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Pride isn’t just a ‘Party’ it’s How you Should Live Daily

June 29, 2014 Comments off

From San Francisco to New York the LGBT community and their friends are celebrating Gay Pride this weekend.

As wonderful as it is, there are so many rural areas of the country where there is no parade,no Pride flags hanging and no support groups rallying for equality. But that doesn’t mean the fight for equality is relegated to the cities.

Every one of us can and should carry the ideals of Pride to every corner of this great country. It’s each individual’s actions that carry those ideals forward. Whether you’re out and proud in small town America, act as a role model to others in the work place, or by just being yourself and changing the hearts and minds of neighbors, family and friends you advance the opportunity for equality.

The parades celebrate how far we have come but it’s up to each of us on a daily basis to continue to build a future for the next generation so they can live their lives without prejudice, without bullying and without fear of losing their jobs.

I’m constantly reminded and motivated by the words of Harvey Milk.

It takes no compromising to give people their rights. It takes no money to respect the individual. It takes no survey to remove repressions.

Now go… Go celebrate Pride in your own way, enjoy how far we’ve come and continue the daily fight for full equality!

Utah Elects First Openly Gay Man To Statewide Office

July 18, 2011 Comments off
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Salt Lake City, Utah – BREAKING: Moments ago, Jim Dabakis became the first openly gay man to be elected to a statewide office in Utah. He is also among the first openly gay Democratic State Party Chairs nationwide.

Jim Dabakis, Utah’s new Democratic State Party Chair

Utah has seen two openly-gay Representatives in the State House. It has also seen an openly gay State Senator. But this is the first time an openly-LGBT person has been elected to an office by voters statewide, and it comes just 3 years after Prop 8.

“It’s an honor and a thrill [to be elected Chairman of the State Democratic Party,” says Dabakis.

From the beginning of his campaign 5 months ago, Dabakis made it clear that he did not think his sexual orientation should be an issue in the race.

“I don’t see it as a relevant factor,” he says. “I am here to do a job and do it the best I can whether I’m gay, straight, black, white or purple.”

Jim is the original co-founder of both the Utah Pride Center as well as the political advocacy group Equality Utah, and has built up a large following after his negotiations with the Mormon Church ended with them endorsing Salt Lake City’s Non-Discrimination Ordinances.

via PRIDE in Utah » BREAKING: First Openly Gay Man Elected To Statewide Office In Utah.

Is America Ready for a Utah Mormon Republican Pro-Gay Civil Union Candidate?

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Jon Huntsman, former Utah Governor and multi-billionaire is not only seeking the Republican nomination for President, but quite possibly, endorsement from the LGBT community.

Just like cavemen, Jon and the Republican party are trying to evolve (well, whenever it’s politically advantageous to do so…).

[Jon]Huntsman has voiced his support for civil unions and other equality measures such as non-discrimination protections for members of the LGBT community. However, he has not gone so far as to endorse full marriage equality and he supported a 2004 measure that added an amendment to the Utah constitution banning same-sex marriages.

“I am where I am on civil unions. Some will like it. Some will not … We have not done an adequate job in terms of equality and fairness where it comes to reciprocal beneficiary rights,” Huntsman told talk-show host Sean Hannity.

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As public opinion sways toward supporting pro-LGBT legislation, more and more Republicans are coming out in support of civil unions, non-discrimination laws and a more equal taxing structure, Clarke Cooper, the executive director of the Log Cabin Republicans, said.

via Huntsman seeks support from queer groups | QSaltLake – Utah’s Gay and Lesbian News and Entertainment Magazine.

Is America’s LGBT community ready to throw it’s weight behind a Mormon Republican whose ideals are ‘evolving’? And should we be?

In the Great State of Utah where morality is issued from a small one block section in the center of downtown Salt Lake City, Jon Huntsman was a moderate light at the end of a very dark tunnel for the LGBT community.  He supported fair-mindedness. A virtue often unavailable in an extremist political and religious culture that permeates the local Utah mentality.

As a multi-billionaire Governor in a small state, Huntsman never did enough to advance the human rights of the LGBT community.  He may have provided fair-minded rhetoric when politically advantageous, but he never put those dollars of his to work.  There’s no LGBT Huntsman Center, or Huntsman Act for non-discrimination or marriage equality.  This is a man who clearly had the political and financial clout to change the course of equal rights in this state, yet NEVER put his money where his mouth is…

As you begin forming opinions about candidates for President of this great country.  It’s important to remember that we’re not a democracy. We’re a Republic.  As such, you don’t vote for a man, you vote for a party.  Put your vote and your dollars to a party who represents your rights and the rights of other minorities and second-class citizens.

Unlike Jon Huntsman, most of us can’t afford to be a Republican.  Unless of course, you don’t want equal rights, first class citizenry or the right to employment and housing.  Think about that, before you ‘evolve’…

Gay-Affirming Cathedral of Hope Christian Church to Open in Salt Lake City

April 16, 2011 Comments off
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I was extremely pleased today when I received an email from Marian and Julie (co-Pastors) of the Cathedral of Hope today.  They’ve announced they will be opening a church here in SLC.  The Christian-faith based church is open to all and in the spirit of the UCC accepts people for who they are and the journey they’re on with God.  It’s great to have a truly Christian church that’s loving and accepting of all and following Christ’s example.  Welcome to Utah… I’m sure it’s going to be an interesting ride!

The Cathedral of Hope, the largest Christian congregation that has a primary outreach to the LGBT community in the world, will soon be opening a church in Salt Lake City.

Soon-to-be graduates from the Eden Theological Seminary in St. Louis, Mo., will be moving to Salt Lake City in May to help start the new the church. The Cathedral of Hope is affiliated with the Church of Christ and is one of the most progressive Christian congregations in the world.

The LGBT community is always welcome and no one will pressure gay people to change who they are, said Pastor Julie Watson, who along with her life and business partner, Marian Edmonds, will be heading out the church organization.

“We take the Bible very seriously, but we don’t take it literally,” Watson said.

“So many of the LGBTQ folks I talked to believe the lie that God doesn’t love them,” Watson said. “Some don’t believe they could ever be good enough for God no matter how hard they try. And we want to show them that’s simply not true.”

God loves his children for who they are; gay, straight, bi, or transgender, said Edmonds.

via Gay-affirming Christian church opening in Salt Lake City : QSaltLake – Utah’s Gay and Lesbian News and Entertainment Magazine.

Sunday in SLC

April 10, 2011 Comments off

Sunday Funnies at Mo’s Neighborhood Grill. Local comedians, no cover. 9pm Salt Lake City, UT

via: WWJDinSLC

 

Jason Chaffetz on sucking Glenn Beck’s Teat

April 9, 2011 Comments off
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Utah Mormon Rep. Jason Chaffetz, known for taking stances like removing all illegal aliens, building a border fence, overturning women’s rights (Roe VS Wade), repealing all gun control laws and of course, lobbying against gay marriage (calling on black citizens of Washington DC to vote against the measure) and never missing a photo shoot or interview to propogate his anti-modern family, xenophobic, these colors don’t run has affirmed his admiration of the prince of anti-American values Glenn Beck.  When asked about his ‘dude, if the Prophet would let me be gay, I’d totally do you’ affiliation with Beck, Chaffetz responded:

“I’m honored,” Chaffetz said. “I have the greatest respect for Glenn Beck. I think he’s a true patriot and somebody I admire and enjoy interacting with.”

“He’s passionate and fired up about what he believes in,” Chaffetz said about the syndicated radio host and Fox News personality. “He’s driven by principle, and I think a lot of people are impressed by that — I am. He stands up for what’s right.

via Rep. Jason Chaffetz embraces Glenn Beck | Deseret News.

I’m not sure what terrifies me more, the fact that Chaffetz aligned himself with such an anti-modern family media whore or that he seems to believe that the married three times (because he was busted cheating on each of them) Beck has principles!  And yet the blind sheep voters of Utah continue to elect him….

PRIDE in Utah » Breaking News: Transgender Woman Mocked At Utah DMV, Forced To Scrub Off Makeup

Folks, I had to read this article three times.  With each read, I felt a wave of different emotion.  First came the shock, then empathy for this transgendered woman who endured this vile behavior , and then the anger.  I don’t know if anger can even really sum it up.  Anger, outrage, disgust well maybe it’s more fury!  How DARE an employee of the State of Utah (or anyone for that matter) treat someone with such behavior as to objectify and dehumanize them. 

It’s sad that this woman has been so humiliated after this incident that she remains anonymous.  I say, don’t give these DMV workers what they want, which is to humiliate you and shame you into not being proud of who you are.  Your human rights have been violated by bigots.  Stand-up, tell your story, better yet- SHOUT out your story and FIGHT for your dignity and humanity.  You are not alone in this state.  There are plenty of us who are here to help you and help you fight for the respect you deserve!

I also want to call out Amber Anderton- you ARE a local hero!  Thank you for standing up and defending this woman.  We need more local heros like you who act on what they see when they see it and call it out for what it is.  Thank you for defending this woman’s human rights!

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Salt Lake City, Utah – Not a highlight of our state. On Thursday this week, a transgender woman entered a local DMV to renew her license only to find half the staff mocking and ridiculing her, including security forcing her to scrub off her makeup and pull her hair back before she could take her photo.

Local hero Amber Anderton

Local resident Amber Anderton watched a horrifying scene play out in front of her this past Thursday at the DMV located at 1095 Motor Ave. (approx. 200 N 1000 W) in Salt Lake City, as a transgender woman sat down at the photo station to renew her license. “When the DMV worker looked at her,” says Amber, “he immediately left and got another employee, whispered in their ear and they both began laughing as they looked back at the woman. They both then went and got security who escorted the woman back to a supervisor’s office. When they came back out the woman was taken to the restroom where she had to scrub off her makeup and pull her hair back before they would let her take her license photo.”

Read the rest of the story at  PRIDE in Utah » Transgender Woman Mocked At Utah DMV, Forced To Scrub Off Makeup.

Contact the National Center for Trans Equality at: 202 903 0112

By the way- The DMV where this happened is at 1095 Motor Ave. (approx. 200 N 1000 W) in Salt Lake City

Office: 801-965-4437
Fax: 801-363-2977
Hours: Monday – Thursday
7:00am to 6:00pm

Also- Contact your government officials and demand they do something about this!

The Mormon’s Final Solution to ‘Cure’ Homosexuality

March 20, 2011 Comments off

At a time when universities conducted shock therapy studies to straighten out gay students, BYU and the Mormon church jumped on the bandwagon.  BYU officially stopped.   Thirty years later though, the Mormon Church through referals in literature and leaders condones and refers members to a closely tied, non-affiliated group, Evergreen International which continues to practice ‘reparative therapy’ in Salt Lake City, UT. 

Joseph Mengele

The Evergreen International Org website states that they’re closely tied with the Mormon church and boasts past General Authority members as part of their Board of Trustee’s.  Interestingly, you won’t find a list of ANY members of Evergreen International on their website.

Evergreen International in their About Us page (Link intentionally omitted) openly admits that they aren’t directed by any mental health care agencies, and has no professional licenses or training.  In fact, the site asserts they assume no liability to a persons well being.  Clearly they take great care in making sure they’re not liable if you undergo their Josef Mengele style experiments.

You can share your concern with Evergreen International using the following contact information:

Evergreen International
307 West 200 South, Suite 3004
Salt Lake City, Utah 84101
U.S.A.Ph: 800-391-1000

Email: info@evergreeninternational.org

There’s a skeleton in the closet at Brigham Young University: painful electric shock therapy of gay students as part of a 1976 psychology experiment to literally straighten them out. The patients were students who didn’t want to be gay.

BYU officials say similar studies were conducted at other universities at the time, and the experiments have not been conducted since. Still, the shock treatments and attempts to “cure” homosexuals are worth attention as part of a continuing dialogue about treatment of gays by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

Even as the church fought for passage of Proposition 8, the ban on same-sex marriage, the church disputed claims that Mormons are homophobic or biased against gays. That claim, however, is insulting to gays who feel they are being discriminated against, and especially by those who went through electric shock.

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Others continue to practice reparative therapy.

In 1989, 11 Mormon men started a group called Evergreen International, a nonprofit religious and educational organization that provides resources in 20 languages for gay people around the globe. For unknown reasons, most of the resources are slanted toward men.

Evergreen describes itself as “the most complete resource for Latter-day Saints on same-sex attraction” and coordinates therapy for interested members. Whether that therapy has ever included aversion techniques, such as electric shock, is disputed. Evergreen officials say they have never used those methods, but men who have been through the program claim they were subjected to painful treatments.

Official church publications praise Evergreen, saying it is appropriate for LDS Church members struggling with same-sex attraction. LDS hierarchy has instructed bishops and stake presidents to refer gays to this group through education, passing along contact information and in some cases, making appointments. However, church spokeswoman Kim Farah says Evergreen is not associated with the church, and directs questions about its practices to Evergreen.

“The church does not support or recommend aversion therapy,” she says.

All Evergreen funding comes from private donations, and some of those benefactors are private foundations with church ties, says David Pruden, Evergreen executive director.

via Can gays be ‘cured’? Controversial practice attempts just that – Inside Bay Area.

Mormon Orrin Hatch calls National HealthCare a “Dumb-Ass Program”

 

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In a question and answer session held at Utah State University, Orrin Hatch was questioned by a young college student about national health care.  Orrin’s tactless response?

“Every state has different demographics, every state has different problems,” Hatch responded. “It’s good to allow them to work out their own problems rather than a one-size-fits-all federal government dumb-ass program. It really is an awful piece of crap.”

http://www.usustatesman.com/sen-hatch-says-usu-receives-most-federal-dollars-per-capita-1.2485919

This is one more example of Republican civility and the lack of respect Hatch has for his own office as well as the President of the United States.  This is Utah’s national representative to the Senate of the United States

After making the remark, he quickly apologized, blaming his outburst on his passion for the topic.  As a Senator representing the great State of Utah, I would expect Hatch to be passionate about every topic that comes before him as a representative of the people.  Unprofessional, disrespectful and uncivil are certainly not qualities I want in my Senator.  Especially infront of students!

Hatch, maybe it’s about time you stopped sucking up to the gun carrying, target toting, biggoted Tea Partiers whom you’re afraid will take your seat in the next election and focused on doing the job you’re already elected to do…PROFESSIONALLY.

DUMB-ASS! (I can say that, I’m a private citizen!)

Website Blaming Gays and Lesbians for Christchurch Quake Taken Off-Line

February 24, 2011 Comments off

Yesterday ReleaseDorothy! reported that a website hosted by Blue Hosting in Provo, UT was blaming the earthquake in Christchurch on a Gay and Lesbian Ski event. 

The website is no longer available by the hosting service. 

Orrin Hatch’s Irrelevant Attempt at Being Relevant

February 24, 2011 3 comments
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In a press release today, Orrin Hatch attempted to be relevant saying that Obama is letting his personal politics get in the way of his ‘duty’ to defend the Defense of Marriage Act.

“President Obama’s personal politics are trumping his presidential duty,” Hatch said. “Congress overwhelmingly passed the Defense of Marriage Act, a Democratic President signed it into law, and the Justice Department has a duty to defend it. It is deeply disturbing to see politics further distort the Department of Justice.”

via Hatch: President Wrong to Refuse Defense of the Defense of Marriage Act.

I’m less than surprised at Hatch; considering he often lets his personal religious views (He’s a card-carrying member of the Mormon cult) get in the way of his duty to represent the people of his state.  He stated in June 2010 during a showing at Dixie College:

“Gays and lesbians don’t pay tithing, their religion is politics,” said Hatch.

via The Washington Monthly.

Mr. Hatch, simply because many LGBT don’t plan on getting their own planet in the afterlife like you do, does not mean we should be treated like second class citizens and denied basic human rights. 

PRIDE in Utah » Ogden City Newspaper Promotes Hate Groups As “Pro-Family”

February 21, 2011 Comments off

The  anti-modern family Eagle Forum was recently covered in the Ogden Standard Examiner as a pro-family organization.  This is an organization that sells itself in it’s principles as:

Family: We believe it is the responsibility of every citizen, especially public officials, to oppose philosophies and programs which usurp parental rights or diminish the role of the family.

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However, frequently the Utah Eagle Forum does just the opposite.  They have lobbied against expanding adoption to place children in loving caring homes.  They proclaim in their ‘principles’ they promote free expression of religious values, however they condemn any value that is not aligned with the Mormon cults leadership.

Ogden, Utah – The Standard Examiner apparently doesn’t like to do much fact checking on their stories. In their recent issue, they released a story promoting the anti-family, anti-gay hate group Eagle Forum as somehow being a “pro-family” organization. Have you met Gayle?

As an example, this year Utah Eagle Forum president Gayle Ruzicka and a handful of her cronies all testified against a bill which would have allowed children to be adopted by both of their parents, rather than just their biological parent. SB 62 would have allowed the biological parent of a child to designate who they wanted as the 2nd parent, lika an un-married partner, parent or other family member.

But rather than let these straight forward child protection laws passed, Ruzicka worked as hard as possible to ensure that if a single-parent passes away, their children end up in foster care rather than with the rest of their family.

via PRIDE in Utah » Ogden City Newspaper Promoting Hate Groups As “Pro-Family”.

Utah Pride Center Adds ReleaseDorothy.com to Resource Directory

February 21, 2011 2 comments

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Today Release Dorothy! (http://www.releasedorothy.com) received notification that the organization had been added as a resource to the Utah Pride Center’s Directory!

Release Dorothy! is PROUD to act as a resource to the LGBT community and bring issues of interest and concern to a higher awareness.  We’re happy to be part of the growing movement to raise awareness of LGBT issues affecting Utahn’s!

Thanks Utah Pride Center!- Phil

Utah Legislator Introduces 3 Bills to Dehumanize LGBT Citizens

February 7, 2011 1 comment

Utah state legislator LaVar Christensen (R-Draper)  has introduced three bills since Jan 24 taking direct aim at the Utah LGBT community.  Each bill separately strips rights away from LGBT living in the state, and together are nothing less than an act of hate, bigotry and the dehumanization of Utah’s LGBT Citizens.

If Christensen is successful LGBT Utahn’s would be unable to protect themselves contractually in retirement planning, wills and estate planning.  Basically it would prohibit LGBT couples from entering into any contract together.  LGBT couples and couples with children could not be recognized as a family in the state of Utah and public funding for any effort would be in violation of that legislation.  Finally, it would ensure that LGBT citizens could be discriminated against, including termination at their jobs without legal retribution, effectively repealing the anti-discrimination ordinances of 11 Utah communities.  This man isn’t just a threat to the LGBT community, but to the Utah public as a whole.  He is boxing in who he thinks should raise children, who should marry, and who should enter into contracts. 

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Christensen’s bills attempt nothing less than the dehumanization of LGBT, repulsively similar to laws and proclamaitions of Nazi Germany  in 1934. HB 270, calls for Utah to endorse:

Marriage and family predate all governments and are supported by and consistent with the Laws of Nature and Nature’s God, the Creator and Supreme Judge of the World, affirmed in the nation’s founding Declaration of Independence. Marriage represents the legal sanction and approval of society and is essential to ordered liberty and public virtue. Procreation within marriage links generations and is fundamental to the perpetuity of humanity.

  

Nazi Max Von Gruber in his 1927 book Sexual Hygiene stated:

The purpose of marriage is the procreation of children and their upbringing. National growth requires marriage to produce at least four offspring.

http://rictornorton.co.uk/nazi.htm

Christensen’s other two bills call for the removal of anti-discrimination protections along the lines of religious beliefs.  This is the first step towards the Nazi’s Paragraph 175 which criminalized homosexual behavior and stripped homosexuals of civil rights earned in the early 1800’s.

Nazi Germany’s Paragraph 175 and subparts added imprisonment and the loss of civil rights for homosexuals.

Paragraph 175: A male who commits a sex offense with another male or allows himself to be used by another male for a sex offense shall be punished with imprisonment.

Where a party was not yet twenty-one years of age at the time of the act, the court may in especially minor cases refrain from punishment.

 

Paragraph 175a: Penal servitude up to 10 years or, where there are mitigating circumstances, imprisonment of not less than three months shall apply to: (1) a male who, with violence or the threat of violence to body and soul or life, compels another male to commit a sex offense with him or to allow himself to be abused for a sex offense; (2) a male who, by abusing a relationship of dependence based upon service, employment or subordination, induces another male to commit a sex offense with him or to allow himself to be abused for a sex offense; (3) a male over 21 years of age who seduces a male person under twenty-one years to commit a sex offense with him or to allow himself to be abused for a sex offense; (4) a male who publicly commits a sex offense with males or allows himself to be abused by males for a sex offense or offers himself for the same.

Paragraph 175b: An unnatural sex act committed by humans with animals is punishable by imprisonment; the loss of civil rights might also be imposed.

 

http://frank.mtsu.edu/~baustin/homobg.html

Here’s a great recap of the bills:

LaVar Christensen

His first bill basically serves to make it illegal for same-sex couples to create contracts together. Specifically, HB 182 would bar same-sex couples from making any contractual agreementsin matters like wills and property. The bill first came to the Utah floor in 2006 as HB 304, but was narrowly defeated. Known as the “Voiding Transactions Against Public Policy”  bill, if it is passed it will strip even more rights away from the same sex couples who depend on contractual arrangements as defense against the fact that same sex couples in Utah already have very little protection. 

The second one, HB 270, calls for the endorsement of Utah to “hold marriage as legal and binding only between an a man and a woman as God created it.”  The end result of this bill would require all publicly funded programs, laws and regulations to exclude families headed by gay and lesbian couples. The bill states that “marriage and family predate all governments and are supported by and consistent with the Laws of Nature and God, the Creator and Supreme Judge of the World, affirmed in the nation’s founding Declaration of Independence.” It also says, “families anchored by both a father and a mother, fidelity within marriage, and enduring devotion to the covenants and responsibilities of marriage are the desired norm.”

His third, HB 109, seeks an amendment on existing anti-discrimination laws.  In short, any individual, corporation or company can fire or evict someone because they are lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender without any penalties. Taken to it’s illogical conclusion, it is not that large of a shark to jump until discrimination against sex and possibly even race would be allowed on religious grounds.

via In Utah, animals have more protection than homosexuals – National atheism | Examiner.com.

Christensen states in his video incorrectly that children are best raised by parents consisting of a man and a woman, which is inconsistent with recent research.  Interestingly Christensen doesn’t have the guts to mention that his legislation is aimed directly at the LGBT community; he refers to ‘social forces’ instead.

This man thinly disguises his bigotry and hate.  It’s time for all Utahn’s who value our American heritage to speak out against LaVar Christensen.  He is taking this state down a slippery slope and inaction and silence only condone his behavior.   I’m reminded of a quote by Dr. Niemoller during the Nazi occupation of Germany First They Came:

First they came for the Socialists, and I did not speak out –
Because I was not a Socialist.

Then they came for the Trade Unionists, and I did not speak out –
Because I was not a Trade Unionist.

Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out –
Because I was not a Jew.

Then they came for me — and there was no one left to speak for me.

via-http://www.ushmm.org/wlc/en/article.php?ModuleId=10007392

  

  

Sutherland Institute Wants Medicaid Recipients to Perform Community Service

February 6, 2011 Comments off

The Sutherland Institute is hard at work on Capital Hill influencing friends and God knows what else.  One of my favorite is requiring community service for Medicaid recipients.   Kevin Stratton of the Sutherland Institute emailed me with their latest testaments:

SJR 5, which would add performance goals to any legislation creating a new government agency, program or spending measure. The goals would be used to evaluate effectiveness. Click here to view a recent forum we hosted with the bill’s sponsors.
HB 211, a bill that would institute a pilot program to require Medicaid recipients (those who are able) to give back to their communities through service.
SB 142, a bill requiring that contact information for elected officials be made public.

– Keven Stratton via email newsletter

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