Senate Journal: March 12, 2015
And we’ll be singin’ “Sine Die” Miss American Pie… (we’ve been waiting to do that for a while.)
Today on the Hill… We’re counting down the hours! With a lot of big issues still on the table (gas tax, medicare, criminal justice reform, etc.), we’ve got our work cut out for us. Floor time started at 9:00… or 9:30… you get it, right? Legislative standard time. HB197 had a bit of discussion, it passed and is back to the house. Another bill with discussion was HB63, it’s amendments to the distracted driving bill passed last year.
We also had our last media briefing of the session. There was a lot of good questions from the media and a lot of good answers from our senators. As expected for the last briefing of the session, we discussed budget quite a bit in regards to gas tax, funding roads, and schools. Healthcare and transportation were also a highlight. Watch it below and start making your lists for next session (we’re just kidding, take a couple days off, then come back to it).
During afternoon floor time, we spent a bit of time on the concurrence. There were a few moos and groans (literally) on the discussion of HB104, Cow-share Program Amendments, and even more when the bill was circled. Then cheers when it was uncircled. Senator Madsen even called a question ‘udder’-ly ridiculous. Yes, you read that right! Senator Stephenson made a few technical changes to the Magna Carta citation and we had a few grammatical jokes thrown around (watch those here).
We’ll be on the floor all the way until midnight tonight! So no reason why you can’t join us for the last day right? This session has been filled with tears of joy, sadness, enchiladas, historic moments and so much more. Thanks for taking the time to be a apart of it. Your Senators will be returning back to their respective districts to live under the laws that they have just created. So until next session… we are signing off (well of the Senate Journal that is!)
Join us live at le.utah.gov until we adjourn tonight.
— Glen Mills (@ABC4Glen) March 13, 2015
— Ben Winslow (@BenWinslow) March 13, 2015
Links we Like
– A bill combining two environmental boards overseeing radiation-related issues and solid and hazardous waste is a bit of discussion. This article explains why people are concerned with that idea. -With a 65-10 vote, last night history in Utah was made. SB296 was passed in House and sent to the Governor. Tonight, this bill (along with SB297 )will be signed by the Governor. Here’s a quick article on the happening. (And another if feel like digging in!) -A topic that has stayed will us all session- Clean air. Deseret News says” Utah lawmakers overwhelmingly heard the outcry of their constituents on threatened wood-burning restrictions, passing a measure on the final day of 2015 Legislature that prohibits a seasonal ban.” (rest of the article here) -Last but not least. Two words. Medicaid Expansion. Not much of an update as we come to a close this session but here is when to expect one.