"There are better ways to resolve these issues than to pass a [message] bill that we will have to repeal and litigate in court later on." - Rep. Patrice Arent, D-Millcreek
"Faced with a likely legal defeat over a bill’s constitutionality, the Utah Legislature on Wednesday repealed a measure limiting federal land agencies’ law enforcement powers. HB155 sponsor Rep. Mike Noel, R-Kanab sought the repeal "on advice of counsel" after U.S. District Judge David Nuffer issued" in quick succession (slam-dunk style) a temporary restraining order and a "preliminary injunction blocking the law’s implementation." Coincidentally, this is the same "advice of counsel" which Noel ignored when he somehow managed to "snooker" our entire Weber County legislative delegation (among others) and rammed this knuckle-headed bill through the legislature at the outset.
Rep. Patrice Arent, D-Millcreek, one of the few [level-headed] House members who had voted against the bill earlier this year. "There are better ways to resolve these issues than to pass a [message] bill that we will have to repeal and litigate in court later on."
Sadly, that'll never work in our tea-party-owned and controlled Utah State Legislature, where thumbing their legislative noses at the federal government is job #1, and the cost of defending facially unconstitutional legislation in federal court is no object (well almost).