The UPC Show – Episode 267 – Capitol Gila

Welcome to the UPC Show with Curtis Haring, Dylan McDonnell, and Bob Kubicheck! In the first half: The leg dun did the thing and voted to overturn Prop 3, One senator popped his mouth off about charity care, we need to remove phones from schools because of porn, and do you want a new state flag? Here, by the way, is the flag we are talking about: In the second half: San Juan County – painfully unaware of hypocrisy, Utahns support removing guns from dangerous people temporarily (though gun rights activists will have none of it), and the bill to allow...

The UPC Show – Episode 266 – Sometimes I Want Horse Pee!

Welcome to the UPC Show with Curtis Haring and Bob Kubicheck! In the first half: Prop 3’s replacement is going to be more expensive than the original plan, voters are split on allowing regular beer in stores, and a new bill would allow teachers to acknowledge that contraceptives are actually a thing. In the second half: We have chain-smoking chimps! An interesting fellow proposes protecting public roads, the United Utah Party wants to see a policy change with hidden bills, Utah asks the Supreme Court to drop the SB54 case, and big names within the Democratic Party are looking to...

The UPC Show – Episode 265 – Moustache Straws

Welcome to the UPC Show with Curtis Haring and Bob Kubicheck! In the first half: Salt Lake County has a new mayor, what to keep an eye on as the 2019 legislative session starts, where does campaign money tend to come from (hint: it isn’t constituents) and lawmakers might have a harder sell in overturning Prop 3 in their own districts. In the second half: The terrible, no good, awful birth certificate law, Herbert signals that he is on board with hate crimes legislation…and anti-abortion laws, The LDS Church won’t oppose said hate crimes legislation, and (in shocking news) the...

The UPC Show – Episode 264 – These Children Need to Learn Failure

Welcome to the UPC Show with Curtis Haring, Bob Kubicheck, and Dylan McDonnell! In the first half: Governor Herbert knows how to stop future shutdowns by going to the same ol’ conservative playbook, the shenanigans won’t stop in San Juan County, the bill to replace voter-approved Medicaid expansion is possibly undergoing even more changes and the voter-approved anti-gerrymandering initiative may also be under fire. In the second half: Who wants an official state reptile? A freshman lawmaker wants to ban abortions after 15 weeks (knowing full well it will be challenged and probably lose in court), and a spat between Salt Lake and the...

The UPC Show – Episode 263 – The World’s Biggest Rodent

Welcome to the UPC Show with Curtis Haring, Bob Kubicheck, and Dylan McDonnell! In the first half: Senator Lee has a proposal to help prevent harming federal workers during a shutdown, Ben McAdams makes good on another campaign promise by announcing honest-to-goodness town halls while Mia Love will be unleashed on CNN. Finally, Jason Chaffetz throws down an interesting challenge. In the second half: One lawmaker is thinking about making changes to Medicaid expansion that would be more restrictive than what voters approved, one policymaker in Dixie is wearing multiple hats, and conservative lawmakers might try to cut the income tax...

Flagged Bill – HB 102 – Campaign Funds Uses Amendments; Representative Stephanie Pitcher

One of the biggest problems with campaign finance laws in Utah is that they are a bit…well…loosey-goosy. In short, all a candidate needs to prove is that an expense made was “for a political purpose.” This has resulted in candidates buying themselves entirely new wardrobes, cars, trips, and more – indeed, the most tenuous connections have survived challenges because an item happened to be used on a campaign. However, that isn’t to say that the legitimacy of some expenditures hasn’t been challenged. One area of contention nationally has been the question of whether childcare is a legitimate use of campaign funds....

Flagged Bill – HJR 6 – Sponsor’s Statement; Representative Norm Thurston

Representative Norm Thurston (Republican – Provo) has been the source of some controversy over the past four years he has served in the legislature. In 2017 he sponsored legislation that would ultimately have the effect of further marginalizing Democrats in state government and, oh yes, reducing the state’s legal BAC to 0.05. in 2016 he sponsored legislation that allows people to legally carry weapons on public transit, and in 2015 he took up the mantle of abolishing daylight savings (to the glee of some, and the source of eye-rolls from this website). In short, Thruston gets harassed by people (such as...

The UPC Show – Episode 262 – The Saratoga Springs Swatters

Welcome to the UPC Show with Curtis Haring and Dylan McDonnell! In the first half: Ben McAdams did what he said he would do and voted against Pelosi, Mia Love was almost impressive in how much she checked out, Mitt Romney makes waves before being sworn in and Mike Lee didn’t like it, the Republican delegation from Utah doesn’t like some of the realities of the shutdown, and the governor is being pressured by Senator Lee to drop his fight on SB 54. In the second half: Utah now has the harshest DUI law but appears unwilling to take on...

Flagged Bill – HCR 2 – Supporting Rural Development of Wind, Solar, Hydrogen, Hydroelectric, and Geothermal Energy; Representative Steve Handy

It just wouldn’t be a “Flagged Bill” series without the obligatory statement that there is this strange offshoot of the legislative process known as a resolution. Whereas bills specifically change or create laws, resolutions act more as a way to direct where state laws and, by extension the executive branch through state agencies, state policies should go. Indeed, they do the finest thing possible in government: doing something without doing something. It isn’t that they aren’t important, they are, it is just that they don’t immediately change things the same thing a law would if it were enacted. Okay, now...

Flagged Bill – HB 36: Bureau of Criminal Identification Reporting Amendments; Representative Raymond Ward

Not long after the end of the 2018 session, the Standard-Examiner discovered that a computer glitch in Utah’s court reporting system resulted in some 900 records not properly being uploaded to Utah Bureau of Criminal Identification (BCI). These 900 people could not legally purchase firearms, however, if they were to be run through the background check, their records would appear clean. Mind you, the information existed in the databases at individual courthouses and the BCI has chosen to share the information with the FBI’s database, but, according to the Examiner, Utah is just one of four states that don’t have...