Lawmakers are still fighting over a measure that would force signature-gathering candidates to file for office in early January, while candidates who use the caucus/convention route won't have to file for election in March [Utah Policy].
The Senate torpedoed a proposal to spend $350,000 so that legislators would take a class on Federalism every two years [Utah Policy, Tribune, Deseret News].
When you spend as much time on Utah's Capitol Hill as we do, sometimes lawmakers start looking alike. Can you tell these Legislative doppelgangers on the Hill apart? [Utah Policy].
Rep. Jason Chaffetz is getting pilloried over his suggestion that Americans should spend on health care instead of buying a new iPhone. A perusal of Chaffetz's campaign disclosures shows his campaign spent nearly $800 at the Apple store last year, which is enough to buy a new iPhone 6S [Utah Policy].
Utah lawmakers approve dropping the state's DUI threshold to .05, which is the lowest in the nation [Deseret News].
The Senate gives final approval to a massive liquor reform bill that will allow some restaurants to replace the "Zion Curtain" with other ways to keep children away from alcohol [Deseret News, Tribune].
Lawmakers give the thumbs up to a bill that would eliminate mandatory vehicle inspections [Tribune, Deseret News].
The Legislature dangles $1 million in front of organizers of the Outdoor Retailers Show to get them to go back on their decision to leave Salt Lake City [Deseret News].
Republicans are on their heels as opposition to the GOP-backed replacement for Obamacare is growing [New York Times]. Administration officials are vehement that they don't want people calling the health care replacement "Trumpcare" [Politico].
President Donald Trump is starting to map out his $1 trillion in infrastructure spending [Wall Street Journal].
On this day in history:
1862 - The ironclad ships Monitor and Virginia (formerly Merrimac) clashed for five hours to a draw at Hampton Roads, Va., during the Civil War.
1933 - Congress, called into special session by President Franklin D. Roosevelt, began its 100 days of enacting New Deal legislation.
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