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“I had trusted the other council members to help with the gaps in the discussion. I have regretted this vote more than any other to date. After visiting the site, I saw that there was a sidewalk on the other side of the road and the side of the road which was being discussed had a high steep bank. Excavating the bank would make the bank unstable. To stabilize the bank would require a large excavation of the surrounding ground and would cost to the developer a large sum of money. “The sidewalk was installed and to my knowledge has never been used. The playground equipment offered by the developer would have added much to the community instead. I have learned that community prejudice can persuade votes and to research every argument on both sides of the discussion, with an open mind before voting,” he said. “It is hard to live with a bad decision after the fact.” For some, legislative logistics, such as where you need to be and when, are a part of the learning curve. Newcomer Karen Kwan, first seated in 2017, says the labyrinthine layout of the various buildings recently landed her in an embarrassing situation. “Just the other day, I went into a meeting that I had called. I was surprised that all the other people were already in the room and that they had a presentation up on the screen,” she says. “I’m thinking, ‘That’s great. They have initiative to get everything set up for me.’” It wasn’t until Kwan made her way to the front and recognized Reps. Ken Ivory and Brian Greene that she figured she was in the wrong room and had interrupted their meeting. “They were very gracious,” she says. “But me, beet red in the face, had to ask for directions to my meeting.” For at least one legislator, the only mistake she was willing to admit was her poor choice in footwear, considering the amount of dashing around she’d be required to do. “Not wearing so many high-heeled shoes,” says Rep. Karen Mayne, D-West Valley City. “Having to remove my shoes to run in the tunnel from Senate to House is a pain and puts holes in your hose!”
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“The substance isn’t all that important, but a colleague made an eminently reasonable motion in a committee hearing, one I thought most members of the committee would support,” he remembers. But when it came time to vote, Hawkes watched as several committee members cast no votes. “When it came to me on a roll call vote—and after a series of ‘no’ votes—my head thought ‘yes,’ but my mouth said ‘no,’” he says. “I knew it was the wrong call the moment the words came out of my mouth. I felt awful, and at the time didn’t realize I could’ve corrected it before the vote went final.” He chalks it up to a rookie mistake and points out that his vote didn’t affect the outcome, but it stuck with him nonetheless and highlighted the real power of institutional forces and social pressures between legislators. Hawkes figures these forces aren’t all bad. They can forge compromise and “knock the rough edges off” bills that need workshopping. “But in that instance, it highlighted a personal failing,” he says. “I didn’t have quite the political courage or backbone I thought I had.” He says the experience has also shaped him to be a better public servant. “I made a commitment to vote my conscience over expediency when the choice is clear,” he says. “That commitment has been tested in the years since, and I’m happy to report that I’ve lived up to it. Lesson learned.” Several lawmakers held public office before their foray into the Legislature and the choices they made in other realms have informed their behavior in the statehouse. Logan Wilde regrets supporting a sidewalk to nowhere when he served on the Morgan County Council. At the time, that jurisdiction was in the middle of a development approval. “The agreement required the developer to put a sidewalk in which connected to nothing and went nowhere,” Wilde says. “The developer wanted to take the money to construct the sidewalk and put it into local park equipment for the community instead.” The council was reticent to amend the agreement, though it was getting flak from some in the community who said the area would eventually be developed and a sidewalk was important for school children who walked to a bus stop. The council wanted to avoid the appearance that it sided with the developer. “It wasn’t until later I visited the property to see what the developer’s concerns were,” he says.
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