Utah Supreme Court rejects ballot effort to stop the prison from moving

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SALT LAKE CITY — The Utah Supreme Court has rejected a ballot effort to stop the state prison from moving, ruling that organizers missed their deadline.

In a ruling handed down this week, the state’s top court declared that backers of “Keep It In Draper” had missed a deadline to file for a ballot referendum on prison relocation. That deadline was five days after the Utah State Legislature ended.

The Utah Supreme Court previously rejected a petition by Rep. Fred Cox, R-West Valley City, ruling he lacked standing. Keep It In Draper organizers then filed their own with the court.

The Utah State Legislature recently voted to relocate the state prison to Salt Lake City.

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