Morning must reads for Friday, February 3, 2017

Good Friday morning from Salt Lake City. Today is the 34th day of the year. There are 331 days remaining in 2017.

Utah Lawmakers opened an incredible number of so-called “secret” bill files this year. Attorney General Sean Reyes could take a post in the Trump administration. A Senate panel advances a resolution calling for scrapping the Bears Ears National Monument. 

The clock:

  • 25 days until President Trump addresses a joint session of Congress (2/28/2017)
  • 34 days until the final day of the 2017 Utah Legislature (3/9/2017)
  • 277 days until the 2017 municipal elections (11/7/2017)
  • 642 days until the 2018 midterm elections (11/6/2018)
  • 1369 days until the 2020 presidential election (11/3/2020)

Ten talking points for Friday:

  1. Lawmakers opened a record number of bill files for the 2017 session. According to our math, nearly 40% of those were so-called “secret” bill files [Utah Policy].
  2. Sources say Utah Attorney General Sean Reyes could be tapped by Donald Trump to head up the Federal Trade Commission within the next two weeks [Utah Policy].
  3. Want to understand the “what” and “why” of the last week in Utah politics? Watch our week in review [Utah Policy].
  4. Rep. Ken Ivory is sponsoring legislation that would allow Utah to invest in gold and silver in case of economic collapse [Utah Policy].
  5. Bob Bernick says it’s time for the Utah GOP to end their battle against the “Count My Vote” compromise, SB54 [Utah Policy].
  6. After a packed hearing, a Senate panel advances a resolution calling on President Donald Trump to overturn the Bears Ears National Monument [Tribune, Deseret News].
  7. A new poll shows Americans are deeply divided over President Trump’s executive order temporarily banning immigration from seven Muslim-majority nations. 51% favor the order, and 49% disagree [CBS News]. Meanwhile, Trump adviser Kellyanne Conway fabricates out of whole cloth a terrorist attack that never happened to justify Trump’s “Muslim ban” [Vox].
  8. President Donald Trump will sign an executive order on Friday to scale back much of the regulatory system put in place after the financial crisis [Wall Street Journal].
  9. President Donald Trump signals he is prepared to take steps to expand religious rights, including increased protections for those acting on their faith [Wall Street Journal].
  10. Salt Lake City Mayor Jackie Biskupski unveils a five-year plan to alleviate the city’s affordable housing shortage [Deseret News, Tribune].

On this day in history:

  • 1690 – Massachusetts Colony issued the first paper money in America.
  • 1783 – Spain recognized the independence of the United States from Great Britain.
  • 1870 – The 15th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution was ratified. It decreed that the right to vote shall not be denied on account of race, color or previous condition of servitude.
  • 1913 – The 16th Amendment, allowing the establishment of an income tax, became part of the U.S. Constitution after ratification by Wyoming.