Legislative Action Committee2018-11-06T23:48:35+00:00

LEGISLATIVE ADVOCACY:

Legislative advocacy is a cornerstone of the League of Women Voters. League advocacy is based on member study and agreement on selected issues and involves concerted efforts to achieve public policies consistent with League positions.  League advocacy promotes or opposes specific pieces of legislation. Read our 2018 LWV Utah Legislative Priorities for more information. We then use them to prioritize and track specific bills during the regular and interim sessions.

Utah Legislative Session:

Utah State has a comprehensive website that can be used to find your legislators, follow committees, track bills, watch and/or listen to sessions, le.utah.gov

The Ten Minute Activist is a quick guide to the best way to provide your option.  The League provides on-site training to interested community groups using the Ten Minute Activist presentation.

Legislative Update:

Monday-Thursday, 6 p.m., KRCL FM90.9. League provides an update on the 2017 legislative session. Listen in and join the conversation.


2018 Legislative Session

It was the usual roller coaster ride at the 2018 Utah Legislature. At the end of 45 days and 821 numbered bills and resolutions,  a $17 billion budget was passed. Our LWV Legislative Action Committee provided hundreds of hours of observation and reporting on committee meetings and sessions. Here is a narrowed list of bills and resolutions the League followed this session and what happened.

Also, check out all of these bills, which our Legislative Action Corps monitored and impacted.


Emily Walsh
Emily WalshLegislative Action Committee Co-Director

The Legislative Co-Directors propose the legislative priorities for the LWVUT and educate the Board, the membership and general public on legislative actions in which the League has an interest. They encourage participation in and monitor legislative interim committees.

The Legislative Co-Directors develop, train and manage the Legislative Action Corp prior to and during the general session of the Utah State Legislature.  They recommend formal statements based on LWVUT and LWVUS positions to be used in lobbying efforts with the State Legislature and/or the Governor.

  • Support legislation establishing a citizen advisory committee for redistricting
  • Monitor all bills regarding voters and voter turnout
  • Oppose changes to the open primary in addition to the caucus system (rollbacks to SB54)
  • Support measures which ensure the integrity of elections, including voting equipment
  • Support Legislation making it easier for citizens to register to vote
  • Oppose increasing sales tax on food
  • Support increase and broadening of severance tax on non-renewable resources
  • Support adequate transportation specific taxes and a reduction of transportation related earmarks to the general fund

Support reforms which reduce incarceration and increase treatment, education and employment for offenders including funding

  • Support increased basic program funding and increasing equity in education funding
  • Support transparency, demonstrated success and measurable goals in public education funding programs
  • Support specialized funding for preschool and focused early education programs
  • Monitor governance; partisan school board elections and ultimate authority for higher   education and public education
  • Support legislation providing affordable health care for all Utahns.
  • Watch for piecemeal attacks on the citizen’s right to government information.
  • Support Legislation that adds greater transparency to the legislative process
  • Advocate for campaign finance reform

Energy

  • Support energy efficiency and renewable energy
  • Support reduction in fossil fuel use and emissions

Federal Lands

  • Oppose transferring federal lands to state control and funding for court challenges to the Utah Enabling Act
  • Support enlarging wilderness and designating national monuments                 

Environment

  • Oppose measures to weaken the public trust doctrine, agency boards and public participation

Water

  • Oppose new major water diversions
  • Oppose dedication of state taxes to water projects

Air

  • Support state efforts to restore clean air
  • Support affirmative action and human rights.
  • Support Legislation that allows End of Life Options
  • Support reproductive rights
  • Oppose all sexual violence
  • Support programs that will eliminate Homelessness and help At Risk of Homelessness
  • Support programs and funds to eliminate Intergenerational Poverty