Topping the news: The Utah Legislature opened its 2016 general session with House and Senate leaders laying out priorities that include health care, public lands and water. [Trib] [DNews] [Fox13] [KUER] [ABC4] [KUTV] [UtahPolicy] More than a dozen bills have been filed to address Utah's air quality. [KUER]
-> State Sen. Jerry Stevenson and state Rep. Brad Wilson are proposing legislation to create a master plan study for a state of the art high tech center at the Draper prison site. [Trib]
-> A Tribune/Hinckley Institute poll shows a majority of Utahns disapprove of lawmakers taking votes in secret. [Trib]
-> Another poll says Utahns want to extend early education options but aren't sure about full-day kindergarten. [UtahPolicy]
Tweets of the day: From @amyewalter: "My 9 y.o. just summed up 2016 better than I ever could: 'Mom, Donald Trump thinks that he's the sun and everyone else are just stars.'"
From @hollyonthehill: "On the Hill for the first day of the legislative session, aka the day when everybody likes each other."
Tune in: Tribune editorial cartoonist and Pulitzer Prize finalist Pat Bagley joins Jennifer Napier-Pearce to talk about his favorite cartoons from 2015 and the tradition and importance of political cartooning. Watch Trib Talk live at 12:15 p.m. MT at sltrib.com. This conversation is part of the Pulitzer Campfires Initiative marking the 100th anniversary of the Pulitzer Prizes.
From Capitol Hill: State Rep. Kraig Powell is pushing to strike Utah's ban on same-sex marriage from the books in light of a U.S. Supreme Court ruling last year, but he may be in for a fight. [Trib]
-> Utah Chief Justice Matthew Durrant says that the state of judiciary is good but lawmakers need to invest in criminal justice reform if it's going to get better. [Trib] [DNews] [Fox13]
-> The House passed a bill to allow county clerks to provide daily vote totals during elections. [Trib]
-> State Rep. Becky Edwards unveiled a bill to declare Utah's Spiral Jetty the official "state work of art." [Trib]
-> House Speaker Greg Hughes has ended daily briefings with the news media. Gov. Gary Herbert and the Senate will continue the practice. [DNews]
-> Education was a big topic on day one, as many proposals are on the table. [DNews]
-> Here's today's Legislative committee schedule [Trib].
-In other news:
-> Democrat Doug Owens has raised $500k to challenge Rep. Mia Love for Utah's 4th Congressional District in the 2016 election. [Trib]
-> Salt Lake City Mayor Jackie Biskupski has ousted 19-year Public Services Director Rick Graham. [Trib] [DNews]
-> In the non-discrimination trial against two FLDS towns, a Texas prison employee testified FLDS leader Warren Jeffs receives 300 letters a day, many from town leadership. [Trib]
-> Thousands of residents attended the memorial service for Unified Police Officer Doug Barney, who was killed in the line duty on Jan. 17. [Trib] [DNews] [Fox13] [KUTV] [ABC4] You can listen to Barney's "end of watch call" here. [Fox13]
-> Pat Bagley's take on Utah's clean air problem. [Trib]
-> Paul Rolly discusses the real meaning of Rep. Rob Bishop's public lands initiative. [Trib]
Nationally: Lawyers filed a motion to block the State Department's request for a one-month extension to release the final batch of Hillary Clinton's e-mails. [TheHill] [Politico]
-> Sen. Bernie Sanders and Clinton made a final pitch to voters in Iowa before the caucus next Monday. [Politico]
-> President Obama has banned solitary confinement for juveniles in federal prison. [WaPost] [CNN] [USAToday]
Where are they?
- Rep. Jason Chaffetz works from his district.
- Gov. Gary Herbert attends the Salt Lake Chamber panel, interviews with Doug Wright and discusses his State of the State address with staff.
- Lt. Gov. Spencer Cox gives an interview to Brent Hunsaker with KBOI in Boise, heads to a legislative meeting and sits on the panel for the ElevateHer Challenge peer exchange.
- SL Co. Mayor Ben McAdams heads to County Council meetings and participates in the ElevateHER Challenge peer exchange panel.
- President Barack Obama sits down with Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi.
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