Category Archives: Legislature

Support religious liberty: stand up to the ‘no compromise’ approach to nondiscrimination

Supporters of a “no compromise” approach to LGBT nondiscrimination argue that we already have sufficient protections for religious liberty. They cite the First Amendment and Utah’s majority-Mormon population to bolster their case. Unfortunately, their argument is undermined by the realities … Continue reading

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Nondiscrimination legislation requires balance, extreme care

News reports suggest there is still an ongoing debate about how to balance calls for changes to state discrimination laws (which would expand the reasons businesses and property owners could not deny housing or employment) with the need for robust … Continue reading

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Testimony on SB 153 (Access to Health Care)

Testimony presented by Stan Rasmussen, Sutherland Institute director of public affairs, on Feb. 17, 2015, before the Senate Health and Human Services Standing Committee regarding SB 153 (Access to Health Care):  Thank you, Mr. Chair, and good morning, Senators. Stan Rasmussen … Continue reading

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On Point video: Taxes and education in the Legislature — 2/12/15

  Watch as Utah GOP party officer Michelle Mumford and political consultant Michelle Scharf discuss the latest in Utah politics and the 2015 Legislature in this edition of On Point presented by Sutherland Institute. Click the image above to watch, … Continue reading

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Testimony on SB 164 (Medicaid expansion)

Testimony presented by Derek Monson, director of public policy, Sutherland Institute, on Feb. 11, 2015, before the Senate Health and Human Services Committee of the Utah Legislature regarding SB 164 (Access to Health Care Amendments): Thank you, Mr. Chair and members of … Continue reading

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Senator Hillyard has it right on raising the rainy-day fund cap

Last week, Senator Lyle Hillyard posted to The Senate Site that he and Representative Dean Sanpei would be sponsoring legislation to raise the limits on the general and education rainy-day funds (or budget reserves) which are currently at 8 percent … Continue reading

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A right to discriminate?

A common accusation made by those who oppose robust protections for religious liberty is that proponents are seeking a “right to discriminate.” The common form this argument takes is that religious liberty is already protected (say, by the First Amendment … Continue reading

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On Point video: 2015 Legislature gets into its groove

Watch “Holly on the Hill” blogger Holly Richardson and Michelle Mumford, former assistant dean at BYU Law School, discuss the first week of the 2015 Legislature – including the topics of Medicaid expansion, gas tax, police-community relations, education funding, religious … Continue reading

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2015 Legislature: Testimony supporting partisan elections for state school board (SB 104)

Testimony given by Stan Rasmussen Tuesday, Feb. 3, before the Senate Government Operations and Political Subdivisions Standing Committee regarding Education Elections and Reporting Amendments (SB 104): Sutherland supports SB 104 because it would replace the current incoherent, convoluted and complex … Continue reading

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S.L. Tribune op-ed: No reason to rush a Utah anti-discrimination law

(Salt Lake Tribune) Leaders of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints last week made an informative, thoughtful statement about the need to take a balanced approach to the connected issues of protecting the employment and housing rights of … Continue reading

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Rebecca Lockhart – Sutherland Soapbox, 1/27/15

This post is an expanded transcript of a 4-minute weekly radio commentary aired on several Utah radio stations. The podcast can be found at the bottom of this post. Much has been said over the last several days since the … Continue reading

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Sutherland Institute endorses LDS Church’s principles on religious freedom and nondiscrimination

MEDIA RELEASE For Immediate Release: Jan. 27, 2015 Sutherland Institute welcomes the helpful comments from leaders of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints this morning on religious liberty and nondiscrimination. We endorse the principles outlined in the press … Continue reading

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The (legislative) game is afoot

We’ve collected some great little tools to get you primed for this year’s legislative session: Here’s a quick video tour at the Capitol showing you where to find what. Learn how an idea becomes a law in this snappy little … Continue reading

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Fundamental reform must precede increases in generally applicable taxes

Some Utah policymakers are proposing legislation this year that would increase generally applicable taxes on income and gasoline. Not surprisingly, these proposals have drawn the attention of the media and Utah pollsters, who have found that Utahns oppose raising income … Continue reading

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Graphic: A bill’s long and winding road

Here’s a fun, easy-to-understand graphic on how a bill becomes a law in Utah. (Click to enlarge.) You can print it out and follow along with the 2015 Legislature …

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