legacy name-change bill quietly moves ahead

Wednesday , March 06, 2013 - 1:12 AM

ANTONE CLARK

Antone Clark

SALT LAKE CITY — A bill to rename Legacy Highway passed out of a Senate committee quietly with a favorable recommendation Tuesday.

The Senate Economic Development and Workforce Services Standing Committee voted 4-1 to forward legislation renaming the Davis County Corridor after former Gov. Michael Leavitt. The Leavitt Legacy Parkway would include Legacy Highway and the developing Mountain View Corridor.

SB 177 is sponsored by Sen. Stuart Reid, R-Ogden, who says it is appropriate to honor the former governor because of his vision for transportation for the Beehive State. Davis County officials and the Davis County Chamber have spoken out against renaming the highway.

The committee took no new testimony Tuesday, and senators did not explain their votes. Sen. Karen Mayne, D-West Valley City, was the only lawmaker to vote against the measure.

Sen. Jerry Stevenson, R-Layton, is a member of the committee but was not at the hearing when the vote was taken.

When the issue was first aired in committee, Stevenson asked that any action on the measure be delayed until more committee members were present. He expressed admiration and affection for Leavitt but vacillated on whether he would support renaming the highway.

Davis County Commissioners Louenda Downs and John Petroff have both spoken out against the bill, saying the county has built branding on the Legacy name.

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