The federalism index would not be possible without the support of the bi-partisan Utah Federalism Commission.
Created in 2011, the Utah Commission of Federalism is committed to a functional approach to restoring the structural protections to the individual voice that federalism was intended to safeguard.
In 2014, the Commission on Federalism drafted and passed House Bill 120 Continuing Education on Federalism, requiring every city, county, state agency, legislative council and attorney general’s office to have at least one designated expert on federalism. In 2014, the Utah Commission on Federalism partnered with CCS (Center for Constitutional Studies) to produce the Curriculum on Federalism, a series of six videos that promote a general, non-partisan understanding of the structural protections of the United States Constitutional system. The curriculum is free and available as continuing legal education credit.
In 2019 the Utah Commission on Federalism was merged with two other committees (the Federal Funds Commission and the Commission for the Stewardship of Public Lands) to form the Federalism Commission. We are grateful for their continued support of this project.
The Federalism Commission in Utah joins other states in supporting legislative chambers in pursuing research and legislation that address a range of federalism issues. As of writing, there are 36 committees across 22 states with a commission or committee involved in federalism education, research, policy, and outreach.