Category Archives: Legislature

Behind the Legislative Scorecard – Mero Moment, 4/1/14

Tweet This post is a transcript of a 4-minute weekly radio commentary aired on several Utah radio stations. About 10 years ago, when Sutherland Institute made it a part of our mission to “constructively influence Utah’s decision makers,” we were … Continue reading

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Sutherland releases 2014 Legislative Scorecard and Lifetime Legislator Scores

Tweet SALT LAKE CITY – Sutherland Institute released today its 2014 Legislative Scorecard. Using 17 pieces of legislation considered during the 2014 legislative session for the Senate and 18 for the House (not all bills overlap between chambers), Sutherland produced … Continue reading

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On Point at the Capitol: advice from women in politics, 3/14/14

Tweet In this episode of On Point, “Holly on the Hill” blogger Holly Richardson interviews several Democratic and Republican state legislators about the highs and lows of the 2014 session and finds out how they got started in politics. The … Continue reading

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Election solution may be a Pyrrhic victory – Mero Moment, 3/11/14

Tweet This post is a transcript of a 4-minute weekly radio commentary aired on several Utah radio stations. (Scroll down for podcast.) As the legislative version of the Count My Vote initiative is signed into law, we should reflect on … Continue reading

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Private lives and public policy

Tweet A note to members of the Utah Senate and House of Representatives from Paul Mero, president of Sutherland Institute: As I write this, I recognize I’m addressing a diverse audience. I recognize some legislators know me well, even personally. … Continue reading

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Testimony on SB 251 (Amendments to Medicaid and Health Care)

Tweet Testimony presented by Derek Monson, director of public policy, Sutherland Institute, on Feb. 27 before the Utah Senate Health and Human Services Committee regarding SB 251 – Amendments to Medicaid and Health Care: Thank you Mr. Chair and members … Continue reading

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Testimony on HB 96 (Utah School Readiness Initiative)

Tweet Testimony presented by Stan Rasmussen, director of public affairs, Sutherland Institute, before the House Education Standing Committee of the Utah Legislature on Feb. 6, 2014, regarding HB 96 – Utah School Readiness Initiative: Thank you, Mr. Vice Chair and … Continue reading

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Graphic: A bill’s long and winding road

Tweet 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 2014 Legislature …

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Swallow/Shurtleff A.G. alleged scandals and infographic

Tweet Click here or the image below for a large web version of the infographic. Last week, in my regular radio commentary aired throughout the state, I recommended that Utah Attorney General John Swallow resign his post as Attorney General. … Continue reading

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Robles, Osmond, Henderson, Valentine share highs, lows from 2013 Utah session

Tweet Watch our video to see what Utah State Sens. Luz Robles, Aaron Osmond, Deidre Henderson and John Valentine are most proud of from the 2013 Utah Legislative session. The legislators also tell us what they would like to continue … Continue reading

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2013 Legislature: Testimony in favor of reporting domestic violence statistics

Tweet Testimony given by Stan Rasmussen Monday, March 4, before the House Law Enforcement and Criminal Justice Committee in support of Rep. Lee Perry’s Domestic Violence Statistics Reporting (HB 361): Thanks, Mr. Chairman, and good morning, Representatives. We commend Representative … Continue reading

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The problem with Agenda 21

Tweet The following post is a transcript of a 4-minute weekly radio commentary aired on several Utah radio stations: A recent op-ed in The Salt Lake Tribune calls on the Utah Senate to oppose a resolution critical of a United … Continue reading

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2013 Legislature: Testimony in favor of student-centered learning pilot program

Tweet Testimony written by Derek Monson and given by Stan Rasmussen Wednesday, Feb. 27, before the Senate Education Committee in support of Sen. Howard Stephenson’s Student-Centered Learning Pilot Program (SB 79): Thank you, Mr. Chair. Sutherland Institute supports SB 79 … Continue reading

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Op-ed: The House has got dating all wrong

Tweet There is an axiom that Utah culture is only a decade, perhaps even only a few years, behind a broader American culture in decline. Recently, as the Utah House of Representatives debated the Dating Violence Protection Act, HB50, further … Continue reading

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Stuck inside a selfish box

Tweet The following post is a transcript of a four-minute weekly radio commentary aired on several Utah radio stations: For nearly eight years, Jim Ferrell has been a part of Sutherland Institute’s Transcend Series of lectures and classes. We created … Continue reading

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