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Wednesday, February 13, 2019

Emission Impossible

Biskupski, Rep. Arent and local climate advocates call on Utah congressional delegates to oppose an EPA deregulation proposal.
Arent, the founder and co-chair of the Legislature’s bipartisan clean air caucus, said there was no “silver bullet” to cleaning up Utah’s air.

Tuesday, February 12, 2019

Building Bridges

Former president of Mexico talks immigration, trade and drug legalization during lecture at the U.
Vicente Fox, the former president of Mexico who served a six-year term beginning in the year 2000, made the remarks Tuesday morning at the University of Utah’s Kingsbury Hall.

A Crowded Field

Mayoral hopeful David Garbett highlights air pollution, homelessness and affordable housing as topics he plans to tackle.
Standing in front of nearly 40 friends and family near the south steps, Garbett highlighted changes happening to homelessness and affordable housing around the city that he wants to address.

Friday, February 8, 2019

Thoughts and Prayers

Church takes on State Capitol as House passes Prop 3 overwrite bill.
Prayer and shame weren’t enough. Despite a peaceful protest from ecclesiastical leaders, lawmakers advanced a bill Friday afternoon that would supersede a full-throated Medicaid expansion plan approved by 53 percent of voters last November.

Thursday, February 7, 2019

Healthcare Rodeo

Some say Senate Bill 96 bucks voter-approved Prop 3. Guv thinks differently.
The guv said he wasn’t tracking how the public is reacting to yet another ballot initiative overwrite by Republican lawmakers.

Parental Permission Required

Bill that would hamper advocacy for federal land-use designations doesn’t get the go-ahead. Yet.
It’s not yet clear when the bill will be resurfaced by the committee.

Wednesday, February 6, 2019

Never a Dull Moment

The latest on legislators’ efforts to overwrite full Medicaid expansion in Utah.
Rep. Brian King, D-Salt Lake City, questioned whether SB 96 was fiscally responsible and expressed doubt about CMS granting Utah the waivers it needs to expand Medicaid, per SB 96.

Tuesday, February 5, 2019

Paying Tribute

Native American delegation honors the memory of murdered and missing girls, women and LGBTQ individuals.
Rep. Angela Romero proposed a resolution recognizing May 5 as Murdered and Missing Indigenous Women Day in Utah.

Friday, February 1, 2019

Bread and Circus

Gymnastics, Medicaid and taxes, oh my! Week 1 of the legislative session is all wrapped up.
As the aerialists flipped and spun below, one activist remained concerned about what was happening a few floors above, where lawmakers were wrestling with how to change the state’s expansion of Medicaid.

Thursday, January 31, 2019

It's the Utah Way, Baby!

Education, tax reform and air quality were focal points of Herbert’s State of the State address.
In keeping with the highfalutin pomp that tradition requires, Gov. Gary Herbert’s Wednesday night State of the State address was a relentlessly positive assessment of Utah’s vitals and the challenges lawmakers face as they embark on the state’s 63rd legislative session. “The polarization and dysfunction in Washington, D.C., have had a direct material impact on our state,” Herbert said.

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