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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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Study on Gun Violence In Utah Moves Forward

Media Statement

For Immediate Release: March 2, 2016

Contact:         Elizabeth Converse, Communications Director
                       Utah House Democratic Caucus
                       801-835-7087 | econverse@le.utah.gov

Representative Proposes Research on Gun Deaths in Utah
 
Salt Lake City - House Democratic Leader Brian King presented House Bill 440 - Suicide Prevention and Gun Data Study to Utah House Law Enforcement Standing Committee today. The bill authorizes data to be gathered on suicides and gun deaths in Utah, and for that data to be reported to the Health and Human Services Interim Committee.

Representative King stated, “On this point I couldn’t agree with the Speaker more - to make good decisions we need good data. We need to know the details of suicides and gun deaths in our state to really determine what problem we have and how to properly address it. Anecdotes and assumptions do us no good here. We need facts to determine solid, reliable solutions.”

The bill passed committee unanimously.

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Democrats Reverse Course on Count My Vote Compromise Amendments

Media Statement
 
For Immediate Release: February 18, 2016
 
Contact:          Elizabeth Converse, Communications Director
                        Utah House Democratic Caucus
                        801-835-7087 | econverse@le.utah.gov
 
Democrats Reverse Course on Count My Vote Amending Legislation
 
Salt Lake City - House Democratic Leader Brian King issued the following statement after the Utah House Democratic Caucus reversed course and voted against House Bill 48 - Election Law Amendments.

“There is a major difference between the first version of this bill, which we supported, and the current version of the bill, which we oppose. This version of the bill explicitly gives a political party in Utah the right to exclude unaffiliated voters from its primary election. There is absolutely no excuse for members of this legislature to wholly dismiss and disenfranchise hundreds of thousands of unaffiliated Utah voters. These Utahns have a right to vote, and we are committed to protecting that right. Legislators continue to talk only about a candidate's path to the ballot. It is time to pay attention to the real issue - a Utahn’s ability to vote. We should be eliminating barriers, not erecting them.”

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