This year over 1300 bills were filed at the State Legislative Session. Many never made it to the finish line. Of those that did, many were good, but there were also a few duds. Although bills may have passed through the House and Senate, they still have one more obstacle to overcome before passing into law: the Governor’s approval. Governor Herbert has until Wednesday to veto bad bills and prevent them from passing into law.
Do you oppose a bill that passed through the legislature? NOW is the time to ask the Governor to use his power of veto to stop it.
WHAT YOU CAN DO
- Contact Governor Herbert today and every day until Wednesday to ask him to veto a bill you oppose.
Bills that Governor Herbert is already considering for veto,
According to UtahPolicy, Governor Herbert is eyeing several bills to veto, including some that he sees as overstepping legislative authority. If you agree on these bills, send him a note of encouragement to veto.
- HJR14 by Rep. Dan McCay (R-Riverton), which does away with a requirement for legislative council to make notes on bills that are potentially unconstitutional
- SB171 by Sen. Stuart Adams (R-Layton), which allows the legislature to have their own attorneys intervene in lawsuits that challenge legislation, potentially overstepping a function of the attorney general through the executive branch
Controversial bills community members around Utah are looking to veto:
Are you opposed to one of these measures? Let the Governor know you want him to veto them! Or pick another bad bill in an issue area you care.
- HB 272 Utah Lake Amendments by Rep. Mike McKell sells public land to a private developer to dredge Utah Lake, build islands and causeways and develop on this new property in exchange for cleaning up the polluted lake. Opponents say the proposal for cleanup is not only implausible and lacking evidentiary basis, but also vastly underestimates the environmental impacts of the project. Click here or here for info opposing the measure and here for an oped by the developer supporting it..
- HJR 1 encourages Congress to pass legislation that would exempt Utah from the Antiquities Act. Opponents criticize the resolution for once again ignoring the voices of Tribes and removing an important vehicle for preserving the antiquities that teach us about the history and culture of our region and the country. Click here for more information from resolution opponents and here for a Deseret News editorial supporting the measure.
Action Utah tip: Remember to be polite and respectful, even when you oppose a measure. Respectful messages to elected officials are more likely to be received well and listened to.