‘I feel good about where the session ended up’: Cox addresses diversity, equity and inclusion bills

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SALT LAKE CITY — Gov. Spencer Cox is content with where the Utah Legislature landed on issues of diversity, equity and inclusion.

Bills seeking to restrict diversity, equity and inclusion initiatives received pushback from critics, who said the bills are vague and could encourage self-censorship and deepen existing inequities. Proponents of the bills argue critics are misinterpreting the bills, with one lawmaker claiming “anti-racism is racism.”

“Those bills either didn’t pass or got changed drastically, and I think that’s really important. I always tell people you can judge the Legislature by what gets passed, not by what gets introduced, and so I feel good about where the session ended up,” Cox said during his monthly news conference Thursday. “I think it is important that we want to make sure that everyone feels included, but we don’t have to exclude people to make that happen. And that’s unfortunately what happens with some of these DEI programs.”

At least four bills this session targeted diversity, equity and inclusion.

Read the full story here: KSL News.

Written by SYDNEE GONZALEZ, KSL.com.

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