-> The legislature's youngest member, Rep. Marc Roberts, says he keeps getting confused for an intern. [Fox13]
-> "Vulnerable" highway users, ranging from emergency responders to horseback riders, will see more legal protections under a new bill that passed through a Senate committee. [Trib]
Tweets of the day: From @CimCity: "In other news, @UtahGov state records committee pauses to turn the tape over. Can we get a digital device for them already?"
From @JeremyBRoberts: "Session Survivial Guide: If you become nervous before testifying about a bill, it is best NOT to picture your audience naked."
Happy birthday: Today to SITLA's John Andrews and state Rep. Mel Brown, on Saturday to Sean Reyes and on Monday to state Rep. Jack Draxler.
Heard on the Hill: "I'd like to make a motion to move to the next agenda item since my wife is expecting me for dinner at 6 o'clock." - Sen. Todd Weiler, R-Woods Cross.
Programming note: We here at Political Cornflakes wish you a very happy Presidents' Day Weekend. Since Monday is a federal holiday, we'll return to your inbox and computer screens on Tuesday.
In other news: Sen. Orrin Hatch went with the "present" vote on Defense secretary nominee Chuck Hagel, rather than vote for or against the guy. Sen. Mike Lee was a solid no vote. [Trib]
-> Hatch got some across-the-aisle love on Valentines Day from his colleagues on the Senate Judiciary Committee and he reciprocated, calling his fellow members his "friends." [Trib]
-> Salt Lake City Mayor Ralph Becker joined the clean air chorus, calling on the Utah Legislature to do more to cut emissions. [Trib]
-> Salt Lake City doesn't attract rich folks quite like its other metropolitan counterparts, according to a new Census Bureau report. [Trib]
-> More than 250 disgruntled Eagle Mountain residents packed a town hall meeting to hear Mayor Heather Jackson, among others, respond to allegations leveled in a 60-page online critique against the city. [Herald] [Fox13]
-> The U.'s healthcare system says its preparing to take on new challenges poised by the Affordable Care Act. [Chrony]
-> In the spirit of Valentines Day, the Department of the Interior released a video of marriage proposals in the country's national parks and monuments. [Trib]
-> Dancers hit the floor or rather, the steps of the state Capitol to protest violence against women and girls. [Trib] [Fox13]
-> Environmentalist cheered a decision by the U.S. Forest Service not to sell 8,000 acres of old-growth timber in the Dixie National Forest. The move comes without an explanation. [Trib]
-> Bryan Schott and LaVarr Webb discuss air quality, the anti-discrimination law and possible federal budget cuts in the weekly videochat. [UtahPolicy]
-> After 18 years on the State Records Committee, outgoing chairwoman Betsy Ross was honored by her colleagues as "the conscience of the community." [Trib]
From the Hill: Here's your daily legislative schedule. [Trib]
-> A bill that would give kids as young as 14 a say in custody matters is on its way to Gov. Gary Herbert, after passing through the House. [Trib] [DNews] [Herald]
-> Freshman Sen. Brian Shiozawa, an emergency room doctor, says he's pushing for patients by sponsoring a bill that would mandate that insurance plans cover autism treatment. [Trib]
-> Those seeking to get their drivers license will see more test questions about train safety, thanks to a new bill. [Trib]
-> One of this year's hot political topics guns will be even hotter at the Utah Legislature starting today, when six gun-related bills will hit committees. [Trib]
-> Meanwhile, Gov. Herbert urged lawmakers to be "thoughtful" when considering the gun bills. [DNews] [Fox13] [Herald]
-> A scholarship bill got hung up on a debate about the International Baccalaureate program. [Trib]
-> Despite changes made at the recommendation of adoption lawyers, Utah's adoption community says its still mostly opposes a bill that would make open adoption agreements more enforceable. [Trib]
Nationally: More on the Senate Republicans' vote to block a confirmation vote on Defense secretary nominee Chuck Hagel. [Politico] [NYTimes] [WaPost]
-> Some immigration-minded Republicans are waging war on factions within their own party, saying that some conservative-leaning research organizations aren't behind the GOP's new push for immigration reform. [WaPost]
-> Meanwhile, the Senate remains split on the immigration issue, with Republicans refusing to back any plan that includes amnesty. [WaPost]
-> President Barack Obama was in Decatur, Ga., yesterday visiting a pre-school as part of his State of the Union-pitch for high-quality pre-K education. [NYTimes] [WaPost][Politico]
-> And of course, Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert have a bit about Sen. Marco Rubio's infamous water grab during his State of the Union rebuttal. [WaPost]
Where are they?
Rep. Jason Chaffetz hits a Leader's Circle meeting with House Majority Leader Eric Cantor.
Gov. Gary Herbert has a meeting with Mike Mower about jail contracting, meets with Greg and Leigh Dunn and has a Cabinet meeting.
SL Co. Mayor Ben McAdams has a meeting with Sandy Mayor Tom Dolan and holds a legislative meeting with county staff.
SLC Mayor Ralph Becker meets with the Mayor's Coalition for Alcohol, Tobacco and Other Drugs Prevention coordinator Abbie Vianes and later hits a national salute to veteran patients.
President Barack Obama meets with Italian President Giorgio Napolitano, meets recipients of the 2012 Presidential Citizens Medal, flies to Chicago to deliver a speech on the middle class and then heads to Palm Beach, Fla., for a short vacation trip.
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