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Local News Highlights: Daily Briefing

Morning must reads for Thursday, February 9, 2017

Good Thursday morning from Salt Lake City. Today is the 40th day of the year. There are 325 days remaining in 2017.

The so-called "permitless carry" bill may not be on solid legislative ground this year. Greg Hughes fires back over funding for homeless programs. Chaffetz meets with Utah Muslim leaders.

The clock:

Ten talking points for Thursday:

  1. It's unclear whether backers of a bill allowing the carrying of concealed weapons without a permit have changed the measure enough to avoid a veto by Gov. Gary Herbert [Utah Policy].

  2. Speaker Greg Hughes is not happy with Salt Lake County Mayor Ben McAdams call for more funding for homeless programs [Utah Policy].

  3. The Senate gives final legislative approval to a resolution calling for a reduction in the size of the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument [Utah Policy, Deseret News, Tribune].

  4. Rep. Jason Chaffetz meets with Utah Muslims while voicing his support for President Donald Trump's travel ban on people from seven predominantly Muslim nations [Deseret News, Tribune].

  5. If you're planning on attending Thursday evening's town hall meeting hosted by Rep. Jason Chaffetz, you better get there early. Organizers say it's going to be packed [Tribune].

  6. The public corruption trial for former Attorney General John Swallow got underway on Wednesday. The courtroom proceedings are expected to last 16 days [Tribune, Deseret News].

  7. The legislative audit of the University of Utah's athletic department cost taxpayers $203,000. Lawmakers sought the audit after the University canceled a previously scheduled basketball game against BYU [Deseret News].

  8. Lawmakers advance two bills to alleviate Election Day headaches [Tribune].

  9. Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch said during a closed-door meeting that President Donald Trump's attacks on the judicial branch are "demoralizing and disheartening" [Wall Street Journal]. So far, none of the judges Trump has gone after on Twitter have responded, which is what you should expect from an independent judiciary [Associated Press].

  10. Following a long and often contentious debate, the Senate confirms Sen. Jeff Sessions as Attorney General [Washington Post].

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Hatch statement on the confirmation of Jeff Sessions as Attorney General

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Hatch, Barrasso, Enzi introduce energy security legislation

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Rep. Chris Stewart votes to roll back BLM's Planning 2.0 Rule

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Join state and local elected leaders for a lively discussion on government and community responsibilities to address homelessness

On Monday, February 13th, 7:00-8:30 p.m., a panel of state and community leaders will discuss issues surrounding homelessness in Salt Lake County – including government policies, funding for needed services, crime and jail space, community support, and more....

Lawmakers send resolution asking Trump to reduce size of Grand Staircase-Escalante to Gov. Herbert

What has been called the second slap in the face to the Outdoor Retailers conventions in Utah, the Senate passed a resolution Wednesday asking the U.S. Congress to reduce the size of the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument in southern Utah....

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Utah Farm Bureau lists 'Issues to watch for in 2017'
The Utah Farm Bureau has released its list of ‘Issues to Watch For in 2017’ upon returning from the national agricultural convention for the American Farm Bureau Federation and at the start of the 2017 Utah general legislative session....

USTAR announces winners of 21st century communities challenge
The Utah Science Technology and Research initiative partnered with Salt Lake County Mayor, Ben McAdams and the Sorenson Impact Center to host the 21st Century Communities Challenge Thursday, January 26, 2017....

Utah Division of Consumer Protection signs national $5M Settlement Agreement with Western Union over wire transfer scams
Francine A. Giani, Executive Director of the Utah Department of Commerce, announced that the Division of Consumer Protection has signed on to a $5M multi-state settlement with Western Union resolving a national investigation which focused on complaints by consumers who used ...

Local Headlines

Salt Lake Tribune

Editorial: McAdams is right. Without state funding, Justice Reinvestment Initiative is a failure

'It's time,' Utah lawmaker says, to spend $2.4 million to test all sexual assault kits

Utah House wants Volkwagen settlement to help replace dirty diesel school buses

Utah Senate approves call to shrink Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument

House panel passes over 'tampon tax exemption' without an up or down vote

Lawmaker wants Utah to invest in gold, silver

Election headaches lead Utah lawmakers to consider measures for relief

Chaffetz meets with Utah Muslims to address Trump's ban

Ex-Utah A.G. Swallow opens criminal trial with attack on 'inventigation'

Deseret News

William C. Duncan: People are not pets: Utah should reject assisted suicide

Dan Liljenquist: The Swallow trial and the integrity of our public institutions

A. Scott Anderson: Giving back: A lesson taught by the Miller family

Op-ed: SLC taking of property value is unconstitutional

Editorial: John Swallow trial to provide answers, bring closure

Lawmakers debate using VW settlement funds to replace old school buses

Utah's GOP reformers remain hopeful but wary, as tough-on-crime Trump administration takes shape

Parents would play greater role in addressing bullying under bill approved by committee

Lawmakers debate bill to extend electric vehicle tax credits, then phase them out

State audit of U. athletics cost taxpayers $203,000

Bill requiring state-run presidential primaries advances in House

House committee OKs bill requiring paid postage for by-mail ballots

House committee supports bill to create statewide suicide crisis line

Final legislative approval given to resolution calling for smaller Grand Staircase-Escalante monument

Bill to exempt feminine hygiene products from sales tax stalls

Attorney says Swallow is victim of 'political frenzy' as trial begins

Left behind: A mother and daughter become U.S. citizens, while another daughter faces uncertainty

Chaffetz meets with Utah Muslim leaders worried over impact of travel ban, says he supports order


Discontent, disconnect on display at Ogden town hall with Gov. Herbert (Standard-Examiner)

National Headlines

Senate confirms Sessions as attorney general (The Hill)

Republicans growing impatient with pace of ObamaCare repeal (The Hill)

Chelsea Clinton embraces her Twitter sass (CNN)

Anti-Milo organizer: Window-smashing Cal protest 'stunningly successful' (San Francisco Chronicle)

Prominent Republicans Pitch Carbon-Tax Plan to Top Trump Aides (Bloomberg)

How will DeVos influence higher education? (Washington Post)

Trump struggling to fill one of the worst jobs in Washington (Politico)

What happened when a pro-Trump county discovered it was a 'sanctuary city' (Washington Post)

The unanswered question in Trump's announcement of a $7 billion Intel investment (Washington Post)

Trump Assails Nordstrom for 'Unfairly' Dropping His Daughter Ivanka's Line (New York Times)

U.S. Airline Chiefs Set to Talk Jobs, Traffic Control With Trump (Bloomberg)

Wise Words

Alternative Facts
"A lie which is half a truth is ever the blackest of lies." Alfred Lord Tennyson

Lighter Side

National Ban
"The government in France has instituted a national ban on refills for sugary soft drinks. That's right, it's illegal to refill your soda but don't worry, you are still allowed to mime getting a refill." James Corden

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