Sutherland Newsletter – February 4, 2010


On January 21, Sutherland Institute published its legislative priorities for the 2010 general session.  On Feb. 11, Sutherland provided an update of efforts to that point.  Below is a summary of the Institute’s legislative work over the past week.

  • On Feb. 16, Jim Giometta, Sutherland legislative consultant, testified in the House and Human Services committee in support of Authentic Charity Health Care Joint Resolution – HJR 27 that recognizes authentic charity care as a key component of state health care policy.  The bill was passed out unanimously, placed on the consent calendar, and will be considered by the full House of Representatives on Monday, Feb. 22.



  • Sutherland’s Stan Rasmussen testified on Feb. 12 in support of Joint Resolution on Energy Policy – HJR 21 as it was heard by the House Public Utilities and Technology Committee.  The bill urges Governor Herbert to withdraw Utah from the Western Climate Initiative.  It was passed out of the committee with a favorable recommendation and awaits consideration by the full House.



  • On Feb. 18, Stan Rasmussen testified in the Senate Health and Human Services Committee in support of Fathers Do Matter Concurrent Resolution – SCR 8.  The proposed legislation calls on government and nonprofit organizations to support responsible fatherhood as a means of addressing the wide-spread problem of fatherless homes.  The resolution passed unanimously and now awaits a vote on the floor of the Senate.



  • Sutherland Policy Manager Derek Monson presented testimony on Feb. 18 in support ofPost-retirement Employment Amendments – SB 43, a bill that would end the practice of “double-dipping” (public employees retiring and securing another full-time government job while still receiving retirement benefits).  The bill was favorably passed out on a 3-2 vote and will be debated on the floor of the Senate.



Proponents of “comprehensive” sex education claim that sexually-transmitted disease (STD) and pregnancy are rampant among Utah teens and, therefore, the state’s health curriculum needs to be “updated.”  They want the curriculum to include more explicit instruction in contraception, and they want teachers to encourage students to use it.


However, digging into the data leads to a different conclusion.


In an opinion-editorial, “No need in Utah for ‘comprehensive’ sex ed,” published in the Salt Lake Tribune on Friday, February 12, 2010, Sutherland Policy Analyst Matthew C. Piccolo takes a close look at what the numbers have to say about Utah teens, STDs, and proposed changes in the state’s sex-education laws.


To read the published version of the op-ed, click


To read the full version, with statistical sources, click here.



Sutherland Institute is pleased to announce the hiring of Trent R. Boulter as the organization’s new broadcasting coordinator.


A native of Orem, Utah, Trent graduated from Brigham Young University with a BA in Broadcast Journalism.  He worked for KSL NewsRadio in Salt Lake City as a producer, board operator, reporter, and anchor before returning to BYU to pursue a Master’s degree in Communications.  For the past two years, he has been working with the university’s Computer Science Department in an effort to develop interactive technologies, including interactive news.  Trent has been one of the main developers of this technology from the beginning of the project.


Among his many responsibilities as a full-time member of the Sutherland team, Trent will coordinate the efforts of a new Institute intern.  Adam Ruri, a native of New Zealand, is in his final semester in BYU’s Marriott School of Business and will complete a Bachelors degree in Business with a minor in Communications in April.  Adam, a former student body president at Brigham Young, has interned in Washington, D.C. with the Senate Rules and Administration Committee.


Sutherland’s new broadcasting department will be responsible for producing a number of new video projects for the Institute’s website, social media outlets, and grassroots campaigns.