Libertas Legislator Profiles
Legislator Profile: Representative Steve Eliason
Libertas Legislator Index Rankings
The following rating measures how consistently this legislator votes in support of individual liberty, private property, and free enterprise. To learn more, see the main index page.
To see the specific votes used to rank this legislator, click the link in the table above for any of the yearly percentages listed.
Sponsored Ranked Bills
This legislator was the sponsor of the following bills, which were ranked by Libertas Institute in their respective year's Legislator Index.
- HB48: Powdered Alcohol Amendments (2015)
This bill would have prohibited Utahns—including adults who may legally possess and consume liquid alcohol—from possession or using powdered alcohol.
This bill passed the House 68-5 and passed the Senate 24-4. Libertas supports a "nay" vote.
- HB212: DNA Collection Amendments (2014)
This bill allowed law enforcement officials to collect DNA evidence of a person merely alleged of committing a crime. While proponents argue that they are only keeping a select portion of one's DNA, which is essentially the "21st century equivalent of a fingerprint," the government is permanently preserving the entire DNA specimen which contains a person's intimate biological information, including their medical profile.
Libertas Institute opposed this bill. Numerous breaches of information, whether the NSA, Target, or even the state of Utah, suggest that this data might be subject to future leaks, hacks, or wrongful disclosures. The government should not be able to so easily collect information like this from a person merely alleged (but not convicted) of a crime.
This bill passed the House 43-28 and passed the Senate 18-4. Libertas supports a "nay" vote.
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