Utah Senate Approves Federalism Course Proposal

Published on March 13, 2014 at 11:05AM


The Senate has approved legislation requiring state and local government offices, the attorney general’s office and legislative attorneys to ensure someone on staff learns more about states’s rights. Senators voted 15-12 on Wednesday night to advance the measure. The House must approve several changes in order for it to advance to Gov. Gary Herbert. West Jordan Republican Rep. Ken Ivory’s proposal requires each of those offices to designate at least one employee as an in-house authority on state jurisdiction and standing up to the federal government. The designated employee would have to attend courses on the subject at least once every two years, either in-person or online. Logan Republican Sen. Lyle Hillyard voted against the measure, saying he’s concerned it may infringe on the separation of powers between government branches.