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Local News Highlights: Daily Briefing

Morning must reads for Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Good Tuesday morning from Salt Lake City. Today is the 59th day of the year. There are 306 days remaining in 2017.

Alcohol reform could face a rocky road in the Utah Legislature. Jon Huntsman could become the #2 guy at the State Department. Audio of the phone call that led to the Outdoor Retailers leaving Utah leaks.

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Utah House kills redistricting, petition gathering proposals without a public hearing

So much for Democratic-sponsored major election law reform this general session....

Rep. Ivory taking political fire for working for group pushing for a Constitutional Convention

State Rep. Ken Ivory has been hired as a paid staffer for a group that supports the call for a convention of the states – an attempt to amend the U.S. Constitution via the founding document’s Article V....

Proposed hike for driver's license fees is stalled on the Hill

A state representative’s attempt to raise Utah drivers’ license fees is already in trouble....

Report: Huntsman in talks to be Deputy Secretary of State

Former Utah Gov. and ambassador to China Jon Huntsman is negotiating to become the second-highest official at the State Department....

Our Schools Now provides new details on ballot initiative language

Since announcing the Our Schools Now ballot initiative last November, campaign leaders have spent several weeks meeting with educators, parents, business leaders, and civic associations to discuss education funding. Our Schools Now has taken the best recommendations and deve...

Massive liquor reform bill released; Lawmakers still struggling to find "Zion Curtain" compromise (Updated)

 State House Majority Leader Brad Wilson’s massive liquor law rewrite was released Monday, only nine days before adjournment of the 2017 Legislature. And the issue of the so-called Zion Curtain is still up in the air....

Policy News

The economic impact of solar; Utah ranks 6th in the nation
Once referred to as a form of "alternative" energy, solar power has become a mainstream energy resource in Utah and a soaring economic driver for the state, thanks to falling prices and environmentally-conscious businesses and residents who are concerned about energy indepen...

Luncheon with the Ambassador of Indonesia
World Trade Center Utah, in partnership with the Governor's Office of Economic Development and the Salt Lake Chamber, is delighted to welcome His Excellency Budi Bowoleksono, the Ambassador of Indonesia. ...

Breakfast with the Deputy Ambassador to the European Union
World Trade Center Utah, in partnership with the Governor's Office of Economic Development and the Salt Lake Chamber, is delighted to welcome the Deputy Ambassador to the European Union....

Local Headlines

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Salt Lake Tribune

Op-ed: Americans voted for disruption, so let's cut federal education power

Editorial: A painful process, but shelter plan is best yet

'We're going to have to part ways,' Utah guv told Outdoor Retailer execs after Bears Ears 'ultimatum'

Utah lawmakers are planning for exactly how they would legalize medical marijuana

Bill to stop the flow of funding from Utah K-12 schools to colleges hits committee roadblock

'Zion Curtain' bill quickly runs into controversy, industry concerns

Lawmakers drop plans for bills addressing 'noncompete' clauses in contracts

Harass a cow and you could land in jail under plan OK'd by Utah House

House votes to give power, independence to School Children's Trust director

Rolly: It's baaaack - rancor returns within Utah GOP

Swallow defense motion seeks clear basis for racketeering charge

Senate gives early approval to $60 million manufacturing tax break as food tax hike waits in wings

House backs $5k bonuses to draw top teachers to low-income schools

House OKs bill with rare support of mobile home park owners, tenants

West Jordan struggles over change-of-government issue

Rape kit bill advances, but lawmakers wonder if funds for it will, too

Panel kills proposed ban on considering race, sex to increase diversity on bench

Poll reveals religious divide on Trump's refugee rules - white evangelicals back them; many other Christians don't

House panel OKs requiring teachers to pass a skills test

Deseret News

Op-ed: Beautiful Utah is and will stay a public lands state

Utah lawmakers unveil alcohol law reform bill, still a work in progress

Lawmakers weigh option of co-prescribing naloxone with opiates

Senate passes bill allowing legal action on behalf of minors injured by pornography

Cows, drones and ATVs: Utah lawmaker pushing unique anti-harassment bill

Jay Evensen: A tax on food hurts the poor, regardless of the argument

Big tax break for business may be limited to refineries, sponsor says

Resolution calling for congressional term limits passes House

Workplace anti-discrimination bill on hold

Clean air advocates push for veto on boards bill, outdoor cooking

Utah legislators take a crack at changing Utah High School Activities Association's governing body, hearing process

Facing 'ultimatum' in Outdoor Retailer call, Herbert said state and trade show must 'part ways'


Editorial: Utah's Mia Love understands the need for accessible, affordable birth control (Standard-Examiner)

National Headlines

Trump proposes defense spending boost, $54 billion in cuts to 'most federal agencies' (CNN)

Trump urges insurers to work together to 'save Americans from Obamacare' (Washington Post)

Attorney General Jeff Sessions Focuses On Violent Crime And Police Morale (NPR)

Trump Fans Rally Across the Nation to Support the President (New York Times)

Meet Tom Perez, the Democratic Party's next best hope (CNN)

Dow hits 12th record high close; Trump talks up infrastructure spending (Reuters)

Wilbur Ross, a Billionaire Investor, Is Confirmed as Commerce Secretary (New York Times)

Trump and Paul Ryan Head for a Clash Over the Budget, and Ideology (New York Times)

How two of the most closely watched CEOs see the economy in the Trump era (Washington Post)

Bill Gates says it's too early for basic income, but over time 'countries will be rich enough' (Business Insider)

Puppies Freezing and Abandoned in the Aftermath of the Dakota Access Pipeline Protest (National Review)

Wise Words

Having Vision
"When you have vision it affects your attitude. Your attitude is optimistic rather than pessimistic." Charles R. Swindoll

Lighter Side

Forget It
"John McCain actually praised Trump's new national security adviser, H.R. McMaster, calling him an outstanding choice and a man of genuine intellect, character, and ability. Then Trump said, "In that case, forget it. Get me Steven Seagal." Jimmy Fallon

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