Ballot Propositions

Recent Utah politics have followed a consistent pattern. The people of the state of Utah get together and get a proposition onto a ballot, which then passes with widespread popular support, only to be immediately gutted and changed by a legislature that disagrees with the outcome of this vote.

This happened in 2018 with Proposition 2, which was intended to legalize medical marijuana in Utah with a fairly broad scope. The legislature immediately changed the law and made it far more restrictive than the voters had intended.

This happened with Proposition 3 in 2019. This proposition was intended to provide a significant expansion of Medicaid. The state legislature immediately got to work on gutting this initiative too, replacing Proposition 3 with a Medicaid expansion of much more limited scope than the voters had called for.

This is happening now with Proposition 4,  a law intended to establish an independent redistricting commission to reduce gerrymandering in Utah.

Our elected officials should be listening to the will of the people, not subverting it. If the voters of the state of Utah pass a ballot initiative, their elected legislators should not be working to negate that initiative; they should be looking for ways that they can help implement the will of the people.

I pledge not to reverse any ballot initiative that is approved by our voters, including initiatives that I personally disagree with. The state legislature is not a place to subvert the voice of the people. It is a place where the will of the people should be represented.