I guess that if one of our Senators doesn't cowtow to the Utah legislature, the Senator in question won't be included in the next primary.
The Utah Senate is putting the idea forward as " a soft repeal of the 17th amendment" which made the Senate directly elected by the population.
The reasons for the bill include the following:
- Federal land policy would respect the needs of the states; and
- # The National Environmental Protection Act would look entirely different today if the 50 states had more influence over the United States Senate.
Of course, looking at the long history of Bennett and Hatch, I really can't remember them ever being that friendly to Utah Public lands.
Speaking of the EPA .... has anyone noticed that we haven't been getting the life threatening inversions that typified Utah Winters of the 70s. There have been excesses in the EPA, the cleaner air has dramatically improved the quality of life on the Wasatch Front ... not only is it healthier ... the clean air helps attract more lucrative hitech and biotech businesses to the state.
I doubt this bill will catch on. I doubt either of the parties would be that eagar to forego their primary. The primary election is where the best debate takes place.