Utah will establish an affirmative action plan for state government. With passage of HB89, sponsored by Joanne R. Milner, D-Salt Lake, there are now only five states that don't have such a plan.
The bill met some opposition from people who feared that it would mandate quotas and prevent employers from hiring the most qualified applicant."All it says is you are open to people who are different from yourself," said Sen. Karen Shepherd, D-Salt Lake. "The bill says the best person should be hired for the job."