Utah officials try to determine the status of same-sex couples who got married before the Supreme Court stay. A proposal to hike Utah’s minimum wage. Convention hotel fight heads to the Salt Lake County Council.
19 days until the start of the 2014 Legislature
167 days until Utah’s 2014 primary elections
300 days to the 2014 midterm elections
663 days to the 2015 elections
727 days until the 2016 Iowa Caucuses
1034 days to the 2016 presidential election
Today’s Utah news highlights:
With same-sex marriage on hold in Utah, officials are trying to figure out the status of those couples who were issued marriage licenses before the Supreme Court issued the stay [Deseret News, Tribune].
A couple who underreported how much they spent on a fundraiser for former Attorney General John Swallow have acknowledged the discrepancy by changing their financial disclosure report [Tribune].
A fight over a possible government subsidy to build a convention center hotel in downtown Salt Lake City is headed toward the Salt Lake County Council [Tribune, Deseret News].
Sen Jim Dabakis is proposing a measure to raise Utah’s minimum wage by $1 per hour [Standard-Examiner].
Dabakis also wants to hike the gas tax and index that rate to inflation [Standard-Examiner].
Sen. Orrin Hatch was not present for the vote that confirmed Janet Yellen as the first woman to head the Federal Reserve, but a spokesperson says Hatch supported her nomination. Sen. Mike Lee voted no [Deseret News].
The Box Elder Republicans are forming “Teen Age Republican” clubs at Box Elder High School and Bear River High School [Standard-Examiner].
UDOT launches variable speed limit signs in Parley’s Canyon in order to warn drivers of difficult driving conditions [Tribune].
Odgen Mayor Mike Caldwell has vowed to ride his bicycle to work every day in 2014 [Deseret News].
Utah’s mid-winter snowpack levels are extremely low…again and prospects for a recovery to normal levels are very small [Tribune].
Cottonwood Heights officials say they have ironed out the problems that city has been having with snow removal since they’ve decided to contract with a private company for that service [Tribune].
The mother of Trayvon Martin, the Florida teenager killed by George Zimmerman under that state’s “stand your ground” law, will speak at the University of Utah’s Martin Luther King celebration [ABC 4].
Salt Lake Comic Con is turning into an economic powerhouse for the state [Utah Policy].
On this day in history:
President George Washington delivered his first State of the Union address in New York in 1790.
The Battle of New Orleans during the War of 1812 was fought in 1815.
Bobby Fischer won the United States Chess Championship at the age of 14 in 1958.
President Lyndon Johnson announced his War on Poverty in 1964.
The AT&T Bell System telephone monopoly agreed to break up and split into seven “Baby Bells” in 1982.
Arizona Representative Gabrielle Giffords was shot by a gunman at a public meeting in 2011.