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Situational Analysis - January 19, 2021
Happy Tuesday! It's National Popcorn Day and, coincidentally, the Utah legislature begins today. Those two things surely go togther. All of the legislative goings-on are available to watch at le.utah.gov, beginning at 10 am. (Because of COVID-19 and security issues, the Capitol is closed to in-person visitors.) The session begins on a somber note, however, with flags flying at half-staff in honor of Rep. Lou Shurtliff who passed away Dec. 30.
Later today, the nation will also pause and remember the lives lost to COVID. Utah will participate by ringing the bells at the State Capitol 15 times at 3:30 pm, in memory of the 1500+ Utahns that have died since March 2020. Nationally, we are likely to reach 400,000 deaths today.
If you only have time for one thing today, watch Mayor Jenny Wilson and Lt. Governor Deidre Henderson talk about vaccinations and dealing with COVID from one of Salt Lake County's mass vaccination sites.
1 days to Joe Biden and Kamala Harris's Inauguration Day (01/20/2021)
Today At Utah PolicyOn the national front
By Holly Richardson
Inauguration Day - Unless it falls on a Sunday, January 20th has been Inauguration Day since the ratification of the 20th Amendment in 1933. Today, at noon eastern time, Joseph R. Biden will become the 46th president of the United States and Kamala Harris will become the nation's first female vice-president as they take the oath of office on the U.S. Capitol's West Front.
This legislative session will bring better public access
By Holly Richardson
The Utah legislative session begins today, January 19, and in a year of pandemic and political turmoil, it's going to look a little bit different. Some have worried that the changes may make it harder for members of the public to make their voices heard, but I disagree. I think the pandemic and security-related changes will actually level the playing field.
Tweets of the day
By Holly Richardson
Today's tweets reflect yesterday's MLK Day, including commentary by Dr. Bernice King, Martin's daughter.First up: Utah National Guard soldiers paid their respects at the MLK Monument in D.C.
Salt Lake Tribune
Policy NewsSt. George Chamber of Commerce announces new board members
The St. George Area Chamber of Commerce (SGACC) is pleased to announce the election of Rebecca Box, Assistant Vice President at Security Services Federal Credit Union as the new chair of the board of directors and Kyle Case, CEO at the Huntsman World Senior Games as the board's vice chair for the 2021 year. Brad Buhanan of America First Federal Credit Union will serve as past chair on the board as well.
Gov. Cox invites Utahns to observe National Day of Racial Healing
For the last five years, the Tuesday following Martin Luther King, Jr. Day has been designated as a National Day of Racial Healing. Governor Spencer Cox released the following statement: "On this National Day of Racial Healing, we invite Utahns to pause and consider the heart of who we are, the unique values we hold in our state, and the influence we have to build a greater, more inclusive community.
Utah Inland Port Authority adds three new team members
Utah Inland Port Authority (UIPA) has some new faces as it nearly doubles its team to support business development, strategic projects, and administrative efforts. The three new hires bring UIPA's total staff to seven as the organization establishes new programs and policies.
Jan 19 Webinar: Women's Biz Center hosts free home-based biz makeover
COVID-19 has taught us what women owners of home-based businesses have known all along; you can work from home! Even though our home office may be at the dining room table, there are several ways to look professional while keeping your overhead down and your family near.
Utah League of Women Voters releases study on Utah abortion laws
The League of Women Voters of Utah has long watched the Utah Legislature spend time and effort on the subject of abortion. Since the 1973 U.S. Supreme Court decision in Roe v. Wade 1, the Utah Legislature has considered 95 bills relating to abortion and has passed 43. In the 2020 legislative session alone, Utah lawmakers considered 11 bills to add restrictions to or prohibit abortion with certain exceptions.
On This Day In History
2017 - Donald Trump sworn in as the 45th president.
"Find out who you are and do it on purpose."
There's a fine line between a numerator and a denominator.
(Only a fraction of people will get this joke.)
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