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Utah House District 20

The Utah House of Representatives is comprised of 75 men and women, each representing different areas of the state, elected to two-year terms.

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    Melissa Ballard
    (Rep)

  • Phil Graves
    (Dem)

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Utah continues to be one of only 11 states with no limit on the amount of money an individual can contribute to a political campaign, and one of only 5 states with no limits on what a corporation can contribute. Do you favor any limits on donations to political campaigns? Why or why not?

What is the legislature’s role in addressing the homeless problem and assuring affordable housing for the working poor?

Not all school districts are able to provide the same resources for their students. How should we support school districts with lesser ability (primarily because of lower property values) to raise revenue?

The Utah State Constitution reads, in part, "Both male and female citizens of this State shall enjoy equally all civil, political and religious rights and privileges." The Equal Rights Amendment to the Constitution of the United States reads, “Equality of rights under the law shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any State on account of sex.” Should Utah ratify the ERA which expresses the same view as the Utah Constitution? Explain your position.

Campaign Email Address info@melissagarffballard.com
Campaign Phone (801) 633-6561
Twitter @melissautahgop
Current Employment Homemaker Professional musician Legislator
Education BA Music ‘92 Univ of Utah BM Music ‘94 Univ of Utah
Campaign Website melissagarffballard.com
We do not need finance contribution limits in Utah. Dollars towards local campaigns and races are minimal, unlike the funding for those in federal offices. The sad reality is that very few Utah citizens contribute to local campaigns. If we limit giving from corporations or citizens, only those who are independently wealthy will be able to run for office and succeed. Our current system evens the playing field against those who can self-fund and those who rely on fundraising. If Utah citizens regularly contributed to campaigns of elected officials or political parties, there would be no need for corporate dollars. However, that is not the case.
Local communities and cities know their needs better than the legislature. Under our system of federalism, we rely on those closest to the people to find solutions. In 2019 the legislature required local municipalities to provide their plan for affordable housing and low-income housing. This facilitated local authority to determine where and how much housing they needed to help provide. Our role is then to assist in ways that we can.
This has already been addressed by the legislature through equalization funding.
Unfortunately, the ERA is outdated. The language within it is from the 1970s. By attempting to create and legislate equality, we may do more harm than intended. I believe we should not be confined to being equals. Anyone that is more qualified or capable should have the opportunity to excel and not be limited by being equal, especially women. As Utah has already codified equality in our constitution, other states should take the same approach. These decisions should be left to the states to decide on an individual and case by case basis.
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