Utah could spend $2 million defending Amendment 3. Lawmakers may crack down on payday lenders. Predictions for 2014.
28 days until the start of the 2014 Legislature
176 days until Utah’s 2014 primary elections
309 days to the 2014 midterm elections
672 days to the 2015 elections
736 days until the 2016 Iowa Caucuses
1043 days to the 2016 presidential election
Today’s Utah news highlights:
Utah’s fight to defend Amendment 3 could top $2 million [Deseret News]. Gov. Gary Herbert has not yet signed off on that $2 million price tag [KSL].
Utah plans to seek outside legal help in their effort to stop same-sex marriages from continuing [Deseret News, Tribune]. That outside assistance may be for more than the gay marriage battle [Tribune].
Same-sex unions are helping to shatter records for marriages in the state [Tribune].
Utah will begin extending benefits to same-sex couples in the wake of the Amendment 3 ruling [Tribune].
Hill Air Force Base will allow same sex weddings [Tribune].
The lifting of the ban on same-sex marriage could boost the economy of Park City [Park Record].
Did Gayle Ruzicka’s support of former Attorney General John Swallow play a role in Utah’s poor response to the ruling allowing same-sex marriage? [Tribune]
An ethics complaint against Swallow with the Utah State Bar has been dismissed [Deseret News].
A number of lawmakers say their probe into Swallow’s dealings likely would have led to his impeachment [Tribune].
Newly appointed Attorney General Sean Reyes talks about his priorities for the office once he’s sworn in [KSL].
Former Rep. Brad Daw, who lost his seat in the House following a withering attack funded by payday lenders, is urging his former colleagues to crack down on the industry [Tribune].
Rep. Larry Wiley will propose two measures to tighten regulation on payday lenders [Tribune].
Sen. Aaron Osmond is drawing praise and scorn for his proposals to change Utah’s compulsory education laws [Tribune].
Following the John Swallow scandal, will Utah be able to clean up campaign funding? [Tribune]
Sen. Wayne Harper plans to bring up internet sales tax again during the 2014 Legislature [Standard-Examiner].
Our “Political Insiders” and readers give their predictions for 2014 in Utah politics [Utah Policy].
Four e-cigarette shops in Bountiful are fighting a decision by the city to not renew their business licenses in 2014 which would force the stores to close [Tribune].
Utah Valley leaders worry the area won’t have enough water to meet demand this summer [Daily Herald].
Utah set a one-day record for liquor sales in the state [KSL].
On this day in history:
British troops burned Buffalo, N.Y. in 1813
The United States purchased 45,000 square miles of land from Mexico in the Gadsen Purchase in 1853
The USSR was formed in in 1922
California’s first freeway opened in 1940
Iraqi citizens took to the streets to celebrate the hanging of former leader Saddam Hussein in 2006