For better or worse, the historical record shows the Utah Legislature will ask for over 700 bill numbers for the six-week upcoming session. They will likely 'pass' more than 500 and send them to the Governor's Desk for his signature.
The question always comes up: Do We Want Quantity or Quality of Legislation?
Why would anyone in favor of 'Limited Government' - both the GOP & IAP espouse that Constitutional Principle, despite the Utah-GOP NOT adhering to that principle very well EVER! (ref.: In 2016 CATO Institute gave Utah a 'D' for "raising taxes," "soaring budgets" - the state budget in FY2000 was only $6 billion, for FY2016 it was $14.3 billion, AND for FY2023 it has grown to $46 billion - as well as the "size of State Government." So, when does the idea of "limited" government kick-in???)
We will be following the Legislative agenda CLOSELY for the 2023 Leg. Session. Keep an eye here for further up and coming information.
The IAP leadership will be following the Legislative agenda CLOSELY for the 2023 Leg. Session. We already know of one Election Integrity bill coming up 'early(?)' and a bill or two regarding banning chemical or surgical gender reassignment of minors. More fun lies ahead, ya'll !!
The problem with this 'Gun Reform' package is the “incentivizing” (aka: bribing) states to pass Red Flag Laws …. [federal bribery and ‘blackmail’ are suppose to be a ‘crime,’ right? Just ask Lindsay Graham, who first proposed the idea a couple of years ago.
Luckily, Utah has not entertained the concept of Red Flag laws here - although the Legislator who sponsored Red Flag laws the last three sessions is no longer part of the Legislature (having lost his seat at the State Convention; but he is mounting a write-in campaign in Layton to sneak back in - Steve Handy). Now 60% of Utahns believe we need Red Flag Laws.
Therefore, we will be facing probable Red Flag bills in the 2023 General Session ... even though they are violations of the 2nd, 4th, and 5th Amendments to the Constitution. WE all have a bit of a battle ahead of us to save Utahns from Unconstitutional Red Flag Laws!
The Great Reset is not a conspiracy theory but is a FACT - a very real long-standing conspiracy. It started with the World Economic Forum, or abbreviated as WEF.. (Source: WEF book "The Great Reset" by Klaus Schwab, the CEO of the WEF and printed by Forum Publishing)
The WEF saw the Covid-19 health crisis as the means to begin the 'Great Reset.' Yet the concept has been around at least 4-years before 2020 (refer to blog article's Welcome to 2030 published in 2016 - wait, does that mean Covid was already being planned before 2019-2020 ??? Hm-m-m)
Everything they want to do is in the book. Starting with the disruption of the global social, economic and political systems - due to Covid-19 opening the doorway - allowing the opportunity for a 'Great Reset' or a 'remaking' (creation) of "a more inclusive, resilient and sustainable world going forward." The plannerd-demic "provides an opportunity for humanity to reflect on how it can do things differently." More 'Socialistially' ... with no one owning anything ...... except the State ! ... Isn't that called Socialism and Facism? Didn't we defeat those ideas back in World War II ??
E.S.G. stands for "Environmental, Social, Governance." Arbitrry 'scores' are given for each category and the better the scores in these areas the 'better' for the score-holders, supposedly. Investment and financial institutions have already begun using these 'scores' - as part and parcel of credit-ratings for companies, corporations, governmental accounts, and individual ones, too. If you want a loan or have a retirement account, you have (or will have to have) an ESG score which will both effect and affect you and your credit-rating. A none financial or fiduciary score as part of your 'credit-score.' Doesn't that sound like 'fun.' Think China's 'social scores' which determine where you live, your job (if any), what you get to eat and do, how many children you get to have ... little things like that.
You have to give them credit for being arrogant enough in their plan to accomplish this 'Great Reset' that they informed everyone with a guide to what they are going to do - and have already set in motion. A revamping of the global economy, the social structure and the world political systems. NONE of the common people - you and me - WILL OWN ANY PROPERTY. Ownership of property is a BAD thing. Government will provide it all ... 'free of charge' (or so they tell us; but someone owns it ...oh yes, the 'government.' Isn't that called Socialism? Facism? Communism? What happened to Freedom and Liberty? To Democracy or to our American Constitutional Republic?? All Gone !! ... according to them. Done away with because it is not 'sustainable.' (Wait, we've had a Constitutional Republic for 250 years, isn't that sustainable? .... not according to them, at the WEF/IMF/Internationalists ... to those on the 'outside' - as they see it. Oh wait, again, isn't that called Envy??)
We can become informed, fight back and support those working to change the inertia of this process early on ... in its implementation phase (NOW!), not after it is all set-up and running full bore. Inform yourself, look at what is going on. Make a decision as to where you stand and then DO SOMETHING! Talk, write, support those who do and help! It isn't too late ... NOT YET !
CALL TO ACTION! ...
Help, volunteer, donate time, energy, money ... whatever you can afford and do, DO IT. Success in this fight takes effort. ... 'Blood, Sweat, and Tears' No, not the rock band, the actual blood, sweat and tears of human-kind. Contact us if you don't know what to do and be willing to actually DO SOMETHING not just sit-by and let the parade go past, but get up and become part of the parade !!!
Almost every State Legislative session, someone or another has a bill 'modifying' Utah's Gov't Records Access Management Act (aka: GRAMA). It started in 1992 as a national model and over the last 30-years has been tweeked and twisted into a 21st Century Platypus (a joke of nature)! The latest wants to raise the cost of requests to get PUBLIC INFORMATION! Not only 'Hell NO!' but 'NOT EVEN on your birthday!' 2022HB96 (by Rep. Dan Johnson - Dist. 4; Cache Co) is another attempt to make GRAMA more difficult and less relevant and available to We the People - while making transparency of government more impossible and costly for citizens!.
And wouldn't you know it,.it passed !...
Just another legislative-tweek toward GRAMA being more of a problem than a solution !!
While some bills want to make Ranked Choice Voting permanent and praise RCV as a success (those didn't make it through, by the way), HB 313 wants to add surveillance at ballot drop boxes and require both more security and ID requirements for new voters who are first-time Utah voters. Securing Utah's votes is also the aim of a citizen's petition drive (and we are told it will come up again in 'Early 2023' for another go) which died, but that cost Utah as much as this bill would. The Fiscal note was worked out at $500,000 but has gone over $800k, so far/ The bill was amended and altered and passed in the last days of the session. It is now law and it is in drastic need of corrective amendments in the 2023 session, we hope.
A proposal to dredge Utah Lake and 'create' 20,000 acres of 'new land' in the lake to be developed and sold as waterfront property is causing quite a stir (no pun intended). Check out: dontpaveutahlake.org for more into on the Conservation side of the issue and look into the Utah Lake Authority on the political side, as well as Lake Restoration info and 2022's HB240 from the Legislature. Is Utah Lake worth a $6.8 Billion project?? Who stands to make money on this venture? (Realtors & Politicians? THAT SMELLS!) Do we want 'islands' and causeways in Utah Lake? Will the proposed changes help or hurt the lake, the recreation opportunities of the lake and what is the impact of such dramatic changes to the area??
Utah Department of Forestry, Fire and State Lands (UFFSL) made a decision (in Oct. 2022) to reject the proposal by Lake Restoration Solutions (LRS) to dredge Utah Lake and build islands. LRS has until NOV. 17th to appeal the decision. If they do not appeal, the project will be dead "in the water."
Stay tuned for more information !
Like Utah Lake, the Great Salt Lake is under study (and funding by the State) for preservation methods and programs. Gov Cox wants to spend $200 million to meter Secondary Water and $600k to update the Lake Management Plan. While 2022's HB410 wants $40 million to help protect the Great Salt by providing more water to it, literally buying water rights to go toward the GSL, among other things. Several groups have praised and decried the move as well as the cost (some saying it didn't go far enough, others calling it a good first move). As we draw closer to the 2023 General Session we will keep you appraised of any new developments or proposed legislation in the pipeline. Such as:
- Utah set aside $40 million for the Great Salt Lake watershed enhancement program.
- The Utah delegation pushed through the Great Salt Lake Recovery Act, legislation to study historic drought conditions and protect the long-term health of the Great Salt Lake in Utah. It authorizes the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to carry out a program to monitor and assess the water availability and conditions of saline lakes in the Great Basin, including the Great Salt Lake, in order to help inform management and conservation activities for these ecosystems ($10,000) and authorizing a feasibility study on addressing drought conditions in the Great Salt Lake, which may include an identification of any potential technologies—including pipelines, coastal desalination plants, and canal reinforcement—capable of redirecting water sources and necessary permitting to redirect water sources across state borders. (Hence the idea of a pipeline from the Pacific Ocean to the Great Salt Lake. Maybe we can put to use the 'old' pumps sitting out in the West Deseret from the Bangerter era - '85 to '93 - when the GSL was 'too full' ??)