The April 10 editorial, "Too many bills in Utah," calls for the wrong solution. Legislators file bills many times based on what their constituents want. A legislator's duty is to the constituent first. Believe it or not, 700 bills is a small number compared to some states of similar size that see more than 3,000 pieces of legislation introduced per session.
To say they can't do what the constituents want is anathema to the entire governmental process. After all, it is the citizens who decide the laws under which they live.
Most Utah legislators have no staff. As a 15-year veteran of working with four different state legislatures, I can say it's a credit to our legislators that they accomplish what they do without staff.
If we want legislators to be more informed about legislation, the answer isn't to cut the amount of legislation introduced. The answer is to give every legislator at least one person who can do the research discussed, to help them gain more information about what they are considering.
I'm not a fan of big government, but I am a fan of informed government. Help legislators be more informed and give them some staff.
C. Warren Wakeland