Utah Supreme Court rejects referendum appeal on prison relocation

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SALT LAKE CITY — The Utah Supreme Court has rejected efforts to launch a referendum that could halt prison relocation efforts.

In an order issued by the state’s top court on Friday, the justices blocked efforts by a group seeking to have a ballot referendum to keep the prison in Draper.

The Utah Supreme Court ruled Rep. Fred Cox, R-West Valley City, did not identify himself as a prospective sponsor of the referendum and therefore lacked any standing to contest a decision by Lt. Governor Spencer Cox that the group missed a deadline for their application.

Read the order here:

The ballot referendum ruling on prison relocation by the Utah Supreme Court.

The ballot referendum ruling on prison relocation by the Utah Supreme Court.

The state’s Prison Relocation Commission has four sites under consideration for a new facility: Salt Lake City, Eagle Mountain, Grantsville and Fairfield.