EPA back with job killing, economy wrecking ozone regs

Kudos to Jason Chaffetz for offering a sane, common sense critique of a renewed effort by the Obama EPA to impose unrealistic ozone regulations on a U.S. economy finally getting on its feet again. The timing for this unworkable and destructive regulatory proposal, described by the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) as potentially the costliest in…

Bill to watch: SB 298, Interior Design Certification Amendments

A new bill – SB 298 – is being heard later today in the Senate Business and Labor committee that would allow Interior Designers to practice to the full scope of their training. It’s a certification bill that says that if they meet certain training requirements and national standards, they can practice in all spaces,…

Sine Die, 2014 Legislative Session

Wrapping up the 2014 session At midnight Thursday night, the Utah legislature concluded their work and adjourned the 2014 general session “sine die.” As the session wound down, here are some bills you may or may not have been following: *SB54, Elections Amendments, passed both the Senate, the House and has already been signed by the…

50 ways to kill a bill

Paul Simon had 50 Ways to Leave your Lover. Train has 50 Ways to Say Goodbye. And the Utah legislature has 50 Ways to Kill a Bill.     You can make a new plan, Stan. So, *Slap a huge fiscal note on the bill. *Hold it in rules. *Table it. *Circle it. *Offend someone…

Curt Bramble’s caucus preservation bill

This morning in the Senate Business and Labor committee, Senator Curt Bramble presented SB54, officially titled “Elections Amendments“. This bill, which I support, has been in the news lately as a legislative fix to concerns with the caucus/convention system and as an alternative to Count My Vote, a proposal that many say is sloppy and…

John Swallow’s unrecoverable hard drive recovered

The House investigative committee met again to discuss potential legislation resulting from the Swallow investigation.  They discussed several different bills (including one that beefs up the section of code that deals with organized crime!!) but one of the most important bits of information came at the end of the meeting. Chairman Jim Dunnigan spoke to…

The brave new world of digital natives

We have been hearing a lot lately about education funding, WPUs, and one-to-one but we haven’t spent as much time talking about those who really matter: the kids. Those kids who are already in the school system and those who will be entering it in the next few years have a distinct advantage over those…

Top 10 ways to follow the legislature

The 2014 legislature has begun.  For the next 45 44 days, legislators will be debating hundreds of bills.  It is easier than ever to follow along and know what is going on up on the Hill. Here are 10 easy ways you can follow along with the legislative session, which also gives you info for some…