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What You Need to Know About Utah Politics Today - January 31, 2014

Lockhart wants to spend big on technology in schools. Lawmakers could see a record number of bills this year. Legislation targets the use of drones in Utah.

Countdown:

  • 41 days until the final day of the 2014 Legislature
  • 144 days until Utah's 2014 primary elections
  • 277 days to the 2014 midterm elections
  • 640 days to the 2015 elections
  • 705 days until the 2016 Iowa Caucuses
  • 1011 days to the 2016 presidential election
Today's Utah political news highlights:
  • House Speaker Becky Lockhart wants to spend between $200 and $300 million to increase technology in Utah's schools [Tribune].
  • Legislators say they may be considering a record number of bills during the 2014 session [Standard-Examiner].
  • The House GOP meets with Attorney General Sean Reyes and the rest of his team defending Amendment 3 in federal court [Tribune].
  • Utah has been given permission to file a legal brief in their defense of Amendment three that could run as long as 24,000 words, which is more than double the normal limit of 10,000 words [Deseret News].
  • The Sutherland Institute says they will pull misleading television ads targeting a proposed statewide anti-discrimination bill [Tribune].
  • Proposed legislation would toughen Utah's DUI and seat belt laws [Tribune].
  • Sen. Jim Dabakis wants the state to charge more for out-of-staters who get Utah concealed carry permits [Standard-Examiner].
  • Proposed legislation would restrict the use of drones by governments in Utah [Tribune].
  • Lawmakers chew over Gov. Gary Herbert's call to reduce air pollution [Utah Policy, Deseret News].
  • Rep. Jason Chaffetz introduces legislation to strip the NFL of its nonprofit status [Tribune].
  • The University of Utah will close its Red Zone stores that unfairly compete with private businesses according to a legislative audit [Tribune].
  • Rep. Rob Bishop has three Democratic aiming to challenge him in this year's election [Standard-Examiner].
On this day in history:
  • Guy Fawkes was executed for his role in a plot to blow up Parliament in 1606.
  • Robert E. Lee was appointed commander-in-chief of the Confederate forces in 1865.
  • The U.S. House of Representatives approved the 13th Amendment, which abolished slavery in 1865.
  • The very first social security check was issued in 1940.
  • The United States launched it's first satellite, Explorer I, into orbit in 1958.
  • The first McDonalds restaurant was opened in Russia in 1990.
  • Samuel Alito was confirmed by the Senate as a Supreme Court justice in 2006.


Today At Utah Policy

Bob Bernick's Notebook: Lockhart's Leadership During Swallow Investigation was Her Defining Moment
It's often the case that politicians don't get to choose their best moments, those that define their time in office.Such may well be the case with Utah House Speaker Becky Lockhart, R-Provo....

Lawmakers Tackle Gender and School Bathrooms
Well, seems the Utah Legislature just can't get away with same-sex issues even school bathrooms....

Can Lawmakers Restrict Wood-Burning Stoves to Improve Air Quality?
During his State of the State speech, Gov. Gary Herbert called for the Department of Air Quality to crack down on emissions from wood burning stoves. The Utah Senate might not be on board with that....

Bryan Schott's Political BS: 24 Hour Campaign People
Welcome to the 24/7 campaign cycle Utah.We were officially ushered into that realm on Monday with Speaker Becky Lockhart's fusillade against Gov. Gary Herbert during her opening remarks to the 2014 session....

Featured Items

Bernick and Schott on Politics - Episode #174
It's week #1 of the 2014 Legislature. House Speaker Becky Lockhart blasts Gov. Herbert, Utah's Democrats completely screw up their response to the State of the State and we have a Democratic candidate in the 4th Congressional District.Bob Bernick and Bryan Schott discuss the...

Casual Friday: Weekend Events & Outdoors Report
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Hatch to Obama: Look to Utah
In a National Review op-ed, Sen. Orrin Hatch says Pres. Obama's lackluster SOTU speech shows the need for Washington to look to successful states like Utah for models of effective governing....

More than $2 Million put Forward by the Private Sector for STEM Media Campaign
Heeding the Governor's challenge to support science, technology, engineering and math education, businesses in Utah have stepped up and are launching a more than $2 Million media campaign to increase interest in STEM education....

Local Headlines

Salt Lake Tribune

UTOPIA director resigns

Paul Rolly: Why some siblings can't ride same school bus to same school

Bill proposes allowing youth hunting without hunter's ed class

House rethinks overdose reporting bill

New twists offered to Utah's DUI, seat belt laws

Utah's Jason Chaffetz introduces bill to tax NFL

Sutherland says it will pull misleading ad on anti-discrimination bill

Utah House speaker seeks massive tech infusion for Utah schools

House GOP huddles with lawyers on same-sex marriage

Utah to restrict spying by government drones?

Deseret News

Editorial: Why would government make Little Sisters of the Poor an enemy?

Court to allow Utah lengthier 'brief' in same-sex marriage appeal

Utah's business community launches STEM education media campaign

House makes changes to overdose bill, passes it again

Sutherland Institute admits errors in ad opposing nondiscrimination bill

Senate committee passes mandatory minimums reform: Lee sponsors, Hatch opposes

Attorney general briefs House GOP caucus on Amendment 3 case

Lawmakers mull Gov. Herbert's clean air recommendations

Lawmakers visit school where lunches were tossed for kids without funds

Other

House GOP talk strategy on gay marriage (Daily Herald)

Should out-of-staters pay more for Utah's concealed gun permits? (Standard-Examiner)

Fatal 2010 high-speed chase in Weber County spurs Dee legislation (Standard-Examiner)

Rural Box Elder residents spur bill to allow waste burial (Standard-Examiner)

Lawmakers to give USTAR a second chance (Standard-Examiner)

State pushes for more database security funding (Standard-Examiner)

Bill protects those who report drug overdoses (Standard-Examiner)

Legislature debates USTAR funding, vows not to 'throw the baby out with the bathwater' (Logan Herald Journal)

National Headlines

Lew urges Senate Dems to hold firm on debt limit (The Hill)

Pelosi: 'My work is not finished' (The Hill)

Feds seek death penalty for Boston bombing suspect Tsarnaev (CNN)

NYC agrees to stop-and-frisk monitor, reforms (Wall Street Journal)

Senate Passes Bill to Delay Flood Insurance Hikes (Associated Press)

House GOP will offer Obamacare alternative this year (Los Angeles Times)

20-term Democratic Rep. Henry Waxman to retire (CBS News)

Half of U.S. nuclear missile wing implicated in cheating (Reuters)

Obama: Job training must reflect changing economy (Associated Press)

U.S. to push for early release of more federal prisoners (Washington Post)

Key U.S. senator says consumer impact crucial in oil export debate (Reuters)





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