5. Are you willing to vote against bills that legislative leadership wants you to support even when threatened with losing coveted committee positions, having your legislation held hostage, etc.?
We asked this question because the absolute power that legislative leadership has to get the bills on the agenda of the floor. At times a legislator has to agree to vote on a specific bill supported by leadership when they would rather not. They have to make a choice to vote on a bill because they might be in jeopardy of getting their bill passed. This puts a hardship on the legislator because they are generally carrying a bill at the request of a constituent. This process is not transparent to the citizens.
The 7 questions were developed because they were a result of issues brought about by the Utah 2019 Tax Referendum. We are asking these questions to better inform the voters because this election process this year is completely different from previous years attributed mainly due to the Coronavirus. Without the traditional caucuses and other traditional method of determining where candidates stand on issues, we have established a website to help voters get to know those who are running for offices. This resulted in implementing Phase 2.
The website will be constantly updated with candidates information as well as with timely political reports and updates. This is being done by a few volunteers. No candidates will be allowed to be part of the administrative team to keep it non-partisan. So if you are a candidate or know of one, have them go to www.utah2019tax.com and fill out the questionnaire. This service is free to the candidates. It is meant to help them get their platform to the voters.