A controversial piece of legislation is headed to the governor.
SB275 allows for people who have signed an initiative petition to remove their name. The group, Utahns for Ethical Government (UEG), opposed the measure, asserting it was an effort to stop initiatives.
Supporters defended the bill as a way to equalize the process. One legislator said he thought if someone can be allowed to sign a petition, he or she should be allowed to take it off without difficult hurdles.
The UEG has been gathering signatures for an initiative to be placed on the ballot in November. They are required to have 95,000 signatures.
Their fear is that the bill will open up the opportunity for detractors to coerce voters to remove their name from the petition.
On the other side, backers of the bill argue that it will prevent signers from being “hoodwinked” into signing without full understanding of the petition’s content.
Auto dealers get boost with SB157
After the collapse of the U.S. auto industry, Utah car dealers lost millions. GM reopened some dealerships, while Chrysler left franchises “swinging in the wind.”
SB157 proposes to give some relief to those businesses through legal action. Rep. Kevin Garn, R-Layton, said the bill that passed out of the House on Tuesday would clear the path for redress to recover some of the investments that the dealers made.
Some 30 other states have passed similar legislation. The bill is now on its way to the governor.