Briefing Local – November 2, 2017

  • SCOOP: The Utah GOP is dropping the lawsuit over the SB54 compromise. Party leaders made the decision on Wednesday night, saying the continuing cost is too much [Utah Policy].
  • A reporter overhears Rep. Mia Love saying Sen. Orrin Hatch will retire next year. Hatch’s office hits back hard at Love [Utah Policy].
  • The feds approve a $100 million Medicaid waiver for Utah that will cover between 4,000 and 6,000 Utahns. The money includes $10 million that will go toward Operation Rio Grande [Utah Policy, Deseret News, Tribune].
  • The groups behind several proposed ballot initiatives in 2018 have raised more than $1.3 million in total this year [Tribune].
  • The Provo Municipal Council is preparing to appoint an interim mayor should John Curtis win Tuesday’s special congressional election [Daily Herald].
  • A state audit finds a special service district in Uintah County violated open meetings laws [Deseret News, Tribune].
  • The UHP says some charter schools are using school buses that don’t meet safety standards [Tribune].
  • Arches National Park will use a new system requiring reservations for visitors, which they hope will cut down on overcrowding [Tribune].
  • Federal prosecutors reduce their case against former UTA board member Terry Deihl to just one charge [Deseret News, Tribune].