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Published: Thursday, March 10 2011 12:00 p.m. MST

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Salt Lake City, UT

Sad that those elected to represent us...

apparently are unwilling to do so.

HB477 is a bad bill.

Lane Myer
Salt Lake City, UT

please give us more information. I want to help.

West Valley City, UT

Honestly, with all the heat comming down about this bill and our elected officials haven't pulled the plug on it themselves?? People arwe already lining up to fight this and they do NOTHING? Are they paying attention to the people at all anymore? This bill is getting as much negative attention as one of Chris Butters' comments and no one on the hill is saying anything! The Gov. defended it once and then walked away. What's up with that? None of the other supporters of this bill have explained why they voted the way they did. Instead they all have opted to just shove it down our throats then walk away from us. It's time for them all to go!

The Authority
Richfield, UT

It's ironic in a way. They're willing to take all this heat over a bill that's designed to keep them from taking any heat.

Fitness Freak
Salt Lake City, UT

First of all: MANY THANKS to Ms. Tobias and the other citizens trying to "nip this in the bud" before it gets off the ground!

Second: I have a strong feeling many state elected officials WON'T BE re-elected due to both this bill and the immigration bills!

Legislators/senators think we have real short memories but with the help of the Internet, negative news regarding the antics of our elected officials spreads FAST!

Syracuse, UT

Every once in a while, I'll look right in my kids eyes and tell them to stop doing something that is annoying me. Sometimes they look right back at me and still do what I'm telling them not to. That's how I feel with HB477. How can our elected officials look us back in the eye and still do this? What Utahan is for this?

If you don't want us to look at your e-mail or text messages, buy your own Blackberry! Heard of Gmail? Try it! The company I work for monitors my work e-mail and text messages so I buy my own phone. Don't tell me you can't afford it.

I've voted straight Repub most of my life up until the last couple elections where I've voted for a few Dems. I don't know if I can vote for ANY Repubs this next go round. I have no respect for them anymore. They think they're untouchable and don't listen to the people.

Murray, UT

Our Utah legislator and governor are like out of control teenagers. They run around causing problems, and doing dumb things.
Then the responsible adults end up paying for all the damage they do.
It starts to get really expensive to have to always bail them out, and pay for all the things that they break.
You would like someone to just lock them up, until they come to their senses.
I would not be surprised, if the next law the Utah legislator passes, is to exempt themselves from all laws.
Using the same logic, which they use for not passing a meaningful ethics law: we do not need an ethics law, because we do nothing that is unethical.
So they will pass a law, which says they can not be prosecuted for breaking the law, because in their view they never break the law, so why do they need to obey the law.

South Jordan, UT

Where do I sign?

Salt Lake City, UT

This goes way beyond just using their own cell phones and email accounts.

HB 477 not only exempts legislators from accountability for their electronic communications, it allows the State to charge huge fees to anyone asking for the release of public information and places a near-impossible demand for "preponderance of evidence" of wrongdoing before granting requests for communication that is suspected of being illegal. You basically have to prove your case before a judge _before_ you're allowed to question the suspect.

This is the exact opposite of open, honest, accountable government.

Cedar City, UT

Those that filed the petition - please post your contact information. There are thousands of Utahns ready and willing to help with this cause. The time has come to take a stand. Thanks for filing the petition.

Somewhere in Utah, UT

How do people help get signatures? Where's the petition? We want to sign it.

An Enemy of the People
American Fork, UT

Anyone with information want to tell me where I can can sign it?

Salt Lake City, UT

I hope this works. Of course these same arrogant Republicans have made it increasingly difficult for referenda or iniatives to get to the ballot. Absolute power corrupts absolutely.

Zadruga Guy
West Jordan, UT

I'll sign too!

Heber City, UT

Where can I sign up?

Patrick Henry
West Jordan, UT

Go to the many festivals here in Utah and have people sign up! Go to the Scottish Festival and I will sign up!

Bountiful, UT

To the group who filed for the referendum:

PLEASE advertise the referendum in all the forums you can (regular media and social media) to let people know how and where to sign it. There are a lot of people who don't like HB477 and the process by which it has been passed by the legislators and signed by the governor. They just need to know how to sign this referendum. This bill is bad news for the people of Utah.

Clearfield, UT

Can't wait until the next election. I will vote D before I vote for any more Right Wing Republicans.

Willard, UT

We the People will do as they will have us to do, We have no say in the matter with our Elected Officials.

Hooper, UT

I'd love to help these folks with $$$ and manpower, but they need to advertise for sure.

As well, they need to employ the university strategy...hitting all the colleges along the wasatch front...they generate signatures, but offer young legs to run this thing down across the state...

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