Please join us on zoom (link available via email) from 7-7:40pm MT every other Wednesday night: W Oct 20, W Nov 3, etc. All are welcome! We’ll talk about policy development and outreach efforts as we prepare to qualify for the Nov 2024 ballot by collecting signatures from about Feb 27 – Nov 27, 2023. (Mark your calendars, and follow the previous link if you’re new to the campaign and want to get caught up!)
Redistricting: The state legislature will be meeting in about a month to approve new federal and state legislative boundaries. (Data from the 2020 census will be used to ensure that districts have equal population: “One person, one vote.”) This is relevant for our effort to make the 2024 ballot because we will need to hit signature targets in 26 of the 29 state senate districts; after redistricting we will know what those senate districts look like and how many signatures we need in each district. We have to wait and see what the legislature does, but (thanks to a successful 2018 ballot measure!) you can look at three state Senate drafts from the Independent Redistricting Commission that is part of the process. (FYI to see the current state Senate districts click on “State Senate” here.)
Door-knocking: We’re looking to do a bit more door-knocking—focusing on homes with solar panels in key areas—before the weather turns even darker and colder, so holler if you want to join the fun in Tooele, Saratoga Springs, Cottonwood Heights, or elsewhere around the state! (And FYI I’ll be in Kanab and Hurricane in the next few days so let me know if that’s your neck of the woods and you want to meet up.)
Senator Cullimore’s bill: There were news stories on KSL and Fox13 about an ambitious air-quality bill being drafted by Senator Kirk Cullimore (R-Sandy) in conjunction with the environmental group O2 Utah. The bill apparently includes incentives for cleaner cars, stronger standards for buildings, and a cap-and-trade program for industrial facilities. Looks fascinating, so we will provide updates when they are available… or check out O2 Utah!
Also in the news: Judy Weeks-Rohner, one of the leaders of the successful referendum to overturn the sales tax increase on groceries proposed by the legislature in 2019, is now… a member of the legislature (R-West Valley City), having won a special election. On a possibly related topic—eliminating the rest of the existing sales tax on groceries—see also this piece in the Ogden Standard-Examiner from Rosemary Lesser (D-Ogden).