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Each year we read each of the 800+ bills that are proposed and curate a list of the best and worst for you to track and help influence.

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Utah needs to streamline its permitting processes


Rather than ask Utahns to weave through a patchwork of confusing regulations, Senate Bill 204 would ensure that permitting processes throughout the state meet three simple and common-sense rules.

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Utah can strike a better balance to protect privacy


State Rep. Francis Gibson has introduced a new bill to tackle this issue head-on. Privacy Protection Amendments, House Bill 243, requires a public, transparent review regarding law enforcement wanting to use new surveillance technology. This enables the...

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These two Utah bills would give property tax relief to seniors


The earning potential for an individual in the middle of their career is much different than that of a retiree. Income drops and becomes fixed instead of steadily increasing. This leads to homeowners who are “house rich” and “cash poor” — in a home, but...

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Even in a pandemic, Utah’s executive branch needs a check


The Legislature needs to reassert its authority during this session to ensure that current and future pandemics and emergencies do not trigger excessive executive power.

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Stop suspending driver licenses for unpaid court debt


Unless you live and work in downtown Salt Lake, having a driver’s license is essential — especially in the rural parts of the state. Yet, to the detriment of those who are struggling financially, the state has made a bad habit of taking away people’s licenses...