Saturday, February 20, 2010

Affirmative action still needed in Utah

deseret news
By Jeanetta Williams
Published: Saturday, Feb. 20, 2010 12:25 a.m. MST

The NAACP Opposes HJR24 (Joint Resolution on Equal Treatment). This joint resolution of the Utah Legislature proposes to amend the Utah Constitution to enact a provision prohibiting discrimination and preferential treatment by government entities. This resolution proposes to amend the Utah Constitution to: prohibit the state, public institutions of higher education and political subdivisions from discriminating against or granting preferential treatment to any individual or group on the basis of race, sex, color, ethnicity or national origin with respect to public employment, public education or public contracting; and to provide exceptions; to authorize the Legislature to provide a remedy for a violation and provide limits for a remedy; and to provide that the prohibition is self-executing.
The NAACP strongly opposes this legislation and urges a no vote. Furthermore, we do not understand the fast pace of this purposed constitutional amendment.

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