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Legislative Session

Use this section of the Utah Democratic Party's website to access the Utah House of Representatives & Senate websites, find current articles relating to the 2009 Legislative Session and interim committee hearings, and visit blogs discussing current issues.

  • Are ethics reform efforts stalled again? Featured News Article Are ethics reform efforts stalled again? Are ethics reform efforts stalled again?

    The Deseret Morning News is reporting the rhetoric coming out from Republicans in the legislature has begun to cool considerably when it comes to ethics reform.  After the... More »

  •  House plans a new ethics-reform panel Featured News Article  House plans a new ethics-reform panel House plans a new ethics-reform panel

    Utah GOP House leaders will try an experiment — reforming state government ethics via an equally membered, bipartisan internal committee. "It has never been done before. We'll... More »

  • House GOP leaders unveil ethics bills Featured News Article House GOP leaders unveil ethics bills House GOP leaders unveil ethics bills

    SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- Utah House Republican leaders have unveiled four ethics reform bills that would put restrictions on lobbying and gift-taking and strengthen campaign fund... More »

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Utah House OKs Roadblocks for Reform Last Updated on 2010-02-11 00:00:00 The Utah House approved a bill Thursday that would require the Legislature and governor to sign off before state agencies follow mandates under any federally enacted health care reforms. HB67 sponsored by Rep. Carl Wimmer (R-Herriman) passed 53-20 on a largely party-line vote, changing what was originally a message bill into a barrier that state lawyers warn may be unconstitutional for usurping federal power and threatening the state's own separation of powers. Wimmer's measure, which now goes to the state Senate, threatens to worsen Utah's healthcare crisis, by allowing the federal government to withhold medicaid funding. Further endangering Utah families' ability to afford healthcare coverage. "Without some help from Medicaid, you could cripple families -- and that's a scary thought," said an emotional Jennifer Fillmore. Though most of her family is insured through her... More »
GOP Compare Public Employees to Cows Last Updated on 2010-02-08 00:00:00 The Senate Site -- presumably with the permission of Sen. Dan Liljenquist (R-Bountiful) -- compare teachers, law enforcement officials, firefighters and other public employees to cows that were stampeded with FUD (an acronym for a disinformation tactic) and suggest they are not capable of making an informed decision about their future pensions. Ever so patronizingly, Republican leadership feel they have to inform employees of the "facts" and call their protest "ridiculous. But not surprising." For the next few minutes, you can read their post here: http://senatesite.com/blog/2010/02/retirement-reform.html We expect it won't be too long until they take it down to rephrase.     More »
Coal company gave $10,000 to Utah Gov. Herbert as regulators rushed decision on strip mine Last Updated on 2010-02-03 15:53:34 On the same day Gov. Gary Herbert sat down with a coal company that complained regulators were taking too long to issue a strip-mining permit, his campaign aides were cashing a $10,000 check from the company. The donation from Alton Coal Development LLC was revealed in a Jan. 11 filing by Herbert's political-action committee. Alton's pleas did not go unanswered. At the September meeting, state regulators agreed to fast-track a decision for Alton to operate the mine near Panguitch, despite opposition from residents. Herbert's office said Wednesday he never ordered regulators to give their approval and didn't know about the company's donation. A Panguitch shop owner characterized the payment as a blatant effort by the coal developer to influence a decision by the Herbert administration. "It doesn't take a rocket scientist to figure that out," said Bobbi Bryant, owner of the... More »
Buttars proposes cutting 12th grade, high school busing Last Updated on 2010-02-02 14:20:50 Senior year is slacker time for many students, so why not cut high school short and save a few bucks in these tough economic times, asks Sen. Chris Buttars, R-West Jordan. Sometimes the 12th grade means "nothing but playing around," Buttars said. He made a dramatic pitch during Monday's Public Education Appropriations Subcommittee meeting, saying killing off 12th grade would save the state $102 million. "You're spending a whole lot of money for a whole bunch of kids who aren't getting anything out of that grade," Buttars said. "It comes down to the best use of money." He also would like to cancel all busing for high school students to save $15 million. One lone mom from Granite School District took on Buttars during Monday's committee meeting, saying she believes administration should be cut before anything else. "The first place to consider cuts... More »
Matheson alone deals with Utah Poverty Last Updated on 2010-02-02 00:00:00 As a result of the recession, 40 million Americans now live in the State of Poverty, the largest state in the nation. This is an increase of 2.6 million people in the past year, a year in which household income gains of a whole decade were wiped out. Poverty in Utah is real. It doesn't have to be. Poverty takes many forms - from the panhandler on the street to the family that struggles to make a mortgage payment. 10.3% of Utahns live in poverty. 11.3% of Utah's children live in poverty. One important goal for Democrats is to alleviate the effects of poverty for the 254,000 Utahns who live with it every day. The Shriver Center for Poverty Law believes that this devastating trend will be reversed only if our nation’s political leadership — the President and Congress — take aggressive action to address the many complex structural causes of poverty by adopting the right... More »