The 2012 Legislature as recapped in this week’s CW cover was, as usual, one dominated by Republicans. But Democrats did make some valiant efforts in fighting for and against certain bills. Here are the best examples of failed arguments made by Dems speaking in Republicanese.---
Pitch: To get a Senate committee to approve Senate Joint Resolution 24, which would have required brief sensitivity and diversity training to new legislators. “From a private-business perspective, one of the ways we see opportunities is in new markets and new communities. I don’t think as [legislators] serving our constituents is any different,” Sen. Ross Romero, D-Salt Lake City.
Result: Bill killed in committee along party lines with Republicans not even commenting on why they voted against the bill. The only Republican who voted in favor of the bill was Sen. Casey Anderson, R-Cedar City.
Pitch: Sen. Luz Robles, D-Salt Lake City, arguing against a bill to require schools to either teach abstinence-only in sex education or not teach sex ed at all.
“It’s troubling when nothing is broke [with current sex-ed] and we’re trying to be big government and telling people how to think and act,” Sen. Luz Robles, D-Salt Lake City.
Result: Sex-ed bill passes easily out of both houses almost completely along partisan lines, except for 10 dissenting Republicans in the House and one in the Senate.
Pitch: That passing a statewide nondiscrimination law for LGBT Utahns is sound business practice “This legislation is good for business,” said Sen. Ben McAdams, D-Salt Lake City. “This will help us be able to recruit new business and new talent to our state.”
Result: Senate Bill 51 never made it out of committee, with votes being cast on party lines with the exception of Sen. Casey Anderson, R-Cedar City.