Utah GOP lawmakers shut down discussion of equal-pay study

Published on February 14, 2018 at 10:48AM

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Utah Republican lawmakers shut down discussion of a bill Tuesday that would study whether women working in some state government offices are paid less than men.

The proposal from Democratic Sen. Luz Escamilla asked the state to spend $125,000 to have a university take an in-depth look at whether men and women with similar jobs and backgrounds are paid differently in more than two dozen offices in Utah’s executive branch.

Republicans on the Senate Business and Labor Committee asked Escamilla a series of procedural questions about her bill, such as the timing of a legislative budget analysis, before moving to end the meeting without casting a vote on the proposal.

St. George Republican Sen. Don Ipson said he moved to end the meeting because he felt Escamilla wasn’t prepared and the issue needed to be studied further.