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Situational Analysis - April 15, 2021
It's Thursday and the weather is, well, not welcoming. But we need the water, right? Normally, today would be tax day, but you get another month this year. Phew!
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9 days until the United Utah Party Organizing Convention (04/24/2021)
Today At Utah PolicyRomney, Bennet, Curtis, Garamendi reintroduce bipartisan, bicameral emergency wildfire cleanup bill
By Holly Richardson
U.S. Senators Mitt Romney (R-UT) and Michael Bennet (D-CO) with Congressmen John Curtis (R-UT) and John Garamendi (D-CA) today introduced the bipartisan, bicameral Making Access to Cleanup Happen (MATCH) Act, legislation to expedite disaster cleanup, save taxpayers money, and prevent further disasters. The MATCH Act was first introduced last Congress.
Lt. Gov Henderson talks with Utah Policy about the administration's first 100 days
By Holly Richardson
Lt. Governor Henderson recently sat down with Utah Policy's Holly Richardson to talk about the first 100 days of the Cox-Henderson administration. From vaccines to rural outreach and from diversity to the legislative session, she had a chance to share some highlight of the last 3-plus months.
Sen. Lee introduces bipartisan bill to help military families
By Holly Richardson
Sen. Mike Lee (R-Utah) today introduced the Military Spouse Licensing Relief Act, bipartisan legislation that would give military spouses with valid professional licenses in one state reciprocity in the state where their spouse is currently serving on military orders.
Salt Lake Tribune
Policy NewsStudents help Gov. Cox and Lt. Gov. Henderson celebrate their first 100 days in office
The Cox-Henderson administration marked its first 100 days in office by visiting students from Morgan Elementary, Morgan Middle School and Morgan High School. Gov. Spencer Cox, Lt. Gov. Deidre Henderson and First Lady Abby Cox met with students from all three schools and talked about government, service and community to reflect the core values of the administration.
Sen. Lee introduces SHUSH Act
Sen. Mike Lee (R-Utah)hasintroduced the Silencers Helping Us Save Hearing Act of 2021, or SHUSH Act, a bill to eliminate the unnecessary regulation of suppressors. The SHUSH Act is cosponsored by Sens. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) and John Cornyn (R-Texas), and the House companion legislation is sponsored by Rep. Bob Good (R-Va.).
Sen. Lee, colleagues introduce bill to subject MLB to antitrust laws
Sens. Mike Lee (R-Utah), Ted Cruz (R-Texas), Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), Josh Hawley (R-Neb.), and Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.)have introduceda bill to remove the antitrust exemption that has been in place for Major League Baseball to subject them to existing law. Rep. Jeff Duncan (R-S.C.), with over 20 cosponsors, has producedcompanion legislation in the House.
Utah's Truth in Taxation law highlighted in major property tax reform in Kansas
With overwhelming bipartisan majorities, the Kansas Legislature recently passed a comprehensive property tax transparency bill (SB 18) modeled specifically from Utah's longstanding "Truth in Taxation" law, paving the way for major tax relief for Kansas Taxpayers in the future.
Congressman Blake Moore introduces the Forest TECH Improvement Act
Today, Congressman Blake Moore (UT-01) introduced the Forest TECH Improvement Act to create a five-year pilot program to study and accelerate the deployment and integration of advanced technologies, such as drones, for reforestation activities. This will enable us to meet our national goals under the Trillion Trees Initiative, which seeks to plant and conserve one trillion trees by 2030. According to a study published in Science Magazine, meeting this goal would sequester 205 gigatons of carbon, or about two-thirds of all manmade emissions in the atmosphere today.
On This Day In History
Worry does not empty tomorrow of its sorrow; it empties today of its strength.
~Corrie ten Boom
Speaking of the war in Afghanistan: "Twenty years is a long time. Those are 17th-century European numbers. That's the kind of war you fight because the Spanish contessa rejected your proposal to unite the kingdoms and eloped with the Duke of Saxony."
- STEPHEN COLBERT
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