'Here we go again'; Utah Legislature now in session


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  • CandaceSalima Orem, UT
    Jan. 24, 2012 4:24 p.m.

    As H.B.116 was so flawed, I'm looking to forward to seeing if we get real immigration legislation this year, something that doesn't cost Utah so dearly and doesn't violate the U.S. Constitution.

  • NeilT Clearfield, UT
    Jan. 24, 2012 10:14 a.m.

    My 2 Cents If you were any more to the right you would be in danger of falling off the edge of the earth. Comments like yours are reason I and many other Utahns despise right wing conservatism. you are so out of touch with reality it is unbelievable. Thanks for listening. I just pray others don't embrace your radicalism. It is views like yours not Obama that concern me.

  • My2Cents Taylorsville, UT
    Jan. 24, 2012 5:09 a.m.

    Downsize government and shelve legislation for special interest. Get some sense of reality, plan for unsustatinable government jobs.

    Redefine illegal immigrant as foreign occupation and make illegal aliens and families POW's and turn them over to the National guard to deport them. Make it a crime for illegal aliens to abandon their children, force accountability of families on foreign nationals.

    Punish and fine business that employ illegal aliens with or without knowing.

    Make it illegal for police to harass people carrying guns openly, a legal right of citizens.

    Replace Waddups as speaker, he is endangering the rights of Americans.

  • one vote Salt Lake City, UT
    Jan. 23, 2012 9:58 p.m.

    Another fiasco fueled by the radical right is coming! If you look sideways at them they will pass a law. Control freaks attempting to control everyone!

  • NeilT Clearfield, UT
    Jan. 23, 2012 9:02 p.m.

    Jim I. Since we don't need guest workers I take it you are volunteering yourself and your family to help our farmers harvest crops next summer. You should hear Doug Wright's story about the farmer in Colorado who decided to go with local help instead of bringing in migrant workers. Big mistake, crops rotted in the field. Don't work to hard.

  • metisophia Ogden, UT
    Jan. 23, 2012 7:46 p.m.

    All working together for the success of all ---bees are socialist? Oh, yeah, not in the republic of Utah.

  • beetdiggingcougar Vancouver, WA
    Jan. 23, 2012 6:36 p.m.

    I can't believe no one mentioned this great line:

    "No mans life, liberty, or property are safe while the Legislature is in session"

    May the session pass quickly!

  • jim l West Jordan, UT
    Jan. 23, 2012 5:50 p.m.

    Take advice from the voters. Repeal HB 116 We dont need guest workers.

  • LDS Liberal Farmington, UT
    Jan. 23, 2012 5:50 p.m.

    I for one will be praying for the Utah State Legislature!

    FYI - Bees are Communist / Extreme Socialist
    Just thought you'd like to know the facts.

    What do you say the legislature actually Walks the Talk?!

  • Grundle West Jordan, UT
    Jan. 23, 2012 5:43 p.m.

    So much cynicism.

    No one is represented 100% of the time. We have a lot of one-issue folks to whom their issue trumps all else. Problem is there are nearly three million of us. No-one will be happy 100% of the time.

    I for one have been generally pleased with our legislature. There have there been exceptions...of course.

    My appreciation for those who truly try to serve the interests of Utah!

  • Dark Reaver SOUTH JORDAN, UT
    Jan. 23, 2012 5:15 p.m.

    I've always wondered about the "Rainy Day Fund". With Utah always ranked in the very low end of spending on our youth's education, what exacty does "Rainy Day" mean if it doesn't apply to Utah's education for it's future?

  • Navajo Hogan Salt Lake City, UT
    Jan. 23, 2012 4:49 p.m.

    Um, what happened to seperation of church and state?

    Oh, that's right I forgot. If its, "our" religion imposing on everyone else it doesn't matter.

  • dlw7 LOGAN, UT
    Jan. 23, 2012 4:35 p.m.

    Could not all our lawmakers just stay home this year and the money saved up in the Education Fund? Between them and and Washington we are "legislated" to death. Those things that need to be worked on are passed over/tabled/left to another time or debated to death. Give the citizens a break and give the Utah legislature and Congress a year off a year off!!

  • danaslc Kearns, UT
    Jan. 23, 2012 4:15 p.m.

    Citizens watch your backs. That should be the title of the article. Closed doors and secrecy laws I hope don't rule the session.

  • Bear Somewhere, UT
    Jan. 23, 2012 3:53 p.m.

    I think that it is interesting that it was prayed for that our legislature realize that getting the credit is not important. I say that when a bill is presented no name should be attached. Everyone should read the bill and decide if it is something in the best interest of the State or not and then decide to support it or not. I think most of them look at the name and say yes or no based on that alone.

    Jan. 23, 2012 3:44 p.m.

    Each governing body, the House and the Senate opened with prayers from LDS Seventy. Wow, is this General Conference Winter Edition or is the Utah State Legislature back in session?

  • williary Kearns, UT
    Jan. 23, 2012 3:30 p.m.

    Lets see what damage these right wing zealots can do this year!

    Or better put, lets see how far back into the stoneage they can send us this time around.

    Two steps forward (Leavitt/Huntsman), 8 steps back (Herbert, Chaffetz, Wimmer).

  • Pagan Salt Lake City, UT
    Jan. 23, 2012 2:48 p.m.

    The public does NOT believe in you, Mr. Waddoups.

    **'Utahns with HIV, AIDS upset with Legislative committee's indecision on federal grant program' - By James Thalman - Deseret News - 04/14/10

    'Utah Senate President Michael Waddoups, R-Taylorsville, along with Republican members of the state Executive Appropriations Committee, voted to approve state participation in dozens of other grants at an April 6 meeting. But they unexpectedly held up the AIDS grant application...'

    Because you delay funding for life-saving medications to Utahns...

    for no, good, reason.

  • Fitness Freak Salt Lake City, UT
    Jan. 23, 2012 2:05 p.m.

    Actually, if the state legislature passed laws effectively rolling up "the welcome mat" we have out for illegal aliens they could save up to 400 million per year to use on things for ACTUAL LEGAL CITIZENS.

    Repealing HB116, revoking the "drivers privilage cards", and NEVER using state money to print ANYTHING in any language other than English would be a good starting point.

  • Dark Reaver SOUTH JORDAN, UT
    Jan. 23, 2012 2:03 p.m.

    Prayers by one religion? Or all religions? That's what I'd like to know. Stupid question, since each religion claims it's the true religion. Were American Indian's allowed to pray to their gods before the Congress?

  • CougarBlue Heber City, UT
    Jan. 23, 2012 1:53 p.m.

    Probably more useless laws. I think they could meet every 4 years and the state would continue on functioning quite well. It seems their idea if being a good representative is to introduce lots of bills and go back to their district and say, "what a good boy/girl I am. See what I have done for you."

  • Brave Sir Robin San Diego, CA
    Jan. 23, 2012 1:32 p.m.

    I had this horrible nightmare last night. I dreamed the Utah legislature was back in session and Becky Lockhart was speaker of the house. Also in my nightmare, the Osmonds were singing songs written by Orrin Hatch. I woke up in a cold sweat with my heart pounding...it was awful.

    I wonder what insane laws they'll pass this year in the name of keeping government small?

  • Carson Provo, UT
    Jan. 23, 2012 1:32 p.m.

    Cut off ALL State freebies, benefits and any other support given to Illegals!

  • Veritas Aequitas Fruit Heights, UT
    Jan. 23, 2012 1:30 p.m.

    âI believe in you. The public believes in you. We should believe in each other.â

    Senate President Michael Waddoups, R-Taylorsville

    The public believes? Can Sen. Waddoups cite his source?

  • Morgan Duel Taylorsville, UT
    Jan. 23, 2012 1:28 p.m.

    The legislators are elected to represent all of the citizens of the state.

    However there are times when I wonder if the legislators really believe that.

    Some laws are written and passed that benefit the sponsor. He is a lawyer and works in the Divorce field and writes the law for his benefit by making it a necessity of an attorney to be involved in the divorce.

    The husband then spends more than $100,000 to get away from an abusive wife who ruined his life during marriage and wants to destroy it after the divorce.

    And on and on it goes.

  • christoph Brigham City, UT
    Jan. 23, 2012 1:15 p.m.

    Heaven help us.

  • AZRods Maricopa, AZ
    Jan. 23, 2012 1:14 p.m.

    Yes Johnson, prayers, that thing that's been done since this country was born.
    Try it, you might learn something, like respect.

  • I Will Be Till I Die Holladay, UT
    Jan. 23, 2012 1:12 p.m.


  • uzbeks NORTH SALT LAKE, UT
    Jan. 23, 2012 12:37 p.m.

    Orrin Hatch isn't interested in representing Utahns anymore- he just wants to stay in Washington. 36 years is far to long for such power. A vote for the NDAA is certainly not in the interest of the people- but of power

  • Johnson72 Salt Lake City, UT
    Jan. 23, 2012 12:30 p.m.