Referenda and the Will of the People

Seems to me, when a matter goes to referendum or ballot initiative, that means that the will of the people has not been represented at all by the usual means. And that’s sad enough.

When a referendum gets passed and then is overruled by the legislature, it’s plain that the will of the people has no bearing at all in the law. And that’s not just sad. It’s scary.

For those who may have forgotten who voted for what, here it is. 

H.B. 3001 Utah Medical Cannabis Act

(The one that overrode the medical marijuana referendum in 2018.)

Bill Sponsor

Rep. Hughes, Gregory H.

Floor Sponsor

Sen. Vickers, Evan J.

Final Vote in the House

Final Vote in the Senate

Signed

Gov. Herbert, Gary R.

S.B. 96 Medicaid Expansion Adjustments

(The one that overrode the Medicaid Expansion referendum in 2019.)

Bill Sponsor

Sen. Christensen, Allen M.

Floor Sponsor

Rep. Dunnigan, James A.

Final Vote in the Senate

Final Vote in the House

Signed

Gov. Herbert, Gary R.

S.B. 2001 Tax Restructuring Revisions

(The tax bill that spurred another ballot initiative bid before being nearly unanimously repealed.)

Bill Sponsor

Sen. Hillyard, Lyle W.

Floor Sponsor

Rep. Gibson, Francis D.

Final Vote in the Senate

Final Vote in the House

Signed

Gov. Herbert, Gary R.

People Chow – Tested

This is a human food recipe that also works as dog food. If I don’t add seasonings to the batch, I can season each bowl individually for variety. Don’t season servings that are for a dog.

Get variety by changing up the meat, dry beans, broth, and vegetables. If you change to white rice, you’ll need to adjust cook time at the rice phase because it will go mushy otherwise.

CPE = Crock Pot Express

Recipe should also work with Instant Pot.

Altitude – 4400 ft.

Base dinner recipe – cooked in a large batch and reheated by the serving.

1 pack stew meat – 2 lbs is typical, but amount is not important.
1 cup dry beans – no need to soak
5 cups of broth, water, or combination
1 cup brown rice
1 package frozen vegetables
Cheese and/or sour cream – optional

  • Place stew meat into CPE. No need to use the trivet.
  • Add 1 cup dry beans.
  • Add 3 cups broth, water, or combination.
  • Cook on High pressure for 30 minutes. If you don’t have Manual, use chili or stew setting and adjust the time.
  • Let sit 10 minutes, then release pressure.
  • Add 1 cup brown rice.
  • Add 2 cups broth, water, or combination.
  • Cook on High pressure for 22 minutes. I use the rice/risotto setting and adjust the time.
  • Let sit 10 miutes, then release pressure.
  • Add 1 package frozen vegetables.
  • Cook on High pressure for 7 minutes.
  • Let sit 10 minutes, then release pressure.
  • Serve with cheese and/or sour cream on top.

To reheat:

  • Place trivet in CPE and 1 cup of water.
  • In a bowl, put some of the cold mixture and season as desired.
  • Place some cheese on top of mixture. Doesn’t have to be shredded.
  • Place bowl of cold mixture on trivet.
  • Cook on High pressure for 7 minutes.
  • You can probably do a quick release, but I don’t, out of habit.

The cheese comes out nice and melty. But it’s hard as hell to scrub off the silverware.

Working on a version that lets me set aside cooked meat for the cat early in the process.