Here's our quick take on what's happening on Utah's Capitol Hill:
Rep. Kenneth Sumsion, R-American Fork, wants Utah to pick either daylight savings or standard time and stick with it, permanently. At last, a bill we can get behind with gusto. With Arizona the only state currently that rejects the biannual time change, Utah could turn the rebellion into a mountain states trend. The sundial manufacturers' special-interest lobby would be thrilled.
We have no doubt some bicyclists run red lights, particularly when no one is there to see. But HB91, a bill sponsored by Rep. Carol Spackman Moss, D-Salt Lake City, which would have legalized this practice, was a bit much. The House Transportation Committee voted the bill down this week. Certainly, the state should encourage people to ride bikes for their health and for the environment. But giving a wink and a nod to running red lights doesn't sound too healthy.
Selling even fake drugs could land you in jail if HB225 becomes law. That's a good thing. The idea is to punish the intent, not to avenge users who get ripped off trying to smoke oregano, although we're sure those people would like the bill, too.
SB71 would ban e-cigarettes and other new tobacco products that are flavored like candy or mints in order to attract younger customers. That's a great idea. So, why don't lawmakers raise taxes on cigarettes while they're at it?
Last week, we criticized a package of ethics bills for not including prohibitions on the use of campaign funds for personal expenses. At the time, we were unaware of HB124 by Rep. Tim Cosgrove, D-Murray, which would do exactly that. This is good. Now if we only could get rid of the ridiculous $10 limit on gifts from lobbyists, as proposed in HB267, and replace it with a total ban. Face it, the difference between $10 and $0 in today's world isn't much, so why not go all the way?