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May 21, 2013

Ten Things You Need to Know for Tuesday
by Bryan Schott
Countdown: There are 169 days to the 2013 municipal elections, 252 days until the start of the 2014 Legislature, 528 days until the 2014 midterm elections and 965 days until the 2016 Iowa Caucuses. 

A group of Republicans and Democrats pushing an alternative route to the ballot ponder their next move after the Utah GOP rejects changes to their nominating process [Utah Policy, Deseret News].

Sen. Howard Stephenson wants to give tax breaks to gun manufacturers who move their operations to Utah [Tribune, Daily Herald, Deseret News].

Sen. Orrin Hatch says he will support immigration reform if Democrats make some concessions on visas for high-skilled workers [Tribune, Deseret News].

Hatch also is pushing a measure to collect fingerprints from foreigners at the nation’s biggest airports, expanding the program to all the country’s international airports within a decade [Tribune].

The state will cover some of the legal costs for counties inv olved in RS2477 road litigation [Tribune].

Utah politicians are trying to broker a “grand bargain” with environmentalists over energy development on public lands [KUTV].

The Salt Lake County Council will consider creating a registry for unmarried couples, including same-sex partnerships [Deseret News].

The Utah Board of Regents gives the thumbs up to a plan to boost the pay of Utah’s college presidents [Tribune].

The Millard School District’s plan to demolish two high school gymna siums and build replacements is on hold as a group alleges the district violated open-meetings laws [Tribune].

Three Utah cities are among the tops in the nation for fastest-growing suburban poverty levels [Tribune].

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