Utah Lawmakers Take Shots At NC, Other Southern States

People in Utah are used to being mocked by the outside world. It appears some lawmakers there have decided to strike back, and they're aiming their barbs at the South.

Three weeks into their legislative session, lawmakers here have questioned the patriotism of Alabama and North Carolina on the floor of the House and have mocked Arkansas as an illiterate state on the Senate floor.

In debate over a resolution encouraging school districts to give students Veterans Day off, Reprsentative Ken Sumsion suggested Utah's Schools were more patriotic than their Southern counterparts.

Sumsion said that when he lived in Alabama and North Carolina, he was offended that school districts there didn't give students Memorial Day off, suggesting they declined to do so because of still lingering resentment from the Civil War.

Many school systems in North Carolina now observe the Memorial Day holiday.