Adopting the facts • There are many situations where a child may only have one legal parent, but lives a life where she is loved and cared for by two parents. This is the situation that Utah state Rep. Rebecca Chavez-Houck, a Salt Lake City Democrat, is trying to push state law to catch up with. Her HB214 would make it possible for the unmarried or same-sex partner of a child's parent to formalize the relationship by also becoming the child's adoptive parent. Making the factual relationship a legal one protects the relationship and helps to guard the child's emotional and financial future should anything happen to the original parent. It's simple human decency, but Chavez-Houck has tried unsuccessfully to get the bill passed in each of the last five years. This time, it should be approved.
No boondoggle tax • A Utah Senate committee Monday wisely did absolutely nothing with SB154, measure that would have boosted the water bill of every state resident in the service of a proposed $1 billion boondoggle that should have been abandoned a long time ago. Sen. Scott Jenkins, R-Plain City, wanted to raise $24 million a year through a sales tax on water bills, applying the money to a state revolving fund that would be tapped to help pay for the long-proposed Lake Powell Pipeline. That project, envisioned as a way to keep St. George in front lawns and golf courses by moving water all the way from Lake Powell, makes no sense. And it certainly shouldn't be funded with a regressive tax paid by people who would see no benefit from the giant straw in the desert.