Briefing Local – November 17, 2017

  • It was a busy week in Utah politics. Understand what happened and why with our week-in-review [Utah Policy]. Here’s a podcast if you prefer [Utah Policy].
  • Bob Bernick says revamping Utah’s nomination system will allow the moderate middle to break away from the extremes on both sides [Utah Policy].
  • All four of Utah’s members of the U.S. House vote for the GOP tax reform package that passed on Thursday [Deseret News, Tribune].
  • Early in the 2018 Utah Legislature lawmakers will vote on a massive legislative package to clean up Utah’s public education law [Deseret News].
  • House Speaker Greg Hughes is urging other counties in Utah to sue opioid manufacturers after Salt Lake County filed a similar suit this week [Deseret News, Tribune].
  • Lawmakers want to make sure the millions of dollars they’re spending to remedy Salt Lake City’s homeless problem is going where it needs to [Tribune].
  • Sen. Orrin Hatch is co-sponsoring a bill that will boost the federal database for firearm purchases [Tribune].
  • Iconic journalist Bob Woodward speaks in Salt Lake City. He says the current political climate is the “final exam for democracy” [Deseret News, Tribune].