Facebook Twitter

Town calls for repeal of amendment

SHARE Town calls for repeal of amendment

WASHINGTON, Utah — The southwestern Utah community of Washington has called for repeal of the 17th Amendment and a return to having U.S. senators elected by the legislatures.

Two nearby towns, Hurricane and Virgin, considered the resolution, but did not pass it.

The 17th Amendment, ratified in 1913, provided for senators to be elected by popular vote instead of by their state's legislature.

Proponents of repealing the amendment believe it would make senators more accountable to their states.

"The tail's been wagging the dog for a whole lot of years. We feel helpless against the federal government," City Councilman Michael Heaton said.

Washington, population 8,186, is 13 miles west of La Verkin, where the city council last week passed an ordinance declaring the town a United Nations-Free Zone, and 17 miles west of Virgin, a town of 394 that last year passed an ordinance requiring its residents to own guns.