SALT LAKE CITY (ABC4 News) – A new twist in the long-standing drama over SB 54, the controversial law that provides a signature path to the primary election in Utah.
Senator Dan McCay is filing a bill to repeal the law in the upcoming legislative session.
He was the House sponsor of the bill, but looking back, he says it’s done more harm than good.
“The legislature should never have stepped in the middle of this,” said McCay, (R) Riverton.
He says the original intent was to preserve the caucus and convention system from the oncoming Count My Vote initiative.
“People complain about, well who broke the deal, what deal’s broken? All I know is Count My Vote seems content on continuing to run their initiatives. And at this point, you know, if somebody says they are going to buy your car from you and they end up not giving you any money, you’d be concerned about that,” said McCay.
His bill would repeal SB 54 and the signature path to the primary. Count My Vote says it’s a mistake because it’s proven popular with Utahns.
“The latest polling shows 70% of Utah voters prefer SB 54, they prefer the dual path option to the ballot,” said Taylor Morgan, Executive Director of Count My Vote.
Morgan says the law could use some modifications, and that should be the focus.
“I would encourage Senator McCay and other legislators to help us make a few fixes in SB 54 to improve the process.”
He wants to address signature thresholds, and possibly have the legislature send it to the voters to be decided once and for all.
“If you look at the gas tax, that’s something we did this last year and I don’t think, at this point, anything is off the table,” said McCay.
It appears that a full repeal would have a hard time getting through the legislature.
The session begins January 28, 2019.