Legislative leaders get behind a proposal to build a convention hotel in Salt Lake City. Lawmakers squash a proposed statewide non-discrimination measure. Group tells lawmakers to move the prison.
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Today’s Utah political news highlights:
House Speaker Becky Lockhart and other legislative leaders come out in favor of a proposal to help fund a convention hotel in downtown Salt Lake City [Tribune].
Sen. Jim Dabakis says the outside lawyer the state hired to defend Amendment 3 has serious ethical problems because of his connections with a conservative think tank and because he helped convince lawmakers to kill a proposed statewide non-discrimination measure this session [Tribune].
A group tasked with looking at the issue tells lawmakers the state should move the prison away from Draper [Deseret News, Tribune].
Speaker Lockhart says reaction to her opening day speech, in which she took a swing at Gov. Gary Herbert, was mixed [Daily Herald].
A bill to allow the purchase and use of cannabis supplements may have some big constitutional problems [Utah Policy, Tribune].
Utah Democrats unveil their education proposals for the 2014 session while taking a swipe at a plan to spend $300 million on classroom technology [Utah Policy, Tribune].
Sen. Peter Knudson wants to cap the amount of money that can be garnished from the wages of people who fail to repay their student loans [Tribune].
Sen. Daniel Thatcher is proposing a pair of bills to create a statewide hotline to help improve safety in public schools [Deseret News].
UDOT officials were wrong when they testified this week that there had been no fatal accidents in Utah’s 80-mph-speed zones on the highway [Tribune].
Rep. Steve Eliason is proposing legislation to help reduce gun-related suicide by providing a rebate for gun owners who purchase a trigger lock or gun safe [Tribune].
Legislators are considering a couple of measures to improve the process of considering and passing legislation during the session [Utah Policy].
The Utah Transit Authority plans to give away 5,000 free one-week transit passes to help encourage more transit use and reduce pollution [Tribune].
On this day in history:
The United States won official recognition from France with the signing of a Treaty of Alliance in 1778.
Massachusetts ratified the U.S. Constitution, becoming the 6th state in the Union in 1788.
The Spanish-American War ended in 1899.
Ronald Reagan, the 40th president of the United States, was born in 1911.
The 20th Amendment to the Constitution was adopted in 1933.
The board game Monopoly went on sale for the first time in 1935.