Western Opinion Sampler: Grading the legislature, Utah's and others ...
Published: March 18, 2013 02:05PM
Updated: March 18, 2013 02:05PM
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Utah's Legislature has wrapped up its business for the 2013 regular session. Other states' lawmakers are still at it.

Slippery slope: Nothing to stop slide of education — Salt Lake Tribune Editorial
Gov. Gary Herbert and legislative leaders were effusive over funding granted by the Legislature for public education in the legislative session just ended. It’s the biggest infusion of new money for schools in years, they said, and they are right. But don’t be fooled by the enthusiasm.
The Legislature did little more than maintain the status quo for public education. Or, it might be more accurate to say it rebounded backward to pre-recession funding. ...

Anyone can carry: Herbert should veto gun bill — Salt Lake Tribune Editorial
The Utah Legislature last week passed legislation erasing the state law requiring a permit and a background check to legally carry a concealed weapon, an irresponsible move that is as unsettling as it is unnecessary. Gov. Gary Herbert should waste not a moment in vetoing it. ...

The Legislature: Ups and downs of 2013 session — Salt Lake Tribune Editorial
Short takes on education funding, states rights and health care ...

The 2013 session's legacy — Deseret News Editorial
... we were disappointed in the message bill lawmakers chose to pass concerning gun rights. As Gov. Gary Herbert noted, these were unnecessary in a state that has a proud record of support for the Second Amendment. The so-called "constitutional carry" bill, allowing people to carry concealed weapons without a permit, was a step in the wrong direction. Those who carry concealed weapons need more training, not less. ...

Other legislatures. Familiar issues:

House should quash new rules for voter initiatives — Idaho Statesman Editorial
Idaho voters repeals controversial legislative actions on public education. Then lawmakers move to make it harder for such referrenda to move forward.

Redundant law on immigrant checks — Denver Post Editorial
State lawmakers should repeal a 2006 law that now duplicates the federal Secure Communities program.

Legislature eyes 'appropriate' funding for education — Tulsa World Editorial