House Democrats Vote Against Bill to Delay Implementation of Initiatives

Media Statement

For Immediate Release: Thursday, March 1, 2018

Ross Chambless, Communications Specialist
Utah House Democratic Caucus
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House Democrats Vote Against Bill to Delay Implementation of Initiatives

SALT LAKE CITY - Today the House Government Operations Committee voted 8-2 in favor of HB 471, ‘Initiative Amendments,’ sponsored by Rep. Brad Daw. The amended bill would delay implementation of initiatives to 60 days after the end of the following legislative session and supersedes the effective date placed on an initiative. The original bill would have delayed any initiative that resulted in a tax change by 13 months. The two Democrats on the committee voted against the bill. 

Rep Seegmiller (R - St. George) said in committee, “I am nervous about the concept of empowering the citizenry. I am in support of the original bill.”

“I am not nervous about empowering the citizenry,” said Rep. Arent (D - Millcreek) in response to the comment by Rep. Seegmiller.  "I trust the public.  The process to get an initiative on the ballot is already very difficult and needs to be respected.  We should not be changing the rules midstream during the last week of the legislative session.”

Rep. Chavez-Houck (D - Salt Lake City) added, “The legislature already has the ability to change laws, this legislation is not necessary. The public has a constitutional right to implement policy that should not be obstructed by the agenda of the legislature.”

The bill now goes to the House for further consideration.