A group of Utah State University students and other college students will present Governor Herbert with the “Green Hole” award during an 11:00 AM rally sponsored by opponents of HB 477 just prior to the special legislative session scheduled at noon. The “Green Hole” award is a wreath made out of recyclable materials. He receives this award because he signed SB 165 into law which outlaws E-signatures. Because of this, literally tons of paper are being used. HB 477 referendum petitioners have said they have printed 6,000 packets of signature sheets. Each packet has 50 pages, which equals a total of 3,000 pounds of paper and the equivalent of about 39 trees. “It’s ironic that the legislature doesn’t want us to access their electronic records, yet we can’t get electronic signatures to repeal bills,” said Lisa Tobias. “If they don’t think we can trust them, they don’t seem to trust us. They are are forcing us to waste paper in a 21st century.” Last week Governor Herbert received the “Black Hole” award for signing HB 477. This week he will get the “Green Hole” award for signing SB 165.
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