This comedy at the Legislature is intentional

Jan 28 2014 - 7:11pm

SALT LAKE CITY -- A Weber County lawmaker has brought a bit of creativity and humor to his assignment to be a town crier on House events.

At the behest of House Speaker Becky Lockhart, R-Provo, Rep. Jeremy Peterson, R-Ogden, has been given the task of reminding House members about social events and festivities, which involve the 75-person body. The task is usually done at the end of each morning floor session. It is the second year he has been given the assignment.

Peterson has put a bit of ingenuity into the task. Tuesday he donned a bulletproof vest to invite lawmakers to a dine-and-shoot in Weber County, joking that if lawmakers didn't own a gun, as he doesn't, they could hold the targets.

The day before, the Republican lawmaker sported a Cat in the Hat style cap with a patriotic theme as he shared details of House events for that day. He promised something unique today on a day that Gov. Gary Herbert is scheduled to give his State of the State address. He claims he has cleared his action with the governor's office.

Peterson said he is just trying to spruce up a process, which can be dull and boring at times.

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