The Daily Utah Chronicle

Moran: Utah Should Not Force People to Call 911

Moran: Utah Should Not Force People to Call 911

By Serena Moran

February 20, 2020

  Utah State Representative Brian King has proposed H.B. 104, 911 Responsibilities in an Emergency, which seeks to make it a Class B misdemeanor if someone fails to contact emergency services in the event of an emergency or crime. It is common courtesy to help a fellow Utahn, but one should not...

Cushman: Removing Straight Ticket Voting Will Make It More Difficult to Vote

Cushman: Removing Straight Ticket Voting Will Make It More Difficult to Vote

By KC Ellen Cushman, Opinion Writer

February 13, 2020

  The Utah legislative session is only 45 days long and is jam-packed with bills to be debated. One such bill would remove the straight ticket voting option on Utah ballots, essentially erasing the small box on the ballot that allows people to mark either “Democrat” or “Republican” a...

Emery: Delayed Starts Prioritize the Needs of Some Students Over Others

Emery: Delayed Starts Prioritize the Needs of Some Students Over Others

By Nate Emery

February 13, 2020

  This Utah State Legislative Session, State Representative Suzanne Harrison has introduced a bill that encourages school districts and charter schools to consider delaying high school start times. The bill cites the physical and mental health of students and improved educational outcomes as reas...

Poma: Protecting Children from Abuse Will Help Religious Communities, Not Harm Them

Poma: Protecting Children from Abuse Will Help Religious Communities, Not Harm Them

By Sasha Poma

February 12, 2020

  Utah State Rep. Angela Romero’s H.B. 90 Child Abuse Reporting Amendments has made some religious communities in Utah concerned that their first amendment rights may be stripped away and clergy may be punished for performing a religious rite. This bill, however, may lead the way to a safe...

Mismash: Rent Control Is A Short-Term Solution With Good Intentions but Bad Outcomes

Mismash: Rent Control Is A Short-Term Solution With Good Intentions but Bad Outcomes

By Sarah Mismash

February 11, 2020

  Utah State Representative Jennifer Dailey-Provost is sponsoring a bill that removes restrictions and allows Utah towns, cities and counties to promote rent controls. Previously, towns, cities and counties could only impose such restrictions with the express permission of the legislature. To...

Maxfield: Legislation Banning Tanning For Teens Is About Control, Not Education

Maxfield: Legislation Banning Tanning For Teens Is About Control, Not Education

By Lynda Maxfield

February 2, 2020

  Republican representative Brad M. Daw has “changed his mind.” He no longer trusts Utahns to make tough health decisions for minors regarding indoor tanning. In a FOX 13 interview, Daw said, “There is no compelling reason anymore for a teen to be able to tan and there’s no reason to all...

Letter From the Editor: 2020 Legislative Session

Letter From the Editor: 2020 Legislative Session

By Elise Scott and Sheely Edwards

January 28, 2020

  The Utah State Legislature gathers during the first three months of every year to pass legislation both helpful and harmful to the people of Utah. For 45 days, legislators debate changes to the law that will shape the lives of every Utahn, both in the short and long term. But most students...

Maxfield: The Porn Crisis No One Is Talking About

Maxfield: The Porn Crisis No One Is Talking About

By Lynda Maxfield

January 25, 2020

  Many states are following Utah’s lead and declaring pornography to be a public health crisis. Certainly, porn consumption is linked to a host of societal breakdowns, including the illegal, wrongful exploitation of adults and many children. Although Utah’s 2016 resolution blames porn for...

Starr: If Utah Was Truly Pro-Family, It Would Ratify the ERA

Starr: If Utah Was Truly Pro-Family, It Would Ratify the ERA

By Kennedie Starr, Opinion Writer

January 12, 2020

As a state where far too many women endure serious challenges, including a large wage gap and little professional respect, it is critical that Utah ratifies the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA) in 2020. While the state’s culture is deeply attached to restrictive gender roles — the set of expectations of h...

Starr: Facial Recognition Tech: No Longer Science Fiction, but a Threat to Privacy

Starr: Facial Recognition Tech: No Longer Science Fiction, but a Threat to Privacy

By Kennedie Starr, Opinion Writer

October 16, 2019

Two weeks ago, the Utah state Legislature debated the use of facial recognition technology by law enforcement agencies. Legislators heard comments from representatives of interest groups, the public safety department and an associate from Georgetown Law’s Center on Privacy & Technology. The use...

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