What You Need to Know About Utah Politics Today – January 23, 2014

Lawmakers form the “Clean Air Caucus” to address Utah’s air quality. The hired gun lawyer hired by Utah to help with the Amendment 3 appeal took the job because of his LDS faith. Utah’s push for campaign finance transparency might conflict with free speech.

 

Countdown:

  • 4 days until the start of the 2014 Legislature
  • 49 days until the final day of the 2014 Legislature
  • 152 days until Utah’s 2014 primary elections
  • 285 days to the 2014 midterm elections
  • 648 days to the 2015 elections
  • 713 days until the 2016 Iowa Caucuses
  • 1019 days to the 2016 presidential election

Today’s Utah news highlights:

  • A bipartisan group of Utah lawmakers unveil a package of bills to improve the state’s air quality [Tribune].
  • A new poll says Utahns think getting students reading at grade level by the 3rd grade should be the top priority for lawmakers [Utah Policy, Deseret News].
  • Utah’s push for campaign finance transparency may infringe on free speech laws [Utah Policy, Tribune].
  • The outside lawyer hired by Utah to help with the Amendment 3 appeal reportedly took the job because of his Mormon faith [Tribune, Deseret News].
  • Jeremy Johnson claims former Attorney General John Swallow conspired with federal prosecutors against him [Tribune].
  • Sen. Orrin Hatch says a tax on medical devices due to Obamacare is “stupid” and hurts the manufacturers of those devices [Tribune].
  • Utah prosecutors say the number of immigration scams are on the rise [Tribune].
  • Salt Lake County Mayor Ben McAdams is pushing for a convention center hotel [KUTV].
  • The Outdoor Retailers trade show generates about $20 million for Utah’s economy every year [Deseret News].
  • A libertarian group is backing legislation to change the way Utah cops serve search warrants [Tribune].
  • An advocacy group says Utah is in the middle of the pack when it comes to traffic safety laws [Tribune].
  • The Roy City Council had to cast lots to fill a vacant council seat [Standard-Examiner].

On this day in history:

  • Congress decided all national elections would be held on the first Tuesday after the first Monday in November in 1845.
  • The 20th Amendment to the Constitution, also known as the “Lame Duck Amendment,” was ratified in 1933.
  • The 24th Amendment to the Constitution, which barred poll taxes, was ratified in 1964.
  • President Nixon announced an acccord had been reached to end the Vietnam War in 1973.
  • Bob Keeshan, better known as “Captain Kangaroo,” passed away in 2004.