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Context for Sen. Osmond’s proposed rules changes

Bills were introduced later and passed faster in 2012. It seems Sen. Osmond wants to reverse this trend. The news reports that Sen. Aaron Osmond wants to change the legislature’s rules to ban so-called “boxcar” bills, thereby increasing transparency in … Continue reading

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Bills were introduced later, passed faster in 2012 session

In 2008, 44% of bills were introduced on day 1. In 2012, only 28% were introduced on day 1. Now that the 2012 session of the Utah legislature has wrapped up, what can we observe? For one thing, it appears … Continue reading

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How many bills were ready on day one?

Legislators may be showing an increased willingness to run legislation that has not been subject to a thorough vetting during the interim months. The Utah legislature opened its 2012 general session today. From a quick count, it appears that 211 … Continue reading

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Do Wimmer and Sandstrom agree on everything?

Wimmer and Sandstrom have voted against each other 257 times We now have two Republican members of the state legislature planning to run against each other in the newly-created 4th Congressional district. It’s been clear for months that Carl Wimmer … Continue reading

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What do Utahns think about legislators’ privacy?

An overwhelming majority (78%) say that “the public’s right to access” is the most important. Public opinion toward complex issues is difficult to measure, especially as the issues involve a choice between important values. The recent debate over the Utah … Continue reading

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How rushed was HB 477, the GRAMA bill?

HB477 passed faster than 99.4% of the routine bills that passed in 2011. There have many complaints about HB 477, the bill that revised Utah’s GRAMA bill. One of those complaints is that the bill was rushed through the legislative … Continue reading

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