Friday, August 20, 2010

Panel to look at potential ban on affirmative action

Utah News
By Robert Gehrke
The Salt Lake Tribune
Updated 2 hours ago

A panel of judges, attorneys and legislators will scrutinize the legal impact of a potential amendment to Utah’s Constitution banning affirmative action policies.
“Stated very simply, the impact of [a ban] is enormous,” said retired Judge Jon Memmott, the chairman of the state Constitutional Review Commission. “And the implementation of that is fairly enormous given the almost 50-year history of affirmative action and all the programs … that this would impact at the state and both higher education and regular education programs.”
In the last legislative session, Rep. Curt Oda, R-Clearfield, proposed an amendment — a similar one had been adopted in other states — that would prohibit any level of government from engaging in any affirmative action programs.

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