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News roundup: The Utah Jazz go to Washington, tour White House

Published March 5, 2014 7:36 am
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GOP establishment wins over tea party in Texas race. Legislature may not expand Medicaid. Utah Jazz go to the White House.

Happy Wednesday. Sen. John Cornyn, the Senate's No. 2 Republican, won the GOP nomination in Texas outright last night after beating back challenges by seven conservative candidates. Why should I care? It's an interesting test of the Republican establishment versus the tea party/anti-establishment battle going on across the country. In how he approached the race, Cornyn must have seen the fate of former Sen. Bob Bennett and the re-election of Sen. Orrin Hatch. [WaPost]

Topping the news: It's looking more likely that the Legislature will not expand Medicaid during the session. [Trib] [DNews] [KUTV] [ABC4]

-> The Senate approved a measure that could take hundreds of millions of dollars intended to equalize education funding across the state and use it to fund House Speaker Becky Lockhart's proposal to increase technology in schools. [Trib] [DNews]

Utah Jazz to go Washington: Several players and officials from the Utah Jazz were in Washington on Tuesday, taking a tour of the White House, Capitol and meeting with some members of Utah's delegation. Check out some photos: The Capitol: [Twitter] Meeting with Sen. Orrin Hatch: [Twitter] At the White House: [Twitter]

Tweet of the day: From the Utah Jazz's @jonrinehart: "For those wondering, the President did not make an appearance on the tour. Think he has a few bigger things to deal with."

Happy Birthday: To former Trib intern Laura Schmitz.

On the Hill: A House committee passed legislation to take down the Zion Curtain and replace it with a posted warning that says: "Notice: This establishment dispenses and serves alcoholic products in public view." [Trib] [Fox13] [KUTV]

-> Legislation allowing for some leniency on penalties for underage alcohol offenses passed a House committee. [CityWeekly]

-> BYU's Adam Brown says he has a different count of bills introduced and passed than Sen. John Valentine, R-Orem. In Brown's look, the Legislature introduced more bills in 2009. [UtahDataPoints]

-> The House passed a bill allowing the state to enact tougher air quality restrictions than those set by the EPA. Also, a House committee advanced a proposal to phase out wood burning stoves in some areas. [Trib] [CityWeekly]

-> The Senate moved toward a final vote on legislation to prevent medical waste incinerators from being located within two miles of residential areas. [Trib] [KUER]

-> A House committee advanced two bills to raise money for highways; one of the measures could raise the gas tax if fuel prices continue to go up. [Trib]

-> A bill to remove carbon dioxide from the list of pollutants in Utah law is on hold and may be studied for the 2015 session. [Trib] [CityWeekly]

-> The Senate moved toward a final vote on legislation allowing UTA get involved in transit-oriented real estate development. [Trib]

-> Legislation creating a plan to keep Utah's national parks open in the case of a government shut down passed a House committee. [Herald]

-> A Senate committee gives its nod to a measure that would allow disabled Utahns to vote online. [UtahPolicy]

-> A Senate committee advanced legislation to create a frame-work to manage the public lands Utah is demanding from the federal government. [Trib] [CityWeekly]

-> The House passed legislation in favor of moving the state prison in Draper. [Trib] [DNews]

-> The House also passed legislation to finance a new hotel convention center in downtown Salt Lake City. [Trib] [DNews] [KUER]

-> Lawmakers are working on amendments for the compromise caucus reform bill coming on the House floor soon. [Herald]

-> Pat Bagley pokes fun at the debate over Count My Vote. [Trib]

-> Count My Vote dropped off approximately 15,000 signatures to the Salt Lake County clerk. [DNews]

-> A House committee passed a bill that could try and make Utah's presidential primary the first in the nation. [Herald] [UtahPolicy]

-> A House committee passed legislation to create an Election Day voter registration pilot program. [CityWeekly]

-> The Senate passed a proposal to give USTAR more oversight. [Trib]

-> A Senate committee passed legislation to lower the percentage of disposable income a bank can garnish to repay student loans. [Trib]

-> A $1 million proposal to put technology in schools failed in a Senate committee. [DNews]

-> A Senate committee advanced a bill making it more difficult for cities to split off and form their own school districts. [Fox13]

-> Legislation increasing the duties of a parent panel that reviews state year-end test materials to include fielding complaints about Common Core education standards passed a Senate panel. [DNews]

-> A Senate committee advanced legislation to exclude students with an individualized education plan from the graduation rate the system that grades Utah schools uses. [DNews]

-> The Senate passed legislation giving protection from lawsuits to officers in cases involving high-speed chases. [Trib] [DNews]

-> The House passed a proposal requiring police to identify themselves when entering a home, unless they can prove why they should execute a no-knock warrant. [Trib]

-> Paul Rolly discusses lawmakers buzzing the Governor's Office windows with a drone and other topics. [Trib]

-> A House panel passed a bill allowing a third-party to request that a child be put in protective custody if one of his or her parents is accused of killing the other. [DNews]

-> A proposal clarifying what rights a victim has to information from forensic examinations, such as rape kits, passed a House committee. [DNews] [CityWeekly]

In other news: The Utah Supreme Court will decided if state regulators were right to grant a permit to the state's first tar sands mine. [Trib] [DNews] [KUER]

-> The $5 million in President Barack Obama's budget to fund a project to bring water from the Wasatch Back to the Salt Lake Valley is only one-fourth of the funding it received two years ago and one-eighth of what it received in 2008. [Trib]

-> Almost two dozen groups have filed briefs in support of overturning Utah's same-sex marriage ban. [Trib] [DNews] [Fox13]

-> The Utah Supreme Court heard a Pennsylvania man's challenge of Utah adoption law. [Trib] [DNews]

Nationally: President Barack Obama's 2015 budget proposal is likely to be shot down by Congress. [NYTimes]

-> Attention members of Congress: 68 percent of Americans say they are "inclined to look around for someone else to vote for," according to a new poll." [WaPost]

-> Half of Americans say the equal protection clause of the 14th Amendment guarantees the right to same-sex marriage. Some 40 percent disagree. [WaPost]

Where are they?

Rep. Chris Stewart meets with SLC Mayor Ralph Becker and SL Co. Mayor Ben McAdams, the Utah Medical Association and hits an Appropriations Committee subcommittee hearing. He also attends the Republican Study Committee meeting, and chats with officials from the Utah Housing Corporation, the Utah State Historic Preservation Officer and Molina Healthcare of Utah.

Gov. Gary Herbert meets with Democratic leaders, Rich Nelson from the Utah Technology Council, talks about renewable fuels with Joe Cannon and goes to a Real Salt Lake dinner.

Lt. Gov. Spencer Cox goes on Let's Talk to the Lt. Governor on X96 and also hits the Real Salt Lake dinner.

President Barack Obama speaks at Central Connecticut State University about raising the minimum wage, hits a DNC event and flies back to Washington.

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— Thomas Burr and Topher Webb Twitter.com/thomaswburr and Twitter.com/topherjwebb






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