Former Sen. Frank E. Moss, D-Utah, may soon have named after him the federal courts building/post office at 400 South and Main in Salt Lake City.
Rep. Wayne Owens, D-Utah, introduced legislation on Wednesday to make the name change and said it is also supported by Sens. Jake Garn and Orrin Hatch, both R-Utah. Hatch, ironically, beat Moss in 1976 to gain his Senate seat and beat Moss' son, Brian, in a re-election campaign last year.Owens said in a speech on the House floor that Moss' 18 years in the Senate from 1959-1977 "directly influenced many of the most dramatic and far-reaching events in modern American history - the war in Vietnam, the social changes of the 1960s, the Great Society, space exploration and the rise of the nuclear age."
Owens added, "In the area of consumer protection, he was a genuine leader, a pioneer. He was the principal sponsor of the Toy Safety Act and is recognized for his crucial role in the passage of the Fair Packaging and Labeling Act, the Truth-in-Lending Act, the Flammable Fabrics Act and many other consumer related bills.
"Perhaps best known to his friends in Utah and throughout the country was his success in leading the fight to ban cigarette advertising from television."
Owens added, "From his involvement in nursing home reform and Medicare to the creation of the country's greatest natural treasures - Canyonlands, Capitol Reef and Arches national parks - Senator Moss has earned a place in the hearts of all Utahns."
Owens also said naming a courts building after Moss is appropriate because he was a Salt Lake Municipal Court judge and the elected Salt Lake County attorney.
Owens' staff said the bill is expected to be marked up in committee next month and could reach the House floor by the end of October.
Moss' Utah colleague in the Senate for most of his tenure - former Sen. Wallace Bennett, R-Utah - already had named after him the federal building at 100 South and State in Salt Lake City.