2014 Legislative Session Illustrates Utah’s Growing Diversity

Throughout the years most Utah residents have heard the stereotypes – homogeneous, white-bread, vanilla, conservative, Mormon, a “dry state” and many other epithets that may not be quite so kind. Realistically, Utah has earned its reputation as a very conservative state. In the 1992 election, Utah was the only state that gave a larger percentage of the popular vote to Reform Candidate Ross Perot than the Democratic candidate and eventual President Bill Clinton, 27% to 24%. But perceptions are changing. Our state also has, whether erroneously or not, earned a…

Clean air policy is coming together, but with a bunch of small changes

It would be hard to say that the legislature isn’t taking some interest in air quality issues. In this session, there’s no fewer than 15 open bills and resolutions addressing various aspects of air quality in our state. If you’re expecting sweeping legislation, though, you’re probably going to be disappointed. Most of these deal with very specific changes that, while good, aren’t hugely transformative on their own. Here’s a run-down of what some of these are seeking to do.