Legislative intent is usually expressed in two different types of measures: bills and resolutions. The word “bill” refers to proposed statutory enactments. The word “resolution” express legislative intent or position.
Republican Todd Weiler has proposed a concurrent resolution to the the Utah Legislature. The concurrent resolution wants to recognizes that pornography is a public health hazard that leads to individual and public health impacts and societal harms.
A concurrent resolution must be passed by the House and Senate and signed by the governor. It is used to express the position of the state on a specific matter. This particular resolution will recognize that pornography is a public health hazard leading to a broad spectrum of individual and public health impacts and societal harms; and recognizes the need for education, prevention, research, and policy change at the community and societal level in order to address the pornography epidemic that is harming the citizens of Utah and the nation.
The Utah State Legislature unanimously passed the resolution. Supporters of the resolution believe that pornography is being accessed by younger children through the internet, normalizes violence and degrading behavior towards women, impacts brain development and destroys marriages. Those who oppose the resolution believe that it is presenting a politician’s views of a particular vice as fact in the legal code.
Resolutions are non-binding. They express an agreed-upon opinion by a majority of lawmakers. If this resolution is passed there will be no criminal consequences, this means that no one will be charged and go to jail for viewing pornography.
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