Score Overview

Overall
B 39
Equal Rights
B 10
Good Government
C 7
Strong Communities
A+ 18
Sustainable Future
D 4

Voting Record

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Vote Better Utah Position Bill
YesSupportH.B. 100: Sexual Violence Protective Orders

Creates protective order and ex-parte protective order for sexual violence, included on statewide warrant system; creates law enforcement duties to prevent further sexual violence, including removing weapons.

Topic: Criminal Justice Reform | Category: Strong Communities

Vote Date: 02/25/2019

NoOpposeH.B. 114: Self-Defense Amendments

States that an individual does not have a duty to retreat from an aggressor

Topic: Gun Violence Prevention | Category: Strong Communities

Vote Date: 02/22/2019

YesSupportH.B. 129: Campaign Amendments

Allows political candidates to use campaign funds to pay for childcare expenses while engaging in campaign activities as well as while serving in office.

Topic: Women's Rights | Category: Equal Rights

Vote Date: 01/31/2019

YesSupportH.B. 132: Occupational and Professional Licensing Amendments

Allows the Dept. of Occupational and Professional Licensing to offer exams in languages besides English.

Topic: Immigrant Rights | Category: Equal Rights

Vote Date: 02/01/2019

NoOpposeH.B. 133: Initiative Amendments

Alters the implementation date for voter-passed propositions: 60 days after the next legislative session as a minimum, and over a year for propositions involving a tax increase (Jan. 1 of the year following the next session).

Topic: Ballot Initiatives | Category: Good Government

Vote Date: 03/04/2019

YesOpposeH.B. 136: Abortion Amendments

Bans abortion after 18 weeks, except in extreme cases affecting the health of the woman or fetus.

Topic: Women's Rights | Category: Equal Rights

Vote Date: 02/26/2019

YesSupportH.B. 139: Motor Vehicle Emissions Amendments

Increases fines for “coal rolling” and requires law enforcement to refer repeat offenders to the Motor Vehicle Division.

Topic: Clean Air | Category: Sustainable Future

Vote Date: 02/21/2019

NoOpposeH.B. 145: Citizen Political Process Amendments

Requires county clerks to post names of signatories on the county website, and to count signatures and signature removals on a rolling basis every 14 days. Requires signature gatherers to turn in packets 30 days after beginning, and introduces criminal penalties for fraudulent information.

Topic: Ballot Initiatives | Category: Good Government

Vote Date: 03/04/2019

YesSupportH.B. 148: Vehicle Idling Revisions

Topic: Clean Air | Category: Sustainable Future

Vote Date: 02/19/2019

YesOpposeH.B. 166: Down Syndrome Nondiscrimination Abortion Act

Prohibits physicians from performing abortion if the womans only reason is that the fetus has Down Syndrome, and requires an abortion pathology report stating whether an aborted fetus had or may have had DS. Does not go into effect unless permitted by a court of binding authority.

Topic: Women's Rights | Category: Equal Rights

Vote Date: 02/15/2019

YesSupportH.B. 17: Firearm Violence and Suicide Prevention Amendments

Requires state to set up firearm safety literature and suicide prevention course; distribute cable locks; coupons toward gun safes

Topic: Gun Violence Prevention | Category: Strong Communities

Vote Date: 02/26/2019

YesSupportH.B. 212: Expungement Changes

Prohibits employer inquiry into an applicants expunged criminal history, except for law enforcement agencies and other sensitive public jobs

Topic: Criminal Justice Reform | Category: Strong Communities

Vote Date: 02/14/2019

YesSupportH.B. 213: Promotion of Student Loan Forgiveness

Requires public entities to annually provide materials to employees about the Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program or the Teacher Loan Forgiveness Program.

Topic: Economic Justice | Category: Strong Communities

Vote Date: 02/25/2019

NoOpposeH.B. 220: Radioactive Waste Amendments

Allows the director of the Division of Waste Management and Radiation Control to authorize alternate requirements for waste classification, opening the door for Utah to store class B and C radioactive waste.

Topic: Clean Energy | Category: Sustainable Future

Vote Date: 02/12/2019

YesSupportH.B. 234: Marriage Amendments

Prohibits minors from getting married, with an exception for 16- and 17-year-olds with approval from a parent and a juvenile court judge.

Topic: Women's Rights | Category: Equal Rights

Vote Date: 03/01/2019

YesSupportH.B. 244: Misdemeanor Sentencing Timeline

Reduces the maximum incarceration time for a midemeanor from 365 to 364 days.

Topic: Immigrant Rights | Category: Equal Rights

Vote Date: 02/25/2019

AbsentSupportH.B. 263: Emissions Testing Revisions

Requires a visual inspection of emissions on diesel engines 1998 and newer.

Topic: Clean Air | Category: Sustainable Future

Vote Date: 02/22/2019

YesSupportH.B. 277: Amendments to Municipal Alternate Voting Methods

Extends deadline for muncipalities to opt in to the pilot program from January 1st to April 15th of this year and allows the municipalities to contract with any political subdivision to run the election.

Topic: Voting Rights | Category: Good Government

Vote Date: 02/22/2019

YesOpposeH.B. 288: Critical Infrastructure Materials

Creates additional protection for existing gravel, sand, or rock aggregate mining operations.

Topic: Infrastructure | Category: Sustainable Future

Vote Date: 02/28/2019

YesSupportH.B. 296: Rural Online Working Hub Amendments

Creates a grant program to develop coworking and innovation centers in rural areas, enabling remote online work.

Topic: Economic Justice | Category: Strong Communities

Vote Date: 02/25/2019

YesSupportH.B. 318: Inmate Restrictions Standards Amendments

Requires the least restrictive restraints be used on a pregnant inmate and prohibits shackling during labor and delivery.

Topic: Criminal Justice Reform | Category: Strong Communities

Vote Date: 03/01/2019

YesSupportH.B. 346: Higher Education Responses to Allegations

Creates honor code immunity for reporting sexual violence and requires victim consent for campus coordination with outside law enforcement. Makes retaliatory violence or threats to a victim or witness a third-degree felony.

Topic: Education | Category: Strong Communities

Vote Date: 03/01/2019

YesSupportH.B. 353: Reduction of Single Occupanc Vehicle Trips Pilot Programs

Appropriates funds to reduce air pollution on select bad air days by subsidizing public transit and encouraging carpooling and telework.

Topic: Clean Air | Category: Sustainable Future

Vote Date: 03/04/2019

YesSupportH.B. 357: Voluntary Wood Burning Conversion Program

Adjusts Utahs wood burning conversion program to prioritize individuals within 250% of the federal poverty level who live in an area with heavy air pollution.

Topic: Clean Air | Category: Sustainable Future

Vote Date: 03/04/2019

YesSupportH.B. 38: Administrative Appeal Rights

Allows an individual to appeal the Director of Antidiscrimination and Labors decision to dismiss a discirmination complaint.

Topic: Ethics | Category: Good Government

Vote Date: 01/28/2019

YesSupportH.B. 40: Criminal Code Task Force Amendments

Immunity for sex workers who work notify police of assault, repeals adultery and sodomy from the books, reduces charge for interfering with investigation

Topic: Criminal Justice Reform | Category: Strong Communities

Vote Date: 01/29/2019

YesSupportH.B. 422: Marriage Code Revisions

Makes marriage language in the code gender neutral.

Topic: LGBT Rights | Category: Equal Rights

Vote Date: 03/05/2019

YesSupportH.B. 431: Expungement Act Amendments

Allows for automatic expungement of some criminal records after a certain time.

Topic: Criminal Justice Reform | Category: Strong Communities

Vote Date: 03/07/2019

YesOpposeH.B. 433: Inland Port Amendments

Authorizes the Inland Port Authority to own and operate a trade hub and create project areas outside its jurisdictional land. Expands the Authoritys power to capture property taxes from 25 to 40 years. Increases the property tax differential revenue that the Authority can use for operating expenses, and authorizes the Authority to be paid sales and use tax revenue.

Topic: Infrastructure | Category: Sustainable Future

Vote Date: 03/08/2019

YesSupportH.B. 47: Early Childhood Coordination Amendments

Creates a cabinet level agency and advisory commission to coordinate all agencies who work with early childhood services.

Topic: Affordable Child Care | Category: Strong Communities

Vote Date: 01/28/2019

YesSupportH.B. 57: Electronic Information or Data Privacy

Requires a search warrant for government to access electronic data shared with third parties such as cell service providers.

Topic: Ethics | Category: Good Government

Vote Date: 02/22/2019

YesSupportH.B. 64: Lobbyist Expenditures Amendments

Extends lobbying disclosures to lobbyists influencing local elected officials or members of a board of education.

Topic: Transparency | Category: Good Government

Vote Date: 02/04/2019

YesSupportH.B. 71: Health Education Amendments

Clarifies that teachers are allowed to discuss contraceptives in a sex education curriculum.

Topic: Education | Category: Strong Communities

Vote Date: 02/26/2019

YesOpposeH.B. 78: Federal Designations

Requires a government entity advocating for a federal designation of state land to first present to the Natural Resources, Agriculture, and Environmental Interim Committee for its review.

Topic: Public Lands | Category: Sustainable Future

Vote Date: 03/04/2019

YesSupportH.B. 84: Economic Development Programs Amendments

Reduces number of months observed for Rural Fast Track eligibility from 24 to 12; removes caps on money the Business Expansion and Retention Initiative can award a rural economic development entity.

Topic: Economic Justice | Category: Strong Communities

Vote Date: 02/12/2019

YesSupportH.C.R. 2: CR Supporting Renewable and Sustainable Energy Options to Promote Rural Economic Development

Recognizes the diversified nature of Utahs energy production and the importance of rural counties in developing energy, and supports the development of wind, solar, hydrogen, hydroelectric, and geothermal energy, and exporting energy to other states.

Topic: Clean Energy | Category: Sustainable Future

Vote Date: 01/29/2019

YesSupportH.C.R. 3: CR Urging the EPA to Update Switcher Locomotive Emission Standards

Urges the EPA to update emissions standards for switcher locomotives to Tier 4, which would result in an 89% reduction in nitrogen-oxide emissions and an 88.5% reduction in direct particulate matter emissions.

Topic: Clean Air | Category: Sustainable Future

Vote Date: 02/15/2019

YesSupportH.C.R. 6: CR Designating May 5 as Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women, Girls, and LGBT+ Awareness Day

Designates May 5th as Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women, Girls, and LGBT+ Awareness Day.

Topic: Indigenous Rights, LGBT Rights, Racial Justice, and Women's Rights | Category: Equal Rights

Vote Date: 02/14/2019

YesOpposeH.J.R. 17: JR on Formation of Public Land Management Plans

Authorizes the state Commission for the Stewardship of Public Lands to start forming public land management plans for federal lands.

Topic: Public Lands | Category: Sustainable Future

Vote Date: 03/04/2019

YesSupportH.J.R. 21: JR Reaffirming the Value of Women

Reaffirms womens equal political, civil, and religious rights in the Utah Constitution and recommends adding similar language to the US Constitution.

Topic: Women's Rights | Category: Equal Rights

Vote Date: 02/25/2019

YesSupportH.J.R. 8: Proposal to Amend Utah Constitution - Slavery and Involuntary Servitude Prohibition

Eliminates an exception in the Utah Constitution to the prohibition against slavery and involuntary servitude.

Topic: Racial Justice | Category: Equal Rights

Vote Date: 02/11/2019

YesSupportS.B. 103: Victim Targeting Penalty Enhancements

Creates a penalty enhancement for crimes committed against an individual based on age, ancestry, disability, ethnicity, familial status, gender identity, homelessness, marital status, matriculation, national origin, political expression, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, or participation in law enforcement, emergency response, or the armed forces.

Topic: Criminal Justice Reform | Category: Equal Rights

Vote Date: 03/12/2019

YesOpposeS.B. 123: Election Process Amendments

Allows political parties to nominate replacements to compete in a special election, excluding signiture-gathering candidates from the process. Allows the Utah Legislature to choose the replacement for a U.S. Senate vacancy.

Topic: Voting Rights | Category: Good Government

Vote Date: 03/14/2019

YesSupportS.B. 134: Campus Safety Amendments

Requires colleges to have a campus safety plan and curriculum addressing sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence, and stalking.

Topic: Education | Category: Strong Communities

Vote Date: 03/13/2019

YesSupportS.B. 144: Environmental Quality Monitoring Amendments

Requires the Department of Environmental Quality to monitor environmental impacts from the Inland Port development including air and water quality and increases in noise and light pollution.

Topic: Sustainability | Category: Sustainable Future

Vote Date: 03/13/2019

YesSupportS.B. 147: Lobbyist Licensing Modifications

Applies harassment training and prohibitions to lobbyists.

Topic: Ethics | Category: Good Government

Vote Date: 03/12/2019

NoOpposeS.B. 236: State Board of Education Candidacy Amendments

Changes the current non-partisan candidacy requirements for the State Board of Education, allowing candidates to run as a member of a political party, as unaffiliated, or as a write-in candidate.

Topic: Government Balance | Category: Good Government

Vote Date: 03/14/2019

YesOpposeS.B. 24: State Energy Policy Amendments

Commits Utah to promoting molten salt reactors, greater access to domestic and international markets for Utahs natural resources, energy storage, and increased refinery capacity. Recommends including energy education programs in grades K-12.

Topic: Natural Resources | Category: Sustainable Future

Vote Date: 02/14/2019

YesSupportS.B. 32: Indigent Defense Amendments

Ensures that all minors have a state-appointed attorney in court.

Topic: Criminal Justice Reform | Category: Strong Communities

Vote Date: 03/13/2019

YesSupportS.B. 34: Affordable Housing Modifications

Adds provisions for municipal and county planning that encourage moderate and affordable housing development in transit areas. Requires cities to adopt at least 3 affordable housing strategies to be eligible for Transportation Investment Fund money.

Topic: Affordable Housing | Category: Strong Communities

Vote Date: 03/14/2019

YesSupportS.B. 52: Secondary Water Requirements

Requires new secondary connections to be metered beginning in 2020 and that secondary water suppliers submit a plan for how they will implement metering in the future.

Topic: Natural Resources | Category: Sustainable Future

Vote Date: 03/13/2019

YesSupportS.B. 56: Community Reinvestment Agency Report

Establishes a public database for community reinvestment agencies to annually report financial information.

Topic: Transparency | Category: Good Government

Vote Date: 03/06/2019

YesSupportS.B. 61: Poll Hours for Early Voting

Removes the poll hour closing requirement on the last day of early voting.

Topic: Voting Rights | Category: Good Government

Vote Date: 02/27/2019

YesSupportS.B. 81: Native American Remains Amendments

Provides for tribal consultation in situations that require the reburial of Native American remains.

Topic: Racial Justice | Category: Equal Rights

Vote Date: 02/27/2019

YesSupportS.B. 89: Conflict Disclosure Amendments

Requires the Lt. Gov to establish a website for electronic disclosure of potential conflicts of interest of state elected officials.

Topic: Ethics | Category: Good Government

Vote Date: 03/13/2019

YesSupportS.B. 95: Autism Amendments

Requires health benefit plans to provide coverage for behavioral health treatment for individuals with an autism spectrum disorder.

Topic: Disability Rights | Category: Equal Rights

Vote Date: 03/14/2019

YesOpposeS.B. 96: Medicaid Expansion Adjustments

Repeals Medicaid expansion passed by voters in Prop 3 and replaces it with a partial expansion plan requiring federal waivers, work requirements, and per capita caps on enrollment.

Topic: Initiatives | Category: Good Government

Vote Date: 02/08/2019

YesSupportS.J.R. 7: Proposal to Amend Utah Constitution -- Terminology Update

Makes the Utah Constitution gender-neutral.

Topic: Women's Rights | Category: Equal Rights

Vote Date: 03/06/2019

YesOpposeS.J.R. 9: JR Calling for a Convention to Amend the United States Constitution

Calls for a Constitutional Convention to propose amendments to the Constitution of the United States imposing fiscal restraints on the federal government, limiting the power and jurisdiction of the federal government, and limiting the terms of office for federal officials and members of Congress.

Topic: Government Balance | Category: Good Government

Vote Date: 03/05/2019