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Published: Thursday, March 1 2012 6:07 p.m. MST

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OJF64
Sandy, UT

She is 100% correct. Hiding things is what they are trying to do.

Zadruga Guy
West Jordan, UT

I guess some of our senators and representatives did not get the memo that this was supposed to be a boring legislative session. The bill should be amended to only prohibit filming of feral cats.

tabuno
Clearfield, UT

I wonder if this Bill is even constitutional, especially if a person who is recording from public property or on property that the owner gives permission (such as an adjacent piece of property, even a using telephoto lens) otherwise there are laws against transpassing. The prohibition of a person from undertaking activity similar to the freedom of the press as appears from a reading of the Bill seems to violate the First Amendment of the Constitution, which the U.S. Supreme Court has been very reluctant to prohibit what I would assume are similar activities such as being suggested banned in the Bill (unless such scenes being recorded could be construed as obscene under the Court's strict scrutiny standard test or falls under the invasion of privacy interpretation of the Court both of which I doubt). This Bill appears to have crossed the line and, if so, more legal law suits and more waste of precious taxpayer dollars again.

Jeromeo
Salt Lake City, UT

I'm not surprised that there may be more than one Utah State Legislator who would have jailed John Steinbeck for his revelations. Let's hope that a large majority of the State Representatives are enlightened enough to prevent the criminalization of enlightenment. Accountability through transparency should not be the exception, let alone subject to short sighted legal maneuvering designed to benefit powerful corporate special interests.

Flashback
Kearns, UT

Not a real good piece of legislation.

Flashback
Kearns, UT

By the way, note that she didn't come to Utah personally to lobby for this. Maybe she's scared that if she comes to Utah, she might get active in the church again and have to change her lifestyle slightly.

CHS 85
Sandy, UT

@Flashback

What does her religious life have to do with this?

What about her lifestyle would you like her to change? Is the fact that she's married and has an adopted child whom she and her husband adopted after marriage? Sounds pretty racy to me.

DN Subscriber
Cottonwood Heights, UT

I guess she has the same right to petition legislators for or against legislation as anyone else.

And her comments should be weighed equally, but discounted greatly as coming from someone whose livelihood depends on publicity (of any kind) and who is surrounded by Californians.

Utah definitely should not adopt California standards for anything. Ever!

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