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Local News Highlights: Daily Briefing

Morning must reads for Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Good Tuesday morning from Salt Lake City. Today is the 66th day of the year. There are 299 days remaining in 2017.

Lawmakers are spending big on homeless aid. Plan to restore sales tax on food collapses. Congressional Republicans unveil their Obamacare replacement.

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Lawmakers will spend $35 million on aid for homeless in 2017

No one can say that the Legislature – led by the GOP House and Senate leaders – didn’t stand up for Utah’s homeless this session, and put tens of millions of dollars toward their rehabilitation efforts....

A few 'extras' are tucked into the highway bond bill

The $1 billion road bond proposal is supposed to fund projects already determined by UDOT, but that doesn't mean there aren't a few other projects tucked into the bill....

Lawmakers are abandoning effort to restore sales tax on food in 2017 (updated)

Putting the state sales tax back on food, at least for now, is dead on Capitol Hill....

Proposed resolution says Utah should recognize climate change is happening (updated)

Resolutions in the Utah Legislature usually don’t mean much....

Senate committee kills Ranked Choice Voting proposal

On a 3-3 tie vote, a Senate committee killed a Democratic-backed election reform proposal to implement Ranked Choice Voting for municipal and primary elections....

Chaffetz says he hasn't heard evidence that supports Trump's wiretapping claims

House Oversight Committee chairman Rep. Jason Chaffetz said Monday morning that he has not heard of any evidence that would support President Donald Trump's claim that he was wiretapped by the Obama administration....

Policy News

EDCUtah creates two new positions in effort to be more data driven
The Economic Development Corporation of Utah, under the leadership of newly appointed CEO Theresa Foxley, is committed to becoming a more data-driven organization....

Press release: Utah business leaders cite concerns with border adjustment tax
Utah business leaders are speaking out against the Border Adjustment Tax, with its potential to increase prices on everyday items such as food, clothing, and gasoline.  ...

Press release: Hatch introduces resolutions to rollback burdensome retirement regulations
Senate Finance Committee Chairman Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) introduced two resolutions, S.J.Res. 32 and S.J.Res. 33, to undo regulations imposed by the Obama Administration that encourage states to place retirement mandates on employers and small business job creat...

Local Headlines

Utah Foundation

Salt Lake Tribune

Editorial: New travel ban is much less terrible, but still a bad idea

Homeless funding bill empowers state to override city in picking Salt Lake County shelter site

Chaffetz: 'I have not seen anything' to support Trump's wiretap allegations

Food-tax hike is dead in Utah's Legislature

Rolly: Swallow's acquittal more of an indictment of Utah's political culture

Lawmakers sideline secret shopper plan for Utah liquor stores

Air board seeks Utah governor's veto for first time in a decade

House steps into Utah prep sports debate, pushes for transparency by UHSAA

House OKs plan to limit 'surprise billing' for medical emergencies

Need a neck massage? Ask your barber

Bill advances to allow quicker release of police body camera videos

Lawmakers quickly draft, pass bill for $100 million more for new state prison

Resurrected school truancy bill dies again in the Utah Senate

Committee kills bill to tax counties statewide to support Salt Lake shelters

Bill advances to allow voters to make their voting records private

Mormon leader Dallin Oaks points to 'aggressive' Trump, climate change as 'big worries'

House OKs resolution calling for state to acquire Bears Ears

Hatch applauds Trump's new travel ban; Chaffetz calls order 'a good move'

Shurtleff slaps agents with misconduct complaint

Deseret News

Op-ed: Why I am running for Congress

Editorial: Town halls are an essential forum for citizens and government representatives

Air quality board asks for veto on outdoor cooking bill

Bill would eliminate home confinement as sentencing option for most DUIs

School testing, accountability bill moves forward despite concerns about letter grades

Bill exempts coverage for 'reckless' behavior in search and rescues

Lawmakers reject proposal to raise age for tobacco use

Utah is known for this job more than any other state

Bill authorizing $1 billion in transportation bonding passes Senate

Utah may join national crime prevention compact

Former Utah Senate president calls alcohol reform proposal 'bad bill'

Senate committee advances Utah Public Lands Act

Legislature passes bill allowing massages during haircuts

Senate again defeats bill to nix criminal penalties for parents of truant children

Lawmakers divided on Utah's environmental message

House passes bill that alters operations of Utah High School Activities Association

Senate passes amended gas tax

Bill adding 'targeting' an officer to aggravated murder statute passes House

Bill to expedite release of body-camera footage clears House

House slams brakes on proposed California-style motorcycle law

Will Bears Ears National Monument get funded?

Bill would give state, Salt Lake County leaders power to choose homeless shelter site

Lawmakers rush through bill to allow $100 million more for new prison

Deal to restore sales tax on food falls apart

New travel ban 'cruel' and will further harm refugees, Utah agencies say

Rep. Chris Stewart says Trump's wiretapping claim not from 'thin air'


Senate committee passes bill to accelerate transportation projects, possibly including I-15 (Daily Herald)

Op-ed: Utah regulation reform is a positive for local businesses (Standard-Examiner)

Ogden advocates, those in need express relief after food tax hike plan fizzles (Standard-Examiner)

National Headlines

House Republicans Unveil Plan to Replace Health Law (New York Times)

4 GOP senators demand to keep Obamacare Medicaid expansion (Politico)

Putin spokesman: 'Hysteria' hurting U.S.-Russia relations (Politico)

Trump Wants to Give States More Medicaid Power. This Is What They May Do With It. (Governing)

Trump makes key changes to travel ban (The Hill)

Trump Cheers Exxon's Plan to Create 45,000 Jobs (FOX Business)

Supreme Court Won't Hear Major Case on Transgender Rights (New York Times)

Trump Tells Planned Parenthood Its Funding Can Stay if Abortion Goes (New York Times)

TSA quietly launches new 'enhanced' pat-down procedure (Los Angeles Times)

Trump advisor: 'Free, fair and reciprocal' trade deals are priority (USA Today)

'Trump effect' settles down gun sales to normal pace (Washington Examiner)

Wise Words

"The duty of government is to leave commerce to its own capital and credit as well as all other branches of business, protecting all in their legal pursuits, granting exclusive privileges to none." Andrew Jackson

Lighter Side

Obamacare Replacement
"Apparently, House Republicans are keeping their Obamacare replacement bill hidden in a basement in Congress, and other lawmakers can't get to it. Then Nicolas Cage was like, "Don't worry, you guys - I got this! I gotta break through the dome and find the hidden treasure!" Jimmy Fallon

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