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Senate Journal: February 10th, 2015
We’re glad you keep coming back to check out the Senate Journal. We’ll keep working hard to give you the best synopsis of what’s going on in the Senate because we don’t ever wanna let you down (is this pop reference too trendy for our readers to get? Eh?).
Day 12. Today on the Hill: We started the day with committee meetings. Lots of discussion about lots of bills. A highlight: When Senator Stephenson spoke with a boa wrapped around his neck (Solid bill-pitching tactic? We’ll see.).
During floor time today, Rabbi Benny Zippel of the Chubad Labavitch of Utah gave our opening prayer. We discussed both senate and house bills. For a complete list of our floor time action, click here. Senator Millner welcomed Weber State Students (as it was Weber State day)–so lots of people were wearing purple. Amy Farnsworth-Stratton, Mrs. Utah International, was welcomed by Senator Van Tassell, and Senator Weiler welcomed representatives from American Express.
Afternoon floor time: We got right back at it. Bills that received a lot of discussion included Senator Dayton’s SB35, and SB89 sponsored by Senator Jenkins. Remember, if ever you’re not able to watch floor time live, you can go back and review it online.
Media Access Time was focused around Medicaid. The discussion began with Senator Christensen and his bill SB149 (see the beginning of the discussion through 14:49, for his explanation). Senator Shiozawa was able to be in attendance again and President Niederhauser expressed his views. Watch it!
Links we Like:
– Do you remember SB60, the bill that was debated at length on the floor yesterday? Senator Stephenson’s bill would require high school students to pass the Basic Civics Test before graduating. If you don’t remember, here’s a refresher.
– The Count My Vote compromise is a topic that’s been floating around a lot this session (and for our returners… last session). See what Senator Bramble has to say about the topic here. And if you want to see what the views of Senator Jenkins are, watch his elevator pitch.
– Comparing budgets to football? Senator Hillyard can do that. Describing the base budgets approved Monday as a “cut,” Hillyard said, would be like determining the winner of the Super Bowl at halftime. “This is not the end-all,” he said. “It’s the foundation.” Read about it here or watch it here.
– President Niederhauser might be interested in supporting Healthy Utah, although he’s willing to look at alternatives.
– The question of where the prison location will be has been a continuous one. This article talks about prison relocation and criminal justice reform.
– Senator Hillyard’s SJR11 is a resolution that would allow for the staff legislative offices to buy a lawmaker a meal if that lawmaker is working with a staff member through what normally would be a mealtime – breakfast, lunch or dinner.
— Todd Weiler (@gopTODD) February 10, 2015