Utah children win gains in health care and other top stories of the week (March 12-17)
Privatizing Utah's prison may be among the options a new committee considers as it evaluates bids to move the current facility.
And Gov. Gary Herbert said government should always look at privatization, including in the corrections system.
"I think we should look at it. I'm probably not inclined to go with a privatized jail, but we should consider it," Herbert said in an interview as the 45-day legislative session ended Thursday.
"The private sector tends to be a little more efficient. They tend to use their own money. They're a little more creative and innovative," he said.
After much debate and eight versions of the bill, the Legislature ultimately passed SB72, which creates the 11-member Prison Relocation and Development Authority to oversee what would be a massive undertaking to tear down the 62-year-old facility and build one at a new site.
FAITH IN THE COMMUNITY
The leader of Utah's Catholics, Salt Lake City's mayor and a mother who lost her daughter in the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School have all added their voices to those asking Gov. Gary Herbert to veto a controversial gun bill.
The Utah Legislature approved HB76, which would the law to allow Utahns to carry a concealed weapon without a concealed weapons permit — meaning no classes or background checks would be required — as long as the firearm is unloaded, which by law means there is not a round in the chamber.
The Most Rev. John C. Wester, bishop of the Catholic Diocese of Salt Lake City, penned a strongly worded letter to the governor asking that he veto the bill in an effort to "promote a culture of life" in Utah.
Alissa Parker, mother of Emilie Parker, a 6-year-old girl who was killed in the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., also wrote to Herbert, asking that he veto the bill.
As cardinals in Vatican City met behind doors Tuesday to begin the process of selecting a new pope, students at St. Francis Xavier Catholic School held their own conclave of sorts.
Eighth-graders in Veronica Brand's class are on "Pope Watch." They wrote their names on a map with pictures of front-runners to replace Pope Benedict XVI. The majority of the votes from the Kearns students went with Cardinal Peter Turkson of Ghana.
"He seems pretty interesting and he has a lot of votes, so I think he'll be pretty good," eighth-grader Emilio Luzero said. "I think he will make our world strong and we can trust more people."
Cardinal Ouellet was Nathaniel Martinez's choice. He felt the Canadian cardinal could bring new ideas and inspire the 1.2 billion Catholics in the world.
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