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COVID-19 Pandemic

There have three branches of government. Each has a role that the other cannot assume. The legislative branch is responsible for creating laws, the executive to execute the laws and the judiciary to interpret the laws. Presidents and Governors who create mandates circumvent and even undermine the constitution. Leaders should teach correct principles and let citizens govern themselves.

Representative Petersen encouraged Attorney General Reyes to sue the Federal Government over their oppressive vaccination mandates. He  continues to work alongside other legislators to create legislation to provide options for individuals and families who are being threatened with the loss of employment.

Government Overreach

Democrat leaders in Congress are currently considering a requirement that all financial institutions (i.e. banks, credit unions, PayPal, and Venmo) give the IRS private financial information on every account with more than $600 of activity every year. In other words, if your account has more than $600 of activity during the year, the IRS will be notified. This is a stunning violation of our God-given and 4th amendment protected right to privacy and protection from unlawful search and seizure. Representative Petersen is working to sound the alarm that this policy has no place in a free society.

Representative Petersen believes lawmakers should evaluate each bill that crosses their desk by looking through two lenses. The first lens is the U.S. Constitution and the second is the GOP Party Platform. These documents are filled with truths that when understood and followed help lawmakers clearly see which bills are necessary and useful to the people and which are not.

Taxes and Other Fees

The Cache County GOP Platform reminds us that "The combined burden and complexity of Federal, state, and local taxes are too severe. Republicans support tax reforms at each level, including reducing tax rates, simplifying tax rules and reports."

Representative Petersen supports measures that remove financial burdens on Utah's citizens whether they be taxes or fees. 

Election Integrity

During the upcoming general session Representative Petersen will propose legislation requiring county clerks to maintain the voting roles 90 days before each primary and general elections. Regular voter list maintenance will go a long way in ensuring that only eligible voters will be sent a voting ballot. We must do all we can to increase the integrity of our elections throughout the state and across the county.

During the 2021 General Session Representative Petersen co-sponsored the following bill to support improve election integrity and restore confidence in the election process:

H.B. 70 which requires the lieutenant governor to create a system that tracks all ballots that are mailed or deposited in ballot drop boxes; and allows a voter to choose to receive text message or email notifications regarding the status of the voter's trackable ballot. It also requires the lieutenant governor to maintain a website by which a voter may confirm the status of the voter's trackable ballot.

The Family is the Fundamental Unit of Society

Representative Petersen agrees with the text found in our Cache GOP Platform which says:  

"The family is the fundamental institution and strength of our society. We support legislation which recognizes the rights and the responsibilities of parents for their minor children. We believe in the right to life for both the born and unborn, and we strongly oppose legalizing abortion except to preserve the life or health of the mother or in cases of rape or incest. We believe that men and women should be responsible in their sexual relationships and that parents should teach that responsibility to their children. We urge the strengthening and enforcement of laws protecting against pornography, prostitution, abuse within families, and the abdication of parental responsibility."

During the 2021 General Session Representative Petersen co-sponsored the following bills to support Utah's families:

H.B. 72 which, when put into effect will require tablets and smart phones sold in Utah to automatically enable a filter capable of blocking material that is harmful to minors.

H.B. 92 which prohibits a physician or surgeon from performing transgender procedures on a minor children. The bill failed to become law. Representative Rex Shipp has promised to run the bill again in the 2022 General Session.

H.C.R. 8 which reaffirms that the state is secondary to and supportive of the primary role of a parent in educating the parent's children; and recognizes the importance of flexibility in education schedules and systems and commits to support options for parents and children.

Representative Petersen is terribly disappointed that the U.S. Congress voted in support of the National Defense Authorization Act which includes  a measure requiring all Americans ages 18 to 24 to register for the draft. Women have always contributed to our country’s war efforts and believes it goes against Utah’s values to require women to register for the draft. He voiced his opposition to this bill with Rep. Moore’s office.

Public Education

Representative Petersen believes we need to reduce federal and state mandates, increase teacher training and pay, and implement more efficient and effective ways to teach children and prepare them for careers, family, and life. He believes Utah has the brightest students and the most hardworking, dedicated teachers in the country. 

As a school counselor nearly 25 years ago, Representative Petersen learned first hand that educators aren’t paid enough. His wife, Sallie, is a speech pathologist who works for the Cache County School District so he sees that educator’s salaries aren’t commensurate with the demands placed upon them. He agrees with with the Cache GOP Platform which says, “We encourage systematic changes in the funding and administration of education in Utah as necessary to further promote excellence, parental involvement, more choices and competition, and better opportunities for our best teachers and administrators.”

Second Amendment Rights

Second Amendment Protects Individual Right to Keep & Bear Arms ...

The second amendment was included in the Bill of Rights to protect us from an overreaching government. It was not intended to ensure our ability to hunt for food. Laws that limit our ability to protect our homes, our families and our communities have no place in Utah. Representative Petersen was a co-sponsor on H.B.60 which guarantees Utahns, 21 years old or older, the right to carry a firearm or carry a concealed firearm in a public area without a permit.

He's had a Concealed Firearm Permit for many years and has been endorsed by the NRA.

Caucus vs Signatures

REALTOR(R) Ballot Initiative Signature Gathering Effort Under WayDelegates are tasked with researching candidates to determine who will represent them best and should appear on the primary election ballot.

Representative Petersen believe the caucus system is the best way for Utah citizens to select which candidates should appear on the ballot. County Convention Delegates, each of whom is selected by the citizens in their precinct, Senate Bill 54 made it possible for a candidate to be placed on the ballot by simply gaining signatures. This path strengthens the incumbent's ability to win the nomination by simply paying people to gather signatures from people who may or may not have researched the candidates. Candidates who gather signatures bypass the research and representation elements of the caucus system and our republic. He believes candidates who gather signatures lack faith in the delegates and our representative form of government.

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