First female House speaker in Utah history is tough on behalf of the people

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  • Yeah but South Jordan, UT
    March 8, 2011 9:59 a.m.

    HB477 made it through the House in record time because Becky Lockhart wanted it to go through quickly. As Speaker of the House, if she thought a bill was wrong, she could pull strings to get it stopped, or at least allow time for people to take a breath. But she didn't - because she believes, as do all the other bullies in the Legislature, that what the people don't know can't hurt Legislators. Anything that helps the current majority maintain that majority is right. There was a public outcry for ethics reform in the Utah State Legislature, and HB477 was all they could come up with - something that once again makes Utah the laughing stock of the country and enables the GOP to do things out of sight of their constituents. This article paints Becky Lockhart out to be a watchdog for the people. Her voting record, on the other hand, demonstrates that she is a watchdog for the GOP - and heaven help any of "the people" who get in her way.

  • David Centerville, UT
    March 6, 2011 8:37 p.m.

    re: Couginsider

    It was pointed out that her husband was a former legislator, and is currently listed as a lobbyist. Read the article again and you'll see it.

    Regardless, the article is interesting and generally leaves a good impression of Lockhart. So what happened with GRAMA? How could something that is opposed by 90% of the public be passed by the legislature? People want access to public documents. We want the media to have access to report accurately what is going on. It appears the legislature is trying to increase their ability to pass laws that would be opposed by a majority of their constituents. GRAMA is just one example. How about ethics reform, vouchers, immigration, gun rights, and a number of other issues.

    Where does Lockhart stand on GRAMA? Is she in touch with her constituents as she wants us to believe, or is she consolidating legislative power?

  • Sandy Salt Lake City, UT
    March 6, 2011 8:31 p.m.

    Thanks for this great article on an interesting and capable leader. What a great change for the state legislature. She has a supporter in Sandy.

  • brtate Redmond, Washington
    March 6, 2011 7:22 p.m.

    Great Article - Go Becky Go

  • Couginsider nsl, ut
    March 6, 2011 5:43 p.m.

    I think it should be pointed out that her husband is a former legislator, and is currently a powerful lobbyist. I think this raises some serious questions about conflict of interest and her ethical background.

  • DN Subscriber Cottonwood Heights, UT
    March 6, 2011 5:35 p.m.

    A very nice article and a genuine good person with some solid conservative beliefs and willingness to fight for them.

    Her wariness of being mistreated by the media certainly attests to her sound judgment and also her willingness to stand up to bullies.

    Most conservatives have learned by bad experience that (unlike for liberals) the media is not your friend, and not likely to accurately portray your statements, let alone cheerlead for them.

  • suzyk#1 Mount Pleasant, UT
    March 6, 2011 5:19 p.m.

    Three cheers for Becky Lockhart... if we had more politicians with her caliber of leadership and gumption our country would not be in such a state. She is an honest, sensitive, knowledgeable, intelligent woman, one with integrity and you couldn't ask for anymore. She loves Utah and its people. My hat goes off to her...what an exceptional woman who will not be bullied. BRAVO!!!!!

  • one old man Ogden, UT
    March 6, 2011 1:43 p.m.

    It would be VERY interesting to know who the bully was. Why wasn't his identity included in the article?

  • Wildcat Ogden, UT
    March 6, 2011 12:59 p.m.

    Kudos for her to standing up to the bullies of the Legislature. Good glimpse of what goes on in Utah. It looks like the moderate republicans will have to join ranks with the democrats once the tea party takes over. They will administer their purity tests and push all the rest out.

    I saw where the Legislature passed the bill to restrict access to public documents. Good job tea party, you are well on your way to an authoritarian corporate-run government. You can work your secret combinations with no resistance now. Unfortunately what is good for profit may not be good for people, but I doubt that will concern you.

  • AllSeeingEye Salt Lake City, UT
    March 6, 2011 11:31 a.m.

    Nice article about what I'm sure is a basically nice person.

    But, don't be fooled on the political end of things into thinking that all has been done with "the will of the people" in mind. Rather, be assured that hard-ball politics is a good part of the change that has put the new Speaker in charge, as the legislature lunges further and futher to the right.

    Some of the political debts have been paid, while others are yet owing.

    The redistricting exercise will be one area where this will play out.

    The people have said clearly that they want a redistricting commission. The Speaker has said no commission is possible because the State Constitution requires the legislature to be in charge of redistricting. Of course, she has not explained why suggestions by a commission and ultimate approval by the legislature are mutually exclusive.

    Surely input from a commission would make it much more difficult for political debts to be paid.

    This is just one example.

    Many others couls be cited.

  • FDRfan Sugar City, ID
    March 6, 2011 10:56 a.m.

    What a clever strategy! If we express displeasure with the Utah Legislators we are attacking our Mothers, wives and sweethearts.

  • chicagoslc Salt Lake City, UT
    March 6, 2011 10:26 a.m.

    I'm sure she is intelligent, but in one interview I saw on KUTV she sounded uninformed and paranoid that the media was out to get legislatures. Also, she showed weakness when she ended questioning 20 minutes early on HB477. This is a terrible bill and a power grab by the government over it's citizens.

  • Furry1993 Somewhere in Utah, UT
    March 6, 2011 9:44 a.m.

    If she was truly "tough on behalf of the people" then HB477 would never have seen the light of day. She's just one more politician; nothing more, nothing less. She is NOT the right person for the job.

  • NeilT Clearfield, UT
    March 6, 2011 7:34 a.m.

    Good article. Never knew much about her. To many legislators are power hungry and let politics get to their head. It appears she may be the right person for the job.

  • FDRfan Sugar City, ID
    March 6, 2011 3:23 a.m.

    Why is she wary of the media? Did she vote for GRAMA? Tax on food? Gas tax? How does she feel about Romneycare? Her personal discipline seems impressive but what shaped her political philosophy? Hatred of taxes or desire to make Utah a better state? Is she of the same mold as Sharon Angle? Sarah Palin? Why weren't those things brought out in the article? Did she write this article herself? Sounds like a Fox News interview of Sharon Angle.