Please, UTLEG, No More Resolutions Recognizing Anniversaries

Resolutions, whether concurrent or joint, most of the time, are a waste of time. I’ve asked current and former legislators about this, and the majority of those I’ve spoken with feel this way. Resolutions allow people to make general statements or opinions, and then they vote on it. It changes nothing, affects nothing. Maybe they want to raise awareness on an issue. Maybe they want to send a clear message to the federal government about something. These I can see.

What I can’t justify is the amount of hours dedicated to the recognition of anniversaries. This year is at an all-time high, and the sessions isn’t over yet. These are the resolution from this sesssion alone:

HCR004 – 20th Anniversary of the School and Institutional Trust Lands Administration
HCR009 – 20th Anniversary of Utah Commission on Service and Volunteerism
HCR011 – 100th Anniversary of the Logan Regional Hospital
HCR012 – 30th Anniversary of the Sundance Institute
SCR001 – 60th Anniversary of the Inclusion of Under God in the Pledge of Allegiance
SCR002 – 50th Anniversary of the Ririe-Woodbury Dance Company
SCR008 – 50th Anniversary of the Canyonlands National Park

Now for comparison, these are the amount of anniversary-recognition resolution bills brought up in previous years:

2013
HCR006 – 50th Anniversary of the Vietnam War
2012
HCR008 – 100th Anniversary of the Girl Scouts of America
HCR009 – 75th Anniversary of Duck Unlimited
2011
HCR011 – 100th Anniversary of Salt Lake Rotary
HCR301 – 75th Anniversary of the Welfare System of the LDS Church
2010
HCR005 – 100th Anniversary of the Boy Scouts of America
HJR022 – 75th Anniversary of the Utah Highway Patrol
SCR005 – 100th Anniversary of the McKay-Dee Hospital
2009
HCR003 – 200th Anniversary on the Birth of Abraham Lincoln
HJR028 – 100th Anniversary of the Battleship USS Utah
2008
SJR004 – 100th Anniversary of the Utah League of Cities & Towns

Three at the most, and yet we’re at seven this year. It’s time to stop padding the ol’ resume of legislative action (“I had six bills pass this year!”) with resolutions commemorating anniversaries.

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