Actually, this blog isn’t about HB 477 — tomorrow’s column will be all about that, as will other stories and editorials as we come up on Friday’s special session of the Legislature that will, allegedly, repeal that piece of horse crud.
Only because I don’t have room in tomorrow’s column, this is more about the whole general “why” of it all. Also, to remind folks of another bill, equally as odious as HB 477, that got buried.
HB 399 was just signed by Gov. Herbert. The bill puts a financial penalty on anyone who has the unmitigated gall to challenge the state for environmental reasons. If you attack an approved project in court, you now have to post a bond to cover the costs of the poor misbegotten contractors who might suffer if you hold the project up and lose the suit.
It’s a clear and shameless attack on those pesky environemntalists who keep blabbering on about clean air and water, as if those were essential. Ok, they ARE essential, but what business is that of yours?
Anyway, that plus the aforementioned HB 477 show how the Legislators — and by extension the power brokers of the state — hate anyone who gets in their way and are not at all bashful about using the power of the state to crush them. Their goal is to develop and make money, and if you dare say that your own quality of life is more important than that, well, you get crushed.
This is why the Legislature doesn’t want you or me, or anyone, looking at their dealings. This is why they don’t want to be challenged in court. This is why they want you, the residents of Utah, to sit down, shut up, do what you’re told and quit complaining because THEY KNOW BETTER THAN YOU.
Oh yeah, almost forgot: They do this because they’re trying to reduce government and take our country back.