First annual Holly on the Hill awards!!

Come on, admit it. You’re dying to know who was “the best” on social media during the 2013 session. (If you want to know how people voted, lots of other orgs have ranked legislators. This is just who rocked social media.) I looked at Facebook, Twitter, websites, email newsletters and other social media platforms like…

Same-day voter registration – a good idea or trouble waiting to happen?

Today, the Senate is likely to hear 2HB 91, Voter Registration – Election Day Voter Registration. This bill is very simple (which, as you recall, is a sure sign that there will be opposition). It simply says that people can register the day of an election and vote provisionally. This will NOT substantially increase the…

For transparency – until it applies to them

In the morning at 8 am, the House Government Ops committee will be hearing Rep. Dan McCay’s HB 362 – Transparency in Collective Bargaining Process. This is a very simple bill. That should be your first clue that it is controversial. Simply stated, this bill says that collective bargaining meetings between public employers and public employee…

Top 10 tips for effectively emailing legislators

Nine days are left in the 2013 legislative session and legislators are getting swamped. Here are a few tips to help your voice be heard as you contact your legislators. 1. Make your subject line as descriptive as possible. “Vote NO” is not actually descriptive. “Please vote yes on HB 238, the hair braiding bill”…

10 days, 10 observations

The legislature started 10 days ago. Here’s my list of what I’ve observed: #10: Women make up just 16%% of the legislature: GOP women = 7% and Dem women have a majority, at 58%. We continue on a downward trend from a peak in 2001. H/T Salt Lake Tribune #9: Some legislators have chosen interesting swords…