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Situational awareness - January 30, 2018

Good Tuesday morning from Salt Lake City. 

Lawmakers are working on a big Medicaid expansion bill for 2018. A former top Utah Democratic official is eyeing a run for the Utah State Senate. Chaos in Washington over a secret Republican memo.

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Medicaid expansion proposal would cover 60,000 Utahns

Rep. Robert Spendlove's proposal to expand Medicaid would extend coverage to 60,000 Utahns at a cost of $50 million. Lawmakers think they can reach that number by repurposing money that's already being spent on healthcare so there's no new cost to the state [Utah Policy]. Here's a podcast of our conversation with Spendlove about the Medicaid proposal [Utah Policy].

More than 400 bills on Capitol Hill...so far

We're only a week into the 2018 session, and lawmakers have introduced more than 400 bills [Utah Policy].

Holland considering a run for Utah State Senate

Former Utah Democratic Chairman Wayne Holland is considering running for the State Senate seat in District 8. The seat is up for election because former Sen. Brian Shiozawa resigned to take a slot with the Trump administration [Utah Policy].

Tweaking Utah's abortion law

A proposal from Sen. Todd Weiler would replace written materials used to educate women who are seeking an abortion with an "educational module" and a website [Utah Policy].

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Medicaid expansion proposal will cover up to 60,000 Utahns, focus on preventative care

Medicaid expansion, an issue thought long dead on Utah's Capitol Hill, is rising from the grave this session thanks to a change in rules from the Trump administration....

Podcast: Rep. Robert Spendlove discusses his Medicaid expansion proposal

Rep. Robert Spendlove is running a bill to expand Medicaid in Utah, which is now possible because of new rules from the Trump administration. ...

Lawmakers have introduced more than 400 bills

With just one week down in the 2018 Legislature, lawmakers have introduced more than 400 bills. So far, only 5 of them have passed both houses....

Former Utah Democratic Chairman Wayne Holland mulling bid for Utah State Senate

This year's election in SD8 could prove to be one Utah's most intriguing legislative contests....

Proposed abortion law update will ditch printed materials in favor of technology to inform women about risks and alternatives

A new proposal on Utah's Capitol Hill seeks to replace an informational pamphlet and video women seeking an abortion are required to read with an informational module and a website....

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Policy News

Hatch, Flake introduce merit-based, high-skilled immigration bill for the 21st century
U.S. Senators Orrin Hatch (R-UT) and Jeff Flake (R-AZ) introduced the Immigration Innovation ("I-Squared") Act of 2018 to bring long-overdue reforms to our nation's merit-based immigration laws for high-skilled workers....

Fox files: 'Feedback is a gift'
#teamUtah had a great de-brief last week with a representative from Project BOAT. As they say, feedback is a gift....

Clear the Air Challenge kickoff
The Salt Lake Chamber and its clean air partners kicked off the 9th Annual Clear the Air Challenge....

Local Headlines

Salt Lake Tribune

Editorial: State prison costs should be clear going forward

Opposition to Our Schools Now's $715M tax hike falls to its lowest level yet, poll shows

Two-word bill on Utah charter schools aims to solve enrollment problem before it starts

Senate approves replacing Utah's D.C. statue of TV inventor Philo T. Farnsworth with Martha Hughes Cannon

Lawmakers tweak already approved $1.5 billion in bonds for prison, highways

Utah legislators consider plan to allow 'water cremation' as an alternative to burial, traditional cremation

SLC airport set another record for passengers in 2017

Addicts swept up by Operation Rio Grande get a new, safe place to go after treatment

Bill would expand the list of death-penalty crimes, stirring concern it could jeopardize Utah's capital-punishment law

State legislation coming to push inland port in undeveloped northwest Salt Lake City after wary city leaders just OK'd their own plan

Deseret News

Op-ed: Don't let stereotypes of intolerance hinder our communities

Editorial: Quality education requires appropriate funding

School locks bill moves passes Utah Senate

Senate OKs replacing TV inventor statue with Martha Cannon statue

Salt Lake Chamber visits Utah Capitol to kick off Clear the Air Challenge

Utah Senate committee advances bill clarifying bonding for roads, prison

Lawmaker wants death penalty option for killing ambulance drivers, security guards

Bill would make killing a police dog a second-degree felony in Utah

Insurers push back on bill requiring coverage of psychiatrists' telehealth consultations

Operation Rio Grande program launched to house 150 in addiction recovery

Utah's AIDS crisis, then and now: From one doctor in the 1980s to the U.'s new free clinic

Removing barriers: Utah puts new focus on students with disabilities

National Headlines

FBI's Andrew McCabe leaving deputy director job amid internal investigation (Washington Post)

House Intel committee votes to release Nunes memo on FBI (CNN)

Sanders Backs Out of Interview After Failing to Dictate Conditions (Seven Days)

Gillibrand Softens Tone On Clinton Sex Scandals (Daily Caller)

Trump Jr. Hits At Hillary Clinton's 'Fire And Fury' Grammy Cameo (NPR)

Top DNC official out after less than a year on the job (NBC News)

Patti Solis Doyle says she was 'overruled' after recommending Clinton fire adviser accused of sexual harassment (FOX News)

With Stocks Surging, Americans Are Saving at 12-Year Low (Wall Street Journal)

Sales are up for companies, and so are wages, survey says (Associated Press)

Exxon Mobil announces $35 billion in new US investments over 5 years, citing tax reform (CNBC)

White House says there are 'no decisions' yet on 5G network (The Hill)

Wise Words

Middle Road

"We know what happens to people who stay in the middle of the road. They get run over." Ambrose Bierce

Lighter Side

Harry Potter Cruise

"There's a new Harry Potter-themed cruise, and tickets start at $4,000 a person. For that price you get an owl, you get a wand, and you get to be alone for the rest of your life." Conan O'Brien

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