SALT LAKE CITY -- What's in a name? A lot if you are dealing with a bill to potentially change the name of Legacy Highway and the Mountain View Corridor after former Gov. Michael Leavitt.
Sen. Stuart Reid, R-Ogden, has initiated legislation to rename the Mountain View corridor and the stretch of highway that links to Legacy Highway, the Leavitt Legacy Parkway after Gov. Leavitt. The bill, SB 177, has run into opposition from some Davis County officials, who suggest the measure messes up their efforts to brand things after Legacy Highway.
"The issue is clearly not about Gov. Leavitt, it's about the branding done on the highway," County Commissioner Louenda Downs said. She said she has met with Reid to express concerns about the bill.
In a Monday morning briefing with Davis County legislators sponsored by the Davis County Chamber of Commerce, Downs pointed out county officials have built on the Legacy name renaming a county event center the Legacy Events Center and trying to build on the Davis County corridor's name.
"People have that and it has become Davis County, it's become our Alamo," Downs said of the name.
Members of the chamber voted earlier this year to oppose SB 177,
Nathan Rich, a chamber member who is executive director of the Wasatch Integrated Waste Management District, said Legacy Highway is already Gov. Leavitt's legacy.
Sen. Reid said he is pushing the bill to honor the vision and service of Leavitt. He said he wonders how a state highway that extends through three counties could mess up one county's branding efforts.
Sen. Todd Weiler suggested the best argument against renaming the highway is that the new Mountain View Corridor through Salt Lake City County will be the most expensive stretch of highway ever built in Utah, and will include evicting some widows.
"If you want to honor Mike Leavitt, wait until 10 years after it's built," Weiler said of the corridor.
The bill is currently in the Senate Rules Committee, where it has been held for three weeks. Reid expects it to be assigned to a subcommittee to begin going through legislative review this week.