Okay, the dust has kind of settled around SB156, the "soft repeal" of the 17th Amendment. Some think it's a bad idea: Utah State Democratic Party Statement Utah Centralist Others think it's a great idea: State Senator Howard Stephenson Some notable features of this debate: State Democratic Party Chair Wayne Holland has come out strongly against the bill calling it a Republican "end run around the constitution". The bill is co- sponsored by Chairman Holland's fellow Union leader Democrat Senator Ed Mayne. Senator Orrin Hatch was said to be nervous about the bill and Senator Stephenson has removed it for re-tooling following a conversation with Senator Hatch. Considering he is very unpopular at the legislature, and he hasn't had a real job in thirty years, I can see why Senator Hatch is freaking out.