Swallow investigation looks to deal with deleted data. Lawmaker proposes plan to shut down the NSA facility. Gas tax measure moves out of committee.
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Today’s Utah political news highlights:
One of the outcomes from the committee investigating former Attorney General John Swallow is a focus on what to do when the subject of a legislative probe destroys data or documents [Utah Policy, Tribune, Deseret News].
Rep. Marc Roberts is proposing legislation that will essentially shut down the massive NSA data center in Bluffdale by cutting of the facility’s water [Tribune].
Meanwhile, another bill would exempt the NSA facility from paying taxes on utilities [Deseret News].
A bill that would automatically increase the gas tax if the price of fuel rises moves out of a Senate committee [Tribune].
Sen. Jim Dabakis says legislative Republicans and Gov. Herbert are “clueless” about the need for a statewide non-discrimination law [Standard-Examiner].
Utah’s Latino lawmakers say the legislature needs to take action on Medicaid expansion [Tribune, Deseret News].
The proponents of “Count My Vote” say their initiative to replace caucuses with primary elections will give more electoral power to women voters [Tribune].
Lawmakers get caught in the middle of a brewing tussle between Rocky Mountain Power and Kennecott Utah Copper [Tribune].
Utah’s farmers worry food prices could skyrocket without comprehensive immigration reform [Tribune].
A bill raising the speed limit on some Utah highways to 80 mph takes another step forward [Tribune].
Rep. Ken Ivory introduces a bill requiring constitutional notes on legislation to explain how legislation would help or hinder state sovereignty [Utah Policy].