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April 30, 2013

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April 30, 2013

Ten Things You Need to Know for Tuesday
by Bryan Schott
Countdown: There are 189 days to the 2013 municipal elections, 272 days until the start of the 2014 Legislature, 548 days until the 2014 midterm elections and 985 days until the 2016 Iowa Caucuses. 

A loophole allows lobbyists to avoid reporting how much they spend on meals for legislators as long as every lawmaker is invited to the event [Tribune].

A couple of lawmakers get in a snit with Layton police chief Terry Keefe because he praised Gov. Gary Herbert’s veto of HB76 [Tribune].

Sen. Mike Lee joins the fight over Common Core Standards, signing on to a letter to keep the U.S. Department of Education from requiring those standards [Tribune].

Utah’s Democrats will put the question of whether the party should kill their caucus system to nominate candidates to delegates at their state convention in June [Tribune].

A woman is facing charges for a video recording she made documenting conditions at a Draper slaughterhouse. She would be the first woman charged under Utah’s “ag gag” law [Tribune].

Five Utah counties could be hit by big cuts to federal land payments due to the sequestration [Tribune].

It turns out a law passed in 2010 to increase canal safety is voluntary and the state has no program or agency to oversee canal regulations [Deseret News].

A budget shortfall means health insurance cuts for retirees in Tooele County [KSL].

Parents are concerned the new Corner Canyon High School in Draper may be overcrowded even before it opens its doors next school year [Tribune].

A review of 10-years of data in Utah divorce cases suggests the rights of fathers in divorce custody cases are being ignored [KSL].

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