Category Archives: Legislature

How to look up a bill on the Legislature’s website

The state of Utah has an excellent legislative website. This site has a wealth of information available to responsible citizens … if you know where to find it. Today I want to go over the quickest way to find and … Continue reading

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Interim day: license plate scanning and Common Core

Today, the Utah Legislature held its first interim committee meetings of the year. These meetings occur once each month from May through November, except in July. Legislators address a range of issues, including ideas for future bills, implementation of past … Continue reading

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Sutherland hands out Legislative Scorecard for 2012

Sutherland Institute announced today its 2012 Legislative Scorecard. Using 12 pieces of legislation from the 2012 legislative session for the Senate score and 13 for the House, Sutherland produced an individual score for each legislator and an overall score for … Continue reading

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Would limits on number of bills improve Legislature’s work?

After six consecutive years of passing more bills than the year before, the Utah Legislature passed fewer bills this year. In 2012, lawmakers passed 478 bills (including resolutions) out of a total 891 bills filed – 26 fewer passed and … Continue reading

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Sutherland’s daily updates from the Hill begin

  During the 2012 legislative session, Sutherland Institute will provide insight and analysis of votes, meetings, debates, legislation and policy from a conservative perspective. The goal is to provide our readers with in-depth coverage of issues vital to them that … Continue reading

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Untangling the politics of hair braiding

  Hair braiding. Why would the state Legislature spend even a minute worrying about hair braiding? Representative Holly Richardson is wondering the same thing. As it stands, hair braiding is regulated by state government. It seems that it’s an issue … Continue reading

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Utah redistricting ‘a crime against humanity’? Really?

  In the Daily Herald’s opinion, “The Utah Legislature has committed a crime against humanity” in the Legislature’s redistricting process. I Googled “crimes against humanity.” I found these stories: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Crimes_against_humanity http://www.ratical.org/ratville/CAH/ http://www.duhaime.org/LegalDictionary/C/CrimesAgainstHumanity.aspx http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2011/sep/13/pope-crimes-humanity-victims-abuse http://www.religioustolerance.org/genocide0.htm Funny, I didn’t find anything about … Continue reading

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Why Democrats can only sing the redistricting blues

  Just a quick thought about the Utah redistricting kerfuffle. The key point, in my mind, is not the process the state Republicans are using to come out with the map. That is an issue, and it is debatable, but, … Continue reading

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Redistricting: Why Utah ought to carve up S.L.

  Here is my advice to the state Legislature on redistricting: Carve up Salt Lake City and dilute the more liberal parts of Salt Lake County. I say this as a conservative, as someone who works each and every day … Continue reading

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July legislative interim day roundup

  Yesterday, the Utah Legislature met for its monthly interim day meetings. During these meetings legislators discuss items that may lead to legislation in the annual general session that begins in January. This month, they also attended to several matters, … Continue reading

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Guest commentary: the next steps for immigration reform

At the same time President Obama was giving his speech about immigration in El Paso, Texas, I was sitting in the courtroom of U.S. District Court Judge Clark Waddoups while he issued a temporary restraining order on the controversial Utah … Continue reading

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Does the Utah State Legislature pass too many bills?

The Salt Lake Tribune reported that 351 new laws took effect today, addressing issues from foster care to fireworks. During this year’s legislative session, legislators passed 504 bills (many of which were resolutions that didn’t create any new laws) out … Continue reading

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Maturation, online learning and other education tidbits

The Utah State Board of Education met today for its monthly meeting. Here are a few tidbits and observations from the meeting: 1. The board approved a motion to apply rules related to sex education (parental consent, local curriculum committee, … Continue reading

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House committee puts a halt to Wimmer’s tax bill

A bill that would require a two-thirds vote for any tax increases in the state failed Thursday to make it past a House committee. HJR001, a bill sponsored by Rep. Carl Wimmer, R-Herriman, failed on a 7-7-2 vote. The bill … Continue reading

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Hillyard warns budget cuts are going to sting

With a $313 million structural imbalance in the Utah budget, state lawmakers are considering multiple options for cuts – and regardless of which option the Legislature chooses, some agencies are going to hurt. “There’s going to be people impacted and … Continue reading

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