Category Archives: Legislature

Testimony on HB 96 (Utah School Readiness Initiative)

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 good … 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 2014 Legislature …

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Swallow/Shurtleff A.G. alleged scandals and infographic

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. Sutherland … Continue reading

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

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rCEXb22R85k&feature=youtu.be 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

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 Perry … Continue reading

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The problem with Agenda 21

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 Nations … Continue reading

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

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 because … Continue reading

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Op-ed: The House has got dating all wrong

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 evidence … Continue reading

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Stuck inside a selfish box

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 the … Continue reading

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Smoking, dating, and competing rights

The following post is a transcript of a weekly radio commentary aired on several Utah radio stations: Well into the new legislative session, already we see signs that state legislators struggle to discern first principles from ideological preferences and where … Continue reading

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Interim Day: Don’t call HB 148 a ‘land grab’ – Utah has every right to control its land

Mid-November meetings of the Utah Legislature are traditionally the final regular monthly gatherings of interim committees prior to the full-time session that begins in January. The issues and proposals discussed foreshadow and prepare the way for the work legislators will … Continue reading

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Interim Day at the Legislature: Utah’s energy economy

Energy production and development (especially fossil fuels such as coal, oil, and natural gas) are valuable parts of Utah’s economy, according to a report that the governor’s energy adviser gave to the Natural Resources, Agriculture and Environment Interim Committee. The … Continue reading

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Interim Day: Panel hears reports on government-centric economic development

In today’s Economic Development and Workforce Services Interim Committee meeting at the Utah State Capitol, the committee heard reports from various state government economic development agencies, including reports from the Office of Tourism and the Film Commission. The Office of … Continue reading

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Alimony, audits and adoption: family issues heard during Utah interim meetings

During last week’s interim day meetings, the legislature heard three family issues. The Judiciary Interim Committee listened to testimony about reforming alimony (brought to the Committee by Representative Fred Cox, R-West Valley City) which has been a Sutherland Institute priority. … Continue reading

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Utah government entities catalogue how they compete with the private sector

During yesterday’s interim meetings, the Legislature’s Political Subdivisions Interim Committee heard reports from representatives of higher education, K-12 public schools, counties, cities, and others about activities they participate in that potentially compete with the private sector and how they go … Continue reading

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