Nondiscrimination Legislation Requires Balance, Extreme Care

By William C. Duncan News reports suggest there is still an ongoing debate about how to balance calls for changes to state discrimination laws (which would expand the reasons businesses and property owners could not deny housing or employment) with the need for robust religious liberty protections. At the time leaders of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints held a press conference calling for laws protecting religious liberty, Sutherland Institute noted its support for the balanced approach the church endorsed. It is safe to assume that few, if…

Sticking with Daylight Saving Time is the Sensible Choice [Hub Debate]

We’re debating whether Daylight Saving Time should end. Learn more about it here. If you’d like to contribute a post, send it toUtahPoliticoHub@gmail.com. It appears that just like clockwork, it is time for another hullabaloo around whether Utah should keep Daylight Saving Time or not. While the vast majority of those who answered a state-sponsored survey voted to eliminate DST, there are three reasons why this is less optimal than sticking with what we already have.

May Legislative Summary | Rep. Craig Hall, House 33

May 2014 Interim SessionFollowing the completion of the general legislative Session begins the off-season, or “Interim” Session.  Once a month we meet in committees comprised of both House and Senate members and begin to craft and discuss proposed legislation for the 2015 session and other issues on the Master Study list.  Over this interim period I will be serving on the Judiciary and Political Subdivisions Interim Committees. Items discussed by the legislature during the Interim Session include: The condition (not good) and future of the Utah State Fair.  See article here. The status of Utah’…

Rep Craig Hall and needed campaign finance reforms

Representative Craig Hall had a couple of great bills this year. One of them was HB246, officially titled “Government Ethics Revision,” which dealt with reporting deadlines and lobbyists. Whether through deliberate intentions, neglect or ignorance, some candidates were not filing reports on time – and there were no consequences. Representative Hall, an advocate for ethics, openness and transparency, ran a bill to close that loophole.