According to Rep. Ted Lewis, D-Salt Lake, resolutions asking Congress to take one particular action or another are not "worth the paper they are written on."

But that didn't stop the House Thursday from voting 49-22 in favor of a resolution encouraging Congress to pass a wilderness bill encompassing no more than 1.4 million acres.The 22 no votes were all cast by Wasatch Front Democrats who opposed the fact the 1.4 million acres mentioned in the resolution were never actually identified by a Wilderness Task Force studying the issue over the past year.

The resolution marks a significant shift in policy for the Legislature, which has traditionally passed resolutions calling for no new wilderness designations. "We are looking for a way to get the wilderness issue off dead center," said Rep. Bradley Johnson, R-Aurora.