Savanna McCay helps her father Sen. Daniel McCay, R-Riverton, sponsor of SB31 State Flag Amendments, hold the new Utah state flag at the Capitol in Salt Lake City, on Thursday, March 2, 2023.
Kristin Murphy, Deseret News
Utah Sen. Dan McCay may have said it best in a Senate hearing. When people hear the Legislature is changing the state flag, he said, they often say it’s a waste of time, and that no one cares.
But that’s not true.
“What I’ve quickly learned is that everyone cares about flags,” he said.
McCay, a Republican from Riverton, was the Senate sponsor of SB31, which created a new Utah flag that he hopes will soon adorn ball caps, T-shirts, mugs and anything else suitable for a symbol that invokes pride. He seemed genuinely surprised by what he had wrought.
“Flag bills are hard,” he said. “Really hard!”
In a similar statement on the floor of the House, right before the new state flag was adopted by a close and spirited 40-35 vote, Rep. Scott Chew, R-Jensen, an opponent, likened it to the tax reform package lawmakers passed in 2019. Utahns rose up quickly after that one and, early in 2020, forced the Legislature to repeal what it had done.
The flag, he said, had brought his constituents alive.
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Source:: Deseret News – Utah News