Utah files its brief defending Amendment 3. Urquhart’s call for an outpouring of public support on his non-discrimination bill may be backfiring. Lawmakers pass just 3 bills during the first week of the 2014 session.
37 days until the final day of the 2014 Legislature
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701 days until the 2016 Iowa Caucuses
1007 days to the 2016 presidential election
Today’s Utah political news highlights:
Utah files its brief defending Amendment 3 with the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals. The state’s arguments focus on the impacts of same-sex marriage on children [Tribune].
Sen. Steve Urquhart’s call for supporters to post notes urging lawmakers to hear his non-discrimination bill may be backfiring [Tribune].
Lawmakers say any proposed fix to Utah’s pollution problem will require action from the public, not just legislators [Deseret News].
Legislators spent the first six days of the session focusing almost exclusively on budgetary matters [Utah Policy]. Because of that, lawmakers passed just three bills in the first week [Tribune].
Lawmakers find nearly $70 million that will likely be shifted to meet other budgetary needs [Deseret News].
Rep. Jerry Anderson is ditching his bill that would have killed part of Utah’s anti-polygamy laws because a federal judge has yet to rule on a case challenging that law [Tribune].
Rep. Ryan Wilcox says a state report on alcohol use is past due, which will hurt lawmakers’ efforts to address liquor policy this year [Deseret News].
Sen. Todd Weiler is sponsoring a bill that would refine residency guidelines for political candidates [Utah Policy].