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Quick Primer on Body Cam Legislation at the Capitol

17 February 2016 Published in The ACLU of Utah Activist
Community activists and advocates have been asking a lot about the TWO bills related to police body-mounted cameras, both being considered by the legislature during this 2016 session: Rep. Dan McCay’s HB300 and Sen. Dan Thatcher’s SB94.

Demand Immigration Reform at Town Hall Meetings in Utah

21 August 2013 Published in Federal Policy Work
Are you in the 2nd Congressional District of Utah? Is Chris Stewart your Representative?  Rep. Chris Stewart, is holding town hall meetings in Utah during the next week....a prime opportunity to tell him face-to-face that you want fair and just immigration reform.

Contraception is Basic Health Care

20 August 2013 Published in Federal Policy Work
Now is the time to speak out to ensure contraception coverage for millions of American women. Urge the Obama administration to stand firm and not yield to those seeking to undo a major victory for women's health. In a breakthrough for women's health, the Obama administration has ensured that millions of women have access to affordable, effective contraception. But anti-family planning forces are waging an all-out campaign to prevent women from getting affordable access to this basic health care. They are claiming that your boss should be able to control your health care decisions. We can't let them succeed. That's why we're hoping you will immediately write to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and urge it to stand by its decision – contraception is basic health care and must be available in health insurance plans. The deadline for public comment on the current plan is right around the corner. HHS needs to hear from you and all Americans who support women’s fundamental right to contraception. We must fight back and ensure our voices are heard. We know that contraception is a game changer for women. Contraception helps women protect their health and plan their families. It allows women…

ACLU of Utah Thanks Sen. Hatch For Support of Employment Non-Discrimination Act

10 July 2013 Published in Federal Policy Work
The ACLU of Utah wrote to thank Sen. Hatch for his vote in the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions on July 10 in support of the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA).

TAKE ACTION: Tell Senator Hatch to vote YES to pass ENDA out of committee.

03 July 2013 Published in Federal Policy Work
Imagine being fired for no other reason than simply being who you are. Right now in a majority of states, including Utah, you can be fired solely for being lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender (LGBT). Tell your senator to end workplace discrimination. Next Wednesday, July 10, the Senate Health, Education, Labor & Pensions (HELP) Committee will vote on the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA). ENDA would level the playing field for LGBT workers and ensure that all Americans have the ability to work free from discrimination. Your senator, Senator Orrin Hatch, is a key vote on the HELP Committee and needs to hear from you to move this important legislation to the full floor of the Senate. Contact Senator Hatch today and urge him to vote YES to pass ENDA out of committee. No one should have to fear being fired simply because of who they are. Thank you for taking action to ensure a free and fair workplace for all Americans. ACLU of Utah

ACLU of Utah Thanks Sen. Hatch For Immigration Reform Leaderhip

05 June 2013 Published in Federal Policy Work
The ACLU of Utah wrote to thank Sen. Hatch for his leadership on Immigration Reform and helping pass S. 744, the Border Security, Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Modernization Act, out of the Senate Judiciary Committee. We applaud his willingness to reach across the aisle to find a legislative solution that reflects Utah’s values.

Accuracy in E-Verify will be a major issue

14 May 2013 Published in Federal Policy Work
Wouldn't you be furious if the government's plan to screen certain immigrants out of the workforce ended up costing you your job instead? That's exactly what could happen if a massive error-prone bureaucracy called E-Verify is included in the federal immigration reform package your senator is considering right now.

Ask the Hard Questions About the Targeted Killing Program

17 April 2013 Published in Federal Policy Work
On Tuesday morning, the Senate will hold its first-ever hearing on drones and the killing program in which an estimated 4,700 people across two continents have been killed, including four American citizens. This vast killing program is unlawful, dangerous, and unwise. Amazingly, the Obama administration continues to hide its legal memos on when it believes any president can order the Pentagon and the CIA to kill people far from any battlefield.

Revised Proposed Salt Lake City Anti-Panhandling Ordinance Still Threatens First Amendment Rights

09 October 2010 Published in Local Policy Work
The ACLU of Utah again submitted comments to Salt Lake City regarding the city's revised proposed anti-panhandling ordinance. The ACLU of Utah is concerned that this measure will compromise rights and prove ineffective.

Attorney General Shurtleff Urged to Reject Using Information from "the list" in Criminal Prosecutions

25 August 2010 Published in State Policy Work
The American Civil Liberties Union of Utah (ACLU of Utah) yesterday joined with ten other Utah civil rights organizations and individuals in urging Utah Attorney General Mark Shurtleff to reject using in any criminal investigation information contained in the now-infamous “list” of 1,300 Utah residents who are allegedly in the country unlawfully. The letter responds to recent statements from Shurtleff indicating that his office may be reviewing “the list”—which law enforcement acknowledges was created and distributed by state employees in violation of state and federal law—for invalid social security numbers with the intention of prosecuting individuals on “the list” for state crime violations.

Proposed Salt Lake Panhandling Ordinance Could Limit Free Speech

17 September 2009 Published in Local Policy Work
The ACLU of Utah submitted comments to Salt Lake City Mayor Ralph Becker and the City Council in response to the proposed "Commercial Solicitation Ordinance." The ACLU of Utah outlines how the proposed ordinance could infringe upon the free speech rights of Utahns and criminalize speech that is protected by the First Amendment and Utah's own free speech clause.

ACLU of Utah Applauds Proposed Salt Lake City Non-Discrimination Ordinance

19 August 2009 Published in Local Policy Work
In a letter to Salt Lake City Mayor Ralph Becker and the City Council, the ACLU of Utah, expressed support for the proposed ordinance to prevent employment and housing discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity.

ACLU of Utah asks Salt Lake City Mayor Anderson and Police Chief Burbank to change SLCPD Taser Policy

25 April 2006 Published in Local Policy Work
ACLU of Utah asks Salt Lake City Mayor Anderson and Police Chief Burbank to change SLCPD Taser Policy.

ACLU Utah submits Letter commenting on the recommendations of the Committee on Privacy and Public Court Records

30 January 2005 Published in State Policy Work
ACLU Utah submits letter commenting on the recommendations of the Committee on Privacy and Public Court Records.

ACLU submits letter to MATRIX oversight committee

18 March 2004 Published in State Policy Work
ACLU Utah submits letter to the MATRIX oversight committee appointed by Governor Walker requesting that it recommend Utah’s withdrawal from the MATRIX program.

ACLU of Utah sends legislative iterim committee a review of the proposed amendments to the law regarding sentencing in capital cases

16 September 2002 Published in State Policy Work
The ACLU of Utah comments on proposed legislation "Sentencing in Capital Cases Amendments" to protect the civil rights of the mentally retarded.

ACLU of Utah Urges South Salt Lake City to Reconsider Unconstitutional Ordinance

24 April 2002 Published in Local Policy Work
The ACLU of Utah sends a letter to City of South Salt Lake commenting on constitutional defects with the City's plans to limit free speech under proposed “Mass Gathering” ordinance.

ACLU of Utah Writes Salt Lake City Council Members About Proposed Ordinance Prohibiting Masks

17 January 2002 Published in Local Policy Work
The ACLU of Utah submits the following comments on the anti mask ordinance introduced by Salt Lake City’s Chief of Police Rick Dinse.

ACLU of Utah Writes Farmington City About Its Proposed Ordinance for Free Expression Activities

06 December 2001 Published in Local Policy Work
The ACLU of Utah hopes that unnecessary litigation can be avoided and offer these suggestions in an attempt to address what we believe to be the most serious constitutional defects with the Farmington City’s plan to limit free speech during the Olympic Games.