A performance audit raises the alarm about the viability of the state’s retirement system for public employees [Tribune, Deseret News].
Sens. Orrin Hatch and Mike Lee both vote against confirming Chuck Hagel as Secretary of Defense [Tribune].
Hatch votes yes to send Jacob Lew’s nomination as Treasury Secretary to the full Senate [Tribune].
Rep. Jim Matheson wants members of Congress to stay in Washington longer to work on the nation’s problems [Tribune].
Gov. Gary Herbert says he expects the federal sequestration budget cuts to happen in March, and he blames gridlock in Washington [Deseret News].
Officials with Utah’s national parks say they should be able to absorb looming federal budget cuts without much pain for visitors and tourists [Tribune].
The state is spending $60,000 on public service announcements about reducing pollution. Those announcements star Gov. Gary Herbert [Utah Policy].
A measure to give rural residents the right to carry concealed weapons without a permit is held without a vote in the House [Deseret News, Tribune].
The Senate approves restrictions on target shooting during wildfire season [Tribune].
A Senate committee approves a resolution opposing the use taxpayer money to build a convention hotel in Salt Lake City [Tribune].