- 2015 Session
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By Todd Weiler
Utah Senator, District 23
Some have misconstrued my comments on the Senate floor on Tuesday, February 24, 2015 regarding SB 43. I stated that James Evans was in attendance at a meeting on March 2, 2014 where the CMV compromise was announced. My comments were not intended to suggest, in any way, that Mr. Evans or the Utah Republican Party participated in the compromise or participated in the discussion leading to it.
Although he praised the good faith of the legislature at the time, Mr. Evans preserved the right of the Party to contest its claims in court. Rather, my comments were to indicate that the Party was on notice of the compromise as of that date — and therefore had plenty of time to address the SB 54 changes during the April 26, 2014 Utah GOP convention. Instead, the Party waited nine months and then filed a lawsuit contesting the validity of SB 54.
The Party is now asserting that it does not have a sufficient amount of time to comply with SB 54’s timeline for implementing changes to become a Qualified Political Party before the 2016 election cycle. I disagree, and believe the Party had — and still has — sufficient time to comply with SB 54 if it so desired.