What You Need to Know About Utah Politics Today – November 19, 2013

Countdown:  There are 69 days until the start of the 2014 Legislature, 217 days until Utah’s 2014 primary elections, 350 days until the 2014 midterm elections and 777 days until the 2016 Iowa Caucuses.

  • The Utah Shooting Sports Council launches an effort to oppose the “Count My Vote” citizen’s initiative [Deseret News].
  • Lawmakers will once again consider a statewide anti-discrimination bill based on sexual orientation [KUTV].
  • South Jordan City Councilman Chuck Newton proposes a new city-run school district that would break away from the Jordan School District [Deseret News]. 
  • A new report ranks Salt Lake City, Provo and Orem among the top cities for job growth in the nation [Tribune].
  • Two northern Utah fish hatcheries could be closed as a result of federal budget cuts [Tribune].
  • The Utah Board of Regents could name a new president for Southern Utah University later this week [Tribune].
  • A new study says minority students in Utah are more likely to be labeled as gifted than white students [KSL].
  • Environmental groups say they will fight a proposed oil refinery expansion in West Bountiful [Tribune].
  • The Utah County Commission is split on a proposal to hike the gasoline tax [Daily Herald].
  • The Taylorsville-Bennion Improvement District is considering raising water and sewer charges [Tribune].