He’s new to the State Senate because Republican Al Jackson replaced John Valentine when he left for a job with the Utah Tax Commission. Jackson was the first in a “Senate Spotlight” series on KVNU’s For the People program Tuesday and said while he is a member of many important legislative committees, he is still sort of, “feeling his way around.”
Jackson does have a strong feeling on how state school board members should be elected, especially now it has been found that the current method is unconstitutional.
He says school board members should be chosen by a vote in their own districts just as he was elected in that manner. That way he says they would be more reflective of the area where they live and hopefully more accountable.
<p style=”margin-bottom: 0in;”>”A perfect example of this was last week during the school board meeting they met for eight hours,” Jackson explained, “and they only allowed 10 minutes for public comment. For me that’s unacceptable. They need to be more accountable to the parents and citizens of this state for what they do.”
Jackson said there is no need for the government to be involved in the selection process as is the case at the present time.