From: Sandy Peck
To: KCPW NEWS,
Subject: [LWVUT] LEAGUE OF WOMEN VOTERS LEGISLATIVE UPDATE *THURSDAY* JAN 30 2014
Date: Thu Jan 30 06:17:25 MST 2014
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Kara Hetrick:         KCPW LEAGUE OF WOMEN VOTERS LEGISLATIVE UPDATE

(801) 359-5279 ext.           air KCPW time 8:30     Record time 7:10   Kara will call   

                                               MARELYNN ZIPSER (801.578. 2069)  REPORTING   

   

http://www.lwvutah.org/legislative-updates.htm

 

Thursday, January 30, 2014

 

WHAT’S HAPPENING TODAY?

 

Today is the last day for legislators to designate their third priority bills.

This rule is designed to make the session a bit less hectic. It gives all 104 legislators a more equal chance to have their bills go through the process and be heard. It should reduce the number of bills considered in the short 45-day session as well. 

 

Lawmakers will spend another day deliberating state budgets in
Appropriations Subcommittees:

 8 TO 11 AM this morning and 2 to 5 PM this afternoon. 

 

House and Senate floor debate is from 11 to noon.

 

APPROPRIATIONS SUBCOMMITTEES AGENDAS

 

7:00 AM

Retirement and Independent Entities

Meets early to talk about the DHRM – (Utah Department of Human Resource Management) including an overview of the department budget and a report from the Executive Director of the Department. 

DHRM oversees state employee matters such as salaries, health care and retirement.

 

8:00 AM

Business, Economic Development, and Labor

Budgets trend analyses, examining budget details over time since 2011, for

Public Service Commission (it regulates utility matters such as electric power rates)

Utah Tax Commission (Looks like the cost of license plate production expected to rise by 5%), and USTAR (Utah Science, Technology and Research) initiative


Natural Resources, Agriculture, and Environmental Quality

Budget trends for

Public Lands Policy Coordination Office,

Office of Energy Development,

Department of Environmental Quality

Public Education

Base budget reviews for

State Office of Education,

State Charter School Board, and

Charter Schools

 

Social Services

Base budget reviews for Department of Human Services agencies

           Child and Family Services,

           Office of Recovery Services,

and Executive Director Operations   An especially long list of documents is available, including one on domestic violence

            


2:00 PM

Executive Offices and Criminal Justice

State Auditor (Issue Brief),

Guardian ad Litem and Department of Corrections Base Budgets


Higher Education

Budget, Performance Measures and Campus presentations for UCAT (Utah College of Applied Technology)


Infrastructure and General Government

Base Budget Bill S.B. 6 and IGG (?) Agencies (no idea what IGG is)

Discussion and Analysis to include Utah Department of Transportation

 

Social Services  (second time today) 

Review budgets for

Medicaid and Health Financing, Medicaid Sanctions, Medicaid Mandatory Services, and Medicaid Optional Services 

Workforce Services performance measures

Materials available at the meeting address funding reductions and revenue options

 

Reminder for KCPW listeners: If you’re a budget wonk and can’t go to meetings, check out website of the Legislature le.utah.gov. If you click on Calendar, then on the appropriations subcommittee, you can see the agenda and the documents the committee will be examining. Of course you can also listen in to the discussion through le.utah.gov. Click on Audio Video to see what’s playing.

 

More Action at the Capitol.

 

Intriguing item on the calendar of events: 

3:30 to 5:30   Karaoke/Legislative in the Rotunda. Wonder what that might be?


The League invites you to join us at the Legislature this year.

 
Or you can watch, listen or contact your legislator on line at Utah ’s legislative website le.utah.gov

  
For more information, and to read the League’s studies “Funding Utah Public Education” and “Relocation of the Utah State Prison at Draper," visit ourhome page lwvutah.org

 

We are also on Facebook and Twitter.

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