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…

From HB477 to the Utah Legislature winning the Online Democracy Award

[UPDATED 8/28/2014 1:25 PM with more links below] Nailed it. This week, Speaker Becky Lockhart and Senate President Wayne Niederhauser accepted the Online Democracy Award from the National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL)  on behalf of the Utah Legislature. NCSL recognized the Utah legislative website, le.utah.gov, as Best in the Nation. You know what?They deserve it. The site really is awesome and it makes it possible for anyone with an internet connection to get more information about sausage making legislation and the Utah Legislature than they could possibly consume. After the cachinnations in…

The Balanced Response [Hub Debate]

Several commentaries have been offered on the internet about Ferguson, Missouri. Mora particularly, those comments have been made regarding the arming of police forces with “combat gear.” A more balanced response is necessary. One such post was right here on the Utah Politico Hub; “Ferguson and the Rise of the Police State.” It was written by David Rogers, whom I admit I do not know. In his post Rogers asserts “Many agencies now have the tools and equipment to impose substantial power and control on their communities if necessary. And…