Topping the news: Sen. Steve Urquhart unveiled a bill to add sexual orientation, gender identity and disability to Utah's hate-crimes law. [Trib] [DNews] [Fox13] [KUTV]
-> According to a Tribune/Hinckley Institute poll, Utahns are split on Gov. Gary Herbert's decision to cut funding to Planned Parenthood. [Trib] Utah Democrats called for the governor to reverse his decision. [Trib] [DNews] [Fox13] [KUER]
-> Utah ranchers organized a gathering to mourn Robert "LaVoy" Finicum, who was killed in the Oregon standoff. [Spectrum] [APviaTrib] The FBI released a video of the confrontation that led to Finicum's death. [Fox13] [ABC] [WaPost] A Utah woman who participated in the group said the protest was non-violent. [Fox13]
Tweets of the day: From @joelcampell: "Now there's one for the books. Jim McMahon is cited as reason to pass med marijuana bill."
From @mviser: "Donald Trump, who is not even participating in the debate, STILL has the highest minute-by-minute candidate search in NH (via Google Trends)"
Happy Birthday: On Sunday to Michael Kempner and former state Sen. Pat Jones.
Tune in: Tribune reporters Robert Gehrke, Christopher Smart and Emma Penrod as well as editorial writer George Pyle join Jennifer Napier-Pearce to talk about the week's top news stories, including the State of the State address, bills that are gaining traction and a contentious EPA air quality hearing. Listen live at 9 a.m. MT on KCPW and Utah Public Radio.
From Capitol Hill: Rep. Craig Hall is touting the idea of allowing a virtual drivers license on your cell phone. [UtahPolicy]
-> Taylorsville Republican Sen. Wayne Harper pulled his bill to collect online sales tax from a committee schedule amid massive opposition from conservative groups. [Trib]
-> Rep. David Lifferth introduced a bill to address cyber crimes such as denial of service attacks. [Fox13]
-> A proposal to allow firearms on public transit passed through committee. [Trib] [DNews] [ABC4]
-> New legislation seeks to allow makers of liquor and beer in Utah to offer samplings of their products to consumers. [UtahPolicy]
-> A bill to extend the statute of limitations for criminal air polluters passed committee while another bill to increase penalties remained stalled. [Trib]
-> Pleasant Grove Republican Rep. Brian Greene introduced a bill that would allow the raising of sales tax to improve roads without giving money to Utah Transit Authority. [Trib]
-> A coalition of social service organizations complained about the $500 million the state is spending in earmarks. [DNews]
-> A House committee approved a bill to allow 12-year-olds to apply for a special hunting permit. [DNews]
-> Rep. Chris Stewart told Utah lawmakers that the country is in a "dangerous time." [DNews]
-> The Senate passed a bill to offer state employees a "phased retirement." [Trib]
-> Attorneys told Utah lawmakers that the state could win a lawsuit to take public lands from the federal government. [Trib] The governor said he hasn't decided whether to go forward with the suit. [DNews]
-> Disabled veterans may get a free pass to state parks under a bill that passed a House committee. [DNews]
-> Salt Lake City Democrat Jim Dabakis is crafting legislation to rename Columbus Day to "Indigenous People's Day." [Fox13]
-> House Speaker Greg Hughes said the recent shooting of Unified Police Officer Doug Barney doesn't make him to regret passing criminal justice reform last year. [KUTV]
-> Here is today's legislative committee schedule. [Trib]
In other news: A leader of Mama Dragons, a support group for families of gay Mormons, reported an increase in suicides since the church changed its policy last year. [Trib] [DNews]
-> U.S. Marshals took a violent fugitive into custody after a raid in Taylorsville. [Trib] [Fox13]
-> A cellphone call led to a physical confrontation between a Utah woman and a Duchesne County recorder. [Trib]
-> Pat Bagley's take on the "right wing media." [Trib]
-> Paul Rolly tells the story of a Vietnam veteran who has been waiting three years for surgery. [Trib]
Nationally: Without Republican front-runner Donald Trump on the stage, Sen. Ted Cruz took the spotlight at the Fox News GOP debate. [Politico] [WaPost] Trump skipped the debate and held his own rival event. [NYTimes] Here are the top ten moments from the debate. [Politico]
-> Sen. Bernie Sanders co-sponsored a bill to repeal a law which gives legal protections to gun manufacturers. [CNN]
-> Sanders and Hillary Clinton accused each other of dodging debates. [Politico]
-> Top executives will leave popular political news site Politico at the end of November. [NYTimes]
Where are they?
- Gov. Gary Herbert hits the Utah GOP legislative breakfast, participates in legislators rural day and chats with county commissioners. He sits down with KSL for a radio interview. He tours the ATK site in Clearfield then dines at the Lincoln Day dinner in Box Elder County.
- Lt. Gov. Spencer Cox joins the GOP breakfast and the legislators rural day then meets with county commissioners. He attends the small business development center awards and the Governor's Rural Partnership Board meeting.
- State Auditor John Dougall presents to the Social Services Appropriation subcommittee about food stamp fraud, meets with Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control management, then speaks in support of HB81 at the House Government Operations committee.
- SL Co. Mayor Ben McAdams spends the day at the Salt Lake County Innovation Summit
- President Barack Obama speaks at the seven year anniversary of the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act and later sits down with Secretary of Defense Ash Carter.
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Thomas Burr and Michael Anderson
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