Situational Analysis – March 5, 2021

We made it! It’s Friday, March 5th and the last day of the Utah legislature. It’s also National Cheese Doodle Day – good snacking for politics, right? It’s also National Day of Unplugging, a day to disconnect from technology, electronics and social media. Not happening if you’re following Utah politics today. But maybe tomorrow?

Nationally, the first member of the previous administration was arrested in connection with the riot on Jan. 6. He worked in the office that gets Freedom of Information Act requests. Yikes. Also, all 628 pages of the COVID-19 relief bill were read on the Senate floor – but only one Senator stuck around to hear it. Kind of. 

If you only have time for one thing today: Rep. Jon Hawkins video-called into the House yesterday, the first time during the session. He has been in ICU for weeks as a result of COVID-19. Watch this emotional video as he talks about heading to a long-term care facility to learn to “walk, swallow – basically all those things we take for granted.”

Jon Hawkins



Today’s the day – the 2021 Utah legislative session ends no later than midnight tonight.
39 days until the end of the Cox/Henderson administration’s first 100 days (04/14/2021)
55 days until the Biden/Harris administration’s first 100 days are up (04/30/2021)