SALT LAKE CITY -- Utah leadership has signed off on a new LUST prevention program, even though they thought they were looking at a typo when the sexually oriented word came up.
Members of an appropriations committee enjoyed a laugh this week when federal grant applications requiring legislative action included a request for LUST prevention as part of an environmental quality grant of $402,162 from the federal government for underground storage tanks.
"Is that LUST prevention or loss prevention?" Rep. Brad Wilson, R-Kaysville, asked in looking over paperwork that detailed the various grants.
He was told it was not a typo.
"So we have lust prevention in state policy. I've seen it all," Wilson joked.
LUST actually translates to leaking underground storage tanks, in the federal assistance applications. Lawmakers did sign off on the grant application.
Still, the discussion allowed Wilson to poke at Davis County colleague Sen. Jerry Stevenson, R-Layton, who also sits on the committee. Stevenson ran legislation in the 2013 session to criminalize the act of spitting, especially if the person is infected with HIV, hepatitis B or hepatitis C. He took some ribbing for the legislation from colleagues during the session.
The former Layton mayor was not one to let a quip go unanswered, however.
He responded to Wilson's poke, saying:
"I've dealt with more leaky individuals."