What You Need to Know About Utah Politics Today – October 24, 2013

Countdown:  There are 13 days to the 2013 municipal elections, 97 days until the start of the 2014 Legislature, 372 days until the 2014 midterm elections and 806 days until the 2016 Iowa Caucuses.

  • The committee tasked with studying whether Utah should move the prison wants to take more time to determine future needs for the state’s corrections system before moving forward [Tribune].
  • Rep. Chris Stewart introduces a bill in Congress allowing states to run national parks during any future government shutdowns [Tribune].
  • The man who drove a truck up the steps of the Utah State Capitol may have done it to promote marijuana legalization [Deseret News].
  • The 2014 Utah Transit Authority budget contains no fare increases along with some service expansions [Tribune].
  • UTA officials approve a study to look at a possible streetcar line or bus line from downtown Ogden and Weber State University [Tribune].
  • A new report says college costs in Utah are growing faster than the national average [Tribune].
  • West Valley is launching a campaign to fill a number of vacancies on their police force [Tribune].
  • Sunset will have a new mayor next month as the incumbent is not seeking re-election [Standard-Examiner].
  • A judge refuses a request from media organizations to open a competency hearing for convicted killer Ron Lafferty [Deseret News].
  • Dan Liljenquist says Utah should keep it’s caucus system for nominating candidates, but some changes are warranted to modernize the process [Deseret News].
  • The Alpine City Council is considering what to do with auto repair shops within the city limits [Daily Herald].