Rolly: Bennett's changing stand on lead law

Published January 27, 2009 6:09 pm

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Sen. Bob Bennett, R-Utah, was asked by The Salt Lake Tribune this week to respond to fears that a new federal law scheduled to take effect next month would put thrift stores out of business.

The law requires lead testing on all children's clothing, books and toys.

"Senator Bennett shares the concerns of many Utahns who have contacted him regarding the potential consequences that the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act may have on businesses, wrote Tara Hendershott, the senator's spokesperson. "He has spoken with Nancy Nord, acting chairman of the Consumer Product Safety Commission, and asked her to meet with him next week for a further discussion on this issue."

That's a little different that his response in November to Shauna Sloan, founder of Kid to Kid, who wrote to Bennett about the hardships she believed the bill would create.

"Although I sympathize with and applaud your efforts to become educated about how this bill will impact you, as an elected official, it would be inappropriate for me to offer you legal advice. You may want to contact a lawyer who can advise you and determine the best course of action," replied Bennett, who, along with the rest of the Utah delegation, voted for the bill.

Heaven can wait: The Celestial Kingdom room is so crowded with curious visitors these days that those charged with enforcing the rules of our mortal existence have been kept quite busy.

People touring the new Draper Temple of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints are instructed to park at a nearby LDS Stake Center and take a shuttle to the temple. But trekkers, who have found that parking lot full and parked on the road instead, have been hit with a flurry of parking tickets.

Draper Police Lt. Russ Adair says the department has responded to complaints from neighbors about cars blocking their driveways and mailboxes.

"If we get complaints, we have to respond," he says. "Making one group happy makes another group unhappy."

But at least they got to see the temple.

Master of the metaphor : Rep. John Dougall, R-Highland, co-chairman of the Health and Human Services Appropriations Subcommittee, described the lawmakers' task at hand during an interim committee meeting Jan. 21.

Referring to the current budget crisis, Dougall said legislators in the past have been "budget observers," just getting the information and acting on it. But now, he said, because of the drastic cuts needed in the budget, the lawmakers have been transformed into "budget proctologists," reaching up there and grappling with the details.

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