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Senate Journal: March 20th, 2015
Do you miss us yet?
Today on the Hill: Crickets. Lots of crickets. Not literal crickets… but more like the figurative ones that drive you crazy and make you wonder ‘what’s that sound?’ when clearly no. one. is. around. For the record though, certain Senate staffers claim sightings of up to 6 senators, 2 former interns, and up to 7 pieces of leftover taffy in deserted bowls of sadness.
Word on the street is that the Governor has officially started signing many of the bills passed this session into law. 36 bills so far. Up to 524 total.
FYI: On Friday, April 17th, the Senate Judicial Confirmation Committee will convene for the purpose of discussing the Governor’s recent appointment of Paige Peterson to the Third District Court. Info here.
Senate Smiles: We’re feeling a little Le Miserables.
Random Collection of Thoughts:
Here’s a link to the final budget bill we passed, and here’s a helpful document from our Legislative Fiscal Analyst – a more comprehensive view of the budget. (Click for PDF.)
An interactive version will be available soon and we’ll post it here.
Are you looking for lists of passed bills in different topic areas? If so, you have many straight forward options at your disposal on this page – and the reports can be run in PDF and CSV.
LRGC’s session summaries may also be a helpful resource if you’re looking back on the session wondering what happened. Here are some selected highlights.
“The legislation, known as “the Utah compromise,” has been hailed by Mormon leaders and gay rights advocates as a breakthrough in balancing rights and religious freedom, and as a model for other conservative states. But leaders of some other churches oppose it, saying it would not sufficiently protect the rights of individuals who have religious objections to homosexuality.” -Laurie Goodstein
…And a video discussion from the Brookings Institute on Monday about what’s going on with Gays, Mormons, and the Constitution.
We’re equally as sad as we are happy *scoff* about this one – Angie Stallings of our Office of Research and General Council has moved on. She’ll be serving as the Associate Superintendent of Policy and Communication at the Utah State Office of Education. Congrats on the new digs, Angie. We’ll miss you!
That’s all for now, #utleg. How’d this session go for you? Leave us a comment below or contact your senator to let them know your thoughts. They should have plenty of free time now. ;)