Six bills generating debate, disagreement in the Utah Legislature this year

Published: Tuesday, March 5 2013 8:15 a.m. MST

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SB53 would make cockfighting a felony, but one lawmaker said this bill shouldn't be passed while abortion is legal.

"In a state where we can still allow people to kill their babies, we want to make it a felony to let chickens fight for the purpose of which they were raised," said Sen. Allen Christensen, R-North Ogden.

He said cockfighting is not wonderful, but the birds "naturally want to do this thing in their lives and we're going to send their owners to prison for this, yet we allow people to go ahead and murder their unborn babies."

Utah is the only state in the West where cockfighting is a misdemeanor, said the bill's sponsor, Sen. Gene Davis, D-Salt Lake.

He said cockfighting encourages people from Utah, as well as out of state visitors, to participate in gambling and illegal drug and alcohol abuse, and it attracts people from other states.

"This is a problem," he said. "Utah is running the risk of becoming an underground gambling circuit for this horrendous activity."

The bill would also make it a class B misdemeanor to attend a cockfight. It was passed by the Senate and now goes to the House.
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Lagomorph
Salt Lake City, UT

Article, quoting Sen. Christensen: "He said cockfighting is not wonderful, but the birds 'NATURALLY want to do this thing in their lives...'" [emphasis added]

Funny. In all my years raising poultry, I never once saw a rooster strap a blade to its leg and hop into an arena to fight another bird. A certain amount of aggression is natural in fowl and they can be harsh to the sick and weak, but the forced duel to the death world of cockfighting is not the least bit natural.

Doug10
Roosevelt, UT

If Utah has cockfighting or not I am betting it is not going to be a mecca for gamblers etc.

The state is going to allow anyone to carry concealed weapons because some hunters fear geting their guns wet? Instead of punishing the entire state how about requiring those hunters to carry guns that are all weather? Really.....just think about it.

Instead of getting guns back in the hands of disturbed individuals why not make it mandatory that anyone who commits a crime punishable by jail that they receive a lifetime ban on any guns. I have noted that guns and crimes are connected in many cases but not all. Lead the pack in a new direction Utah.

And for blowing smoke on kids in a vehicle people will be fined $45? Really that is it? $45 is not an amount that strikes fear into the hearts of the population. If it was a $500 figure it would help the children and pay for the officer to write the citation. The $45 does not even pay for an officer to write the ticket or the gas to put in his car.

Healthy Skeptic
Saratoga Springs, UT

It is not the role of the State to "allow" certain activities. The presumption is that an individual has the liberty to perfrom ANY action that pleases. The Government's role is to protect that liberty, while protecting the liberties of other individuals. Bearing a firearm does not infringe upon any other individual's right of life, liberty, and pursuit of happiness. Rather than outlaw guns, the government should pass a law that they cannot be used to harm others...

Outlawing guns would likely be as successful as outlawing drugs.

The question "should government allow..." might well be asked in a dictatorship, but here in the USA, the question is "should government DIS-allow". If the activity does not infringe upon another's rights, the answer to that question should be "NO". We the people have not granted the government that power.

mightyhunterhaha
Kaysville, UT

You left a really big one off the list: Moving the State Prison. But it seems like the Leg and the Deseret News want to quiet things so it can be push through.

casual observer
Salt Lake City, UT

The permissive gun bills defy rational comment since they have not passed the smell test.

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