The UPC Show – Episode 189 – Legislative Extravaganza! (Part 2)

Welcome to the UPC Show with Curtis Haring, Dylan McDonnell, and Alex Cragun. We talk even more bills! We start off by talking about: Government Regulations, specifically: HB 11 – State Boards and Commissions Amendments from Representative Norm Thurston (Republican – Provo), SB 250 – Food Truck Licensing and Regulation from Senator Deidre Henderson (Republican – Spanish Fork), HB 224 – Specie Legal Tender Amendments from Representative Ken Ivory (Republican – West Jordan), HB 237 – Firearms and Domestic Violence Modifications from Representative Lee Perry (Republican – Perry), and HB 200 – Sexual Assault Kit Processing Amendments from Representative Angela Romero...

The UPC Show – Episode 188 – Legislative Extravaganza! (Part 1)

Welcome to the UPC Show with Curtis Haring, Dylan McDonnell, and Alex Cragun. We talk bills (no shocker there)! We start off by talking about housing and homelessness (HB 178 – Good Landlord Amendments Rep. Brian King (Democrat – Salt Lake City) and HB 441 – Housing and Homeless Reform Initiative Amendments Rep Francis Gibson (Republican – Mapleton); Drugs (HB50 – Opioid Prescribing Regulations Rep. Ray Ward (Republican – Bountiful),HB 130 – Cannabinoid Research Rep. Brad Daw (Republican – Orem), and SB 211 – Cannabinoid Product Act Sen. Evan Vickers (Republican – Cedar City)); Child abuse (HB149 – Child Abuse Offender Registry Rep....

Utah’s Senate Leadership Reviews Their 62nd Legislature

Today, on day 45 of a 45 day legislative session, The Utah Republican Senate supermajority leadership reflected on their considerable efforts at creating and overseeing a $15.3 billion state budget, on the laws they’ve created and/or revised, and on making their state the first in the nation to drop the legal blood alcohol limit while driving to 0.05. Wayne Niederhauser, Utah’s Senate President, gathered his Senate majority and minority leaders and his executive appropriations chairman to discuss their efforts with reporters for one of the last times before adjournment Sine Die at midnight. Big Policy Changes “There were some big policy changes made...

Governor Herbert Responds to AHCA Defection by GOP Lawmakers (Audio)

Salt Lake City — At a meeting with reporters to address his views on the state’s legislative efforts to create laws and establish Utah’s budget priorities for the coming fiscal year, Governor Gary Herbert issued his own understanding of the U.S. Senate’s rebuke of the American Health Care Act (AHCA) from its original announcement in Washington on Monday, March 6. Herbert described the GOP’s “replace” effort on Obamacare as a “starting point,” that would doubtlessly have several more versions before being made into federal law. Herbert’s own state will conclude its effort with budget and lawmaking on Thursday of this week when part-time...

BREAKING: Utah’s Senator Mike Lee Denounces GOP’s AHCA Healthcare plan

In a prepared statement issued by his office, Utah Senator Mike Lee has broken ranks with Republican leadership over the long-awaited replacement for the Affordable Care Act, otherwise known as Obamacare. Congressional leadership had released the details of their version of a national healthcare system on Monday of this week and will need all of the Senate majority to get it passed. Lee represents one of two Republicans who will be needed by opponents to the American Healthcare Act (AHCA) to stall the effort. “This is not the Obamacare repeal bill we’ve been waiting for. It is a missed opportunity and a...

Legislative Update – Day 42: March 6, 2017

I honestly don’t know where to begin. The last day of committee hearings saw bills dying left and right, the disintegration of any sort of food tax proposal, a surprise $100 million for the prison passing the House, and a $1 billion (with a “B”) bond for transportation funding passing the Senate. All bets are off, the rules have been lifted, anything can happen, and lawmakers are going to be on the floor basically from here until Thursday at midnight.

The UPC Show – Episode 187 – The Great Switch-a-Roo

Welcome to the UPC Show with Curtis Haring, Dylan McDonnell, and Alex Cragun. In the first half: John Swallow walks, state hones in on its final budget, we still don’t have a food tax (hey, we recorded on Sunday), and a tangent on the gas tax. In the second half, what is still outstanding, such as the Zion Curtain, Abortion, Rape Kits, and Tax Exemptions, just to name a few. Other talking points include: I saw what you did there… Alex doesn’t know how time works. Falling down the transportation funding rabbit hole. Oop, yeah, that is a Curtis joke. Select [Download]...

Bill Chipping Away at Caucus/Convention, Signature Gathering Compromise Advances

Legislation that would make candidates choose between ascending to the ballot box through either the caucus/convention system or gathering voter signatures passed out of a House committee Friday. As part of the Count My Vote compromise that was hatched in 2015, candidates could use either or both methods, however, the House Government Operations Committee voted 7-3 to advance HB 447 Political Party Amendments, which is sponsored by Representative Marc Roberts (Republican – Salem), would remove this either/or option. Roberts said the current process disenfranchises caucus-goers. Delegates spend a lot of time studying candidates before deciding whom to support. If a...