For the past 40 days, the Utah Legislature has been busy hammering out the details behind hundreds of new laws. But the spotlight has shined brightest on the laws that are still in flux. Among these are Healthy Utah—a plan that would provide health insurance to around 100,000 uninsured Utahns—as well as another bill that would reform the criminal justice system. Both of these topics will receive their own rallies at the Capitol this week. On the other end of the Salt Lake Valley, West Jordan City Council members will contemplate giving themselves a raise.
Healthy Utah Rally
Thursday, March 5
Health care—and, specifically, Gov. Gary Herbert's Healthy Utah plan—proved to be a lightning-rod topic this legislative session. But with two bills now working through committees, The Utah Health Policy Project will make sure the governor and other politicians know how they feel about it with a rally.
State Capitol Rotunda, 350 N. State, March 5, noon-2 p.m., HealthPolicyProject.org
Criminal Justice Reform Rally
Friday, March 6
State lawmakers are working on a proposal to provide more services for the mentally ill and drug addicted, groups who make up a large portion of the prison's growing population. Utah Support Advocates for Recovery Awareness is hosting a rally and a march to make sure these important matters aren't forgotten.
State Capitol Rotunda, 350 N. State, March 6, march 11 a.m., rally 11:45 a.m.-12:30 p.m., MyUsara.com
City Council Pay Raises
Wednesday, March 11
A few years ago it came to light that officials in the tiny California town of Bell had, over the course of years, repeatedly voted to enrich themselves. This isn't the case in West Jordan, where city council members currently make $9,780. In Sandy, where the population is 16,251 people slimmer than in West Jordan, council members are paid $19,379. West Jordan officials think it's about time its council gets a raise, and they're holding a public meeting at which you can let them know how you feel about it.
West Jordan City Hall, City Council Chambers, 8000 S. Redwood Road, third floor, March 11, 6 p.m., WJordan.com