Senate Journal:February 26, 2015
Day 31! Only 2 weeks until the end of Session!
We know we’ve had a lot going on, and gone through a lot of bills, but just stick with us. Keep holding on ’cause you know we’ll make it through…
Today on the Hill: We began the day with committee meetings. Senator Madsen’s SB259, Medical Cannabis Amendments, passed committee, and he held a press conference about it. And wrote about it. And radio interviewed about it. You get it.
We were lucky to have Carden Memorial School 8th graders recite the Gettysburg Address on the floor. We also had Brighton High School Girls’ Basketball team come – state champs! Students from Treasure Mountain Middle School and the Utah Nonprofits Association came for the 7th annual Nonprofit Day on the Hill. Our morning floor time was pretty robust as we discussed SJR2. Because of the nature of the bill, it had to get 20 aye votes for it to advance, it ended with 14 aye votes, and 15 nay votes.
In our Media Briefing today, Senator Shiozawa came to discuss Healthy Utah. Prison relocation was also a major topic of discussion. Let’s just say that it was crowded. And intense. Thanks for joining us and asking questions! We love them!
This afternoon we had Advice and Consent. Senator Shiozawa recognized Stan Rosenzweig, from the Red Cross for all his efforts during Hurricane Katrina and Gracy Allred from Sandy, was also welcomed by President Niederhauser. The bill that got lots of debate yesterday, 1HB149, passed without much debate today.
SB153, Senator Christensen’s bill, was also discussed. With 9 aye votes and 17 nay votes, the bill was sent to staff for filing. Senator Mayne also welcomed “a whole flock” of Girl’s Scouts, and in her words, “Go girl power!” Senator Jenkins and many other Senators discussed 4HB140, Sovereign Lands Around Bear Lake. Watch it here. 5HB94, Investigational Drug and Device Access for Terminally Ill Patients was also discussed at length. SB160, Senator Van Tassell’s Gas tax also hit the floor today.
— Libertas Institute (@LibertasUtah) February 26, 2015
Links we Like:
– Senator Okerlund spoke to Bryan Schott from Utah Policy about the budget and medicaid expansion. Watch the video here.
– Since HB11 passed the house, it’s now on it’s way to the senate. This article talks about the firing squad in Utah.
– Now that Healthy Utah has passed through the senate, it’s on to the house. Maybe. Senator Hughes spoke about what he thinks will happen in the house during their briefing today. And then the governor said some stuff. And we’re like… still waiting to see what’s up.
See you tomorrow. Round 32… bring it on.