Thursday, February 22, 2007

Short Wrap-up of the 17th Amendment of the Web 22 February 2007

The articles below all focus on Utah’s SB 202. The first two are straightforward news items explaining the progress of the bill. The third is from the opinion page of the Daily Herald, in which the editorial staff calls the bill “a total waste of the Legislature's time.” The last is an interview with U.S. Senator Orin Hatch and as you can predict is opposed to SB 202.

Bill aiming to connect US senators to Utah lawmakers advances
Daily Herald - Provo,UT,USA
The bill has its origins in the 17th Amendment, which was ratified in 1912 and proclaimed that US senators would be elected by a vote of the people. ...

Bill may open way to goad US senators
Salt Lake Tribune - Salt Lake City,UT,USA
... attempt to "restore the connection between the state Legislature and our US senators" lost when the 17th Amendment became part of the US Constitution. ...

Legislature at a glance
Daily Herald - Provo,UT,USA
Stephenson's measure was an attempt to get around the 17th Amendment, which directs the public to pick senators rather than a state legislature. ...

Hatch voices views to Utah lawmakers
Deseret News - Salt Lake City,UT,USA
Then, he sought a "soft repeal" of the 17th amendment to the US Constitution, which calls for popular elections of US senators, as well as for state ...

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