UCA: LEGISLATIVE GRADES AND PANELIST OPPORTUNITY

Dear ,

We at Utah Cultural Alliance have two requests for you. Details are below!
  1. Be a panelist for our upcoming panel "Speed-dating with the Press" on August 23, 2017 at 12pm (details below)
  2. Our 501(c)4 arm (Utah Cultural Advocacy Alliance) just released 2017 legislative grades.  We hope you'll cover them! Over 50% of the Utah Legislature received A grades proving that in Utah, support for culture is truly nonpartisan. Grades indicate support for bills friendly to the arts and humanities.

 

Speed-dating with the Press

Last year we hosted a professional development forum (we call them Culture Bytes) that was incredibly popular. Around 12 of you participated. We asked journalists for a few tips and then allowed participants to make quick 2 minute pitches to journalists to practice. Many great stories came out of this event! We hope you'll attend again and offer your experience.

Wednesday, August 23, 2017 at 12pm
Utah Arts Alliance: 663 W 100 S, SLC

If you're willing to participate, please RSVP by replying to this email, emailing me at cyo@utculture.org, or text/call me at 8016520737.

 

Contact: Crystal Young-Otterstrom // staff@utahculturalalliance.org or 801.652.0737 (text ok)

For Immediate Release: July 26, 2017

2017 Cultural Report Card Shows Support for Arts and Humanities is Nonpartisan

SALT LAKE CITY— The Utah Cultural Advocacy Alliance (UCAA), the statewide advocate for arts and humanities in Utah, has been busy collecting data on state representatives and senators over the past few months. The data they’ve collected shows how much Utah’s state senators and representatives support Utah’s cultural community via legislative that is friendly to the arts and humanities. As a result, UCAA created their very own House and Senate Report Card. This report card assigns letter grades to Utah’s elected officials based on their legislative votes in the 2017 General Session on bills of positive import to the cultural community. Grades and percentages are here: www.utculture.org/scores17

Grading is based on two parts: 1) The elected official’s membership status in the Utah Cultural Caucus and 2) Whether or not elected officials voted yes on bills UCAA deemed to be beneficial to Utah’s arts, humanities and culture sectors. Extra credit opportunities were available so it was possible for elected officials to have received higher than an A. The grading system is as follows:

  • Yes on Bills +3 Points
  • No on Bills +0 Points
  • Absent for Voting +1 Point
  • Member of the Cultural Caucus +5 Points (+10 Points if they’re the Cultural Caucus Chair for their Party) 
  • Extra Credit Opportunities
    • Member of an Appropriations Subcommittee +5 Points
    • POPS/ISEE +5 Points
  • Total: 26 Points

There were seven bills in the 2017 General Session that were supported by the UCAA. Each elected official that voted yes on these bills accrued points that went toward their final grade. Listed below is each bill and why UCAA endorsed them.

HB0211: STATE WORK OF ART

Chief Sponsor: Rebecca P. Edwards    
Senate Sponsor: Peter C. Knudson

SB171: UTAH'S STATE WORKS OF ART DESIGNATION

Chief Sponsor: David P. Hinkins   
House Sponsor: Christine F. Watkins

These bills designate the Spiral Jetty by Robert Smithson as the Utah state work of land art and Native American Rock art as the state works of art. UCAA supports both of these bills because they add the first items of cultural import onto the Utah state symbols list. By including them it sends a message that Utah cares about their cultural heritage.

HB0188: LOCAL HISTORIC DISTRICT AMENDMENTS

Chief Sponsor: Brad R. Wilson   
Senate Sponsor: J. Stuart Adams

UCAA supports this bill because it eases regulations from the year prior which originally made it harder to create historic districts in Utah.

 

HB0069: CAPITAL FACILITIES REVISIONS

Chief Sponsor: Rebecca P. Edwards
Senate Sponsor: Jerry W. Stevenson

UCAA supports this bills because it streamlines government by ending a procedure that the legislature wasn’t utilizing in the appropriations process.

HCR004: CONCURRENT RESOLUTION RECOGNIZING 50 YEARS OF PUBLIC TELEVISION

Chief Sponsor: V. Lowry Snow     
Senate Sponsor: Todd Weiler

The Utah Cultural Alliance supports public television, especially at a time like this when public broadcasting is under attack at a federal level. This resolution in the Utah Legislature is beneficial to our cultural community. Fun Fact: The inventor of the television, Philo T. Farnsworth, was born right here in Utah. 

HCR002: CONCURRENT RESOLUTION RECOGNIZING THE UNITED STATES AND UTAH'S PARTICIPATION IN WORLD WAR I

Chief Sponsor: Stephen G. Handy     
Senate Sponsor: Jerry W. Stevenson

History matters and UCAA recognizes that. This bill and the money attached to it helps educate Utahns on their history.

SB137: STATE AUDITOR FISCAL AUDITING AND REPORTING AMENDMENTS

Chief Sponsor: Curtis S. Bramble  
House Sponsor: Steve Eliason

UCAA supports this because it eases reporting regulations and requirements attached to nonprofits. 

Data Summary

Mariah M. Mellus, the Development Director at the Utah Film Center and board chair of Utah Cultural Advocacy Alliance, had this to say about the data collected by UCAA, “After reviewing this data I'm reminded of how hard our legislators works to safe guard Utah's rich history of arts, culture and humanities. From the Founding Fathers to modern times Utah has prioritized the arts as a meaningful way to elevate one's quality of life. Across the board, you will see that supporting the arts and humanities is not a bipartisan issue. Of course, there are some areas for improvement but overall our legislators are supportive of the arts and we hope they will continue to be for future generations.”

It’s obvious from the data that elected officials on both sides of the aisle have done their part for Utah’s cultural sector by scoring 100% or more on their final grades. While others haven’t done quite as well, it’s apparent that the arts and humanities are not a partisan issue. 

Each senator and representative are listed below under their letter grade along with their party designation. Click on the google doc at the bottom to see the grades broken down further for each elected official. 

 

A+

HOUSE

Patrice M. Arent (D)

Stewart Barlow (R)

Joel K. Briscoe (D)

Walt Brooks (R)

Rebecca Chavez-Houck (D)

Scott H. Chew (R)

LaVar Christensen (R)

Brad M. Daw (R)

Rebecca P. Edwards (R)

Steve     Eliason (R)

Adam    Gardiner (R)

Francis D. Gibson (R)

Craig Hall (R)

Lynn N. Hemingway (D)

Sandra Hollins (D)

Brian S. King (D)

Karen Kwan (R)

Kelly B. Miles (R)

Carol Spackman Moss (D)

Merrill F. Nelson (R)

Lee B.    Perry (R)

Jeremy A. Peterson (R)

Val L. Peterson (R)

Dixon M. Pitcher (R)

Marie H. Poulson (D)

Edward H. Redd (R)

Angela Romero (D)

Scott D. Sandall (R)

Robert M. Spendlove (R)

Christine Watkins (R)

R. Curt Webb (R)

Elizabeth Weight (D)

John R. Westwood (R)

Mark A. Wheatley (D)

Brad R. Wilson (R)

Mike Winder (R)

SENATE

J. Stuart Adams (R)

Jacob L. Anderegg (R)

Curtis S. Bramble (R)

D. Gregg Buxton (R)

Jim Dabakis (D)

Gene Davis (D)

Luz Escamilla (D)

Wayne A. Harper (R)

Deidre M. Henderson (R)

Lyle W. Hillyard (R)

Don L. Ipson (R)

Jani Iwamoto (D)

Karen Mayne (D)

Ann Millner (R)

Brian E. Shiozawa (R)

Jerry W. Stevenson (R)

Daniel Thatcher (R)

Evan J. Vickers (R)

Todd Weiler (R)

 

A

HOUSE

Marc K. Roberts (R)

 

A-

HOUSE

Stephen G. Handy (R)

Bradley G. Last (R)

Val K. Potter (R)

Douglas V. Sagers (R)

V. Lowry Snow (R)

Keven J. Stratton (R)

SENATE

Ralph Okerlund (R)

Howard A. Stephenson (R)

 

B+

HOUSE

Kay J. Christofferson (R)

Kim Coleman (R)

Bruce R. Cutler (R)

Gage Froerer (R)

Timothy D. Hawkers (R)

A. Cory Maloy (R)

Derrin Owens (R)

Susan Pulsipher (R)

Logan Wilde (R)

SENATE

David P. Hinkins (R)

 

B

HOUSE

Michael E. Noel (R)

SENATE

Lincoln Fillmore (R)

Daniel Hemmert (R)

Peter C. Knudson (R)

Kevin V. Van Tassell (R)

 

B-

HOUSE

Carl R. Albrecht (R)

James A Dunnigan (R)

Ken Ivory (R)

Dean Sanpei (R)

Raymond P. Ward (R)

 

C+

HOUSE

Eric K. Hutchings (R)

Jon E. Stanard (R)

Norman K. Thurston

 

C

HOUSE

Susan Duckworth (D)

Paul Ray (R)

Mike Schultz (R)

SENATE

Allen M. Christensen (R)

 

C-

 

D+

HOUSE
Brian M. Greene (R)

Keith Grover (R)

Michael S. Kennedy (R)

Mike K. McKell (R)

Jefferson Moss (R)

SENATE

Margaret Dayton (R)

 

D

HOUSE
Gregory H. Hughes (R)

 

D-

HOUSE

Karianne Lisonbee (R)

 

F

HOUSE

Justin L. Fawson (R)

John Knotwell (R)

Daniel McCay (R)

Tim Quinn (R)

 

 

About the Utah Cultural Advocacy Alliance

The Utah Cultural Advocacy Alliance (UCAA) is the 501c4 branch of the Utah Cultural Alliance,  the statewide voice for the arts, humanities and cultural sector of Utah. They advocate for and speak on behalf of the entire cultural community to various government entities and elected officials with the hope to effect positive change. Their board and staff tracks, takes positions on and lobbies for and against bills that affect the cultural sector. 

 

 

To schedule an interview or film shoot, as well as for more information, contact Crystal Young-Otterstrom at staff@utahculturalalliance.org or 801.652.0737.

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