Senate Journal: March 4, 2015
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Today on the Hill… We’ve been pretty busy. Surprise. We welcomed back our old friend and former Senate president, John Valentine (who now spends his time hanging out at the State Tax Commission), to give our opening prayer. We then had the pleasure to hear a couple really wonderful musical numbers. Senator Jackson’s daughter played a beautiful song for us on the violin and we also had a surprise visit from The Neon Trees, who are Provo natives.
— Utah Senate (@utahsenate) March 4, 2015
— Todd Weiler (@gopTODD) March 4, 2015
In lieu of today’s media briefing, we hosted an anti-discrimination/religious freedom press conference (if you missed it, check out this blog post). A few of key quotes from some of speakers are: – Elder D. Todd Christofferson said: “despite the challenges and the difficulties, a spirit of respect and good-will has allowed us to bring about SB296 and we as the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints stand in full support of this bill.” (Image here.) – Senator Jim Dabakis gave some heartfelt comments and closed with a simple “I am proud very proud to be from Utah today”. (Image here.) – As Senator Adams was closing the press conference, he remarked that “we want to do what’s right and we are trying to find the very very best to put in this bill.” (Image here) Needless to say, emotions were running high in the room. Representatives from Equality Utah, the LDS church, the Utah legislature (including both President Niederhauser and Speaker Hughes) stood in support of this bill. A historic moment. Here’s a what it looked like. Afternoon floor time: Yesterday’s debated bill, SB48 by Senator Osmond passed the third reading calendar and is on its way to the house. Today was a “House day”, so we discussed HB18, Children’s Hearing Aid Program Amendments by Senator Osmond. We also debated 1HB91, Campaign Contributions Amendments, which ultimately failed with a 12-12 vote.
— Jeremy Roberts (@JeremyBRoberts) March 4, 2015
Links We Like
– As you’ve most likely seen, Senator Adams and Urquhart released an anti-discrimination/religious freedom bill today. We held a press conference regarding it (which you can watch on our YouTube channel) and we think this article sums it up nicely.
– There’s still a lot of talk about partisan/non-partisan school boards. Three legislative packages advanced and two failed Tuesday and Wednesday.
Come back tomorrow. Please?