A New Power Broker Emerged on Utah's Capitol Hill: Voters
“I don’t know how we can argue against giving people the opportunity to have a vote on this issue,” said Rep. Dan McCay, R-Riverton, sponsor of the bill, argued earlier.
This year’s Legislature saw a different kind of political player driving much of the agenda: Utah’s 1.5 million voters.
Six ballot initiatives threatened to convert those voters into a super-Legislature that could enact proposals popular in polls, but which have languished on Capitol Hill.
Those measures could raise taxes dramatically for schools, fully expand Medicaid, legalize medical marijuana and change election laws.