Why so many ballot measures, and which will win?

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  • NoNamesAccepted St. George, UT
    Oct. 23, 2017 12:30 p.m.

    The Utah legislature is highly responsive. The majority of bills introduced and laws passed every year originate with citizen/constituent requests.

    The Utah legislature has one of--perhaps THE--best web pages in the nation for making information on bills, laws, committee assignments, and legislator contact information easily accessibly to citizens. I have found that both my own legislator and other legislators are easily to contact and responsive to my concerns. Those on both sides of the aisle are generally polite and easy to talk to, and I think generally, sincerely interested in doing the right thing.

    Of course, I'm mature enough to recognize the difference between "listening to me" and "agreeing with me," between "being responsive" and "doing things the way I want them done."

    Utah is a conservative State. Our legislative majority reflects that and so sensible people fully expect the legislature will generally pass laws that are right of center.

    If Utah's liberal minority were mature and honest they would admit all of this. Instead, too often, they claim "gerrymandering," "didn't listen," or "not responsive."

  • Impartial7 DRAPER, UT
    Oct. 22, 2017 8:22 a.m.

    "Most issues should be decided by the Legislature. It would be a mistake to put every major issue before the voters. "

    Wrong. The legislators are insulated by the caucus system. Once in office they ignore their constituents and look after their donors and themselves. The only way to get the people's wants and needs addressed is the ballot initiative.
    Utah government is the least responsive than any other place I have ever lived.