Tag Archives: Utah Legislature

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

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 very … Continue reading

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Sutherland releases 2014 Legislative Scorecard and Lifetime Legislator Scores

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 an … Continue reading

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Why Herbert should veto preschool bill – Mero Moment, 3/25/14

Most people know that Barack Obama has been pushing for universal health care since his initial campaign in 2008. But did you know that universal preschool has been on his implementation list for just as long? The “Preschool for All” … Continue reading

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Testimony on HB 285 (Alcoholic Beverage Service Amendments)

Testimony presented by Stan Rasmussen, director of public affairs, Sutherland Institute, on March 4 before the House Revenue and Taxation Standing Committee regarding HB 285 3rd Substitute – Alcoholic Beverage Service Amendments: Thank you Mr. Chair, and good afternoon, Representatives. … Continue reading

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Private lives and public policy

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. Other … Continue reading

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

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 of … Continue reading

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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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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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Put children first: Don’t hide classroom-level data from public

Suppose you are king of Utah for a day. Your education adviser asks you whether you think it is a good idea to make information on the performance of each classroom of public school students publicly available. He explains to … Continue reading

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Capitol Daily Memo: DCFS working to provide more in-home services, send fewer kids to foster care

A few days ago, we highlighted an audit of the state’s Department of Child and Family Services (DCFS) performed by Utah’s Office of the Legislative Auditor General. During today’s Judiciary Interim Committee meeting, DCFS reported on the progress it has … Continue reading

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Capitol Daily Memo: “backwater” – Utah public lands bill or “extreme” environmentalism?

Today, a legislative committee received an update on the state’s progress in implementing H.B. 148, a bill passed this year with the goal of giving Utah greater access to its public lands in order to maintain state autonomy and increase … Continue reading

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Capitol Daily Memo: tax deductions, exemptions and credits in Utah

Today, the Legislature’s Revenue and Taxation Interim Committee discussed the number and amount of deductions, exemptions and credits in Utah’s tax system (property taxes, income taxes and sales taxes). These policies impact the lives of Utahns and their families in … Continue reading

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Parents’ rights in interim committee hearing

On Wednesday, June 20th, the Judiciary Interim Committee of the Legislature will hear testimony about the appropriate balance between protecting children at risk in their homes and preserving families. The study is part of an important bill, House Bill 161, … Continue reading

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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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