What You Need to Know About Utah Politics Today – November 12, 2013

Countdown:  There are 76 days until the start of the 2014 Legislature, 224 days until Utah’s 2014 primary elections, 357 days until the 2014 midterm elections and 784 days until the 2016 Iowa Caucuses.

  • Editorial: Utah should reconsider its approach to legitimate uses of medical marijuana [Tribune].
  • 29% of Utah’s government budgets come from fees instead of taxes [Fox 13].
  • Lawmakers consider the responsibilities of parents and school officials when it comes to public education [Deseret News].
  • Holly Richardson says last week was one of the worst John Swallow has suffered during his time in office [Holly on the Hill].
  • A class-action lawsuit against Stericycle, which operates a medical incinerator in North Salt Lake, claims the company is charging excessive fees to customers without their consent [Tribune].
  • Salt Lake County Mayor Ben McAdams encourages high school students to apply for college [Deseret News].
  • Bob Bennett says both parties can take positives away from last week’s off-year elections [Deseret News].
  • Salt Lake County may use a tax-free bond to help the Huntsman Cancer Institute build a 220,000 square foot expansion [Tribune].
  • The Salt Lake City Council is set to discuss transportation in Sugar House, including possibly reducing the number of lanes on part of Highland Drive [Tribune].
  • Utah radiation officials are set to host an open house on Energy Solutions’ plan to store depleted uranium in the state [Deseret News].
  • The University of Utah and tribal leaders are set to negotiate the continuing use of the Ute nickname for sports teams at the school [Deseret News].