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Senate Journal: March 5, 2015
I don’t know about you, but we are having the time of our lives this session.
History is being made and we’re all grateful to be a part of it.
Today on the hill: We started things off bright and early this morning. At 8am, the Business and Labor committee heard the testimonies of several community members and leaders on behalf on SB296. You’ve probably seen quite a few articles already on this meeting but here are a few so you can play catch up if you missed it: KSL and The Salt Lake Tribune. After the testimonies were shared from both sides of the bill, SB296 passed out of committee with a unanimous vote of 7-0.
By this point it was only 10 am, and the party then moved over to the Senate Chamber.
Media briefing topics for the day were Healthy Utah, Anti- Discrimination, and the Budget.
As we are winding down, lots of the big topics are coming to life. Now is the time to get involved if any! Feel free to text your questions to 801-505-1427 during media briefing tomorrow. You can also tweet or chat us too!
This afternoon, we worked through several more House bills. There were quite a few; the notable ones being HB34 (Personal Injury Damages Amendments) and HB11 Death Penalty Procedures Amendments and HB198 (Strengthening College and Career Readiness). Each of these passed on to their next destination (either 3rd reading calendar or back to House for the signature of the Speaker.) Senator Urquhart also made a motion to have SB296 to have a time certain for tomorrow afternoon at 3pm. ICYMI: That’s the big antidiscrimination/religious liberties bill.
— Michael Orton (@MichaelOrton) March 5, 2015
— Andrea Smardon (@SmardonA) March 5, 2015
— Tami Pyfer (@tpyfer) March 5, 2015
Links We Like:
– As you might have noticed in the Top Tweets section, there was a Healthy Utah rally up at the capitol today. If you weren’t here on the hill, here’s an article that makes you feel like you’re a part of all the action.
-It’s also an interesting day in history for teachers. Legislation was just passed from the House to the Senate that would increase teachers salaries. This article also gives a nice tribute to Former Speaker Becky Lockhart. A great quick read for all!
– This last one doesn’t have much to do with the Senate, but with our friends from the 2nd floor (Attorney General). The Attorney General’s office just released a resource to help fight identity theft. More on this here.