Utah lawmakers have $80 million extra to spend because of the tax overhaul bill passed by Congress at the end of last year. That's on top of the $581 million in extra funds provided by a budget surplus.

Situational Awareness

Situational awareness - February 22, 2018

Good Thursday morning from Salt Lake City. There are just 11 working days until the end of the 2018 Utah Legislature.

Utahns don't think lawmakers should cut taxes. Lawmakers have more than a half billion extra to spend this year. Students shine a light on gun violence.

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For years, the far right in Utah has complained about the “elitists” and “wealthy few” who seek to “buy Utah’s elections” by supporting the Count My Vote initiative.  So it’s hard not to escape the...
  The current administration has made numerous changes to health care policy, and some affect Utah.

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Salt Lake Tribune

Michelle Quist: If we‘re going to be pro-life, then let’s be pro-life

Holly Richardson: Six things the Utah Legislature is doing right

Utah lawmaker votes against an education bill he briefly sponsored

Utah Attorney General Sean Reyes hints at suing feds over control of public lands

After hearing that fears about pollution are overblown, Utah lawmakers OK plan to pare back watershed protections

Lawmakers back giving developers parts of Utah Lake for an island subdivision — in exchange for fixing the polluted lake’s many problems

As Salt Lake City weighs a sales tax hike and bonds for a big capital plan, ‘The public process begins’

After removal of controversial language, House advances bill to allow breast-feeding in all public places

‘We have an absolute crisis in America’: Lawmaker pushes resolution calling on Utah attorney general to sue over opioid epidemic

Gov. Herbert says he might sign bill abolishing Utah’s death penalty

As Utah lawmakers push forward a bill to abolish the death penalty, family members of murder victims make emotional pleas both for and against it

Businesses that are selling CBD — a cannabis byproduct — in Utah could do so legally under a bill that passed the Senate

Contending Utah TV stations abuse employee contracts, House passes ‘noncompete’ bill

Utah legislators told they have an extra $209 million to spend

Gov. Herbert on guns: ‘A lot of things we can be doing and should be doing’

Utah soon could be first state to fully legalize self-driving cars on its roads

President Trump’s tax bill gave Utah politicians $80 million in an election year. Now they have to decide what to do with the tax hike

Senate OKs bill banning police departments from giving officers ticket and arrest quotas

House speaker goes 1-1 in battles for more power vs. governor

Deseret News

A. Scott Anderson: Global TradePort is immense opportunity for Utah

Jay Evensen: Let's have a sober look at the .05 percent DUI law

Utah House panel endorses bill increasing penalty for killing police dog

Utah lawmakers declare 'Orrin Hatch Day,' share stories honoring retiring senator

Utah House panel advances bill to end death penalty

Pornography's harms, refusal skills key components of revised Utah sex ed bill

Utah House votes to restrict noncompete contracts in broadcast media

Bill allowing mothers to breast-feed in public passes in Utah House

Utah lawmakers advance resolution calling on attorney general to directly sue opioid manufacturers

Utah Senate committee gives proposed $5M film incentive boost a rave review

Controversial water bills taking aim at Salt Lake City

Autonomous vehicle bill rolls through House committee hearing

Utah Senate passes ban on law enforcement ticket quotas

Utah House panel OKs bill reducing time to declare if gathering voter signatures

Bills directing cannabis growing in Utah, giving access to dying patients, to go before full Senate

Utah House shoots down bill to create legislative oversight committee

Parties would nominate candidates to fill future congressional vacancies under Utah bill

Utah lawmakers now have $563 million in additional revenues

Resolution to rally cities against gangs gets nod from Senate committee

Democrat Jenny Wilson takes aim at Republican Mitt Romney's response on gun violence

Senate panel backs reports on law enforcement actions regarding students

Utah Senate committee endorses grant program for after-school programs

Utah County backs off creation of prosecution review board

67.5 percent of Utah students taking AP tests earn college credit

Utah Gov. Herbert: Public wants leaders to 'do something' about school shootings


Gibson backers, officials say river project handled properly as probe continues (Standard-Examiner)

Today At Utah Policy

House passes bill to ban noncompete contracts for news media

  • By Bob Bernick, Contributing Editor

Pointing out that there were no TV news cameras reporting on their actions, Utah House members passed a bill Wednesday that would severely curtail media broadcasters’ use of “non-compete” contracts...

CYBER 24 podcast: Dangers of the dark web

  • By Marty Carpenter

The internet is widely considered to be a place where you can find, well, access to all human knowledge - good and bad. In reality, what most of us think of as the World Wide Web, accounts for only...

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The 2018 ballot in Utah could be one of the most policy-heavy choices for voters in years. There are six citizen ballot initiatives vying for a spot in November.
An election year abortion bill is stoking controversy on Utah's Capitol Hill this session. 


Bob Bernick and Bryan Schott examine another big week on the Utah political landscape.
Bob Bernick and Bryan Schott run down a plethora of news about Utah politics.

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"If Trump refuses the interview, Robert Mueller could subpoena him to testify before a grand jury. Which would be OK with Trump, provided it was the grandest jury, the most luxurious jury of all the juries." James Corden

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