Press Releases


August 16: New Report Gives Low Grade for Utah

Utah ranked 20th in protecting freedom compared to other states

August 11: Statement on Federal Government’s Unwillingness to Reschedule Marijuana

Legislative deference to the DEA shows a failure to act in support of Utah patients

July 13: Free Association Lawsuit Settlement Filed This Morning

The lawsuit alleged that House Bill 43 (2013) was unconstitutional

March 16: 86% of Utah voters oppose current civil asset forfeiture laws

Recent legislative proposal to reform the law failed


December 16: New Constitutional Amendment Proposal Announced

Proposal aims to protect property rights in Utah

December 2: New Ranking Scores Utah’s Cities on Individual Liberty, Private Property, Free Market

Heber City receives “2015 Freest City” award, Salt Lake City scores lowest

November 16: New Lawsuit Announced to Support Free Speech and Association

Seeks to declare House Bill 43 (2013) unconstitutional

June 26: Statement on U.S. Supreme Court Ruling Legalizing Same-Sex Marriage Nationwide

Intentions announced to remove government from marriages

June 3: New Public Policy Brief Encourages Opposition to EPA

Lawmakers interested in protecting private property rights in Utah

May 14: Libertas Institute Announces Series of Public Meetings to Discuss Medical Cannabis

First event to focus on law enforcement, criminal justice, and banking regulations

May 4: Libertas Institute Announces New Vice President

Fourth full-time employee adds to Libertas’ legitimacy and momentum


July 31: New Common Core lawsuit announced against Utah State School Board

Lawsuit seeks judicial order stopping implementation of the new education standards

June 17: Fourth Amendment Forum to discuss law enforcement and civil liberties

AG Sean Reyes, DA Sim Gill, Sheriff Tracy and others to weigh in on 4th amendment issues

March 22: Libertas Institute Calls 2014 Legislative Session a “Resounding Success”

Priority bills all passed either unanimously, or with little dissent

January 22: Libertas Institute Proposes Changes to Forcible Entry Police Warrants

HB70 sponsored by Rep. Marc Roberts (R-Santaquin) and Sen. Luz Robles (D-SLC)


December 17: Utah Legislature Unanimously and Unknowingly Gutted Controversial 2000 Citizen Initiative

HB384 in 2013 eliminated key protections put in place by Initiative B

December 13: Libertas Institute Statement on the Bigamy Lawsuit Decision

Judge Waddoups struck down a key portion of Utah’s anti-polygamy law

November 25: Majority of Utah Voters Oppose Anti-Discrimination Law

New public opinion poll erodes support for proposed legislation

August 28: Majority of Utahns support the state taking over national parks

Poll results highlight anger towards park closures

August 28: Majority of Utah Voters Support Medical Marijuana

New public opinion poll shows most Utah voters favor legalizing cannabis for medical use

August 26: Utah Mothers Beginning a Fight for Medical Marijuana

“I’ve never in my life thought I’d be advocating for medical marijuana,” one says, “but if he were your child, what would you do?”

August 8: Utahns Surveyed on the NSA, Alcohol Policy, and Polygamy

Diverging views based on party and policy provide enlightening insight into how Utah voters think

May 28: New Poll Surveys Utah Voters on Several Issues

Results highlight both strong similarities and differences across party lines

March 15: Legislators graded for their votes in recent legislative session

Libertas Institute releases their annual “legislator index” the day after session concludes

February 20: One Thousand Utahns petition legislators to support gun bills

Multiple firearm-related bills to be heard in committees

January 31: Libertas Institute Releases “The Real State of the State” Report

Response to Governor Hebert’s speech provides more context

January 23: Libertas Institute Announces New Tools for Citizen Activism

Group aims to increase accountability for elected officials


July 10: Over 500 Utahns ask Governor Herbert to call a special session to nullify Obamacare

Rapidly growing list of Utahns want to see Herbert be a leader on this issue

June 28: New Public Policy Institute Founded in Utah

Libertarian-leaning think tank’s mission is to “advance the cause of liberty in Utah”