What’s happening with ballot initiatives?
These are busy days at the Clerk’s offices as signatures are counted and verified for four ballot measures as well as petition candidates at the county, state and federal level. According to Utah Policy, the results are partially in, indicating that the medical marijuana initiative has reached the required quota of qualified signatures and Count My Vote is only 1600 qualified signatures away with around 35,000 signatures yet to verify. Better Boundaries and Utah Decides Healthcare have not had as many signatures verified yet, but sources from both initiatives say they are confident the state will confirm that they too collected enough qualifying signatures to make it onto the ballot in November.
What does that mean for you?
That means you have until November 6th to become an informed voter and learn about these ballot measures to make an educated decision for your vote. Don’t worry — Action Utah will help you! Stay tuned for updates on ballot initiatives and how to get educated on the pros and cons so you can make an informed vote.
1. Help Utah get more electric vehicles! Buying a cleaner car is THE BEST thing an individual can do to improve our air quality. That means buying a car with a Smog Rating of 8 or higher. But these cars are notoriously hard to get in Utah. Last session, Action Utah spearheaded the Zero Emission Vehicle Program bill (HB 479) by Sandy Rep. Steve Eliason, which would have given Utah consumers access to far more electric vehicle models on auto dealer lots and at lower prices. Have you tried to buy an electric vehicle or cleaner car in Utah? Share your stories to help Action Utah pass the ZEV bill in 2019!
- Send us your stories about trying to buy a clean car in Utah at email@example.com. Were you successful? Did you fail? Did you have to look outside of Utah for a clean car? Did you resort to buying a different car instead? Any and all stories are appreciated!
2. Register for Action Utah’s Interim Session Tour of the State Capitol: School Safety. Join us on May 16th to learn how YOU can impact the issues on the Hill or from home, tour the State Capitol Campus and have the opportunity to attend public committee hearings. BONUS: Hear the latest from legislators and Action Utah leaders about our Topic of the Month: School Safety in the wake of the Parkland, FL school shooting. Registration is free, but space is limited. Register today. And mark your calendars for these upcoming Interim Session events:
- May 16th: School Safety – REGISTER NOW
- June 20th: Education Advocacy – REGISTER NOW
- August 22nd: Healthcare
- September 19th: Air Quality
- October 17th: Women’s Advocacy
- November 21st: Housing
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1. Ask our senators to support bipartisan legislation to protect Mueller. The Senate Judiciary Committee passed a bipartisan bill S.2644 that would ensure independent investigations and judicial review of the removal of a special counsel to protect Robert Mueller and any future special counsel from removal by a President under investigation. Although both our Utah Senators are on the Senate Judiciary Committee, both voted against the bill.
- Let Senators Hatch and Lee know you care about common sense checks and balances for any President under investigation.
- Sign this MoveOn petition to ask Congress to pass S.2644.
Sen. Orrin Hatch (202) 224-5251 (DC) // (801) 524-4380 (SLC) // (801) 375-7881 (Provo) // (435) 634-1795 (St. George) // (801) 625-5672 (Ogden) // (435) 586-8435 (Cedar City) Sen. Mike Lee 202-224-5444 (DC) // 801-524-5933 (SLC) // 435-628-5514 (St. George) // 801-392-9633 (Ogden)
2. Tell the Department of Homeland Security to practice humane and ethical treatment of asylum-seekers. By U.S. immigration law and international practice, our government has an obligation to hear the case of asylum-seekers, not to detain them, separate them from their children or scare them away.
- Call your two senators and one House representative and ask them to pressure the Department of Homeland to direct ICE to use ethical and humane practices. Don’t know who represents you in Congress? Click here.
- Sign this Moms Rising petition and this Credo petition to DHS Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen to stop detaining asylum seekers and stop separating children from their parents.
Rep. Rob Bishop (Congressional District 1): 202-225-0453 (DC) // 801-625-0107 (Ogden) Rep. Chris Stewart (Congressional District 2): 202-225-9730 (DC) // 801-364-5550 (SLC) // 435-627-1500 (St. George) Rep. John Curtis (Congressional District 3): (202) 225-7751 (DC) // (801) 851-2500 (Provo) Rep. Mia Love (Congressional District 4): (202) 225-3011 (DC) // 801-996-8729 (West Jordan)
3. Ask Congress to pass the King-Thompson bill. A bipartisan bill (HR 4240) has been introduced in Congress to expand background checks for firearm purchases while protecting the 2nd Amendment. 90% of Americans and 81% of Utahns support expanded background checks. This bill was first introduced in 2013, but despite popular support by voters continues to get sidelined in Congress. After the Parkland shooting, public opinion on background checks has only grown stronger. This bill currently has 207 co-sponsors in Congress from both sides of the aisle, but none from Utah.
- Call on your House Rep to support the King-Thompson bill as an evidence-based policy proven to be effective at reducing firearm deaths while protecting Second Amendment rights.
- Sign this Giffords petition to ask Congress to pass HR 4240.
We’re putting your voice to work
Every day at Action Utah we are developing policy, lobbying for causes and providing you with information and opportunities to get in engaged in order to put your voice to work. Did you know that every action you take helps move Utah toward more balanced and representative government? Way to go, Utah!
Keep up the good work!
Andrea & Katie
Co-Founders, Action Utah
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