February 2015 Blog Posts (18)

Part of my weekly newsletter about Healthy Utah

Healthy Utah

It shouldn’t come as a surprise that the public discuss of Healthy Utah has been factually inaccurate. The wall-to-wall radio advertisements have been particularly deceptive. The news media has been “all in” on Healthy Utah and make it sound that everyone loves Healthy Utah except Speaker…


Added by David Lifferth on February 28, 2015 at 8:30pm — No Comments

Email from Oak Norton about Partisan School Board elections

In last year’s state school board race, we had 9 candidates file for 1 seat in our area. These 9 people were reduced to 3 in an unconstitutional process, the governor then eliminated 1 more, and sent 2 names to our ballot. A lawsuit added 1 more person to the race, and THAT is the individual that won.



Added by David Lifferth on February 28, 2015 at 8:19pm — No Comments

Results from 2015 Week 5 Surveys

SB82: Should law enforcement wear proper identification and body cams when doing forcible entry?

Some Other Responses:

S: Yes. However, the body cam technology is notoriously unreliable at this time. There was a provision I this bill that put huge liability on the officer if the cam malfunctioned. I am glad to see that removed.

K: At least proper ID

J: And get rid of "no-knock".

A: Only fully uniformed officers should do the…


Added by David Lifferth on February 28, 2015 at 10:30am — No Comments

Blog on status of the Governor's Healthy Utah plan

There has been an unfortunate misrepresentation about the process the House of Representatives has gone through in its consideration of the governor’s Healthy Utah plan. The news reports would have you believe that the speaker is unwilling to have the debate.

It is simply disingenuous to say that no debate has taken place. We have had it for months, much of it publicly and more extensively than we would have been able to have on the House floor. We have listened to…


Added by David Lifferth on February 28, 2015 at 10:29am — No Comments

Email from person that claims politics has been eliminated from school board elections

We finally succeeded in removing politics from school boards a few years ago and I do not understand why you feel it is going to create a better school board to re-introduce politics into the elections. Let the people run on their qualifications, not on what party they are, or who they sway among a few "friends" in the caucus system.…


Added by David Lifferth on February 27, 2015 at 9:30am — No Comments

My talking points in support of HJR7

I take out my well-worn and trusty copy of the constitution

I love the constitution, I believe it is inspired.

I exercise my rights as guaranteed in the Constitution on a weekly if not daily basis:

  • Speech
  • Religion
  • Assembly
  • Bear arms
  • etc

I don’t see the constitution as something that we put on a shelf in a fancy and elegant display that is only to look at and admire

I see the constitution as something that we…


Added by David Lifferth on February 26, 2015 at 4:49pm — No Comments

Press Release on House action on SB164 "Healthy Utah"

For immediate release

Contact: Chuck Gates




Cate Klundt




House Rules Committee Receives S.B. 164



SALT LAKE CITY – (02/25/15) The Governor’s proposed version of Medicaid expansion: S.B. 164 or “ Healthy Utah,” has recently passed out of the Senate and is currently in the House Rules committee. The House Republican Caucus has heard and closely examined “Healthy Utah” through…


Added by David Lifferth on February 26, 2015 at 11:34am — No Comments

Rep. Lifferth's Complete 2015 Voting Record Jan 26 - Feb 25

Votes Generated: Wed. Feb 25, 8:06 PM

Floor Votes

Bill Short Title Sponsor Action…

Added by David Lifferth on February 25, 2015 at 8:08pm — No Comments

My talking points on HB214 Anti-Caller ID Spoofing bill

HB214 Caller ID Spoofing Bill


This is my 3rd Identity Theft related bill in 3 years

This bill started out as an Identity Theft bill but has been focused to cover spoofing of Caller ID for phone and text messaging.

  • This is a serious crime that is happening nationwide.
  • Let me explain…

Added by David Lifferth on February 24, 2015 at 11:17am — No Comments

Answering a question from a voter about the proposed gas tax increase

Hi Representative Lifferth,

I hope things are going well for you and you are representing our community well while you are in session.  I would like to let you know that our family is not in support of an increase of the gas tax.  Our young family has felt our budget pinch while gas prices have increased and we are finally getting a little relief with gas prices lower.  Please don't increase the tax on gas. 

Thanks so much!  I appreciate your time!



Added by David Lifferth on February 24, 2015 at 9:00am — No Comments

Email question about non-partisan school board elections

As I get regular emails supporting non-partisan school board elections (primarily from people associated with the education establishment, I wanted to share a sample email one of my responses to these emails.


Senator Lifferth,

I am writing you as a constituent who lives in Saratoga Springs. I want to let you know that I am very opposed to partisan school board elections. In addition to violating the spirit of Article X, Section 8…


Added by David Lifferth on February 22, 2015 at 6:02pm — No Comments

My test results (95/96) from taking the Citizenship test on UtahMilitaryAcademy.com!

The only question that I missed on the Citizenship test was "What type of Economic system does the United States have?"

My answer was "None of the above". According the test the correct answer is "Capitalist Economy".

My response is that with all of the overbearing regulations, the massive redistribution of wealth, Obamacare mandate, etc that the United States does not have Capitalist Economy.  Maybe we did at one time, but we left that condition a long, long…


Added by David Lifferth on February 22, 2015 at 6:00pm — No Comments

Results from 2015 Week 4 Survey

SB45: Should Crossbows be allowed during Archery hunts?

Some Other Responses:

S: I believe that just like muzzle loader and rifle are different hunts, crossbows offer some advantages that put it into another shooting category.

P: Archery season is meant for a particular skill. Granted, today's bows are a far cry from what they had been years ago, but they are still bows. I've shot rifles, crossbows, and standard bows. To me it seems as…


Added by David Lifferth on February 22, 2015 at 10:30am — No Comments

House Voting Results for HB79 Primary Seat Belt Law

Since I have already been hounded on Social Media and emails about how I voted on Rep. Perry's HB79 Primary Seat Belt Law, I wanted to post the votes from the house. And for the record I voted against it in committee 2013, again in 2014, and I voted against it today in the House Session.

February 17, 2015

1HB 79
Safety Belt Law Amendments
/ Bramble

Added by David Lifferth on February 17, 2015 at 9:15pm — 1 Comment

Thoughts on STEM eduation from Dan

An active voter in my district, Dan, said I could post his email.  I appreciated his thoughts and details.

Dear Representative Lifferth,


Thanks for your efforts to keep us, constituents, informed on your legislative work.  I have a few comments regarding HB203 that provides incentives for hiring and paying teachers for STEM.


I did read the bill. Much of the bill answers many of my questions with the "S" and "M" of STEM.


It is the "T" and "E"…


Added by David Lifferth on February 16, 2015 at 6:51pm — No Comments

Recap of High Profile bills from Week 3

With a little less than half of this year’s general session under our belt, we’re continuing to work hard and tackle the difficult issues tackling our state. As always, we welcome any questions, comments, or concerns, and look forward to hearing from you.



This was the first close vote in the House this session, narrowly passing with a…


Added by David Lifferth on February 15, 2015 at 10:16am — No Comments

Results from 2015 Week 3 Survey

SB53:Do you think that Utah`s Domestic Animal should be the Golden Retriever?

Some Other Responses:

J: Really? This is really something our representatives are "working" on? Ridiculous.

S: Am a dog trainer, there are more labs and Shih tsus in UT than Goldens, but it is silly

C: I think that its great that school children are getting involved in the legislative process and for that reason, would not oppose its passage, but I…


Added by David Lifferth on February 15, 2015 at 10:00am — No Comments

Survey Results from Week 2 of 2015 Session

Do you support HB63 that would relax some of the strict use of Devices (GPS,Phone,etc) while Driving law that was passed last year?

Some Other Responses:

J: I support the majority of HB63. However, I disagree with the removal of the maximum fine (section 4.a), the change to a class A misdemeanor in certain circumstances (section 4.b).

S: These laws need to be strengthened, not loosened. Distracted…


Added by David Lifferth on February 7, 2015 at 9:30am — No Comments

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