Briefing Local – November 21, 2017

  • Utah legislative leaders are struggling to cut down on the staggering number of bills filed for the upcoming legislative session. One unnamed lawmaker has opened a whopping 82 bill files ahead of the 2018 session [Utah Policy].
  • The Sutherland Institute’s Boyd Matheson opts against running for U.S. Senate in 2018. That clears the path for Mitt Romney to run should Orrin Hatch retire next year [Utah Policy].
  • Lt. Gov. Spencer Cox returns to Utah after a week in Puerto Rico helping with relief efforts following Hurricane Maria [KSL].
  • A group of Utahns rally against the GOP-led tax reform plans currently winding through Congress, saying they would harm big families and students [Deseret News, Tribune].
  • Utah is on the hook for $349,000 in attorneys fees in order to settle a lawsuit against the controversial “ag-gag” law, which a judge struck down as unconstitutional [Deseret News].
  • Kane County officials would like to see the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument shrunk significantly into two much smaller areas [Tribune].
  • The committee exploring whether Utah should bid to host the 2026 or 2030 Winter Olympic games met for the first time on Monday. The group says Utah should not vie to host the games again unless that effort can be profitable [Tribune].
  • Utah wins an award for having one of the top state government websites [Deseret News, Tribune].
  • Transportation officials say Thanksgiving travelers should expect big delays along the Wasatch Front Wednesday evening [Tribune].