2:54 PM MST, February 16, 2010
SALT LAKE CITY - A bill that proposes the elimination of affirmative action from the Utah constitution has been put on hold Tuesday after going through the House. The resolution will prevent local government agencies, state agencies and public colleges from discriminating or providing any kind of preferential treatment based on race, sex, color, ethnicity or national origin. The bill already passed through the legislative committee, but was circled on the house floor.
Rep. Curtis Oda (R), the proposer of the bill, is confident that it will come up again and will pass through the legislature. He said he is making some modifications, but a majority of the people he has directly heard from support the bill.
"Everything I'm hearing has been positive," said Rep. Oda. "I have not gotten one negative e-mail or phone call."
Several opponents did show up at the Capitol to plead their case and share their concerns about the bill. The bill may also require a constitutional amendment to make it enforceable.
First thought: Why didn't Fox interview Democratic Minority Leader David Litvack or anyone else who might oppose this bill?
Second thought: I didn't know that affirmative action was actually practiced in Utah.
Third thought: Focusing on convention day delegate antics isn't helping the Utah residents who are counting on you.