First the sponsor of a bill that would allow members of the Utah House to abstain from voting was told that his idea might encourage lawmakers to duck their duty to make tough decisions.
Then the whole House Rules Committee ducked its duty by hiding behind a technicality and adjourning before they could vote House Resolution 2 up or down. Thus the lie was given to the argument that our political leaders can't already find a way out of the kitchen when they can't stand the heat.
Rep. Jim Nielson, R-Bountiful, was in his second year of trying to get the Utah Legislature to join with 48 other states in allowing members to formally abstain from a vote. He is rightly concerned about the current rule requiring all members present during floor debate or in a committee meeting to cast a vote. That rule not only allows, but forces, members to vote up or down on measures that could cause them personal, professional or financial benefit, or harm.