Thumbs up: To a bill in the Utah Legislature that would ban outside consulting work, such as the type that current Utah Attorney General John Swallow performed while in the AG's office. This is an excellent step in ethics reform.
Thumbs down: To a recent effort in the Legislature that would make it harder to reverse local laws via a referendum. One bad idea of Senate Bill 66 would increase significantly the number of signatures needed. Frankly, Utah needs to make it easier to have citizen referendums, not harder.
Thumbs up: To Ogden's GOAL Foundation, which tries to help local youth succeed in life. GOAL has plans to extend its impact in the community by reaching more schools in the Ogden and Weber school districts.
Thumbs down: To an effort in the Legislature, Senate Bill 149, that could lead to law enforcement not being held responsible, if necessary, when a suspect being chased has an accident. We're concerned about this proposal. If law enforcement makes a mistake by chasing a vehicle in a dangerous situation and a crash ensues, they should face legal consequences.
Thumbs up: To Park City Mountain Resort and Shriners Hospital for Children and their Un-Limb-ited Ski and Snowboard Camp, which provides an opportunity to give amputees a chance to ski.
Thumbs down: To excessive snooping by government. According to Google, there were 13,753 requests by government to read Google's data, mostly emails. Also, the majority of those requests were made without bothering to get a warrant.