Friday, March 12, 2010

Utah backers of affirmative action ban abandon effort - for now

There is a new development to note as a follow-up to the March 10, 2010, post on this blog (“Another election year, another round of state ballot initiatives to ban affirmative action”). On March 11, The Salt Lake Tribune reported that supporters of the proposed ballot initiative to amend Utah’s constitution to ban affirmative action have abandoned their efforts, at least for this election year. A two-thirds majority vote in both state houses and the governor’s signature is required to put a constitutional amendment on the ballot in Utah. According to The Salt Lake Tribune, Jeff Hartley, a lobbyist for Ward Connerly’s American Civil Rights Institute, said their side decided to stand down due to a lack of necessary votes in the Utah House where the measure was pending.

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