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It’s the end of the session as we know it, and we feel fine!
Today on the Hill: it’s been a long day of floor time! We kicked things off at 9 this morning… (well… more like 10). Senate President Pro Tempore Knudson started us off, and we worked our way through the concurrence calendar and then right to the 2nd reading calendar. We moved several House bills from 2nd to 3rd reading. Process, process. Some of the biggest debate came along with bills 2SB134 (Game Foul Fighting), HB229 (Air Quality Amendments), HB277 (Statute of Limitations for Civil Actions) and 2HB 378 (White Collar Crime Registry). All of these bills did pass, and will move either from the 2nd to the 3rd or back to the House for the signature of the Speaker.
2nd to last media briefing today. We had quite the crew in attendance. Take a watch:
Tomorrow will be the last day until next session (probably) for media briefing, so be sure to get your questions in to your Senate leadership! You can text them into (801) 505-1457 or tweet them to @utahsenate. (Be sure to keep up to date with what’s going on over interim over at the SenateCloud and here at the Senate Site.)
Senators attended their respective caucuses today to discuss final legislation and appropriations. After caucus, the Senators returned to the floor to continue the discussion and debates. Marathon style. Senate President Pro Tempore Dayton got us rolling again. Some highlight bills from this afternoon: 2HB 63 – Distracted Driver Amendments (Circled), 1SB 82 – Forcible Entry Amendments (passed), and 2HB 284 – Minor Alcohol or Drug Related Offenses and Driving Privileges (passed). Senator Adams also recognized Layton High School’s boy’s basketball team who is this years State Champions. What a fine group of sharp lookin’ athletes!
We’re back on the floor this evening for more fun. Stay tuned by watching our reading calendars. It’s nerdy, but helpful.
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-Gas Tax- 2 words that you’ve heard about a lot for the last 44 days. The discussion isn’t over yet folks. Here’s more on the discussion.
-The title says it all: Legislature passes bill improving juvenile drug and alcohol correctional system. (whole article here)