Utah Lawmakers Honor Girl Scouts

From the Salt Lake Tribune…
by Lee Davidson

Both houses of the Legislature unanimously passed a resolution Wednesday honoring the upcoming 100th anniversary of the Girl Scouts on March 12 — and received some free Girl Scout cookies in thanks.

“If those cookies are worth more than $10, you are going to have to report who you gave them to,” quipped Sen. Lyle Hillyard, R-Logan, who was presiding in the Senate. Ethics rules do not allow lawmakers to accept gifts worth more than $10.

Senate President Michael Waddoups, R-Taylorsville, chose not to preside as the Girls Scouts arrived, telling senators, “I learned last year that you don’t always get the treats if you sit up front.”

Sen. Pat Jones, D-Holladay, said being a Girl Scout helped her when she decided to seek office.

“When I ran my first campaign 12 years ago, I had to knock on doors and ask for votes. I knew I could do it because I remembered my Girl Scout years selling cookies.”

She told the Girl Scouts in the chamber, “I hope you are developing skills to run for office some day.

“It’s pretty clear how amazing this organization is” in helping teach girls skills and ethics, said Sen. Luz Robles, D-Salt Lake City, Senate sponsor of the resolution. Her daughter was among the Girl Scouts handing out cookies to legislators.

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