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Politics in Brief - March 5 2018 | 03-02-2018

UT LAWMAKERS CONSIDER LIMITING LOBBYING BY PUBLIC EMPLOYEES: A UTAH House committee voted this month to advance a bill ( HB 391 ) restricting lobbying of the Legislature by state employees and prohibiting some state entities from taking a public position...

Politics in Brief - February 5 2018 | 02-02-2018

UT ADVANCES BILL ALLOWING REMOVAL OF ELECTED OFFICIALS FOR MENTAL INCAPACITY: The UTAH Senate has passed a bill ( SB 38 ) that would establish a process for removing county elected officials from office for mental incapacity. The legislation was prompted...

Politics In Brief - August 21 2017 | 08-18-2017

UT OKAYS PETITION DRIVE FOR MEDICAL POT INITIATIVE UTAH election officials have given the go-ahead for backers of a proposed medical marijuana initiative to begin gathering signatures to qualify the measure for the 2018 ballot. The Utah Patients Coalition...

Conflicts of Interest Common in UT Legislature | 03-10-2017

Utah Rep. Jim Dunnigan (R), who runs an insurance agency when he’s not working part-time as a legislator, sponsored four bills this year concerning the insurance industry, one of which, HB 395 , was criticized by a doctor during a hearing for giving...

AZ, UT Consider Switching Presidential Primary Systems | 04-01-2016

After a presidential primary last month marred by long lines at polling places and voter frustration, Arizona Secretary of State Michele Reagan (R), the state’s top election official, said she was backing legislation to shift the state from government...

Voting by Mail Boosts Turnout in UT | 12-04-2015

As is the case in most states, voter turnout in Utah has plummeted in recent years. Only 28.8 percent of the state’s eligible voters participated in the 2014 general election. But a report released by the Utah Foundation this month said that...

Politics In Brief - November 9 2015 | 11-06-2015

Seattle adopts unique public campaign finance program Seattle voters approved Initiative 122, which will make the city the first in the nation to try a taxpayer-funded “democracy voucher” program. The program, which will be funded by a...

Politics In Brief - September 7 2015 | 09-04-2015

Donors get state contracts Lobbyists and political action committees associated with four companies awarded contracts to manage IOWA’s $4.2 billion Medicaid program donated nearly $68,000 to top IOWA elected officials, including Gov. Terry Branstad...

Summer of Power in UT | 06-19-2015

The ‘60s saw the Summer of Love in San Francisco. But according to the political news website Utah Policy, we are on the verge of a “Summer of Power” in Utah, with Beehive State leaders enjoying a “vortex of power nationally”...

Conservative UT Passes Liberal Laws | 05-15-2015

Last week, laws took effect in Utah that among other things institute gay-rights protections and mandate treatment instead of prison for drug offenders. And tax hikes for transportation and education will take effect in July. But those laws were passed...