(Belarusian for “good morning”)
Hello! Today is Day 36 of the Utah legislative session. It looks like Winter finally found us again. Here’s what is going on today at the Senate:
* Third Reading Calendar:
SB223 Pledge of Allegiance Amendments
SB227 Youth Court Amendments
SB 98 Amendments to Prohibition on Using a Handheld Wireless Communication Device While Operating a Vehicle
1SB 87 Predator Control Funding
1SJR 16 Joint Resolution Recognizing the Hole-in-the-rock San Juan Mission Historic Trail
1SB 209 Retention of Outside Counsel, Expert Witnesses, and Litigation Support Services
SB190 Research and Development
SB203 Audit Process Amendments
SB82 Equal Access for Education Employee Association Amendments
SB263 Education Requirements for Nursing Licensure Amendments
1SB 64 Public Education Employment Reform
* Join the Live Press Access Time today via Facebook after Morning Floor time. We’ll announce starting times, as usual, on Twitter and Facebook.
* Floor Times:
-Morning: 9:30-11:45 a.m.
-Afternoon: 2:20-3:50 p.m.
* Today is Museum Day out on the Rotunda, complete with a Python exhibit. Come out and support your museums.
“This is a great kumbaya moment,” Senate President Michael Waddoups, R-Taylorsville, said addressing the overwhelming support for SB64. Read more at the Deseret News and watch a recap of the press conference by the Sutherland Institute.
A proposed interconnect between Park City area and Cottonwood canyons ski resorts won approval from a Senate panel Monday. “This would be a huge benefit to our state and we could do it with very minimal impact to the watershed and the sensitive areas in the Cottonwood canyons,” said Sen. Wayne Niederhauser, R-Sandy, sponsor of SCR10. Read More at the Deseret News, The Salt Lake Tribune, and Transworld Business.
SB223 passes the Senate. “I feel that we need to get back to the basics.” Osmond says. “Back to the way that it was at a time in our country when we valued loyalty to God and country and where we had an opportunity to express that loyalty to our country every morning as participating in a pledge of allegiance.” Read more KCPW.org, The Salt Lake Tribune, Deseret News, and The Republic.