Briefing Local – November 29, 2017

  • President Donald Trump will visit Utah on Monday to announce his decision to reduce the size of the Bears Ears and Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monuments [Utah Policy].
  • Rep. Dan McCay wants to do away with so-called “secret bills” on Utah’s Capitol Hill, which will hopefully cut down on a glut of proposed legislation [Utah Policy].
  • Utah’s international exports for the year should top $12 billion [Utah Policy].
  • The Salt Lake City Council may seek a tax increase next year to hire 50 more police officers, which is double what the police department is asking for [Deseret News, Tribune].
  • It could cost more than $10 billion to deal with exploding growth and development around the Point of the Mountain according to a new report to lawmakers [Deseret News, Tribune].
  • An estimated 20 to 25% of businesses that violate Utah liquor laws don’t pay their fines on time or at all, meaning the state has to spend resources to collect [Deseret News, Tribune].
  • Newly elected Rep. John Curtis introduces his first bill in Congress to extend recovery programs for endangered fish in the Upper Colorado and San Juan rivers [Deseret News].
  • An outbreak of hepatitis A in Utah has ballooned to 87 cases, and it’s showing no signs of slowing down [Tribune].