SALT LAKE CITY -- An eastern Utah lawmaker says the way forests in the state are being managed is opening a door to al-Qaida.
Discussion on a resolution about forests and the ability of the state to respond and take action on federally managed lands evolved into a discussion about the terrorist group briefly Tuesday.
Bill sponsor Sen. David Hinkins, R-Orangeville, said the abundance of dry wood, created by not letting the forests be harvested and managed, is creating a vulnerable situation in forest areas that the terrorist group could exploit.
Sen. Gene Davis, D-Salt Lake City, was not amused.
"I never heard such absurdity in my life," Davis said in voting against the resolution.
Hinkins came back to the issue, HJR 15, minutes later and read from a magazine article making the link.
"You can't make this stuff up," he said.