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Immigration reform a non-starter on Utah’s Capitol Hill
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"I think some of what is motivating the [Legislative] body is to take a rest," Lockhart said. "We’ll have time to address the issues of HB116."

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Troubled by commission

Don Guymon, a member of the conservative GrassRoots organization, said in a statement he was troubled by a 27-member Immigration Commission appointed by Gov. Gary Herbert and Legislative leadership that recommended overwhelmingly for lawmakers to skip passing immigration bills this session.

“It appears that our Legislature may forfeit their responsibilities as representatives of the people by following the advice of an appointed commission,” Guymon wrote. “It resembles the ‘Super Committee’ that the feds depended on to solve the debt problem but ended up doing nothing.”

Marty Carpenter, spokesman for the Salt Lake Chamber, said the commission — which is chartered by statute to study the issue and make recommendations — should be used as a guiding force on immigration reform.

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