Briefing Local – December 6, 2017

  • Several Utah Republicans say former GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney may jump into next year’s U.S. Senate race even if current Sen. Orrin Hatch decides to run again [Utah Policy].
  • Several Native American tribes and environmental groups have filed suit against President Trump’s actions on public lands in Utah [Deseret News]. 
  • Former President Bill Clinton says President Donald Trump‘s decision to roll back protections on two national monuments in Utah was the wrong one [Tribune].
  • Rep. Chris Stewart proposes a new national park in part of Grand Staircase-Escalante that President Trump removed federal protections from on Monday. The new park would cover approximately 100,000 acres [Deseret News, Tribune].
  • Rep. Mia Love wants Congress to pass legislation protecting young undocumented immigrants who were brought here by their parents [Deseret News].
  • The Salt Lake City Council approves a plan to hire 50 new police officers, but the move may lead to a tax hike next year to pay for the extra police presence [Deseret News, Tribune].
  • The Salt Lake City Council is taking a step back from an ordinance allowing mother-in-law apartments, but the council did approve a plan for more than $17 million in affordable housing [Deseret News, Tribune].
  • The number of Obamacare sign-ups in Utah have increased 35% so far this year [Tribune].
  • Michelle Kaufusi becomes Provo’s first-ever female mayor [Daily Herald, Deseret News].