Democrats are griping that Republicans are trying to erase any need to appoint Democrats to the Utah State Tax Commission, although Republicans say they are just trying to make that body nonpartisan.
The gripes surfaced Wednesday as the Senate gave final passage to SB19 to change qualifications for commission members. In a 21-4 vote, all Democrats present voted against it, and all Republicans present voted for it.
It would remove the statutory requirement that no more than two of the commission's members can belong to one party. Sen. John Valentine, R-Orem, is pushing a companion constitutional amendment, SJR7, to remove an identical requirement from the Utah Constitution.