Welcome to the state legislative session, where important bills supporting or eroding important rights can come and go quickly and without notice. We want to draw attention to a BAD BILL coming up for debate tomorrow afternoon at 2pm in the Utah House Government Operations Committee:
HB 11 State Boards and Commissions Amendments (Rep. Thurston) – this bill removes the requirement for the Governor to appoint people from more than one political party to over 28 boards and commissions. These boards and commissions debate bills on every issue coming through the legislature, from infrastructure appropriations to gay rights to poverty alleviation to clean air and everything in between, including bills like HB 11.
CALL TO ACTION
Tell our state legislature it is not okay to rule Utah as a one-party system.
- Email, text or call each member of the Utah House Government Operations Committee TODAY, plus your own representative to urge them to vote “no” on HB 11 State Boards and Commissions Amendments. Why? Because these boards and commissions are deeply involved in all aspects of state governance, because removing the bipartisan requirement ensures these boards will be filled with partisans and because absolute control by one party is undemocratic.
- Members from Weber County/Ogden: Rep. Jeremy Peterson is the Chair of this committee. We need you to contact your representative TODAY! Utah County members – please contact Rep. Thurston, the Vice Chair of the committee and sponsor of HB 11.
Utah House of Government Operations Committee
Rep. Jeremy Peterson (R) – Chair, firstname.lastname@example.org, cell: 801-390-1480
Rep. Norman K. Thurston (R) – Vice Chair,email@example.com, cell: 801-477-5348
Rep. Patrice Arent (D) – firstname.lastname@example.org, cell: 801-889-7849
Rep. Rebecca Chavez-Houck (D) –email@example.com, cell: 801-891-9292
Rep. Brad M. Daw (R) – firstname.lastname@example.org, 801-850-3608
Rep. Daniel McCay (R) – email@example.com, cell: 801-810-4110
Rep. Merill F. Nelson (R) – firstname.lastname@example.org, cell: 801-971-2172
Rep. Lee B. Perry (R) – email@example.com, cell: 435-225-0430
Rep. Val L. Peterson (R) – firstname.lastname@example.org
Rep. Dean Sanpei (R) – email@example.com, cell: 801-979-5711
Brian J. Bean – Policy Analyst, firstname.lastname@example.org
Find your Utah representative by clicking here.
To find out more about this bill and why it is bad for Utah, read the Utah Political Capitol article, “Flagged Bill: HB 11 State Boards and Commission Amendments – Rep. Norm Thurston“.