- Associated Press - Monday, July 20, 2015

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - Utah’s Supreme Court has rejected a lawmaker’s push for a referendum fighting the relocation of the state prison in Draper.

The court ruled Friday that Rep. Fred Cox couldn’t contest the issue on behalf of the referendum backers because he’s not a sponsor of the effort.

The group Keep It in Draper wants to block the move by asking voters to repeal a law that includes a sales tax increase seen as a sweetener for local governments to accept a prison.

The group missed a deadline to get their referendum on the ballot. Cox told The Deseret News (https://bit.ly/1RJHWaP ) he’s planning legislation that will make the deadlines clear for future referendums.

Stephanie Gricius with Keep It in Draper says the group may launch another referendum once lawmakers decide where to build a new prison.

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Information from: Deseret News, https://www.deseretnews.com


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