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How Does A Supermajority Work?

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Renee Bright

It’s a bird! It’s a plane! It’s a Republican supermajority in the Utah Legislature! Wait ... what does that really mean? Basically, more than two-thirds of the lawmakers on capitol hill are members of the GOP, and that gives them A LOT of power. We unpacked how that actually plays out, and looked at another supermajority state — California. Turns out maybe we aren’t so different after all.

An infographic that breaks down the demographic of the Utah Legislature.
Renee Bright
A look at the demographic breakdown of the Utah Legislature.


  • Nicole Nixon, Politics Reporter at public radio station CapRadio in Sacramento, California
  • David Magleby, Professor Emeritus of Political Science at Brigham Young University

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