State Balloting Process

Mon, Feb 16 by Anonymous

Persons wishing to circulate a statewide initiative
petition must file an application and a copy of the proposed law with the
Lieutenant Governor. The application requires five sponsors who are
registered voters and have voted in regular general election in Utah in the
last three years. The Lieutenant Governor then forwards it to the Attorney
General who reviews it (which usually takes about 5 business days.) After
the Attorney General reviews it, he sends it back to the Lieutenant
Governor who notifies the proponents that they can begin circulating.

Fed up with the Utah Legislature’s slow progress on health system reform, Joe Jarvis is considering putting the matter in your hands.

If lawmakers fail to produce a blueprint for real change by the end of the session, Jarvis said, he will aggressively pursue a statewide ballot proposition — one that targets unsafe hospital practices and over-utilization of health care, and limits when private insurance companies can reject applicants.

Important Court Cases

Wed, Jan 28 by Anonymous
Yes on Term Limits v. Savage (2008)


“Off-year” elections do not attract the large number of referendums and issue initiatives that are typically found on ballots in presidential and congressional election years. But Tuesday, the Election Day for most states holding 2007 contests, featured a handful of ballot propositions that had national implications. The following are analyses of the outcomes of four of these measures.

Cost-conscious voters rejected school vouchers for Utah students, state-sponsored stem cell research in New Jersey and higher cigarette taxes in Oregon to fund health care for uninsured children.

Voters decisively rejected the will of the Utah Legislature and governor Tuesday, defeating what would have been the nation’s most comprehensive education voucher program in a referendum blowout.