Protecting the Will of the People

Proposition 2

Medical Cannabis

Latest Updates

Dec 22, 2018 – Fox 13 reports that Intermountain Healthcare and University of Utah Medical Group, two of the largest medical networks in the state, are directing its physicians to not issue recommendations for medical cannabis, despite the medical cannabis law already having gone into effect. Their claims about a July 2019 effective date are incorrect. The groups claim they need more time to understand the implications of the law and give proper guidance to its employees regarding treatment plans. 
Dec 8, 2018 – Patient advocacy groups Epilepsy Association of Utah and TRUCE filed a complaint prepared by former SLC Mayor Rocky Anderson in Utah’s 3rd District Court. The complaint argues the compromise passed by the Legislature violates the Utah Constitution in two ways:
1) The Legislature overrode the people’s constitutional lawmaking authority, and
2) The State allowed the LDS Church to unconstitutionally interfere in the lawmaking process through the Church’s role in creating the compromise.
Dec 3, 2018 – Meeting in special session, the Legislature passed the Utah Medical Cannabis Act, repealing and replacing Proposition 2 with a compromise drafted by opposition and advocacy groups. Lawmakers acknowledge there will likely be further amendments made during the general session in January 2019.
Nov 30, 2018 – Governor Gary Herbert issued a proclamation calling the Legislature into Special Session on Monday, December 3 to consider amending the Utah Medical Cannabis Act
Nov 30, 2018 – Senator Jim Dabakis announced that he will introduce two substitute bills during the Dec. 3 special session, one that would make technical changes similar to that of Rep. Chavez-Houck, and another that would allow cardholders to source their own medical cannabis, avoiding a DABC style distribution plan
Nov 26, 2018 – One week before the planned special session, lawmakers on the Health and Human Services Interim Committee met to learn about the compromise legislation and hear testimony from interested parties — Rep. Chavez-Houck announced she would release a substitute bill that preserves the substance of the proposition, while making technical corrections
Nov 21, 2018 – Third draft of compromise legislation released
Nov 15, 2018 – Represented by former Salt Lake City Mayor Rocky Anderson, patient advocates threaten to sue lawmakers over the proposed compromise and the perceived undue influence of the LDS Church over lawmakers
Nov 6, 2018 – Voters approved the proposition by a vote of 52.8% to 47.2%
Nov 5, 2018 – Second draft of compromise legislation is released the evening before election day
Oct 17, 2018 – First draft of compromise legislation is released
Oct 2, 2018 – Representatives from Utah Patients Coalition, Drug Safe Utah, and the Legislature announce they have reached a tentative agreement on compromise legislation that would be passed by lawmakers regardless of whether Proposition 2 passes or not
Aug 23, 2018 – Drug Safe Utah, a coalition of individuals and organizations including the LDS Church, announced its opposition to the proposition
May 29, 2018 – After gathering 153,894 verified signatures, the proposition was certified to be on the November 2018 ballot

Proposition 3

Medicaid Expansion

Latest Updates

Jan. 10, 2019 – In an interview with the Salt Lake Tribune, Sen. Christensen said he was introducing legislation to change Prop 3 to include enrollment caps and work requirements. Because his bill would require a federal waiver, it would delay the April 1, 2019 implementation date of full Medicaid expansion. 
Jan. 8, 2019 – Fox 13 reports that lawmakers are considering making tax adjustments to ensure that Prop 3 is funded. House Speaker Brad Wilson said, “We have a framework that provides [coverage], but we might put in place a few bumpers.” Wilson also questioned whether Medicaid expansion should come with a work requirement.
Dec 19, 2018 – KUER reports that Sen. Allen Christensen, a long-time opponent of Medicaid expansion, will propose adding work requirements to the law passed under Proposition 3. 
Nov 15, 2018 – During his monthly news conference, Governor Gary Herbert said he does not support repealing the proposition; however, he believe changes may need to be made, including funding structures and the adding of a work requirement
Nov 15, 2018 – Following the vote of approval, Sen. Anderegg reversed his previous position on repealing the proposition
Nov 11, 2018 – The Utah Department of Health announced it had asked the Trump administration to indefinitely suspend any pending Medicaid waivers, and that the Department was on track to begin benefits under the approved Medicaid expansion in April 2019
Nov 6, 2018 – Voters approved the proposition by a vote of 53.3% to 46.7%
Oct 18, 2018 – State Senator Jake Anderegg R-Lehi announced he would run a bill during the coming legislative session to repeal Proposition 3 if it passes
Sep 24, 2018 – Pitting themselves against a wide array of groups supporting the proposition, Americans for Prosperity launches grassroots campaign to oppose the proposition
May 29, 2018 – After gathering 147,280 verified signatures, the proposition was certified to be on the November 2018 ballot

Proposition 4

Redistricting Reform

Latest Updates

Jan 13, 2019 – The Deseret News reports Sen. Todd Weiler is encouraging the Utah Legislature to sue over the constitutionality of Prop 4, although a lawsuit is “not yet” in the works. Sen. Okerlund said lawmakers are considering a lawsuit, and that “there are a number of options that we will be looking at.” 
Dec 3, 2018 – LaVarr Webb, a Utah publisher and lobbyist, argues that Proposition 4 may have won statewide vote, but most likely lost in total number of legislative districts, making it easier for lawmakers to justify gutting the law
Nov 20, 2018 – Following the canvass by Utah counties of their election results, the proposition was approved by a narrow vote of 50.3% to 49.7%
Nov 6, 2018 – Results are too close to call the fate of the proposition on election night
Sep 11, 2018 – Despite support from a bipartisan group of community leaders, Republican lawmakers, led by State Senator Ralph Okerlund begin opposing the proposition, claiming its disguised measure to assist Democrats
Aug 31, 2018 – The League of Women Voters of Utah holds a “gerry-meander” 5k in support of Proposition 4
May 29, 2018 – After gathering 150,082 verified signatures, the proposition was certified to be on the November 2018 ballot