LDS Church Religious Freedom and Nondiscrimination News Conference [Video]

One unique aspect of Utah’s political mix is the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints (also known as LDS or more commonly as the Mormons). More than 50% of Salt Lake Valley is Mormon, and 60% of the rest of the state also claims affiliation with the faith. With such a large population of Mormons in the state, the faith holds some degree of influence on politics, usually passively, but occasionally, such as during the Proposition 8 campaign in California, the LDS Church takes a more active role. This morning,…

Cleaning Up Utah’s Air

Improving our air quality is an issue that faces all of us in the Salt Lake Valley. Addressing our air quality problems is a top priority of mine and I am proud to have co-sponsored or voted in favor of each of the air quality bills that passed the legislature this year. Because of my strong air quality record, I received a 100% rating from the Physicians for a Healthy Environment after the 2014 legislative session. I am a strong believer that the best solution to address our air quality…

How to Ultimately Fix the Air Quality in Utah

Air Quality Better Anyone who has to deal with asthma or any of the multitudes of other respiratory illnesses can tell you that the air quality here in Utah is an issue.  Even those individuals who don’t have any health issues can just look outside on an inverted afternoon and practically taste the poor air quality.  However, when we look out at the valley on those dreaded “red” days, we all make the inevitable assumption that the air quality is much worse today than it was when we were growing…