Saturday, July 28, 2012

Deseret News: Utah High Court to Decide If Legislative Ethics Initiative Gets on November Ballot

Justices question lawmakers' motives in tightening signature requirements

What happened here was the goal post was raised after the ball was in the air.
Utah Supreme Court Justice Thomas Lee
Utah high court to decide if ethics initiative gets on November ballot
July 26, 2012
Listening to the debate, what we needed was a Urim and Thummim to interpret this statute.

Just to keep Weber County Forum readers abreast of developments in the Utahns for Ethical Government legislative ethics reform citizen initiative petition matter, we'll link to Thursday's Deseret News story, which reports on this week's oral arguments before the Utah Supreme Court:
While this D-News story doesn't really provide any reliable clue about how the full five-member Utah Supreme Court panel may be leaning with respect to its ultimate decision in this matter, we do believe it's important to inform our readers that the case has now been argued before the Utah Supreme Court, and that all parties to this proceeding are hoping for an expedited ruling "as early as next week."

We'll be keeping our fingers crossed, eh folks?

Update 7/30/12 8:00 a.m.: More on this story from the Salt Lake Tribune:


blackrulon said...

A real problem exisst that if the measure gets on the ballot and is successful there is the possibility that legislatures can change amend the iniative to weaken or alter the law beyond recognition. Really this is as much about changing the rules retroactively as to passing a strong ethics law

rudizink said...

 I agree.

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