SALT LAKE CITY -- For one Democratic lawmaker, there was one romantic wrinkle associated with the opening of the Legislature's 45-day session.
At the end of a morning session in the Senate, Arizona representative Juan Carlos Escamilla was given time to address the 29-member Utah body for a moment, even though he intended his message for only one.
Escamilla got down on a knee and proposed to Sen. Luz Robles, D-Salt Lake City, who accepted.
Robles, who is the Minority Caucus Manager, has served in the Senate since 2008. She has already announced her candidacy for the congressional seat held by Rep. Chris Stewart, R-Farmington.
In a congratulatory news release issued Monday, Sen. Jim Dabakis joked he will negotiate to trade a couple of Republican lawmakers to Arizona in exchange for Rep. Escamilla.
Senate President Wayne Niederhauser, R-Sandy, helped facilitate Escamilla's scheme.