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Situational awareness - February 7, 2018

Good Wednesday morning from Salt Lake City.

A Utah Republican wants to prohibit secret recordings of conversations. The Legislature and Salt Lake City are still trying to figure out how to develop the city's northwest quadrant. Congress moves closer to a budget deal. Trump wants a military parade.

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Here's what's driving the day:

No more secret recordings?

Rep. Lowry Snow is proposing legislation that would make recording conversations or telephone calls illegal unless both parties know it's being recorded. The LDS Church is supportive of the bill as it might stop secret recordings of bishop meetings [Utah Policy].

Republican lawmaker demoted

Rep. Norm Thurston was stripped of the vice-chairmanship of a House committee for making an inappropriate comment to a woman on Capitol Hill [Utah Policy].

Hatch bought tobacco stock while on Senate health panel

An investigation found Sen. Orrin Hatch was part owner of an account that bought at least $15,000 worth of stock in Phillip Morris when he was on the Senate panel that dealt with public health policy in 2012. Hatch's office says the account has been put into a blind trust [Utah Policy].

Let in the sunlight a little

Sen. Curt Bramble wants to make some information from public meetings that go into closed session available to the public, as long as those asking to see the information can prove the public right to know outweighs the need to keep it secret [Utah Policy].

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Today At Utah Policy

Bill would prohibit secret recordings of telephone conversations; LDS Church may support the change

A GOP lawmaker has introduced a bill that would make it a crime to record a personal conversation or telephone call without telling the other party you are doing so....

Weekly survey: Down syndrome abortion bill

Utah lawmakers are considering a bill to prohibit abortions when the sole reason is the child has Down syndrome. Legislative lawyers are warning the bill is likely unconstitutional. Do you think they should continue with the bill even though it may spark a lawsuit?...

Report: Hatch bought tobacco company stock while serving on Senate health committee

Sen. Orrin Hatch reported purchasing at least $15,000 worth of stock in Phillip Morris in 2012 while a member of the Senate committee tasked with public health policy....

Rep. Norm Thurston punished by House leadership for inappropriate comments to a female staffer

With the news Tuesday that state Rep. Norm Thurston, R-Provo, lost the vice chairmanship of a House standing committee, UtahPolicy.com has confirmed that House Speaker Greg Hughes took the action over a woman's complaint about something Thurston said to her....

Bill would make some closed-door government meeting records available to the public

Right now, when a government body or committee goes into closed session, the record of what happens behind those closed doors usually is protected from public consumption....

Billions for K-12 education: Where does the money go?

Administrative costs in Utah's K-12 public schools are among the lowest in the nation, Utah received the lowest amount of federal funding of any state, and spending varies widely among Utah's school districts....

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Policy News

House passes Rep. Love's bipartisan STOP Act
Rep. Mia Love's bill to stop the use of taxpayer money to settle sexual harassment cases on Capitol Hill has passed the House of Representatives as part of H.R. 4924, bipartisan and comprehensive legislation to address how Congress considers harassment, discrimination, ...

Hatch applauds Dominion Energy for passing on benefits of tax reform to Utah customers
Senator Orrin Hatch (R-UT), the senior Republican in the United States Senate, and author of the historic Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, issued the following statement following the announcement that Dominion Energy would be using their savings from tax reform to lowe...

Karl Rove to speak at the Hinckley Institute of Politics
 Iconic Political Strategist Karl Rove will present his lecture, "If You Think It's Bad Now, Think Again" on Thursday, February 8, at 2:00 PM at the Hinckley Institute of Politics....

Local Headlines

Salt Lake Tribune

Op-ed: Promontory landfill will not receive hazardous waste

Editorial: EnergySolutions doesn't need a $1.72 million tax break

Utahns say campus trustees, not regents, should hire college presidents - but poll results suggest many don't understand the issue

Lawmakers want to stop your car from polluting - and hire a few more air scientists

Utah lawmaker seeks to restrict city and local officials from speaking up in favor of public-lands protections

Lawmaker pulls plan to delay Medicaid, CHIP coverage for new immigrants; poll shows most Utahns opposed mandating such a wait

Mormon church backs bill that could prevent recording bishop interviews

Utah Legislature assures no state government shutdown games by passing 'base budgets'

With last-minute change, Utah Senate passed a bill that leaves lawmakers out of toll road decisions, while opening door to tolling

House votes to shrink where panhandling is allowed on roads

House passes bill to allow 'water cremation' as an alternative to burial, traditional cremation

Part of Utah Rep. Mia Love's plan is in a House bill to stop use of taxpayer money to settle sexual harassment claims against lawmakers

Bill advances to make it easier to catch government employees who use official email for politics

House acts to close loophole in seatbelt law

Lawmakers balk at latest proposal to get rid of 'spring forward, fall back'

Salt Lake City can't build an inland trade hub by itself, Utah leaders tell the City Council, so let's work together

Deseret News

Jay Evensen: Lawmakers are hinting at more toll roads, and that's good

Jay Evensen: Another Olympics? This time, Utah should be making demands on the IOC

Editorial: Alternatives to incarceration look positive in Utah

$10 million request in state funds for Operation Rio Grande has early support

Utah lawmaker wants federal lands decisions to involve state Legislature

Utah House advances bill to add assisted suicide to state manslaughter statute

Bill would establish Jordan River Recreation Area

Another Olympic bid expected to be recommended, but there may be a roadblock

State doesn't want 'hostile takeover' for Salt Lake inland port, leaders say

Legislative effort for a permanent 'spring ahead' falls short - for now

Toll bill expanded to allow electronic assessment on any state road

Utah lawmakers push for bevy of clean air measures

Overworked domestic violence programs seeking $1.4M annually from Utah lawmakers

Bill would require consent to record a conversation in Utah


2 pending Utah medical cannabis bills draw mixed reactions (Standard-Examiner)

Park City tourism industry leaders concerned about state's proposed transient room tax increase (Park Record)

Park City Mountain Resort, Deer Valley sign onto future Olympic efforts, crowd told (Park Record)

National Headlines

Is Pence going to meet with the North Koreans? (Washington Post)

Ivanka Trump to lead presidential delegation for Winter Olympics' closing ceremony (The Hill)

Facebook hired a full-time pollster to monitor Zuckerberg's approval ratings (The Verge)

Since #MeToo, the Number of Men Who Are Uncomfortable Mentoring Women Has Tripled (Fortune)

Donald Trump Jr. tweets his support for George P. Bush's re-election (Statesman)

Banks Cheer Return of Wild Markets (Wall Street Journal)

AccuWeather, feds trade blame for bogus tsunami warning (Associated Press)

Los Angeles Times owner will sell paper, ending a long-troubled relationship (Washington Post)

Trade deficit hits highest level since 2008 (The Hill)

Carl Icahn Says Market Turn Is 'Rumbling' of Earthquake Ahead (Bloomberg)

Stock market rebounds but concerns remain that tax cuts might overheat the US economy (Los Angeles Times)

Wise Words


"Write it on your heart that every day is the best day in the year." Ralph Waldo Emerson

Lighter Side

Keeping Things Cool

"Some more news out of Washington. The government is spending $24 million to replace two refrigerators on Air Force One. Until then, they're keeping perishables cold by putting them between Donald and Melania." Jimmy Fallon

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