Today’s tweets fall into two categories – legislative “guardrails” placed on residential treatment centers and the 2nd impeachment trial of former President Trump. We’re barely skimming the surface of what’s out there in the Twitterverse on these two topics. Senator Mike McKell has been working on a much needed bill to put “guard rails” around residential treatment centers in Utah. He got some help from someone using her large platform to push for change.
I am grateful for survivors like @ParisHilton who are using their platform and voice to bring attention to an industry that desperately needs reform. As a state, we will take the necessary steps to increase transparency and safety to prevent further abuse. pic.twitter.com/iaZjjKGhgd
— Mike McKell (@mikemckellutah) February 9, 2021
Paris gave an impactful testimony on the abuse she endured at Provo Canyon School today. The bill passed committee unanimously. Congrats on turning your horror story into positive change @ParisHilton #utpol https://t.co/HKan2f8TmX
— Molly Davis (@_Molly_Davis_) February 9, 2021
The testimony for Utah S.B. 127 is horrifying. The way these people were treated as children is unconscionable. Abusing children doesn't heal children. Causing trauma doesn't heal trauma. This is so sad. #utpol #preventchildabuse #utah
— Sarah Haley Nitta (@SarahNittaUT) February 8, 2021
Reporter Jessica Miller has been doing the heavy lifting for months. Stories like these are horrific and must be told – but also, so hard to stomach. Kudos to her.
Public records show an Oregon teen was sedated with so-called "booty juice" 17 times in three months at Provo Canyon School.
Chemical restraints are illegal in her home state, but are allowed in Utah. Legislation from @mikemckellutah could change that.https://t.co/hlOyWZXMbO
— Jessica Miller (@jm_miller) February 4, 2021
In other news, a second impeachment trial begins in the US Senate today. GOP Rep. Kinzinger calls on Senate Republicans to convict Trump, noting that “This isn’t a waste of time. It’s a matter of accountability. If the GOP doesn’t take a stand, the chaos of the past few months, and the past four years, could quickly return. The future of our party and our country depends on confronting what happened — so it doesn’t happen again.”
Republican Rep. Adam Kinzinger: My fellow Republicans, convicting Trump is necessary to save America.https://t.co/qif4yrgArs
— Kyle Griffin (@kylegriffin1) February 9, 2021
It defies logic to suggest that the Senate is prohibited from trying and convicting former officeholders, writes conservative attorney, Chuck Cooper. https://t.co/fiUhb6GbHY via @WSJ
— @UtahPolicy (@utahpolicy) February 8, 2021
Trump's impeachment lawyers say he only "used the word 'fight' a little more than a handful of times and each time in the figurative sense" during his January 6 speech.
He used the words "fight" or "fighting" 20 times: pic.twitter.com/hdKQCnjotL
— Alli Hedges Maser (@AllisonLHedges) February 9, 2021