Capitol Daily Video: abstinence-only education

Rep. Bill Wright’s proposal to limit sex education in public schools to an abstinence-only curriculum passed the Senate today 19-10-0. HB 363 will now go to the governor for his signature. Watch this video report to learn more about the bill:


Capitol Daily Video: extend Utah's abortion waiting period?

Representative Steve Eliason (R-Sandy) is sponsoring a bill that would require women to wait 72 hours before having an abortion, whereas now they must wait only 24 hours. Watch this video report to learn more about HB 461:


HB 461 recently passed the House 59-11-5. What do you think? Should the abortion waiting period be extended to 72 hours?

Capitol Daily Memo: The facts on SB 208 (Health Care Compact)

The Utah Senate passed SB 208 today, 21-8, and it now moves to the House for consideration. If passed, SB 208 would make Utah a member of the Health Care Compact, an interstate compact that would restore authority and responsibility for health care regulation to Utah and other member states, and it would provide the funds to the states to fulfill that responsibility. In other words, Utah would have the power to suspend and supersede any federal health care regulation, including for Medicaid and Medicare, but excluding those for Native Americans and those provided by the federal Departments of Defense and Veterans Affairs.

Will the Health Care Compact tie Utah to poorly performing health care states?

Answer: No, it will not. Other than offering Utah to be part of a multi-state advisory board, SB 208 will not link or obligate Utah to other states in any way. Rather, under the Health Care Compact, Utah will have the discretion to design and operate its health care programs in ways that are best for Utahns. Further, the state would be free to leave the compact at any time.

Will SB 208 put power over Utah health care policy in the hands of an interstate commission?  Read more

Capitol Daily Video: spending limit bill debated

The Utah Senate recently debated SJR 22, a bill that would limit the growth of state spending. Watch this video report to see clips of the debate and whether your state senator voted for the bill:


You can also go to to learn more about the bill and what it would mean for Utah.

Capitol Daily Video: changes to Statewide Online Education Program

Senator Howard Stephenson (R-Draper) is sponsoring a bill that would make improvements to the state’s digital learning program, which has already found success. Watch this video report to learn more about SB 178:


What do you think? Is the state’s digital learning program good for Utah students?

Capitol Daily Memo: HB 316 – why it pays to reduce divorce

HB 316 passed the House yesterday on a 43-26 vote. The bill reinstates the 90-day divorce waiting period that had been state law until the 1990s, when the state decided to waive the waiting period for couples that took a divorce course.

Research has shown a “cooling off” period could help salvage many marriages, with some 40 percent of couples that were well into their divorce proceedings wishing they could develop a reconciliation plan.

Why is minimizing divorce a good thing? The costs of divorce – emotional, psychological, social and economic – on children, adults and communities are staggering. For this post, I’m going to focus on a few of the economic costs of divorce.  Read more

Capitol Daily Video: pay-for-performance for school teachers

Senator Stuart Adams (R-Layton) is sponsoring a bill that would require evaluations for school teachers and phase out pay based on years of experience and education. Watch this video report to learn more about SB 67.


Capitol Daily Video: pay-for-performance for school administrators

Senator Aaron Osmond (R-South Jordan) is sponsoring a bill aimed at requiring evaluations for teachers and school administrators. It would also tie administrator pay to performance. Watch this video to learn more about SB 64.


Capitol Daily Memo: Forcing STDs on children? Really?

Photo Credit: Scott Catron

The House floor debate on HB 363 last week took an unfortunate turn toward fear-mongering and hyperbole. The bill, run by Representative Bill Wright, R-Holden, would allow school districts to either teach abstinence-only sex education or completely forego sex ed in schools.

The unfortunate remarks by Representative Brian King, D-Salt Lake City, deserve special attention. Representative King stated that teaching abstinence-only sex education to Utah students is “forcing our ignorance or our fear, and our future unintended pregnancies, and our future sexually transmitted diseases, onto the children of the state of Utah– and that’s what we’re doing if we vote for this bill.”

Is it ignorant to tell kids that abstinence is the only guaranteed, 100 percent fail-safe method for not getting STDs or becoming pregnant? Is it fear? Or is it reality?  Read more

Capitol Daily Video: union dues and payroll

Under current law, an employer is required to deduct an employee’s wages for union dues if directed to do so by the employee. HB 350 would change that provision. Watch this video report to learn more about the bill:


Is HB 350 a good bill?