Humor on the Hill

I admit it – I’m easily amused . . . On Monday, the chair of Government Ops and Capitol Facilities asked each member of his committee to make a motion to approve one portion of the proposed budget recommendations. Apparently in an attempt to see if anyone was awake, Rep Craig Frank moved to accept…

Urquhart proposing putting legal notices online

Sen Urquhart in association with Ric Cantrell pulled together a variety of political bloggers to talk over a bill – at the peak, we had 21 total in the room and listening in. SB 208 details how  legal notice will be provided in this state.  This bill will require that legal notices be published on…

What does "conferencing" mean?

When a bill goes through the various steps on it’s way to passage (or failure), it has a variety of times it can be amended., SCR 01 is a Senate resolution “Requesting a Federal Waiver to Establish an Employer-sponsored Work Program”, aka a guest worker program. The bill passed through the Senate committee, the Senate…

Rep Frank

Day 15, House floor time

Last Thursday was the last day to open a bill file without approval of the body.  Today, Rep Hughes moved to open a bill file entitled “Truth in Music”.  With some amusment, it passed.  Rep Dee moved to open a bill file on a resolution.  Motion passed. There was considerable discussion on HB 115 –…

Criminal Justice committee

This morning’s meeting was fairly interesting.  The first bill discussed was HB 37 – Violent Offense Amendments.  This bill modifies provisions of the Criminal Code, including a felony committed with other persons, aggravated murder, predicate criminal gang offenses, and the offense of felony discharge of a firearm.  It passed out of committee with zero no…

Pancakes and Politics

This morning, Saturday, February 7, the American Fork Chamber of Commerce and IHC sponsored “Pancakes and Politics” with several northern Utah county legislators.  Representatives John Dougall, Craig Frank, Ken Sumsion and Senator John Valentine were there to answer questions.  The room was packed – I overheard one of the sponsors say it was over twice…

More from Day Four

HB 17 – expedited partner therapy. We face rising STD’s in Utah – this bill allows medical providers to prescribe a course of treatment (antibiotic) for the partner(s) of their client, preventing the ping-ponging back and forth between partners. This bill passed out of interim committee with no dissenting votes. The only floor “discussion” was…