On Thursday, April 16, at 9:00 am, the Utah Legislature will have a special session to consider multiple bills dealing with issues from the Coronavirus such as government operations, allocation of taxes, elections, worker’s compensation, right to try investigational drugs, unemployment benefits and emergency operations during the pandemic and to establish procedures for future emergencies. So far, they have posted 10 bills and 2 resolutions that they will be considering. They could post more. It is important that we all call our representatives and legislative leadership and let them know how important it is to get people back to work.
If we don’t do something very soon, we could have conditions similar to the “Great Depression” of the 1930s. Most everyone who lived during that time is gone, but we had parents and grandparent who told us the stories about the unbelievably high unemployment, individuals and families standing in long soup lines just to get something to eat, losing all they owned including their homes and, of course, there were those who actually committed suicide because they lost everything, had no means of support, and little hope. They couldn’t pay their employees or their own obligations.
Our generation talks about the 2008-2009 “Great Recession”. That is not what I am talking about. We all survived that with very few consequences or discomfort. We are experiencing for the first time in our lives, a pandemic, and because of that our life has changed. For the first time in our lives we are not able to move around freely from place to place. We are being told that we cannot get in our car and drive to the:
I am not suggesting that we should throw caution to the wind and go and do all these things, but when so many businesses are being forced to close by government order, they may be crossing the line between the common good and restricting liberty. I understand that in times of crisis, government can overreact in an effort to protect the public, but legislators must always protect our personal liberties first, and we must remember that with liberty comes responsibility. It is not the proper role of government to force businesses to close, but we must be responsible in the personal choices we make. We must protect ourselves and our families, as well as others who we could expose. Those who are high risk themselves or to others should stay home.
Click here to read our statement on faith and liberty during the CONVID-19 Crisis.
It is very important that you contact you legislators today, as well as legislative leadership. We are the ones to steer the direction of government. That is how a republic works, from the bottom up. We elect them to represent us. Let your voice be heard for the preservation of liberty. Now is the time to stand up and act.
Ask your legislators to find the best way to start to open businesses and send people back to work while continuing to practice appropriate social distancing.
You can read the bills at: https://le.utah.gov/DynaBill/BillList?session=2020S3
Find, email and text your legislators at: https://www.utaheagleforum.org/contact-your-legislator.html#/
Contact information for House and Senate Leadership:
Speaker of the House:
Republican, District 15,
President of the State Senate:
Republican, District 22
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