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Published: Wednesday, April 2 2014 12:25 p.m. MDT

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Mainly Me
Werribee, 00

At least someone has some common sense.

VST
Bountiful, UT

Good Decision!

This bill should have never passed which shows that all the State Senators and all but 15 House members never read it before they voted on it the last minute of the session.

GaryO
Virginia Beach, VA

Can anybody explain to me how giving the legislature the power to issue subpoenas is in any equivalent to "the fox guarding the henhouse?"

Maybe what this Republican governor is really saying is that no one should investigate a corrupt Utah Attorney General if the corrupt Utah Attorney General is a Republican.

LovelyDeseret
Gilbert, AZ

So much for the democrat's theory that there is no diversity of thought in Utah politics.

VST
Bountiful, UT

@GaryO,

This bill would not allow a legislative subpoena to be challenged in court, which in-turn jeopardizes people's civil rights. That was the problem which is blatantly unconstitutional.

Go back and re-read the article carefully before you jump to conclusions about the Governor’s motives.

Laura Bilington
Maple Valley, WA

@VST, the governor said he thought HB414 was "a bit of an overreaction". What did he think a proper reaction was?

In any case, Herbert's place in history is assured. Everyone will remember him as the man who pushed for millions of dollars to be spent in a futile defense of Kitchen v. Herbert.

Kally
Salt Lake City, UT

@ GaryO: The Legislature already has the authority to issue subpoenas - and, currently, when they do, the entity against whom the subpoena is issued has the opportunity to challenge it in court (including by not showing up and forcing the Legislature to seek court enforcement).

HB414 would have made it so that if the Legislature subpoenaed you, you would have to go the Legislature and tell them why they should not be subpoenaing you and convince them they are wrong - for which they would require the information for which they are subpoenaing you - and, if you don't show up, or don't answer their questions, you have committed a class A misdemeanor for which you can get 1 year in jail or a $2,500 fine or both.

It pretty much violates the 5th Amendment.

It is the fox guarding the hen house because the hen (the subpoenaed entity) has to ask the fox (the issuer of the subpoena) to not eat them (enforce the subpoena).

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