brainoncapitalist wrote:So, if this bill is dead for this session, will they be able to pick it up again in the Senate next session and go from there, or do they have to start all over again trying to get both houses to pass it? I'm not sure how these things work in Utah.
Every session stands alone. Any bill next year will start fresh in one house or the other and have to go through both houses and the gov's office.
Of course, we get to learn from experience in terms of what language we think is good, vs what gives us heartburn. We've learned what issues our opposition has.
Sadly, we had some meddling from the NRA on this bill that opened a can of worms and caused us some problems. Even assuming the best of intentions, it is, at least, a case of "too many cooks in the kitchen" and "making the perfect, the enemy of the the good." In its final form, the bill did some good things. It also had some problems.
I can respect those who believe it would have been better to pass it. I can equally respect those who believe it was better to let it die and try to start fresh next year. In the end, GOUtah! took the position that we believe it was better to start fresh next year.
It was a good year for RKBA, however, notwithstanding HB49's ultimate defeat. Several good bills passed and I'm not aware of any bad bills that passed. Even the bill allowing cops to get free background checks for private purchase of guns was amended so that it can only be used once every 24 months and requires a letter from the officer's chief. Basically, it applies to the purchase of the off-duty, semi-official, but privately owned carry gun. It doesn't materially hurt us. And the benefit to cops has been limited to one that is at least semi-tied to their official jobs. I still oppose it as creating a special benefit, without justification, for government employees. But not like it actually hurts our own RKBA directly.
So a good year over all.
Now, please be sure to attend your caucus meetings this next week. You might even consider attending both the Democrat caucus on Tuesday but I believe the democrats let almost anyone participate. A great way to get a little more attention from legislators next year is to be elected a delegate this year, or to volunteer as a campaign worker this year. While you can only be a delegate in your own area, you can volunteer and help campaign for any candidate anywhere. So if you own legislator is terrible, go find someone good on RKBA elsewhere to help support.