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Spring is around the bend. As the seasons change, let’s take a moment to reflect on things to come and things gone by. Start with a look back at the governor’s four-day state work week, now more than a year old. Then take a paranoid gander at the here and now as legislators prepare to "spring forward" their last-minute bills in the waning days of the Legislature.

“Working 4 Utah—Is It Working?”
Thursday, March 5
About six months ago, Huntsman decided to green up the state and cheer up state employees with three-day weekends. Some wonder if the state has reaped the promised green benefits. Some really don’t care and are just happy to have Fridays off. But come learn more and make your voice heard at the American Society for Public Administration’s luncheon and panel discussion.

State Office Building, State Capitol Complex, 350 N. State, March 5, 12 p.m., 801-581-6493, jrandall@cppa.utah.edu

Midnight Shenanigans at the Legislature
Saturday-Tuesday, March 7-10

Legislators have been so busy this session recognizing first-graders on field trips and jawing about that old coot Buttars that there may be even more questionable last minute bills introduced this year than usual. So keep your eyes peeled: March 7 is the final day for bills to be passed with a taxpayer price tag over $10,000 and March 9 is the final day for any new legislation to be considered. It could be anything from health care to education to implanting government-microchip “Private Club Memberships” in the brains of Utah drinkers. These final few days of the Legislature allow wily lawmakers and procrastinators alike to play the ace bill they’ve been hiding up their sleeves the whole session.

Utah State Capitol, 350 N. State Street, March 7-10. Check www.le.state.ut.us for committee schedules. Then click on the link “reading calendars” on the right side of the page to see which bills are slated for discussion/vote on the House and Senate floors.

Oh, and don't forget to "spring forward" Sunday, March 8, when Daylight Saving Time begins.

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