-reliance and economic prosperity: We helped pass legislation that promotes self-reliance training for families on welfare programs and a law that allows individuals to become qualified for better jobs without having to go to college degree, by instead pursuing “stackable credentials.”
  • Stopped the return of “double dipping” by state employees: We helped defeat a proposal that would have created hundreds of millions in future unfunded liabilities for taxpayers by making it easier for retired state employees to “double dip” by collecting both a paycheck and a pension check at the same time.
  • Helped pass legislation to recognize the public health crisis and impacts of pornography addiction: After legislation recognizing the addictive and public health problems of pornography addiction was mocked by national talk shows, we helped ensure that it passed, along with companion legislation that allows judges and parole boards to consider increased criminal penalties when a sexual predator forcibly exposes a child to pornography.

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