Have you heard of the Women???¦??s Legislative Council of Utah? The Council claims to be ???¦?non-partisan.???¦? Its website states that it has as membership ???¦?304 delegates, 111 organizations, representing 400,000 plus citizens.???¦? Their website (http://wslcofutah.org/ ) states that:
???¦?The Women’s State Legislative Council of Utah was organized in 1920 after the ratification of the 19th Amendment to the United States Constitution, which gave every woman the right to vote. Its purpose then, as now, is to investigate and study state and national issues with a goal of bringing about legislation beneficial to the State of Utah.???¦?
The 92-year-old Salt Lake City based group apparently has sought to influence legislation at Utah???¦??s legislature for over nine decades, yet how well known is it to the Utah voting public?
From their website we see there are three affiliated Women???¦??s Legislative Council of Utah groups, one in Utah County, another in Box Elder County and a third in Weber County. In addition twenty-two other organizations (not 111) are listed as linked as member organizations of Women???¦??s Legislative Council of Utah. Included as organizational members are: American Association of University Women of Utah (AAUW Utah), AAUW Wasatch Branch, Alliance of Salt Lake Dental Association, Alliance of Utah Dental Association, Aurora Club, Business & Professional Women of Salt Lake, Business & Professional Women of Utah, Beta Sigma Pi – Salt Lake, Beta Sigma Pi ???¦?? Tooele, Church United Methodist ???¦?? UMW, Diocese SLC Council of Catholic Women, Gateway Business & Professional Women, General Federation of Women’s Clubs of Utah, League of Women Voters of SLC, National Breast Cancer Coalition, National Council of Jewish Women, Soroptimist International of Bountiful, University of Utah Women’s Club , Utah Medical Association Alliance, Utah Retired School Employees Association and the Utah Symphony Guild.
In Utah County the Women???¦??s Legislative Council of Utah-Utah County is headed up by Kari Malkovich, President-elect of the Utah County affiliat of the Council.
On Tuesday, October 16, 2012,the Women???¦??s Legislative Council of Utah-Utah County meeting commenced at noon, at the Golden Corral Restaurant in Orem. The key topic of the meeting was H.B. 148 and concerns over its impact on outdoor recreation in Utah. Some thirty people were in attendance according to one attendee.
On the meeting???¦??s agenda were listed four speakers: 1) Spencer Eccles, Executive Director, Governors Office of Economic Development, 2) Terri Martin, from the Southern Utah Wilderness Alliance, 3) Dr. Jack Nelson, Utah Chapter Trout Unlimited, and 4) Michael Swenson, the Executive Director of Utah Shared Access Alliance.
Near the end of the meeting KSTAR radio talk show host Donna Max was also given some time to speak. She also distributed copies of an article she had downloaded and printed from THE NEW AMERICAN magazine. The article, by William F. Jasper -???¦?Your Hometown & the United Nations Agenda 21???¦?- is found online and is also available as a reprint from shopjbs.org.
Donna talked about the federal government land grab. She received applause from the attendees. She offered to come back and speak to the Council on other topics.