Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Wednesday Morning 2015 Utah Legislative News Roundup

Via Utah Policy, and with two days remaing in in the 2015 Utah legislative session, here are this morning's "top ten headlines," folks:
  • It certainly seems like legislators are on the road to doing nothing on Medicaid expansion during the 2015 session [Utah PolicyDeseret News].
  • There are still a number of big issues left in the final two days of the 2015 session [Tribune].
  • The non-discrimination/religious liberties bill has one more hurdle to clear after a House committee sends it to the full House for consideration [TribuneDeseret News].
  • A new poll shows a sharp divide in Utah on the issue of religious freedoms [Utah Policy].
  • Another survey finds a majority of Utahns oppose moving the prison from Draper. Those results are consistent with a similar poll conducted in December. Surprisingly, Utah's Democrats seem to be changing their mind on the issue  [Utah Policy].
  • A measure providing for non-partisan school board elections takes another step forward on the Hill after a Senate committee gives it the thumbs up [Utah Policy,TribuneDeseret News].
  • Lawmakers send a bill allowing police officers to pull over motorists for not wearing a seatbelt to the governor's desk [Deseret NewsTribune].
  • The Senate gives final passage to a measure restoring the firing squad as a backup plan for executions if the chemicals for lethal injections are unavailable [TribuneDeseret NewsABC 4].
  • Legislators ask for $500,000 to study how a transfer of public lands to state control could benefit Utah's public schools [Tribune].
  • The public tends to side with Gov. Gary Herbert when there's a conflict between him and the legislature according to a new survey [Utah Policy].
The world wide web awaits your ever-savvy comments, folks.


Johnny B. said...

They probably still have to name a state insect.

RM said...

"transfer of public lands to state control could _benefit_ Utah's public schools" Is that a question from a push-poll or not? Paying to maintain public lands will only enrich the oil and gas interests and will bankrupt the state.

Johnny B. said...

Senator Jenkins said at the start of this session he was going to change a law that would allow him to hunt deer with a crossbow. I wonder if he was sucessful? I wonder why he doesn't just shoot them with his elephant gun?

blackrulon said...

A compromise was reached. He got the DWR to tie a deer to a tree so he would not have to actually hunt for a deer to shoot.

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