Organizations team up to encourage Utahns to engage in the political process

Salt Lake City, Utah- (ABC 4 Utah) – Hundreds of Utahns will be lining up for boot camp Saturday morning. Not to get ready for the military, but for the upcoming legislative session.


"We're trying to be very active with the public, and engaging the citizenry and helping them get more informed and involved," said Connor Boyack with Libertas Institute.


Libertas Institute and Americans for Prosperity Utah are teaming up to host a legislative boot camp.


"For many people coming up to the Capitol and talking to their legislator and understanding how bills become laws is intimidating. So, what we really want to do is take away the intimidation factor," said Evelyn Everton with Americans for Prosperity Utah.


During the four hour event, citizens will have a chance to tour the Capitol and sit in on training sessions with legislators, lobbyists and members of the media.


There will be courses for beginners and for those who understand the basics and want to go more in depth.


"There's a lot of things that are happening up here at the Capitol that have an impact on our daily lives and we need to be part of that process. We need to bring our perspectives," said Everton.


"The average citizen can actually have a very strong impact on an issue at the legislature simply by showing up and speaking out," said Boyack.


Legislative boot camp runs from 10 AM to 2 PM, 450 people are registered to attend and there is a waiting list.


Organizers say if you are interested you should show up and they will do their best to accommodate everyone.


This is the third year of the boot camp.


It started with 100 participants in the first year and has doubled each year since.

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