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Utah lawmakers showed no hesitation in rewriting voter-approved initiatives or in changing the rules of the game

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Mar 15, 2019 1:53 AM 1+ mon ago

Three months removed from a special session that saw lawmakers swap out a voter-approved medical marijuana initiative with their own cannabis plan, DJ Schanz says he doesn't regret working with state leaders on their replacement.

Schanz, chairman of the Proposition 2-sponsoring Utah Patients Coalition, said preliminary meetings with legislators made it clear they had the political appetite to jettison a law initiated and approved by the people of Utah.

"That appetite was very high," Schanz said. "They had no hesitation, and indicated that they had no problem changing Proposition 2 if it passed."

That December session was quickly followed by the 2019 general session, which opened with the relatively swift passage of a partial, and controversial, Medicaid expansion that replaced another ballot proposition enacting a more sweeping health care plan.

"Their ability to change or modify or even throw out a citizens' ...

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