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Senate Journal: February 13th, 2015
Tale as old as time…True as it can be… We (and by we, we mean on behalf of all staff, Senators, and interns), love what we do here on the hill!
Today’s story starts like this: We kicked off floor time with a prayer from Sterling Brown for the Utah Farm Bureau. We were then privileged to hear a jubilant rendition of God Bless America sung by Brian Allen and his daughter. A few others joined us:
– Senator Dabakis welcomed Trevor Saouthy, a worldwide-known artist from Utah.
– A group of business men and women from across the state were welcomed by Senator Okerlund. These men and women were chosen by GOED, as the most successful new businesses in the state.
– The family of the late Richard Richards, Chair of the Republican Party in Utah for 3 terms and Chair of the National Republican Committee, was with us today. Senator Millner honored him for his ethics and political decency.
Senator Jenkins, Committee Chair of the Judicial Confirmations committee, welcomed and confirmed Judge Deno Himonas for the Utah Supreme Court. He spoke to us about appreciation to family and friends, and noted how grateful he was for the support and guidance of John Pierce and for his mentor and previous Senator, Mike Demetrich. (Welcome back, Senator D.) Justice Himonas committed to remember both the Constitution of Utah and the United States during his time as a Supreme Court Justice.
We had a great discussion during our media briefing today. We kicked it off by unveiling the new Media Briefing trailer to the Senate Leadership. Haven’t seen it yet? You can watch the trailer here. (Just trying to jazz things up a bit.) During briefing we covered a wide array of (ever expanding) topics including HB11, medicaid expansion, and religious liberties.
Have questions for the Senate leadership? Be sure to text them to (801)505-1427 or tweet them to @utahsenate during the next media briefing on Tuesday.
During afternoon floor time, we got straight to work and discussed 14 bills.
We were also lucky to have Senator Jerry Stevenson and his wife donate many, many lovely roses to the Senate today in honor of Valentine’s Day – heaven only knows we need some more beauty around here.
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Links we Like:
– Today, HB11 (Death Penalty Procedures) passed the house with a 39-34 vote. Here is a quick article that outlines what exactly this means. Round 2: Senate Style is up next.
– Religious liberties continues to be a topic of discussion on the hill. Yesterday, members of several different religions met together to discuss the subject. And there was some singing. You will find more on the meeting here.
– If you missed today’s media briefing (which you can watch here), Last year’s SB54 (will anyone want that bill number ever again?) was a big topic for conversation. The Tribune provides a blast from the past and covers the history of this bill and predictions for this sessions outcomes.
– The prison relocation conversation continues: Rep. Brad Dee walks us through his views on the relocation.