State Policy Work
Prosecutors should not set policy for public defense. Tell Gov. Herbert to keep the new Indigent Defense Commission prosecutor free!
UTOPIA To whom it may concern: The American Civil Liberties Union of Utah writes to express the importance of the Internet as a vital and active forum for free speech. The Internet is unique in that it is a place where people can publish their views to be seen by a few close friends or to be spread around the world, where users can engage with others on thousands of bulletin boards and chat rooms on nearly any topic, create new communities of interest, or communicate anonymously about difficult topics. It is the closest thing ever invented to a true “free market” of ideas. The ACLU believes that the government has a responsibility to preserve and protect this precious communications medium. Ground rules must be created and enforced to ensure that the Internet never falls under the influence of private parties with powerful economic incentives to disrupt and distort the free flow of ideas online. Cable broadband providers, for example, have both the technological means and the economic incentives to interfere with the free Internet. Steps must be taken to insure that free access to the Internet is protected by competition. To that end, the ACLU is lobbying for open-access…
On Friday, March 16, in the face of public pressure by thousands of Utahns and organizations, Governor Herbert vetoed HB 363, “Health Education Amendments.” The law would have deprived parents of the choice to have health education other than abstinence only instruction provided in public schools. In rejecting the bill the Governor said that existing laws were adequate and the bill would restrict parental options.
HB 461, Abortion Waiting Period, would expand the waiting period before a woman can get an abortion from 24 to 72 hours creating a substantial and undue burden on a woman’s constitutional right to access an abortion, particularly in a state like Utah, where geography and location of abortion providers is such that many women would have to travel great distances in order to access services.
The ACLU of Utah delivered a letter today urging Governor Herbert to veto HB 363 “Health Education Amendments.” HB 363 deprives parents of the choice to have health education other than abstinence only instruction provided in public schools. Evidence clearly shows that sexuality education that stresses the importance of waiting to have sex while providing accurate, age-appropriate, and complete information about how to use contraceptives effectively to prevent pregnancy and sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) can help teens make healthy decisions.
Listen to KRCL's RadioActive broadcast from Friday, 2/10, on Affirmative Action. Marina Lowe, legislative and policy counsel at the ACLU of Utah, joins Barry Gomberg, the director of affirmative action and equal opportunity at Weber State University, and Kim Hall, the assistant director of the Women's Resource Center at the University of Utah to discuss their predictions for the legislative session and the impact if a proposed constitutional amendment to exempt the state from federal affirmative action laws were to pass.
Attorney General Shurtleff Urged to Reject Using Information from "the list" in Criminal Prosecutions
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.
The Real ID Act: Law Establishes National ID System for Americans What is Real ID? (From an ACLU of Utah 2007 Report) The Real ID Act was railroaded through Congress in May 2005 without meaningful hearings or debate. Although Real ID is scheduled to become effective in May 2008, many states are passing legislation urging Congress to repeal the law. If the law goes into effect as is, Real ID will turn state drivers’ licenses into national identity cards and will make getting a driver’s license a real nightmare of slow service and bureaucratic dead ends. Real ID puts pressure on states to comply by setting uniform standards that will be required on every driver’s license and identity card. The act says that drivers’ licenses and state ID cards will not be accepted for “federal purposes” such as boarding aircraft, entering federal facilities, and opening a bank account, unless states meet all of the following conditions: Verify the “issuance, validity and completeness” of every document presented at motor vehicle agencies as part of an application for a Real ID card; Retain a digital scan of source identity documents like birth certificates for at least 10 years (or a paper copy…
The ACLU of Utah, the Center for Reproductive Rights, Planned Parenthood Federation of America, and the Massachusetts Judicial Consent for Minors Lawyer Referral Panel submit comments to the Administrative Office of Courts
The ACLU of Utah, the ACLU Reproductive Freedom Project, the Center for Reproductive Rights, Planned Parenthood Federation of America, and the Massachusetts Judicial Consent for Minors Lawyer Referral Panel submit comments to the Administrative Office of the Courts on procedural and appellate rules governing the procedure by which a minor may petition the court for a bypass to the parental consent requirement for obtaining an abortion.
ACLU Utah submits Letter commenting on the recommendations of the Committee on Privacy and Public Court Records
ACLU Utah submits letter commenting on the recommendations of the Committee on Privacy and Public Court Records.
Utah and the MATRIX MATRIX is the latest data mining program to emerge from the government. This surveillance system combines information about individuals from government databases and private-sector data companies. It then makes those dossiers available for search by government officials and combs through the millions of files in a search for “anomalies’ that may be indicative of terrorist or other criminal activity.