The Senate passed the Fair Housing Act on Thursday and sent it to the House. Senators have approved the act the past several sessions, but it has always died in the House.
The act simply copies federal housing anti-discrimination law. That federal law applies in Utah, of course, but Utahns who feel they've been discriminated against have to file complaints in the nearest federal office - Denver. If the House goes along with the Senate, Utahns will now be able to file complaints with state officials and have their problems aired in Utah with, supporters believe, perhaps more sympathetic ears.*WHAT WAS SHAPING UP into a showdown over a spending limitation proposed by Gov. Norm Bangerter was stopped dead in its tracks Thursday - not by politics but by bureaucracy.
Republican House leaders planned for representatives to vote on HB270, the bill that would accomplish the governor's goal of tying growth in state budgets to increases in population and inflation.
The House session was even interrupted briefly for political caucuses, so Republicans and Democrats could plot their strategies for dealing with various amendments that reportedly will be introduced.
But when the bill's sponsor, Rep. Glen Brown, R-Coalville, told representatives to turn to the substitute bill passed out of a House committee Wednesday, no one could find it.
After putting consideration of the bill on hold and conferring with the House staff, Brown returned to tell representatives that the bill hadn't been printed yet. Copies were handed out less than an hour later, giving lawmakers plenty of time to look them over before the bill appears on the House agenda again on Friday morning.