Wednesday, January 23, 2008

And they're off...

The Utah State Legislature is in session now. This causes me to reflect on a few things. I've posted previously about the Legislature's reluctance to pass bills that concern their ethics. (see here, here, and here.) It looks like this year will be no different in that regard.

Another thing that I've been thinking about has to do with UTOPIA in particular, but, in the way the Legislature acts in general. Our state legislators constantly complain when the Federal Government forces them to do things in a certain way. They don't seem to have a problem, however, doing the same thing to local City Councils. This is just as frustrating for the City Councils as it is for the State Legislature when they get it from the Federal Government. Two bills that currently strike me as acting this way are HB75 (here) and HB76 (here). It will be interesting to watch not only these two bills, but, also other bills that limit the control that our State Legislators allow local elected officials to have.

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