Last year, Utah lawmakers passed HB 116 which established a guest worker program in Utah. Many conservatives howled in outrage, and the Utah GOP passed a resolution calling for the bill's repeal.
We asked our insiders and readers what they think lawmakers will do with HB 116 during the 2012 session.
Last year Utah lawmakers passed HB 116, which established a guest worker program. Conservatives have railed against the law, and the Utah GOP passed a resolution calling for its repeal.
What do you think will happen to the law during the 2012 Legislative Session?
|Republican Insiders||Democratic Insiders||UtahPolicy.com Readers|
|Lawmakers will make no changes and leave it as it is||10%||28%||6%|
|Lawmakers will make minor changes||73%||40%||11%|
|Lawmakers will make major changes||6%||12%||14%|
|Lawmakers will repeal it||6%||12%||69%|
"HB 116 is a good solution to a major problem, but because of all the pressure from the right-wing radicals it will very likely be majorly modified."
"They'd better repeal it. It is wrong and everyone knows it, including the corrupt special interests for whom it was passed."
"The GOP convention was hijacked by the crazy far-right. By the time the vote was taken on this most delegates had left the building and only the die-hard anti-immigrant minutemen were left. Most Utahns and most Republicans support a reasonable and fair guest worker program that allows hard working law abiding immigrants to contribute in legal ways to our economy and provides Utah businesses with the labor they need."
"This does nothing but support the notion of amnesty, I was against the last major round of amnesty and was asked as a missionary to sit with folks at the immigration office in So. Cal. and help them fill out the paperwork in the 80's. The people who benefit the most from this are business owners who want a captive under class workforce and the religious institutions that rely on donations from the illegal community."
"There is no doubt that HB116 has become toxic and will be repealed, and then replaced. The problem will be with the 'replace.' The legislature will more than likely re-number the legislation, remove blatantly unconstitutional issues, and then try to repackage a new bill with some sort of amnesty still in it. This will be strongly opposed by amnesty opposition groups. It will be interesting because there are a significant number of legislators that voted for HB116 who now have buyer's remorse."
"If they don't repeal it, there will be major conflict within the Republican party at conventions and the election."
"What our elected officials want in Utah is not good for the citizens of Utah. #116 was put in place for the businessman to have cheap labor supplied to them and to keep our wages depressed. The citizens end up paying for the benefits that these businesses do not pay them. Anyone who stands behind the bill, will not be re-elected. Lets watch the political games that will be played this year at our capital in 2012, with a keen eye. Those who repeal it will be elected and they know it."
"State delegates who passed 'Repeal and Replace' misrepresented the people who elected them."
"It just needs to be reformed but the crazies in the Republican party (my party) won't stop until its repealed and all evidence of it once passing is destroyed."
"Votes like that taken at the convention are hard to implement because there were several aspects of the bill which had supporters and detractors. The resolution was to repeal and re-enact. it is the re-enact part that will have the discussion."
"While the US Constitution doesn't specify that Immigration is a federal power, any treaties and agreements with other countries are federal powers. Not only is the federal government refusing to solve this problem, it is blocking the states from fixing it as well. That is wrong and should stop. 2011 HB 116 was a bad bill. That doesn't mean we should do nothing."
"Changes will be made to try and appease the rabid, angry right."
"HB 116 is the best legislation on immigration thus far anywhere in the US. The legislature looked at the issue from multiple points of view and carefully crafted a comprehensive bill. Kudos to the legislators. I encourage them to leave the bill as drafted - time will show that they are leaders in the immigration reform debate and that their vision will inspire others throughout the nation."
"If they tweak it, lawmakers who voted for it are admitting its flawed. The Bramble's of the legislature could see their political fortunes challenged if they admit as much."
"The LDS Church seems to support this program so it should stay."
"Just enough tweak to say they are being responsive to their base."
"Legislators will realize that only railing against the unconstitutionality of bills which concern brown people is not really a wise political strategy in the long term."
"Lawmakers will fix the constitutional issues raised by the legitimate critics. The illegitimate critics will continue to throw rocks because their only purpose is to use this as a platform for their personal political advancement and they have no interest in practical problem solving."
"The bill was not a very good bill, but it has been transmuted into a talisman for where legislators (and others) stand on the immigration issue. With luck, it will be kept, but improved."
Respondents include -
Fred Adams, Stuart Adams, Jess Agraz, Scott Anderson, Patrice Arent, Bruce Baird, Tom Barberi, Heather Barney, Steve Barth, Jeff Bell, Tom Berggren, Mike Bertelsen, Ron Bigelow, Rob Bishop, Laura Black, Jim Bradley, Ralph Brown, Ken Bullock, Chris Bleak, Curt Bramble, Ralph Brown, Aaron Browning, Dave Buhler, Ken Bullock, Ric Cantrell, Maura Carabello, Rebecca Chavez-Houck, Kay Christensen, David Clark, Thomas Clay, Peter Corroon, Fred Cox, Lew Cramer, Gene Davis, Richard Davis, Brad Daw, Alan Dayton, Margaret Dayton, Mike Deaver, Brad, Dee, Joseph Demma, John Dougall, Randy Dryer, Donald Dunn, Becky Edwards, Scott Ericson, Jessica Fawson, Janice Fisher, Wendy Fisher, Lorie Fowlke, Ronald Fox, Jordan Garn, Luke Garrott, Dave Gessel, Natalie Gochnour, Robert Grow, Karen Hale, David Hansen, Neil Hansen, Joe Hatch, Jeff Hartley, Deidre Henderson, Lyle Hillyard, Randy Horiuchi, Bruce Hough, Scott Howell, Miriam Hyde, Allison Isom, Eric Jergensen, Mike Jerman, Roger Johnson, Michael Jolley, Gordon Jones, Leslie Jones, Kirk Jowers, Brian King, Scott Konopasek, Chris Kyler, Fred Lampropoulos, Douglas Larson, David Litvack, Larry Lunt, Matt Lyon, Ben McAdams, Gayle McKeachnie, JT Martin, Jason Mathis, Karen Mayne, Derek Miller, Rob Miller, Ethan Millard, Brett Millburn, Karen Morgan, Mike Mower, Holly Mullen, Wayne Niederhauser, Mike Noel, Ralph Okerlund, James Olsen, Val Oveson, Scott Parson, Kelly Patterson, Frank Pignanelli, Jason Powers, Joe Pyrah, Mike Reberg, Jill Remington Love, Lauren Richards, Holly Richardson, Robin Riggs, James Roberts, Luz Robles, Ross Romero, Don Savage, Bryan Schott, Jay Seegmiller, Patrick Shea, Randy Shumway, Soren Simonsen, Jeremy Slaughter, Carol Spackman-Moss, Howard Stephenson, Mike Styler, Todd Taylor, Juliette Tennert, Gary Thorup, Kevin Van Tassell, Royce Van Tassel, Michael Waddoups, Chuck Warren, Christine Watkins, LaVarr Webb, Todd Weiler, Alan West, Ted Wilson, Carl Wimmer, Mike Winder, Thomas Wright