Democratic Leader Supports Special Session on Elections Guidelines

Media Statement

For Immediate Release: May 17, 2017

Contact:       Elizabeth Converse, Communications Director

                    Utah House Democratic Caucus

                    801-835-7087 | econverse@le.utah.gov

Democratic Leader Supports Special Session on Elections Guidelines

Salt Lake City – House Democratic Leader Brian King released a statement today declaring his support for a special session to detail the laws guiding special elections in Utah.

He said, “We are talking about the fundamentals of our government - checks and balances. Defining how elections are run is a legislative power. We may have a lot in common with how the Governor would like a special election to run, but it is not his prerogative. The legislature is responsible for those decisions.

There is a need to provide clarity in our current law. There is an imminent special election. Why should Utah lose a seat at the table when critical decisions are being made about our lands and our water? There is urgency here and the legislature should address it. I support a special session.”

 

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Democratic Representative Disappointed in Homeless Shelter Site Selection

Media Statement
 
For Immediate Release: March 31, 2017
 
Contact:          Elizabeth Converse, Communications Director
                        Utah House Democratic Caucus
                        801-835-7087 | econverse@le.utah.gov
 
Democratic Representative Disappointed in Homeless Shelter Site Selection

Salt Lake City - House Democratic Representative Mark Wheatley released the following statement after learning that the remaining homeless shelter would be located at 3380 South 1000 West:

“I am deeply disappointed in this site selection, and continue to be committed to my community. I will be working with everyone in the district to ensure their security is held paramount during this possible time of transition. People within my district should know they can and should reach out to me with their concerns and their opinions. I am here to listen and to work towards a successful outcome for everyone involved, including people experiencing homelessness.”

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Healthy Relationships Bill Killed in Committee

Media Statement
 
For Immediate Release:
February 6, 2017
 
Contact:          Elizabeth Converse, Communications Director
                        Utah House Democratic Caucus
                        801-835-7087 | econverse@le.utah.gov
 
Healthy Relationships Bill Killed in Committee

Salt Lake City - House Bill 215 - Reproductive Health Education and service Amendments was killed in the House Education Standing Committee today. The vote stopped all progress on legislation that would expand options for parents looking to educate their children on issues of consent, bodily autonomy, and peer pressure.

Representative Brian King, the bill’s sponsor, said, “The legislature cannot keep ignoring what the people want. Utahns want a program the protects their kids from the things they will inevitably face in high school and in the rest of their lives. Public education is about giving these students building blocks for the future. Why are we leaving out the necessary cornerstone of relationships?”

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Good Landlord Programs Hurt Community Reintegration Efforts

Media Statement
 
For Immediate Release: February 1, 2017
 
Contact:          Elizabeth Converse, Communications Director
                        Utah House Democratic Caucus
                        801-835-7087 | econverse@le.utah.gov
 
Good Landlord Programs Hurt Community Reintegration Efforts

Salt Lake City - The Utah House Business and Labor Committee voted to pass HB 178 - Good Landlord Amendments out of committee and to the full House for a vote. The bill removes incentives for landlords to deny tenancy from anyone with a criminal conviction within the past four years.

Representative King, the bill sponsor, said “The government should not be able to coerce business owners into denying people housing. It isn’t right. As a state, we are trying to support small business while recognizing the hardships people face when trying to correct past mistakes. We should be making it easier to get on the straight and narrow, not harder.” 

Currently, 14 Utah cities have existing programs, including Salt Lake City, South Salt Lake, and Ogden. The legislation has the support of the Utah Department of Corrections, Adult Probation and Parole, Libertas Institute, the Utah Housing Coalition and many more. Information about support and the bill can be found here.

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